Walking The Westport area is a walkers paradise. We can recommend short walking tours around Westport Town or for the more energetic, we can recommend walks on rambling country lanes, loop walks on coastal paths, mountain treks and pilgrim routes . The views you’ll get of the unspoilt countryside are breathtaking and the invigorating pure sea air direct from the Atlantic is an added bonus. Inishturk Island Loop Walks Inishturk is a small beautiful island, 5km x 2.5km, located 9 miles (14.5km) off the west coast of Mayo, between the islands of Inishbofin and Clare Island . It rises boldly from the wild North Atlantic in wall like-cliffs to the north-west and steep hills to the north on which stands the ruins of the old Napoleonic signal tower 688 ft above sea level. Letterkeen Loop Walk Directions Start from the town of Newport – on the N59 between Westport and Achill. Follow the N59 in the direction of Achill for just 1km before turning right at a signpost indicating Treenlaur Youth Hostel and Lough Furnace. After 1km go straight at a signpost for Lough Furnace, and continue along this road past Lough Feeagh (on your left). Pass Treenlaur Youth Hostel and Shramore Lodge, and then cross a small bridge over the Srahrevagh River . Almost immediately after the bridge turn left onto a forestry roadway (following the signposts for the Bangor Trail and the Western Way). Follow the forestry roadway for approx 1km – the trailhead is located at the stone bothy. Brackloon Walk Location The trailhead is located at the entrance to Brackloon Wood approximately 6km from Westport town. Directions From Westport, take N59 to Leenaun. After approximately 6km, turn right off N59 at sign for “Owenwee”. The trail entrance is 250 m further further up on right. Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail The Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail extends from the town of Balla in central Mayo, to the village of Murrisk at the base of Mayo’s holy mountain, Croagh Patrick. The trail is 61km in length and mainly at low level, but the walker should note that the trail does reach a high point of 310 metres around the foothills of Croagh Patrick.