The bundles of bugles along the trail in Belleek Wood herald the arrival of Mid-summer in this Moyside paradise where the unassuming flower blooms in a shaded fernery of unfurling green beneath a canopy of lanky larch and leggy hawthorn. From a distance the bugle is not a show-stopper; its true beauty is only fully […]
Forest Walks in Co Mayo
Some of the most beautiful forest walks are located in Co Mayo. From the award-winning Belleek Forest Park in Ballina to Drummin Wood near Foxford and Tourmakeady Wood in the south of the county, the woodland trails in Mayo are perfect for families and those seeking to get away from it all in a tranquil and scenic place
The walk in Brackloon Wood on an overcast winter morning with the ever-present threat of more rain indicated a brisk dash around the looped trail rather than our usual ramble and dally savouring the delights of nature. Squelching our way over a carpet of sodden leaves along the winding forest trail, edged with sessile oak, […]
If there was a competition for the most beautiful wall in Mayo surely it would be hard to beat the dry stone wall at the entrance to Enniscoe House and Gardens nature trail when the fairy foxglove turns the structure into a vertical flower garden in early summer. The lengthy dry spell we have enjoyed […]
That lovely blue haze returned to Belleek Wood at Easter. The bluebells in bloom along the Fairy Trail burst into life at the first hint of spring warmth. A flood of native bluebells hazed the vista in a misty blue cloud along the winding forest trail; a scene that spoke of a timeless and magical […]
It’s early March and Nephin is snow-capped once more. But just a few days ago February borrowed from early summer to present us with a delightful week of warm sunshine. Turlough Park looked magnificent – shafts of light streaming through the bare trees bringing a warm glow to the plentiful clumps of shaded snowdrops, daffodils […]
Cong Wood is one of Mayo’s temperate rainforests – typical of lush, green and mostly deciduous woodlands found along the wet and mild Atlantic coastal counties of Ireland and the UK. These beautiful native and ancient woodlands are commonly known as Celtic Rainforests where nature abounds.
Just as the flowering daffodils signal the end of winter, the carpets of Bluebells that decorate Ballina’s Belleek Wood in late April and early May are a sure sign that summer is on its way.
‘Fog’s rollin’ off the East River Bank‘ – the opening line of Bleecker Street, the lovely Paul Simon song – came to mind as I witnessed a rolling bank of fog smother the River Moy and suddenly change the entire appearance of a sunny, frosty morning that moments earlier had illuminated the woodland with streams of […]
Pontoon where the great lakes of North Mayo – Lough Conn and Lough Cullin meet – is one of Mayo’s most famous beauty spots. It is also a walker’s paradise with two lovely woodland walking trails that give magnificent views of both lakes.
One of my great pleasures when walking in Belleek Wood is seeing the red squirrels at play – just one of the many attractions of the recreational forest park that has brought pleasure to generations of Ballina people.
Drummin Wood near Pontoon has one of the most scenic forest walking trails in Mayo with lake and mountain views to complement the wonderful woodland scenes.
I have been a regular visitor to Enniscoe House and Country Estate near Crossmolina for many years and it’s one of my favourite places to visit in Mayo. Located just off the R315 between Crossmolina and Lahardane, the estate’s woodland walks are the perfect antidote to the pressures of modern life.
Tourmakeady, on the shores of Lough Mask, has one of the most beautiful forest trails in County Mayo that leads the walker to an enchanting waterfall. The 2.5 km nature trail, which takes about 1 hour, is suitable for all age groups and starts at the car park. Turn right off the main road through […]
Belleek Forest Park in Ballina is the Connaught winner of the RDS Forest Service Awards 2013 in the Community Woodlands category. The award is well-deserved recognition for the voluntary work carried out by the Belleek Forest Enhancement Committee over many years in Belleek Wood. It was also fitting that Cyril Collins, Chairman of the Belleek […]