Lough Avoher Loop

County Mayo
1 review
Grade Strenuous
Length 10 km
Time 3 hours
Format Loop
Ascent 240 m
Dogs Allowed On a lead
Waymarking Red arrow
Start Point
Brogan Carroll Bothy
Finish Point
Brogan Carroll Bothy
Nearest Town to Start Newport
Grid Ref. F 96897 05577
Lat. and Long. 53.98931, -9.57283

This loop follows red arrows on old cattle road, track into forest, sandy road, green track, forest road and riverbank, mainly in forestry. It travels in a clockwise direction with some climbing and some descent passing Lough Aroher, looping around a hill and crossing a pass in the scenic and relatively isolated lowlands of the Nephin Beg Mountains. This is a lovely quiet secluded walk with pleasant views from the highest point. There are some boggy places and the first section approaching the lake may be prone to flooding in wet weather.

Maps and other information

Trail Management

Ballycroy Visitor Center Tel:098 49888
Rural Recreation Officer Email: mdillane@southmayo.com


Newport (12km)

The terrain consists of riverbank, tracks, and forestry roads so hiking boots are recommended.

OSI Maps

OSI Maps

Discovery Series Sheet 23

Ella from _none

It was a lovely, quiet and secluded walk amongst the unspoilt Irish countryside. Throughout the entire walk, we did not see another person so it was very peaceful. It was extremely well sign posted with clear paths marked so there is no worry of getting lost! At first we followed the river along the moorland, then got on to boggy terrain. This terrain would not be good to walk on when it is rainy because, even though we walked when it was relatively sunny, we did have to dodge a few puddles! There was quite a steep and tiring climb, but at the top there were pleasant views and an attractive bit of downhill. Following that, there was a short forest trail that was not particularly interesting. We finally followed a beautiful river back to the Bothy that marks the start/finish of the walk. The walk took us about 3 hours at a steady pace. Altogether, it was a great way to see some of the traditional Irish countryside.

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