The Bangor Trail

Finally got back to walking the Bangor Trail again, after some years away from it. Sinead Tommy and I walked 25k from Bangor to the Bothy in Shramore. We hiked it last  Saturday 22nd August. I GPS’d the trip we had a moving average of 4k  and an overall average of 3k. It is still the most challenging hike in Ireland, on a waymarked trail. The trail condition is much as it always was, though now the heather is making a return. This has something to do with the National Park and controlled sheep numbers. Below is a picture taken near Mamarata looking south. weather was ok but not picture taking weather.




About the Author:

Joe is an author, poet, historian, and guided walks consultant. He lives in Newport, Co. Mayo. Scriptwriter and presenter of “Old Port to Newport”, Joe McDermott is the author of a number of fiction and non-fiction books including Sheegorey (historical fiction), the History of St. Mary’s Hospital, Castlebar, as well as hiking guide books such as The Western Way, The Bangor Trail, and The Foxford Way.

  1. Hi Joseph,

    My friend and I are thinking of exploring the Bangor Trail next weekend and I found your post through a Google search. I was wondering how well marked it is? Is this through private land? Are there a lot of fences to navigate? I mostly run trails (live in the US) – but not sure there’d be much runnable on this trail? Sorry for all the questions! I would love to be able to run some remote trails and we happen to be in Westport for the weekend. I’d be grateful for any advice if you wouldn’t mind dropping me an email.


  2. Hi Joe,

    Stumbled across your website after reading you previously wrote a book about the Bangor Trail. I wrote an article on the trail for the Irish Times back in January, and I’m writing a longer piece on it now for Outsider magazine. Looking to gather as much info on the folklore, heritage and natural history of the area as I can for the piece. Any chance you could give me a buzz tomorrow or Friday?


    Lenny Antonelli
    086 1002540

  3. Dave Flanagan

    Hi Joseph
    I’m planning to walk the Trail this weekend and had a few questions, could you possible send me an email? Thanks

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