Blanemore Forest Walk

6000 years of history lie in this woodland set above the wild bog-lands of North-Mayo. Explore the sacred tombs & field walls of our first farmers. Walk among the mysterious Bronze-age standing stones & sit with the brooding dark beauty of Lough Naweela.

Blanemore Forest Walk

County Mayo Ireland

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Explore Blanemore Forest Walk

“Six thousand years of history lie in this conifer woodland, set on a gravel ridge above the wild and ancient bog-lands of North-Mayo. Explore the sacred tombs and field walls of our first farmers. Walk among the mysterious standing stones of the bronze age and sit with the brooding dark beauty of Lough Naweela. This is a unique walk through Blanemore Forest.”

Information and directional signs are provided along the pathways. The walk trail grading level is moderate as per guidelines, and is over gravel roads, rubber mat covered wooden boardwalks and gravel or sand paths.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. THIS IS A COILLTE OWNED, WORKING WOODLAND FOR TIMBER HARVEST AND DILIGENT ATTENTION TO HAZARDOUS TERRAIN IS ESSENTIAL. All walkers enter at their own discretion and no liability is accepted for any injuries sustained when participating on any aspect of the walk. - whether guided or otherwise. Please keep to the track-ways and care must be taken where underfoot conditions may be boggy, wet and slippery. Do not litter or light fires. Do not disturb plants, wildlife or archaeology. There is no digging or moving of in-situ rocks or stones permitted. It is also very advisable to wear insect (midge) repellent.

This walk has been provided by the voluntary efforts of historian Liam Alex Heffron and Moygownagh Community Council, with the kind support of IPB Insurance (Community Engagement Fund), Fiontar Chomhraic Teo, Mayo County Council (Mayo Walks), Mayo North East LEADER Partnership & Coillte Teo..

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What You'll See on the Tour

Stop 1 - Into the Woods!

Welcome to our unique walk through Blane-more Forest. The entrance is situated at the end of the bog road, through Garry-na-gran townland. Our tour will take you back through 6000 years of history, as the ancient archaeology is revealed by... Read more
Stop 2 (A) Ancient Walls

Our walk departs from the forest road and passes by the information point, over the small wooden bridge and gurgling stream. Here begins our boardwalk of wooden sleepers with a rubber mat surface. As the walk turns we come to stop 2 (A) wh... Read more
Stop 2 (b) Court Tomb ruins

As we continue to Stop 2 (b) along the boardwalk we arrive at the first ancient tomb at Blane-more. This is the remains of a circa. 5500 year old ruined Court-tomb, of which the Killala bay region has the highest concentration of such mega... Read more
Stop 2 (c) Pre-Bog walls

The boardwalk begins to ascend Blane-more ridge through a clearing in the trees. About half-way we come to Stop 2 (c) where another pre-bog wall runs through our walk before disappearing into the bog again. As the surface rises, the bog sur... Read more
Stop 3 The False Man

At Stop 3 at the top of the boardwalk we can take in the sight of the valley below, which you have just walked up, (or take a rest on the wooden seat!). Here dramatically positioned at the top of the ridge, in a small hollow, is the 'false ... Read more
Stop 4 Black Dog & the Lake

The walk continues to Stop 4 by Lake na-weela (The lake of the Seagulls) where there is some welcome seating opposite the information point! . Please do not approach the lake except by the wooden platform as the lake edges are very unstabl... Read more
Stop 5 (A) Celestial Stones

The final two stops of our walk are accessed through the short boardwalk, behind our last information display board. Stop 5 (A) is the remarkable Bronze age stone row, which is roughly of the same date as the Standing Stone of stop 3. This ... Read more
Stop 5 (b) Secret Tomb

Stop 5 (b) is our last stop and marks the second Court-tomb at Blane-more Forest. At a much deeper level than the later stone row, we can see a portion of the collapsed inner chamber of this Neolithic tomb. Unlike its sister tomb of stop 2 ... Read more
Leaving the woods!

Congratulations! You have now finished our guided walk. Continue on the gravel road to return to the main exit. Thank you for your visit and we hope that you enjoyed your time here. Be sure and stop at the village supermarket and cafe in ... Read more


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