‘Tír Sáile’, the North Mayo Sculpture Trail, is Ireland’s largest public arts project featuring site-specific
sculptures in places ranging from a disused quarry to sand dunes and agricultural land. These fascinating works bring together art and environment, and pay homage to the great cultural heritage of the region. As you travel along the north Mayo coastline from Ballina to Blacksod, you can discover each of the sculptures and the landscape – all are marked by road signs.
The Sculpture Trail had its genesis in the discovery of the most extensive Neolithic site in the world at Céide Fields on the north Mayo coast. 1993 was the year of the Mayo 5000 cultural celebration inspired by the surviving human imprint in earth and stone on the Mayo landscape over fifty centuries. The interwoven tapestry of the physical landscape and cultural heritage combined perfectly to provide inspiration for the artists in the creation of their work and the sculptures have very much added to their settings.
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The Bangor Trail is a waymarked walking trail in Erris in North Mayo. It is about 29 kilometres ( 22
miles) in length and it takes a route south from Bangor Erris through the Nephin Beg Mountain range to Newport and is a fairly tough, remote hiking trail. The area is largely Atlantic blanket bog terrain although the Atlantic is some distance from the trail. The Trail is well sign-posted at both ends and is an exciting challenge to walkers. Mayo County Council has published an excellent guide to the Bangor Trail, which has maps and information in great detail, which is available in local shops and newsagents.
The Dun Caochain Walks goes through various landscapes such as spectacular cliff scenery, dunes and beaches. These walks stretch westward from Belderrig to Porturlin, Portacloy, Benwee Head, Cornboy and further west to Rossport. Guided or self-guided tours are available with local transport; accommodation and meals all organised.
The Western Way is a major walk developed all along the Western coast starting in Connemara and going all through Mayo and Galway. The route is well documented and well mapped. The Western way continues from Bangor Erris through Sheskin and on into Belderrig and Ballycastle. The book and detailed maps called ‘The Bangor Trail’ is available in all good book stores.
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