Bangor Trail

  • One of county Mayo’s most beautiful mountain walks / trails – the Bangor Trail in north Mayo is underutilised, a secret unknown to most walking enthusiasts within and outside the county.

    That’s the view of Westport based Fine Gael Councillor Peter Flynn, who's highlighting the need to advertise the trail better, with easy maps and signage to ensure that it becomes a magnet for tourism into the area.

    He was speaking at Mayo County Council’s Special Policy Committee on Tourism and Food earlier today.

    The Bangor Trail is one of the county’s  earliest developed mountain trails, and is a 30km linear route, that had over many years deteriorated in places, but has been recently enhanced by Mayo County Council.

    Cllr Flynn said he walked the trail last week with a group of thirty walking enthusiasts and he said only 4 of the thirty had ever been on the trail before.

    He says it’s gems like this in the county that we need to put on the map and attract “staycationers” this tourists season to Mayo....

  • A teenage boy was located safe and well, following a search operation last night on the Bangor Trail.

    Mayo Mountain Rescue was called in at about 7pm to assist in the search for the missing teenager who was walking the Letterkeen Loop.

    The team set up a base in the Letterkeen Loop car-park, and five search parties were sent out to walk sections of the loop and Bangor Trail.

    The 16-year old was located just after midnight on the Bangor Trail.

    It appears he got lost after missing a turn, and his phone battery died.

    The teenager was walked back with the team and medically checked out at the base.

    A spokesman for Mayo Mountain Rescue says he did not require further medical treatment

    The Coastguard  helicopter also assisted in last night's search.