Ballycastle (Sralagagh) Loop

Nestled in the heart of County Mayo lies a hidden treasure for walking enthusiasts: the Ballycastle Sralagagh Loop Walk. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or someone looking for a leisurely stroll, this trail promises an experience like no other.

A Walk to Remember

The Ballycastle Sralagagh Loop Walk is not just any ordinary trail. Spanning a moderate 9.5 km, it offers a unique blend of country roads, firm bog roads, and breathtaking landscapes. As you embark on this journey, you'll traverse the lower slopes of Ballyknock hill, offering panoramic views that will leave you in awe.

One of the highlights of this walk is the sight of the working bog, a testament to the rich history and culture of the region. And as you tread further, the iconic Downpatrick Head and the serene Ballyglass come into view, making the experience even more memorable.

Trail Essentials

Grade: Moderate

Length: 9.5 km

Time: Approximately 3.5 hours

Format: Loop

Ascent: 180 m

Waymarking: Look out for the green arrow on a white background, guiding you every step of the way.

Starting Point: End of Main Street, Ballycastle

Finish Point: Nearest Town to Start - Ballycastle

Coordinates: Grid Ref. G 106 376; Lat. and Long. 54.279882, -9.373337

Trail Management and Facilities

Anna Connor, our dedicated Walking Development Officer, plays a pivotal role in ensuring the trail remains in top condition. If you have any queries or need assistance, you can reach out to the Community & Enterprise Section at Aras on Chontae, The Mall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. For more details, you can also visit

After your walk, if you're looking to relax and refuel, Ballycastle boasts a range of facilities. From cozy coffee shops to welcoming pubs and comfortable accommodation, there's something for everyone.

For those keen on mapping their journey, the OSI Maps Discovery Series Sheet 23 provides a detailed guide.

The Ballycastle Sralagagh Loop Walk is more than just a trail; it's an experience, a journey, and a story waiting to be told. So, lace up your walking shoes, gather your loved ones, and embark on an adventure that promises memories to last a lifetime.

We hope to see you on the trail soon! Safe travels and happy walking!