North Mayo, close to Ballycastle, Co. Mayo
Sheskin Forest stretches from near Ballycastle south to Belleacorrick. The forest is a large area of conifer forest established on the boglands of north mayo. The rolling hills in the northern section to Altderg Lough and the bogland in the southern section give this area its greatest asset - the expansive sky, which is constantly changing - this is Irelands BIG SKY COUNTRY. This large area of forest has no habitation and, apart form some forest tracks and the Western Way, is not easy to cross. This gives the forest a "wilderness" feel and offers real solitude to the visitor. The area has many small lakes and rivers draining north into Killala Bay and south into the Knockmoyle National Nature Reserve. Those who travel across the forest on the Western way will come across some interesting trees and features such as the monkey puzzle at Sheskin lodge, a former hunting lodge, and many old walls of former homesteads that indicate the level of habitation of this area of north Mayo in previous times.
Walkers and hikers should ensure that they have clothing and footwear for difficult terrain, be equipped with a map and compass and know how to use them and have snacks and drinks.
Traversing this forest to Ballymonnelly bridge (Grid Ref F 939 216) is approximately a 25km trek in remote country and should not be undertaken lightly.
Sheskin North FeaturesWalking Trails,
How do I get there?From Ballycastle take the R314 west for approximately 200 metres and veer left heading in a westerly direction to cross the Ballyglass bridge. Go straight through the next cross roads and veer left at the next y junction. The forest is straight ahead.
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