Ballinrobe Town Heritage Walking Tour is a 2.3 mile loop trail located near Ballinrobe, County Mayo, Ireland that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and fishing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Find some of the 'hidden gems' in Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. Allow plenty of time for this Historic Walk which can be taken in two parts and while the 1st part of the walk itself is approx. 2.0 miles (3.2 Km) each point of interest may take longer to see. This walk will take you past many landmarks, some centuries old, and each of which played a role in the development of Ballinrobe Town and its community, some over centuries. Investigate some hidden gems like The Bower's Walk, The Library Area and some of the old graveyards and perhaps trace your ancestors at South Mayo Family Research Centre, on Main Street. You will see many churches, cemeteries both old and new and ruins of the homes of the 'landed gentry' together with a castle and two military barracks ruins with plenty of pubs and coffee shops for refreshments. If driving, parking is easy to find. Don't worry about losing your way; there will always be a local that will help you back on track and probably add in a story or two also! For more information on each of the points on the walk go to the Historical Ballinrobe website. The Bower's Walk and the shorter 'Green' walk can be done on a different visit and the full walk is an additional 2.5 (4 Km) miles with shortcuts available. If you enjoy water, waterfalls, nature, great scenery in tranquil surroundings, it is worth taking this walk. Seating is available at various intervals and why not bring a picnic.

Further information is available on www.historicalballinrobe.com

Comfortable walking shoes and perhaps an umbrella are suggested and of course your camera! Most sites can easily be viewed by wheelchair users and the Bower's Walk has a flat walking surface. There are plenty of coffee shops/pubs where tea,coffe, snacks, lunch and dinner are served and paid parking is easy to find. However, after turning down Bridge Street, heading towards Kenny's House and the Bower's Walk there are no facilities or refreshment available.

Ballinrobe is easy to reach by car and public transport. Both Knock, Ireland West Airport, (22 miles/35 Km) and Galway Airports (30 miles/48 Km) are about 40 minutes away where one can hire a car. (Better and less busy Road from Ireland West in case you are wondering about the time!) Buses from Galway and taxies are available from Knock. The closest train station is at Claremorris only 12 miles (19 Km) away, with Galway being 30 miles south of Ballinrobe with its train services being quite frequent.

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Anne Burris
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Hiking

It is clear that Averil loves her town and did a lot of work on the review. For that and the beautiful stain glass windows I am giving the walk one star. Unfortunately, prior to this I visited the town of Cong which is a beautifully kept village with many unusual things to see. Next to Cong this village looked very poor and run down. I can only think that the years and COVID-19 have had an adverse affect. Thank goodness I didn’t have to pay the 20€ taxi fare to visit the city.

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Averil Staunton M.A.
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Walking

I originally designed this walk and cannot reconnect with it to update and fill in more details; it was originally on Everytrail. Any suggestions please

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David Collins
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excellent heritage guide to the wonderful heritage of Ballinrobe

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Peter Staunton
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A great heritage walk that gives an excellent insight into Ballinrobes heritage and history, with some wonderful buildings and sights.

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Julius Kurensky
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