Cong Nature Loop Walk, Co Mayo, Ireland

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: February 15, 2016
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Mayo
  • Distance2 miles
  • Time0 s
  • Speed0 mph
  • Min altitude39 ft
  • Peak105 ft
  • Climb92 ft
  • Descent92 ft

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This is a short Nature Loop walk around the beautiful and famous village of Cong, Co Mayo and takes less about a half an hour. The name Cong comes from the Irish, Cúnga Fheichín meaning 'Saint Feichin's narrows'. The village is on the borders of County Galway and Mayo, in Ireland's north west and the village itself is on an island formed by a number of streams that surround it on all sides. Cong is located where underground waters connect Loughs Corrib and Mask, near the towns of Headford and Ballinrobe and the villages of Clonbur, The Neale and Cross.  It was also the home of Sir William Wilde, historian and father to prominent playwright, novelist, poet, and short story writer Oscar Wilde.
Monks-Fishing-House-Cong-Co-Mayo-Wild-Atlantic-Way-Ireland-Stephen-Duffy
The Monks Fishing House, Cong, Co. Mayo c.StephenDuffy

Cong is also famously the home of Ashford Castle, a luxury hotel, which was converted from a Victorian faux lakeside castle, built by the Guinness family. Ashford Castle is a tourist attraction in its own right. Cong also features a ruined medieval abbey, Cong Abbey, where Rory O'Connor, the last High King of Ireland, spent his last years. It also is the origin of a piece of Celtic art in the form of a metal cross shrine called the Cross of Cong. The 'Cross of Cong' is now held in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin. There is a High Cross in the village.

Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo - c.Failte Ireland
Ashford Castle, Cong, Co. Mayo - c.Failte Ireland

Other easy walking route in the area include:

  • Lough Corrib Loop Walk
  • Cong Forest Nature Trail
  • Pigeon Hole loop
  • Clonbur Wood loop trail
  • The Neale Heritage Walk
  • Tourmakeady Forest Walk
  • Moorehall Forest Walk

For more of a challenge below are a number of options:

  • Sean Bothar walk - Slopes of Mount Gable
  • Mount Gable (418m/1370 feet) - between Lough Corrib and Mask
  • Diamond Hill (445m/1460 feet) Connemara National Park. Many trails options starting from visitors centre in Letterfrack village
  • Croagh Patrick - (764m/2507ft) Pilgrim trail on this sacred mountain