near Newport, Connaught (Ireland)
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Between Newport and Ballycastle there are no facilities and at least two days is needed to cover the distance. This stretch begins with a quiet road to the "Nephin Wilderness", a forestry plantation but with aspirations to become something more natural. After the "Wilderness" there is a road across the bog leading to a busy main road. Beyond that is a long length of conifer plantations, mostly following forest tracks, but with one section of boardwalk. Finally, quiet lanes lead into Ballycastle, where there are shops etc.. From Ballycastle to the end of the Western Way, the route is largely on quiet roads by green fields visiting a beach, the village of Killala with its curious round tower, Belleek woods and the town of Ballina.
More details can be found in my blog https://johnpone2.blogspot.com/search/label/Western%20Way .
You can continue crossing Ireland on the Sligo Way which starts close to where The Western Way ends. https://www.wikiloc.com/hiking-trails/sligo-way-ireland-102443719 (or in a German guide to the route https://www.conrad-stein-verlag.de/buecher-shop/wanderfuehrer-irland-western-way-fernwanderweg/ ).
A shelter with a platform for sleeping in similar to those on the Appalachian Way.
Ballina is a small town with shops, supermarkets, hotels, cafes and a tourist information office. It lies on the River Moy.
Ballycastle is a village with a shop, bar and cafe.
Bellacorick and the musical bridge.
Bellacorick has the air of an settlement abandoned when the local peat burning power station was closed, however it does claim a musical bridge. Apparently if you run a pebble along the parapet, the gaps between the masonry blocks produce musical notes.
Belleek Woods and Castle
I was not sure if this was officially part of the Western Way, however, walking through the woods is strongly recommended. In addition to a pleasant walk among the trees there is a part of the Famine Wall, various dogs graves, the castle (with its attached cafe) and the unusual concrete ship in the Moy estuary.
Cemetery by Gortmore.
This is one of a few cemeteries I came across with ruined chapels. An atmospheric place.
Letterkeen - Car Park and Bothy
This is the main access point to the Nephin Wilderness. There is a car park and bothy. When I was there a one-way system was in place, which led me away from the Western Way along a hillside, before joining it farther north.
A town where you can stock up on supplies before heading to the Nephin Wilderness.
Start of Sligo Way
This waypoint is a kilometre or so along the road from where the Western Way officially ends. My track brings you to the start of the Sligo Way at Lough Talt.
A village with accommodation, bar, café, harbour and a curious round tower.