The Sheskin Forest Trail, which forms part of the Western Way from Co. Galway, stretches from Ballycastle south to Bellacorick. This forest is a large area of conifer, established on the boglands of north Mayo.
This is a trail that will take you across some of the wildest and remote forests in the west of Ireland, giving you a feeling of wilderness while offering real solitude to the visitor. Those who travel the trail will come across some interesting trees and features such as the monkey puzzle at Sheskin Lodge, a former hunting lodge. There are also many old walls of former homesteads which indicate the level of habitation in this area of north Mayo in previous times.
This trek is in a remote area and should not be undertaken lightly. Walkers and hikers should ensure that they have suitable clothing and footwear for the difficult terrain. They should be equipped with a map and compass and know how to use them and are encouraged to carry snacks and drinks.