We headed out on a dull wet typical Irish day, but once we got out of the car and started our walk around the Enniscoe loop we were transported to a land of flowers, paths and true natural beauty. Unlike many manicured walks this walk is a haven of nature left to flourish in its environment. The paths are intertwined around the tress and flowers and fauna of the grounds. I would advice walking these paths, the kids couldn’t bring their bikes as some paths are quiet narrow and if you’ve a buggy with you make sure you follow the correct path as you will struggle in one or two parts. If you just wanted to walk the main path to the magnificent Lough Conn then the kids would manage their bikes or scooters but honestly get their little legs walking and they’ll be so busy discovering all the nature that they wouldn’t notice that their walking.
The Walled gardens and Café are a treat, there is an admission fee into the gardens, for us it was a toss up; pay to see the gardens or go for a cuppa and a treat in the Secret Garden Café where you’ll get homemade fresh soups, cakes and much more. Can you guess which we went for . . .
The heritage centre isn’t a service I’ve used but I have heard many good things about it and would say it is a definite stop off if your researching your family tree. Also if you are looking for somewhere special to stay I would advise you consider the Enniscoe House situated in the grounds; deemed “the last Great House of North Mayo”, and dates back to the 1790’s. Enniscoe House and The North Mayo Heritage Centre & Gardens is a special place for you to experience with the family and friends, go for a day trip and have a cuppa or go and stay for a few nights and take in the entire Enniscoe experience.
The Break down
- Distance; 2.5 km
- Paths; narrow, wet and muddy
- Type; Woodland
- Walking boots/shoes advised