Erris Head Loop Walk, Belmullet

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Erris Head is a promontory at the northernmost tip of the Mullet Peninsula, located in the barony of Erris in northwest County Mayo, Ireland. It is a well known and recognised landmark used by mariners and weather forecasters, and is also a scenic viewpoint, with an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean and steep rocky cliffs. It is not served by any road and can only be reached by crossing a number of fields.Special Area of ConservationErris Head is a European Union Special Area of Conservation (SAC). Erris Head SAC comprises approximately 15km of cliff plus adjoining habitats. The geology of the region consists of acid rocks, such as quartzite, gneiss and Silurian schists and slates. The sea cliffs are very exposed and subject to very high rainfall. They are of moderate height, reaching a maximum of about 90m in the north-east and are predominantly north-facing. A notable habitat on the site is alpine heath, which occurs inland from the tops of the sea cliffs.Marine reserveAn area of sea, extending 200m from the base of the cliffs, forms part of the site. This is included mainly to provide added protection for the cliff-nesting seabirds.
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  • August 14, 2017
    I walked this with my teenage son, beautiful views, signage a little difficult to follow at times, but u really can't go that far wrong. Beautiful on a sunny day. Well worth it.  more »
  • August 7, 2017
    This ballad, easy, offers a condensed version of that to more beautiful the Ireland; the prairies, sheep, wild moorland, cliffs and the sea. And of course also changing weather than the breath of the wind.
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  • August 3, 2017
    We did this walk and it was a beautiful and worthwhile activity. However, at the top of the loop I found it quite hard to follow the arrows and became disorientated for a while. It needs improvement o...  more »

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