BURRISHOOLE ABBEY, ROCKFLEET, NEWFIELD
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Location: Westport, Newport, Burrishoole Abbey, Rockfleet Castle, Newfield.
Landscape: Scenic, sheep and cattle farming.
Start/Finish: At car park adjacent to Tower’s Bar, The Quay, Westport
Surface: Tarred road and smooth Greenway.
Distance: 55 Km
Approximate time: 3 to 4 hours
Outline of Route:
From Westport take the Greenway to Newport (13 KM). Remain on the Greenway along the Mulranny Rd. for 2KM. At Point 2 on the map turn left for Burrishoole Abbey.
After returning from Burrishoole Abbey on the same road cross the N 29 road and continue on the Greenway for another 3 Km until you reach Point 3 on the map. At this point you leave the Greenway by taking a sharp left and going up a road with a gate on it. This little road brings you to the N59 Newport/Achill road. Turn right on to this road at Point 4 on the map. Continue on the N59 for about 300m. Then turn left for Carrickahowley Castle.
After visiting the castle continue along the shore to the pier turning up the hill past the gate (Point 5 on the map). After 1 Km from the pier turn left and continue as far as the holy well at Killeen. Afterwards continue right through to Nevins’s bar and restaurant as shown on the map. You have to cross the N59 road to access Nevin’s.
After some refreshments in Nevins’s take the turn 50m to the right and make you way on to the Greenway (Point 6 on the map). Newport is 11 Km and Westport is another 13 Km.
Services/Food: Cafés in Newport and Nevins’s Restaurant at Newfield
Burrishoole Abbey or ruined Dominican friary was founded by Sir Richard De Burgo in 1469. Sir Richard resigned his Lordship and lived there for the last years of his life. The Abbey was attacked a number of times by soldiers and has the grave of Father Manus Sweeney. Father Sweeney was hanged in Newport because he joined in the rebellion of 1798. The grave is surrounded by distinctive 1798 pike heads. It is free to enter.
Rockfleet Castle also known as Carrickahowley Castle was one of many castles belonging to Grace O Malley (Granuaile) along the shores of Clew Bay. Some years ago the castle was restored by its American owner. It has four floors and the top floor has a fireplace.
St Brendan’s holy well and Killeen cemetery is along the shore at Roskeen South.