1. The Wild Atlantic Way.
This is Mayo North, a beautiful nugget of the Wild Atlantic Way nestled in the North West of Ireland. Visit Mayo North and embark on a journey of discovery, to hidden places and secret worlds where enchantment awaits. Featuring the wildest, most captivating coastal driving route in the world, the Wild Atlantic Way is the ultimate travelling experience. In Mayo North you will find vibrant towns and villages snuggled into the coastline, each with their own unique traits and selection of cafes and restaurants. From sea food in Killala to the café scene of Ballina, this section of the route is the perfect opportunity to live and breathe the Wild Atlantic Way. Take in a few words of Irish or surf the magnificent waves of Lacken and neighbouring Easkey and Enniscrone in county Sligo. Maybe you might choose to reflect on 5,000 years of civilisation and embark on a history tour through the most extensive Neolithic site in the world at Céide Fields to exploring the monastic settlements and Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina, the Woollen Mills of Foxford or the Family Heritage Centre at Enniscoe House. Alternatively, roam the romantic beauty of Belleek woods, take a trek or trail through the Barony of Erris or enjoy a day of golfing or fishing along the way. Wherever you go or whatever you choose to do along the Wild Atlantic Way, you will experience moments of magic, memories to treasure and encounters that will make you want to come back again and again.
2. Pubs with a fire, and enchanting accommodation.
Even in the Winter, Mayo North is a beautiful destination. Check out pubswithafire.com to discover where you can enjoy a pint in front of a blazing open fire.
3. Adventure and Outdoor activities.
From some of the best surfing spots in Europe, to kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, deep sea angling, boat trips, golfing and fishing. Take on North Mayo’s outdoor challenges amidst a stunning backdrop of the Atlantic, mountains, rivers and lakes. This June will see the beginning of the Regatta Sea festival in Ballina with many more adventures in store for you to take on in 2015.
You’ve heard of the cliffs of Moher right? But what you probably didn’t know is that Mayo North also has some of the most spectacular coastal views and cliffs in Ireland. From the oldest Neolithic site in the world at Ceide Fields to the famous Downpatrick Head in Ballycastle, a signature point on the Wild Atlantic Way, there is much to explore around our towering cliffs. Explore the archaeology of Belderrig through to the historic town of Killala (which has a gigantic round tower): a key historical town famous for the march of General Humbert and his French forces.
5. Retrace your ancestry at Enniscoe House
Hidden among the woods at the foot of Mount Nephin is Enniscoe House, “the last Great House of North Mayo”. Enter through the white gates, go past the pink gate lodge and follow the long winding avenue through extensive parkland, to arrive at the classical Georgian family home of Susan and DJ Kellett, where stunning views of Lough Conn greet you. The Enniscoe Estate has been in the family since the 1650’s and the house dates from the 1790’s. Enniscoe is your opportunity to experience life in a heritage house. With its wonderful over-sized entrance doorway drawing you in to a home of elegant reception rooms and fine bedrooms, each with its own unique story, Enniscoe represents the best of Ireland, from the hospitality of its owners, relaxing appeal and excellent food, to its home away from home atmosphere.
6. Discover our secrets no more, Kilcummin Pier and stunning blue flag beaches.
Remarkably, Kilcummin is the landing point of General Humbert in 1798 and it’s not on the Wild Atlantic Way. We have included it here as our little secret. It’s also a popular surfing spot for the brave and well-seasoned surfer and is surrounded by a beautiful coastal drive and stunning back strand beaches. There is also a pub ‘Bessies bar’ where you can have a drink by the sea. Find the stunning Kilcummin Back Strand, one of Ireland’s most breath-taking secret beaches.
7. Monasteries, Abbeys, Christian sites and spiritual attractions.
The area is dotted with immensely impressive and perfectly preserved old monasteries and abbeys from Rosserk to Rathfran. If you like old buildings, visit Mayo North – it’s a haven of heritage and ancient spiritual sites.