The top ten things to do in Killala

Where golden sand meets history and heritage

things to do in Killala Co. Mayo - Killala Pier

Steeped in rich heritage and historical importance, pretty Killala offers the local and visitor alike both a wild and tranquil experience.  Whether it is walking in the same steps of the 1798 Rebellion or discovering one of the many hidden golden strands, Killala and its surrounding areas, nestled along the North Mayo coast on the Wild Atlantic Way has much to offer for all.  See below to discover the top ten things to do in Killala:

1.  Soak up Killala’s ecclesiastical history

In Killala you are surrounded by history, heritage and archaeology at every turn.  Ramble around the town and see the Round Tower, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, graveyard & souterrain.  Spot the green historical place plaques identifying buildings of historical importance.   Explore the Neolithic landscape from Carrowmore Lacken to Ceide, and try to imagine living here 6,000 years ago as the first cultivators did!

2.  Cast a line under amazing Mayo skies

Killala is a fishing paradise, rich with maritime history.  Hire a rod and reel for shore or beach angling, or try a day of deep-sea angling for a multitude of species on glorious Killala Bay. There is excellent sea trout fishing along the coastline – bring the kids and head for Lacken or Kilcummin Pier.  Stroll along the winding shores of Palmerstown River, watching for kingfishers and dippers as you cast for trout and salmon.

Tel: Peter+353 87 275 4392 |  Email: killalamotors@eircom.net

3.  Things to do in Killala – On your bike!

Explore the Wild Atlantic Way with the sun on your face and the wind at your back.  Cycle the Killala to  Ballina  Greenway  and  explore  the  Monasteries  of  the  Moy – Rathfran,  Moyne  and  Rosserk, while taking  in  Tobar  Mhuire  Holy  Well  at  Rosserk; spin  to Kilcummin  and  step  back  in  time  at  St. Cummin’s Church with its ancient graveyard & Holy Well, while enjoying stunning coastal views.

Tel: Mark +353 87 795 7104 | Email:  info@killalabikehire.com |  Visit: killalabikehire.com

4.  Enjoy secret beaches, golden sands and clear blue seas:

A Visit to Ross Strand is one of the best things to do in Killala.  This strand is a fully serviced beach with lifeguards (high season), picnic area, parking, WCs and shower facilities – don’t forget to bring your buckets and spades! Head to the vast Lacken Strand for some kitesurfing or find your own spot of deserted beach. Hire kayaks for a fresh new perspective, or  try scuba/snorkel  diving and surfing  at Kilcummin.  Find your inner calm with beach yoga on cool summer mornings.

Kayaking

Tel: David +353 87 680 8955 | Email: david@paddleandpedal.ie | Visit:  paddleandpedal.ie

Wild Atlantic Yoga

Tel: Aideen +353 86 381 5973 | Visit: Wild Atlantic Yoga  

Diving info

Tel: Grainne Uaile SAC 086 791 0365 | Email: honsec@gusac.ie | Visit: www.gusac.ie

5.  Forage for your food along the coast

Take  a  guided  tour,  including  wild  food foraging  and  outdoor  feasting  in  one  of  the  most  scenic parts of the country. Feed your body and sate your curiosity on one of Denis’ foraging forays, all of which culminate in a seafood feast. Or spend a few hours with the kids on a family foraging trip to Bartra Island.

Tel: Denis +353   87 281 4350 | Email: dinquinn@hotmail.com  | Visit:  Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours

6.  Walk right back to happiness:

One of the top things to do in Killala is to enjoy one of the many walking routes on offer.  These include the Kilcummin Loop walk – follow the arrows from Kilcummin Head, along the rocky shoreline and  onto  the  vast  strands  of  Lacken  back  beach  sand  hills,  passing two of the Tír  Sáile (North  Mayo  Sculpture Trail  sites), and find amazing  fossils on the  headland!

Try the Ross Loop (left from car  park)  and enjoy an hour’s walk/gentle  climb past the coastguard station, along tiny deserted beaches  before arriving at the glorious CBI beach, then back through the dunes to the road and back to Ross.

Visit:  North Mayo Walking Trails

7.  Explore the French and Yeats 1916 Connections

Learn  about  the fascinating heritage  of  the town  that  played  a big  part  in  the  1798  Rebellion  by reading up  on  some local  history  like Stephen Dunford’s ‘In Humbert’s Footsteps: 1798’, or Guy Beiner’s ‘Remembering the Year of the French’.  Make sure  to visit gorgeous Kilcummin  Harbour where General  Humbert  landed  with  1,100  French  soldiers  to  support the  Irish  in  their  revolution – you can even see the stone on which he first set foot.

8.  Things to do in Killala – The kids are alright!

Let  them  run,  climb,  swing  and  have  a  great  time  at  the  new  playground, tennis  and  basketball courts at Killala’s town park.  Feed the ducklings and look for unusual birds along the protected shoreline.  Take part in one of the regular kids/adults aquathons from the small pier, and enjoy an autumn night swim.

Organise a family tournament on the astroturf pitch, and catch a game while there, or use the community centre sports facilities –squash/handball/indoor soccer etc.

Astroturf hire:  Killala FC

Aquathons and night swim:  Liquid Motion Triathlon Club

Tel: Killala Community Centre 096 32484.

9.  Bring a song to share:

Enjoy an evening of folk music, song and story at the Killala Bay Folk Club (first Friday of the month). Listen to local traditional, bluegrass and rock music at the weekend in the friendly,  welcoming local pubs.  Try your hand at bingo on Wednesdays at Killala Community Centre. During the summer, festivals take place regularly around the region, and every August, you can jive to the best Irish country music at Killala Live Festival.

Killala Live Festival: killala Live

Killala Bay Folk Club: killala Bay Folk Club

10.  Things to do in Killala – Health & Wellbeing

Killala  is  the  perfect  place  to  unwind, where you can breathe  in  cool,  clean  sea  air  and free your mind.  There’s relaxation therapy at the Biodynamic Clinic on Killala Pier, creative and wellness work-shops at  the  Joe  Keane  Creative  Centre located at  the  Old  Deanery, a  local  homeopathy  clinic; and enjoy many edible seaweeds and sea vegetables along the shore.

Tel: Old Deanery – Liz on 096 32221 or +353 86 345 1960  | Email: killalacottages@gmail.com | Visit: olddeanerycottages.com

Tel: Biodynamic Clinic +353 96 32514 | Email: info@biodynamic.org | Visit: biodynamic.org

Tel: Stephen Blendell, Homeopath +353 87 833 1613 | Email:  stephenblendell@mayohomeopathy.ie | Visit: mayohomeopathy.ie/

For list of local accommodation and eateries, see: www.facebook.com/Killala2013/  &  northmayo.ie/eat/


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