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:
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!
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.
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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.
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.
Wild Atlantic Yoga
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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.