Mayo North’s Most Instagram-worthy spots!

The prettiest, most scenic shots from out and about in North Mayo

Mayo North's Top 10 most Instagrammable places Instagram things to do in Ballina

Instagram is now the most popular photo-sharing app in the world!

And it’s no wonder – this great platform allows you to not only share your adventures, but with its easy-to use features, Instgram allows even the most amateur of photographers to take great shots.

Ireland is full of iconic places in which to get great photos, and here in North Mayo we have a few iconic Instagram spots of our own. Here’s our selection of the most Instagrammable places in the area – and we’d love to hear yours, too!

 

 Céide Fields

Where it all began! The very first farmers laid down their fields in Céide nearly 6,000 years ago, and the stunning location of the Céide Fields at the edge of the cliffs along with the magical North Mayo light lends itself well to some great Instagram captures.

At the Céide Fields Visitor Centre (open March – October), you can get a guided tour of the field settlement, visit the exhibition explaining how the fields were formed and found, climb to the top of the iconic pyramid-shaped viewing tower and enjoy a relaxing coffee and treat in Brambles Café.

Belleek Woods

We love sharing the magic of Belleek Woods with the world. One of the largest urban forests in Europe, with over 22,000 trees, and a number of waymarked walks and trails, there is a surprise around every corner.

The Knox-Gore family, who once owned Belleek Castle (see below!) left their mark on the woods with a surprising number of follies and monuments hidden among the tracks and trails. And of course, the Belleek Fairy Trail is now a great addition for children.

Connacht Whiskey Company

One of our newest tourist attractions in North Mayo, a tour and tasting at Connacht Whiskey is fast becoming a must-do in the area. You can take a tour of the on-site distillery and see how our local spirits – Conncullin Gin, Strawboys Vodka and Poitín – are produced, and learn how a friendship spanning the Atlantic Ocean led to the ancient craft of making pot still Irish Whiskey being revived along the banks of the River Moy.

And of course, it would be rude not to have a taste …

Rosserk Abbey

One of many monastic ruins along the River Moy, Rosserk Abbey or Rosserk Friary  is one of the finest and well-preserved examples of a Franciscan Abbey in Ireland.

It’s accessible to the public and is well worth a visit on any trip along the Wild Atlantic Way in North Mayo.

Belleek Castle

One of Ballina’s most iconic buildings, and housing a multitude of treats! As well as the castle itself, where you can pop in and enjoy afternoon tea in the drawing room in front of the glowing open fire (booking essential!), and the fine dining experience in the Library Restaurant, you can also enjoy tasty treats in the beautiful, newly-opened Jack Fenn Café in the courtyard adjoining the Castle (open Wed -Sun).

A visit to the quirky Marshall Doran Collection is an absolute must, where you’ll see everything from real dinosaur fossils, to an incredible armoury collection, to pirate queen Grainne Uaile’s very own bed. Check www.belleekcastle.com for details of opening hours and tours.

St. Muredach’s Cathedral on the River Moy, Ballina

An iconic shot of St. Muredach’s Cathedral on the River Moy is a must on any visit to Ballina. . No matter what time, day or night, the sight of this magificent church overlooking our famous salmon fishing river is an iconic sight.

And the very best time to see it is during Ballina Salmon Festival in mid-July, when it provides the backdrop to the town’s annual fireworks display, the climax of the festival.

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Foxford Woollen Mills

One of the biggest tourist attractions in Mayo, The Foxford Woollen Mills has so much to offer. From a shopping experience (we challenge you to leave without a shopping bag) to food in the gorgeous Foxford Café, to a visitor tour of the oldest working mills in Ireland, there is something for everyone.

The story of Mother Agnes Morragh Bernard, who had to be one of the strongest, most determined and most forward-thinking women of her time, is worth the visit alone.

Foxford Woollen Mills has recently redeveloped its visitor tour, and a percentage of all tour admissions goes to Cystic Fybrosis Ireland. As if you needed another reason!

 Nephin

Still a rather secret gem on the tourist trail, Nephin is growing popularity annually. The second highest mountain in Connacht, it presents a challenging but enjoyable climb, and legend has it that from the top, you can see seven counties on a clear day. Perfect for a good Instagram shot!

Derek at Walk West Ireland or Rachel at Rachel Irish Adventures offer guided hikes of Nephin, tailored to your ability.

Nephin is equally lovely from the bottom ….

….. or from the top!

We Made It To The Top! #nephin #hiking #climbing #mayo #ireland

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The Quay, Ballina

The view down the River Moy from the Quay in Ballina really is something else, particularly in summer when the boats are moored and the stillness of the water gives a mirror-like reflectionof Belleek Woods, which run alongside the river.

Bonus points if you capture this view from one of the outdoor hot tubs at the Ice House Hotel!

Downpatrick Head

And of course, no Instagram list would be complete without the iconic Downpatrick Head near Ballycastle. One of 15 Signature Discovery Points along the Wild Atlantic Way, there is plenty to see at this iconic site.

Much credit must go to the McCormack family who have allowed the public access to their land, and there is nothing quite like that walk up to the headland on the lovely, soft ground, to the edge of these spectacular cliffs where Dún Briste, the magnificent sea-stack stands, sentry-like, beaten by the Wild Atlantic Waves.

At the site you’ll also find a WWI watchtower, the EIRE 64 sign, designed to guide pilots in WW2, the ruins of an ancient church, a statue of St. Patrick and of course, the Spirit of Place Installation, “The Crossing” which guards the Poll na Seantine (Hole of the Old Fire) blowhole.

There were literally thousands of shots of Downpatrick Head on Instagram, each better than the last.

Downpatrick as seen from the skies …

There’s always one …

Dangerous cliffs…yikes #holidays #mayo #downpatrickhead #dontpush

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We’d love to to know what your favourite Instagram spots are. Tag us , use the hashtag #MayoNorth or leave us a comment on Facebook!

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