Nestled between the Ox mountains and the Nephin mountain range, this world renowned fisherman’s Mecca on the Moy has lots to offer in terms of spectacular scenery, walking trails & historical heritage. Outlined below are just some of the excellent things to do in Foxford – “the Capital of the Moy” – and its surrounding area.
Foxford Woollen Mills is one of Foxford’s most iconic landmarks. The tour brings visitors through the amazing story of the origins of the mill in the late 1800’s right through to the working mill as it is run today. Visitors can see first-hand the mastery of tradition, design and craftsmanship that goes into every single Irish made Foxford product. Why not browse the Foxford store, a treasure trove of world famous Foxford products, visit the Foxford Jeweller or pop by the Café at the mill which features a wide array of local and seasonal produce.
Described as “A unique visitor experience”, Foxford Woollen Mills is definitely one of the top things to do in Foxford.
The Michael Davitt Memorial Museum in the nearby village of Straide houses an extensive collection of documents, photos, prison records, police reports, Land Acts, letters, postcards, posters and other items belonging to one of Mayo’s most famous sons, Michael Davitt, founder of the Irish Land League. There is also the excellent audio-visual presentation which enhances the exhibition, with knowledgeable and friendly staff also on hand to give you a guided tour. This tour encompasses Davitt’s grave and also Straide Abbey, if desired.
Mayo-born Admiral William Brown is worshipped in Argentina, the country he helped create with famous victories over Spanish and Brazilian fleets, usually against overwhelming odds. Over 1,000 streets, 400 statues, several towns and a major city bear his name in his adopted land. This little town in North East Mayo is the home place of Admiral William Brown and while you are in Foxford it is definitely worth your while to take a stroll down by the memorial which is located on the banks of the River Moy. It will give you a great insight into the life in which the admiral lived.
For more information: Admiral William Brown Society
Over-looking the world famous river Moy, Foxford hosts an array of quaint, Irish pubs that are renowned for a great pint of Guinness. Whether it is live music you are after or a quality chat with knowledgeable locals about fishing in the area, there is a whole host of public houses that will welcome you with open arms. The choice is yours…
Situated on the River Moy, the picturesque town of Foxford nestled between the Ox and Nephin mountains Foxford is the ideal location for a relaxing, stress free break away from the routines of working life. There are a number of loop walks in the area and they all vary in distance and difficulty. The Foxford Way Loop is 33km long, with the Ox Mountains on one side and the distinctive Nephin Mountain on the other; is one of Mayo’s finest walks.
Larganmore Loop and Prebaun focus on country lanes bog tracks and hillsides, taking in sections of the Foxford Way. The Callow Loop takes walkers through country lanes, and bog tracks taking in sections of the Foxford Way and vistas of Callow Lake. The Shanwar – Belgarrow Loop will bring walkers through the scenic and wonderful views of Nephin and the Ox Mountains.
For more information: northmayo.ie/foxford-loop-walks/
Foxford Ramblers Walking Club: Foxford Ramblers Walking Club
With its close proximity to some of Mayo’s prominent fishing lakes and rivers, Foxford is a highly popular fishing holiday destination. In fact, the world class River Moy which runs through the area is one of the most popular salmon fishing rivers in the world and is definitely one of the top things to do in Foxford.
Fishermen/ women come from near and far, to cast their line, in the hope of catching that fish of the day. Atlantic salmon, brown trout, sea trout, pike, perch, cod and mackerel are but a few of the species the angler can expect to catch in a day’s fishing in the Foxford region.
Within easy reach for an enjoyable day’s angling are the famous River Moy, Lough Conn, Lough Cullin, Killala Bay, Lough Mask, Deel River and the Owenmore River. Experience a day with a qualified boatman who will show you where to go, what to do, and all you need to know to cast and catch a prized Salmon. Boatmen guides and all types of tackle is available from Tiernan Brother’s fishing and tackle shop.
Take a drive to Pontoon, a famed angling destination for fishermen from many corners of the globe. Located on the shores of Loughs Conn & Cullen, this beautiful lakeside village is the perfect location for a wander. Why not stop by one of the local Foxford supermarkets and stock up on supplies for a picnic at one of the idyllic locations in Pontoon?
Guarantees you will have the most hilariously fun and exciting break away ever. People are dying to get here and some of them do! Others get away with Murder; but then again some just leave such a trail of evidence that the incompetent police inspector even looks good.
So for an exciting, relaxing and fun filled experience, why not try something different…if you dare!
Why not bring out a hidden talent and join acclaimed Irish artist Harry Feeney and “Relax with Watercolour”. All workshops are held in the state of the art Foxford Studio. Courses include all art materials, refreshments and home cooked lunch.
No hidden surprises…..except for bringing out your own talent!
Hennigan’s open farm and heritage centre is just over 3 miles from Foxford, off the main Swinford Road. Overlooking Creagaballa Lake, the centre incorporates an authentic thatched house, an originally themed farmhouse & farm. Visitors are able to experience how people lived in a frugal self-sufficient community when work was hard and luxuries few. It is a revelation for the younger generations and an authentic experience of life and traditions in rural Ireland.