Take an Irish Adventure with Rachel Nolan of Rachel’s Irish Adventures along Ireland’s stunningly beautiful Wild Atlantic Way, in North Mayo and she’ll bring you a fun-packed journey of discovery through the hills and valleys and hidden gems of the West of Ireland.
Throughout the unspoiled countryside of Mayo North, whether you want a weekend of adrenaline-fueled outdoor activity, or a revitalising escape in the sumptuous surroundings of a luxurious boutique hotel, Rachel has you covered!
Using Rachel’s Ballina base as a starting point, you can explore the Wild Atlantic Way on foot, by bike or on the water. From sky to seabed, you can scale the great heights of Nephin, surf the wild Easkey waves or go deep-sea diving along the spectacular Ballycastle cliff-lined coastline. There are no limits …
Rachel can, using her local knowledge craft a package to meet your needs, ranging from a one-day trip to a three-week holiday. You can hire a bike with Bikes2Rent, with free pick-up and drop-off. You’ll learn about the heritage and culture of the region, see spectacular scenery, feast on fine food and have the craic with fun-loving, like-minded people. And you’ll get a down-to-earth, warm, personalised experience like no other.
Experience … Explore the stunning, secret landscapes of the Wild Atlantic Way by land, river and sea with Rachel, your own local guide
Discover … the culture, the heritage and the hidden gems of North Mayo and beyond. Let Rachel take you off the tourist trail to live like a local
Taste … Take a cookery class, tantalise your taste buds at a Whiskey Appreciation Session or enjoy a sumptuous meal in one of Mayo North’s fine restaurants
Baking experience in Marjorie’s kitchen
Join Marjorie in her kitchen at Brigown B&B to have an authentic hands on Irish baking experience. Learn how to prepare delicious scones, potato cake and traditional Guinness bread.
Relax back in the dining room, overlooking the beautiful Belleek woods and River Moy with a cup of tea and enjoy together the food you have just prepared.
Marjorie is the author of 4 cookery books, has a regular cookery slot on local radio and her recipes feature in several magazines.
Ireland’s most spectacular coastal hike with your local guide
Experience Ireland’s most spectacular coastal hike with your local guide. Starting out on the Carrowteige peninsula, an off the beaten track Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) community, get ready to be awestruck by this breath-taking rugged coastal route.
Discover the many undiscovered golden sandy beaches, Irish bog, the sheep lined cliff tops, the stunning views onto the Atlantic Ocean and soak in the nature and pure fresh air of the Wild Atlantic Way.
At the end of the hike, your guide will invite you for a picnic where you will
taste local products and learn about the tales and history of the region.
This is an 18 km hike but can be adjusted to meet all fitness levels. It’s a one hour drive from Ballina and transport is provided.
- Local knowledgeable guide
- Gourmet picnic with locally sourced products
- Return transport from Ballina
Self-guided cycle the monasteries of the Moy
Start off your cycle at the Quay, Ballina and follow the River Moy up through the town of Ballina as you watch the salmon leap, continue on through Belleek woods and watch out for the red squirrels.
You might be tempted to stop off at the Connacht Whiskey Company and take a tour to discover the art of whiskey making. After passing through the beautiful Belleek woods, take a right onto a country road and after 4km you will see a sign for Rosserk Abbey. It’s a 400 metre cycle down and is certainly worth it to explore the Franciscan monks way of life.
It’s then onto the historic port village of Killala where you can stop off in On the Way cafe for tea and homemade scones. You have now completed 17km and you can choose to cycle back or get a pick-up to bring you onto Downpatrick head and continue your trip. A nice option for lunch on route is Mary’s cottage in Ballycastle if you continue your cycle further or Jack Fenn’s at Belleek castle where you can also take a guided tour discovering the castles origins and outstanding Marshall Doran collection.
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