We know that sometimes the weather isn’t amazing in this part of the world. And while it’s all part of the charm of the wild and wonderful West of Ireland, sometimes you just want to stay dry and pass an afternoon without donning head-to-toe waterproofs. Here are some great suggestions for things to do on a rainy day in Mayo North and surrounds that will keep you under cover and entertained!
Discover hidden treasure at Belleek Castle’s Marshall Doran Collection, the finest collections of arms and armour, antiques and ancient fossils in Ireland.
Book in for a guided tour and discover the secrets of this quirky little gem, and treat yourself to something tasty in Jack Fenn artisan Courtyard Café!
Weave an unforgettable experience at the lovely Foxford Woollen Mills. Enjoy an interactive journey through a turbulent and fascinating history, finishing with a tour of the working mill, and finish with lunch or some delicious cake in the renowned – and newly refurbished – Foxford Café upstairs.
Treat yourself with a relaxing massage or facial at one our gorgeous spas. Try one of Ireland’s best boutique spas, Chill Spa at the Ice House Hotel, and relax and rejuvenate with a glass of bubbly in the outdoor hot tub overlooking Ballina Quay, unwind at Elemis Spa at Mount Falcon, or savour the calm at Eidín Spa at Great National Hotel, Ballina
Soak your cares away and relax with a steam session and piping hot seaweed bath at the century-old Kilcullen’s Seaweed Baths in Enniscrone. Rejuvenate and awaken your senses afterwards with a bracing cold sea shower before retiring to the nearby Waterfront House Hotel, with its stunning views of the strand, for a relaxing coffee.
Killasser, Swinford is the setting for Tom Hennigan’s Heritage Centre, which tells the story of the lives of West of Ireland people over the past 200 years. Explore the old cottage and surrounding farmlands, and hear Tom tell you tales of days of old.
Trace Ireland’s history and see an original copy of the Irish Proclamation at Ballina’s Jackie Clarke Collection. The beautifully restored Georgian building showcases one man’s astonishing collection of over 100,000 historic items spanning 400 years.
Learn about Foxford-born Argentinian Army Founder, William Brown, at the quirky Admiral Brown Centre, Foxford and the close connection between the Foxford community and Argentina.
Experience Ballina’s creative and cultural side in the bright, modern riverside setting of Ballina Arts Centre. The Centre hosts an array of shows, exhibitions and concerts all year round.
Ballina’s Connacht Whiskey Distillery produces triple-distilled Irish pot still whiskey, and features distillery tours, tastings and a gift shop. Check the website for tour and tasting times!
Not quite North Mayo, but just up the road! Explore Ireland’s National Folk life collection at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, at Turlough, Castlebar. Browse the exhibitions, immerse yourself in the unique stories, rich heritage and fascinating cultural traditions of our rural ancestors across the four floors of this museum site located just 10 minutes from Castlebar.
Visit the fascinating Michael Davitt Museum, housed in a magnificently restored pre-penal church in village of Straide, near Foxford and enjoy a free guided tour or some genealogical advice.
One of our favourite things to do on a rainy day in Mayo is to just get in the car and drive. Embark on a 140km journey of pure beauty and embrace the Wild Atlantic coastline loop from Ballina, Crossmolina, Killala and Belmullet on The North Mayo Driving Trail. And why not stop off for a bite to eat on your way?
Visit the beautiful & spiritual surroundings of The Father Peyton CSC Memorial Centre, Attymass.
Make a splash with the kids in Waterpoint Aqua Park, Enniscrone. Whizz down the 65-metre flume waterslide, or just relax in the jacuzzi, steam room or sauna.
Trace your roots at the North Mayo Heritage Centre at Enniscoe House. Take a stroll around the small but fascinating museum, which displays an impressive array of local farm and household artefacts. Enjoy a freshly-baked scone with real butter and homemade jam in the tea rooms after!
Or … you could just embrace the unpredictability of a rainy day in Mayo and get stuck into an outdoor adventure … skin is waterproof! And who knows, the sun may even put in a surprise appearance!