Five ways to enjoy the heatwave in North Mayo! - Visit North Mayo

Ireland is currently experiencing a heatwave. Yes, you read that correctly. We’ve put together a guide to enjoying the sun!

Firstly it is important to protect yourself in the sun. Wear appropriate clothing – light colours reflect the heat. It’s important to use plenty of sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30+ for adults and 50+ for children, with high UVA protection, and water resistant. Don’t forget your sunglasses to protect your eyes.

Please remember to #LeaveNoTrace when out and about. Place any litter in available bins or bring it home with you.

1. Head to the beach…

Portacloy beach Co. Mayo
Portacloy beach

Pack a picnic, bucket and spade and head for the beach. The beaches in Mayo North really are second to none. Whether you are looking for beautiful clean white sands for a leisurely picnic, a refreshing swim, fun with the family, a refreshing walk or an afternoon surf, the area’s unique and tranquil beaches won’t disappoint you. And sometimes, you’ll even have them all to yourself!

2. Relax and enjoy some outdoor dining

Outdoor dining in North Mayo and West Sligo
Outdoor dining

As Covid-19 restrictions continue in Ireland, we’ve put together a handy list of options for outdoor dining in North Mayo and West Sligo. From Ballina to Belmullet and in between, you’ll find something to whet your appetite.

3. Enjoy an outdoor activity…

Standup Paddleboarding in Ballina, Co. Mayo

Bring the bike, explore by foot, take a dive in the Atlantic ocean, surf the best waves in the world, kayak your way to hidden gems or admire the beauty from a Stand Up Paddle, the variety and beauty is boundless.  Find your challenge and Find who you are among the variety of adventure in North Mayo along the Wild Atlantic Way.

4. Enjoy a swim at one of our many swimming spots

Belmullet Tidal Pool via
Belmullet Tidal Pool via

Cool of by enjoying a dip in the sea! Belmullet tidal pool is located on Shore Road in Belmullet. Alongside the main pool there is a smaller pool which is ideal for young children. There are lifeguards stationed here throughout July and August. Or take a dip at Poll Gorm in Easkey, Co. Sligo, or Pontoon, at Lough Cullin.

See here for more information on outdoor swimming in Ireland.

Watch this video from the RNLI:

Take to the shade!

Michael Davitt Museum
The Michael Davitt Museum

We Irish aren’t made for great heat! If you don’t fancy being out in the sun why not take some time to enjoy our magnificent museums! During this weather they are much quieter and will be cool spaces to enjoy!