New SOLAS Visitor Experience and Tourism Hub in North Mayo to Open This Weekend - Visit North Mayo

SOLAS Shines a Light on North Mayo’s Rich Heritage

SOLAS, a new Visitor Experience and Tourism Hub for the North Mayo Gaeltacht village of Eachléim will open its doors to the public just in time for the Easter holidays from March 22nd.  

This new €4m building, supported by the Department of Rural and Community Development, Údarás na Gaeltachta, the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Pobal, Mayo Co. Council and Fáilte Ireland, is set to highlight the rich history, unique heritage, and captivating language of the Mullet Peninsula. 

Mairead Melody Carr, Manager of Mayo North Tourism, stated, “SOLAS is a very welcome addition to the fantastic array of attractions in our area. Combined with our existing offerings, it enhances the attractiveness of North Mayo for tourists, encouraging them to stay a little longer and embrace not only the beauty of the area but also its historic and cultural connections.”

SOLAS visitor experience and tourism hub 📸 SOLAS

A New Focal Point for Tourism in the North Mayo Gaeltacht 

SOLAS offers visitors, through interactive exhibitions and exciting installations, an enlightening journey through the rich tapestry of the Mullet Peninsula’s offshore island communities, the resilience of the Irish language, and the preservation of timeless music, traditions, storytelling, and myths.  

Visitors will learn about the history of the area including famous weather warnings issued from Blacksod Lighthouse which delayed the historic D-Day landings during World War II as well as the story of assisted emigration from Blacksod to the US and Canada in the late nineteenth century. The use of modern interactive touchscreens will allow the visitors to engage with your exhibits and create a more personalised experience.

In a series of captivating displays, SOLAS also delves into the local whaling industry and narrates the dramatic tales of numerous shipwrecks scattered along the coastline, as well as the formidable pirates who once sailed these waters. 

Fully accessible in both Irish and English, SOLAS provides a bilingual voyage into the essence of Irish heritage. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in an experience that not only educates but also engages with the area’s unique and precious biodiversity.  

SOLAS embodies a true sense of place, where echoes of history and ancient lore come alive for locals and tourists alike. This immersive experience promises to be a lighthouse of knowledge and enjoyment for all who traverse the rugged beauty of the Mullet Peninsula. 

Exploring the centre 📸 SOLAS

Plan Your Visit 

SOLAS opens its doors at 3pm on Friday, March 22nd and welcomes everyone to explore this new hub. An official opening will take place at a later date, but as a gesture of goodwill, locals are invited to visit and experience the centre this weekend free of charge. For more details on visiting hours, location, and exhibit information, please visit VisitSolas.ie

Opening Hours

The centre opening hours this weekend are:

  • Fri, March 22nd: 2pm-5pm
  • Sat, March 23rd : 12pm – 3pm
  • Sun, March 24th: 12pm – 3pm

From next week:

  • Monday 10-5
  • Tuesday – Closed
  • Wednesday – Closed
  • Thursday 10-5
  • Friday 10-5
  • Saturday 10-5
  • Sunday 10-5

Until the end of May: SOLAS will be open 7 days from June to the end of August from 10am – 6pm

Whilst in the area be sure to explore some of the other great things to do in the area.

Exterior image of the newly opened centre 📸 SOLAS

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