Situated right on the border between Mayo and Sligo, the pretty village of Bonniconlon is a microcosm of the North Mayo region. Unspoiled beauty, understated charm, a warm and friendly community, the village offers a West of Ireland welcome that is second to none.
With its close proximity to Ballina and the Wild Atlantic Way, and the nearby natural delights of Lough Talt and the awe-inspiring Ox Mountains, you can immerse yourself in a myriad of unspoilt walking trails and fascinating, undiscovered historical and archaeological sites. Discover the ferocious elemental beauty of the Windy Gap, the breathtaking natural wonders of Glenree and much, much more – this small village is another of the North West’s hidden gems.
The village is home to Bonniconlon Agricultural Show, the largest Agricultural Show in Connacht every August, when the village bursts into life. Over 30,000 visitors descend every year on this event which is a testament to the community, and is organised down to a tee. You’ll see everything here, from cattle to sheep to fowl, to dog shows, horse shows, food, music and even shopping!
Bonniconlon – or more accurately, nearby Bofield, is home to the world-famous Bofield Céili Band, who have kept the tradition of Irish music going in the village for well over a century. Sessions regularly take place in Gallagher’s in the village.
Walking in Bonniconlon
Overlooked by the Ox Mountains on the Mayo / Sligo border, Bonniconlon boasts a wild beauty and is an ideal walking/cycling base. Lough Talt, a mountain lake with some of the most stunning views in Ireland, is only a few miles from the village.
The region is an undiscovered gem for those fond of walking and hiking and there are no fewer than five exceptional walking trails through the mountains, ranging from 6km – 20km in length, known as the Bonniconlon Trails. The village also lies on the ancient Western Way walking route. Check out Mayo Walks for more information on the routes and to download maps.