We have now entered Phase II of easing Covid-19 restrictions and exiting lockdown in Ireland. From today (June 8th) we are now allowed to travel within 20 kilometres of our homes. With freedom comes responsibility. Please remember to adhere to Public Health Ireland and HSE Guidelines when you’re out and about.

We’ve put together a list of ten places to visit within 20 kilometres of Ballina town.

Feel the sand under your feet at Enniscrone beach

Just 13.7 km from Ballina, over the border in Co. Sligo, Enniscrone is the classic seaside town, offering an incredible vast strand, a pier and cliff walks.

Feel the sand under your feet at Enniscrone beach

Soak up the peace and tranquility at Rosserk Friary

Franciscans Friars settled in Rosserk (9.2 km from Ballina) in the 15th Century on the edge of Killala Bay where they established a Friary. Rosserk Friary is one of Mayo’s best preserved ecclesiastical ruins. It’s also an ideal place to explore safely with children.

Reflection of Rosserk Abbey, Co Mayo, Ireland. Photo © Gareth McCormack
Reflection of Rosserk Friary, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Photo © Gareth McCormack

Head out walking in Bonninconlon

Bonniconlon (9.5km from Ballina) 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 around 9km from the village.


Discover the Saints & Sinners of Moygownagh

The unique Saints and Sinners Tour is a self-guide smartphone app, which guides visitors around fourteen wonderful heritage sites in Moygownagh (15.4km from Ballina)

Moygownagh Saints by Mike Kinsella
Moygownagh Saints by Mike Kinsella

Explore the Prebaun Loop in Foxford

Description: Trail-head / official start point is located at the parish church in the town-land of Attymachugh (20 km from Ballina), Foxford, Co Mayo.(OS Sheet 32, G327 074)

What to Expect: Country lanes, bog tracks and hillside, taking in sections of the Foxford Way.

Walking in Foxford

Try your hand at Geocaching

Geocaching is like a treasure hunt, “Cachers” use a GPS to locate  Geocaches hidden in landmarks across the World. There are a plethora of Geocaches to be discovered across Ballina and North Mayo. Formore information please visit Geocaching Ireland. Start discovering!

Source: www.geocaching.com

Step into nature along the Enniscoe Loop

Visitors may access the Enniscoe Loop (18.4 km from Ballina) walk through The North Mayo Heritage Centre and Gardens. This Loop walk is dog friendly but remember dogs must remain on a leash and owners must be responsible at all times.


Book a Stand Up Paddleboarding session with Harbour Sup n Sail

Harbour SUP n Sail is dedicated to SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding). They have two bases at Enniscrone Pier and The Quay Ballina. To book a session call/text Mikee on 0860315737

Harbour SUP n Sail
Harbour SUP n Sail

Have a family picnic on Ross beach

Ross beach (16.7km from Ballina) is blue flag beach located in Killala. Why not pack the boot of your car and head down to Ross to enjoy a family picnic (please adhere to HSE Guidelines). Why not support a local restaurant or café and order a take out. Please remember, don’t be a litterbug.

Ross Beach Killala
Blue flag beach Ross in Killala

Book a bike from Bikes2Rent and start exploring …within 20km of Ballina

North Mayo is a cycling paradise with a number of varied terrains to sample. Why not book a bike from bikes2rent and start exploring our region. Please remain safe and stay within 20km of Ballina.

Book a bike with Bikes2Rent and start exploring

What if you don’t live in Ballina?

If you’re reading this and you do not live in Ballina do not fear. 2km from home was launched on 27th March 2020 after the Irish government introduced Covid-19 restrictions. To view where you can go within 20 kilometres of your home make sure to visit 2kmfromhome.com