The Ceide Coast

Over 6,000 years of history engrained in North Mayo's stunning Wild Atlantic landscape

Downpatrick Head along the Ceide Coast of North Mayo - Things to do in Ballycastle Co. Mayo - Downpatrick Head

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The Ceide Coast from Belderrig to Ballina in North Mayo tells a tale of 6,000 years of settlement, with Nephin the backdrop to isolated blanket bogs, dramatic cliffs, picturesque beaches and welcoming towns.

The history and heritage of this stunning region is brought to life through experiential visitor attractions and activities like Neolithic heritage experiences at Belderrig Valley and Céide Fields, the landmark discovery of Ireland’s oldest settlement. At Ballycastle, which lies at the very heart of the Ceide Coast, Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Point Downpatrick Head illustrates human life on this dramatic coastline, A new Greenway follows the Monasteries of the Moy (Moyne, Rosserk and Rathfran) that dominate the landscape, with historic Killala’s 12th-century round tower and St Patrick’s Cathedral central focus points.

The River Moy, rich in ‘silver bars’ of salmon, runs through Ballina, the ‘Salmon Capital of Ireland.’ Belleek Castle is a unique castle restoration; its extensive woodlands harbouring historical secrets.  The Jackie Clarke Collection (once the Provincial Bank) is a collection by one man of over 100,000 items, cataloguing Ireland’s colourful history.

All this and loads more to learn, see and do along this memorable route on the Wild Atlantic Way. Take a tour along the Ceide Coast and explore our rich heritage and stunning Wild Atlantic landscape – you won’t regret it.

The Ceide Coast Trail of North Mayo map

Explore just some of the history and heritage that exists along the Ceide Coast Trail