North Mayo is an outdoor adventurer’s paradise! Here are just twelve ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Mayo North …

loop walksDon your hiking boots and head west to Lahardane to climb Nephin… 

While there as yet are no official marked walking routes, you can follow this guide or alternatively, you can travel from Crossmolina to Lahardane on the R315. Turn right at the 50km sign. Continue for 4km to the parking spaces on the right. Cross the road and continue towards the forest for an enjoyable, challenging climb. Phone Crossmolina Tourist Office on +353 (0) 96 30935  or email if you need help.

13495319_1726514114274423_1964737581598206631_nVisit the spine tingling Procession of the Souls  in Swinford …

…a memorial park dedicated to the history of the Great Famine, which is a seminal part of Swinford’s heritage. This small but poignant memorial was designed and constructed by US architect Travis Price and his students from the school of Architecture & Planning/Spirit of Place-Spirit of Design, in Washington USA. The memorial has been constructed on the site of the Famine & Paupers Graveyard.

Kayaking in Mayo North with Paddle and Pedal on the River Moy Ballina

Take a kayak trip with David from Paddle and Pedal.

You can take a two-hour paddle on the River Moy, or a more challenging full-day tour along the Moy Estuary, where you can stop at Bartra Island and see Mayo North’s own seal colony. Or you can kayak around gorgeous Lough Conn. Or, you can give David a call on +353 (0) 876808955 to hire a kayak and get some suggestions for other great locations that can be explored on the water.

wild wet adventuresDiscover your wild side with Wild Wet Adventures

…providing guided walks & kayaking around Lough Talt and the Ox  Mountains

lahardaneTake a look into the past at the Addergoole Titanic Memorial Park in Lahardane…

…a serene park commemorating 14 locals who perished on the  ill-fated voyage

Blanemore Forest Archaeological WalkExplore the sacred tombs and field walls of the first Stone Age farmers at Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk, Moygownagh.  

Over six thousand years of history lie underneath the ground in this magnificent conifer woodland, which is set on a gravel ridge above the wild and ancient boglands of Mayo North. Here, you can explore the sacred tombs and field walls of our first farmers, walk among the mysterious standing stones of the bronze age and take in the brooding beauty of Lough Naweela. Guided tours available.

Rachel's Irish Adventures logoGo trail running, cycling or hiking through Bonniconlon or Foxford with Rachel at Rachel’s Irish Adventures.

Rachel can take you on a tailored adventure anywhere throughout Mayo or Sligo and beyond. Starting by welcoming you into the heart of her native North Mayo, she will bring you with her on an exhilarating outdoor experience through the wonderful landscapes of the Wild Atlantic Way.

Ballina-GolfClub-005-EnniscroneTake a shot at being on par with award winning golf courses, Ballina, Enniscrone or Swinford Golf Club.

Nephin Wilderness Park and Ballycroy National Park - boardwalkExplore the Wild Nephin Wilderness Park, the first of its kind in Western Europe

Enniscoe Loop Walk Crossmolina Co. Mayo Ireland

Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens at Enniscoe Country House and discover your ancestors at the  adjoining North Mayo Family Heritage Centre near Crossmolina.

walking and hiking in Mayo - Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Mayo NorthTake a walk on the wild side…

…There are a large amount of looped walks to choose from in the North Mayo region – and walking is one of the best ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Mayo. Get some air in your lungs, a spring in your step and see everything up close. What’s not to love?

Ballina-Scenic-010-EnniscronePierExplore the fabulous golden sands of Enniscrone, Ross Beach and Lacken Strand

Sincere thanks to Alexandra Bauer of Brightside Translations for assisting us with the translation of this post into German.