Following on from the very popular Sligo ideas, I decided to do a Mayo one as well. These are just suggestions of things I’ve done so not a comprehensive list but it might help.
Go wild in Erris. The Irish Times chose Erris as the Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland in 2014. I had the pleasure of going there twice last year and loved it.
WaveSweeper are up there in my all time favourite adventures. I went coasteering and snorkelling both were amazing. They also do sea kayaking, surfing and their new obstacle course ‘Get Mucked’.
Go on a Wild Atlantic Tour with Agatha and find out all about the area, its history and heritage. I had a brilliant day and found out so much about the place. We visited lighthouses, beaches, a golf course and more.
Head to the Ceide Fields, the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world. On the way stop off at Dun Briste, a sea-stack off Downpatrick Head – just stunning.
Check out the looped walks – they really are a walk on the wild side. Feel the wind in your hair and listen to the waves crashing on the rocks. Make a day of it and bring a picnic.
Visit Killala and go foraging with Denis from Wild Atlantic Cultural Tours. It’s like a real life treasure hunt, see who can find the most cockles. Denis will also show you some hidden gems along the way.
Paddle and Pedal through Ballina. You can even kayak down the River Moy and see Mayo from a whole different angle.
Find out more about Ireland’s history at the Jackie Clarke Collection. An oasis of calm in bustling Ballina and it’s free.
Walk around Belleek Woods. There are many historical features to be seen along the trail, including a hermitage and ice house.
Go to Westport House. History, heritage and family fun all in one location. Westport is a wonderful town too.
Take an Electric Escape. Explore all the hidden corners of Mayo on an electric bike. Paul will tell you the best places to visit, you can even get him to pack a picnic for you.
Take a trip to Achill Island. The Great Western Greenway follows the route of the former Achill to Westport railway line and is perfect for cyclists, runners and walkers. Check out the rugged mountains, beautiful beaches and Deserted Island. Achill is a little bit of heaven.
Looking for somewhere to stay? Check out Glamping at Belmullet Coastguard Station on Claggan Island for a unique and chilled out experience. The Broadhaven Bay Hotel is perfect for a family staycation. The Old Deanery Cottages in Killala are self-catering cottages overlooking Killala Bay, there’s also a craft centre on site, tell Liz I sent you.
So that’s my short list for ideas in Mayo. Happy Easter.