A memory came up on Facebook today, it’s five years since I went coasteering in Erris so I’ve decided to bring back some memories for me and take you in a virtual trip at the same time.
Erris is a Gaeltacht region in County Mayo, it’s a stunning place to visit. Wild and rural, with scenery that will take your breath away. Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, with ocean views wherever you look, you’ll feel like you are on the edge of the world.
If you are wondering what Coasteering is, it’s basically jumping off rocks and cliffs into the sea. I was terrified at the thought of it but it’s definitely one of the most exciting adventures I’ve ever had. Wavesweeper Sea Adventures run all kinds of adventures and activities so if you want to try kayaking, snorkelling or something else, check them out.
If you are looking for a quirky place to stay, check out Belmullet Coastguard Station, on Claggan Island. I went glamping there (glamping is posh camping). It was just something else, sleeping in a little wooden pod, listening to the waves hitting the shore.
There is so much to do in Erris, it was named as the best place to go wild in Ireland a few years ago and it lives up to that title. It’s not all about adventure though, there is so much history there and it’s such a beautiful location.
I’d recommend a tour with Agatha from Wild AtlanticTours. Agatha knows all the hidden gems and best places to visit in Erris.
Explore one of the many beautiful walks, choose from long sandy beaches or cliff walks. You can even visit a deserted island (which is on my list to do).
There are four lighthouses in the region so keep a look out for them on your drive. Blacksod Lighthouse was first established in 1866 and was is located at the southern end of the Mullet Peninsula near Erris, beside Blacksod Pier. The lighthouse is one of only two squared-shaped lighthouses in Europe, the other one is in Germany.
I hope this post and the photos gives you inspiration for a visit to Erris.
This was a wonderful little jaunt through a part of Ireland I have not really known. Very quirky and beautiful . But I did recognize your great shot of the Blacksod Lighthouse. Maybe you saw it featured a couple weeks ago on Ronan Kelly’s Ireland videos. A light with a tremendous history.
If you are looking for the old Ireland, you’ll find it in Erris. Such a lovely place