Back when we had sun, which seems like so long ago now as I’m sitting listening to the rain belting off the window, I took a trip to Foxford in Co. Mayo.
I drove along the rural roads from home and discovered there is a High Road and a Low Road in Sligo – that was a new one on me. I also visited the very beautiful village of Aclare. It’s honestly a credit to the community as it looked gorgeous with an abundance of blooming flower boxes on the bridge. I also discovered the River Inagh (Inagh is the Irish for Ivy). There’s a lovely viewing area of the river and it’s great that it’s wheelchair/pushchair accessible too.
After my little ramble around Aclare I headed to Foxford. I’d seen some fantastic posts on social media about the Foxford Wall Art Project and I’m a big fan of Friz (aka Marion Noone – who is originally from Sligo). So I had to head to Foxford to see the art for myself – and it’s stunning!
I love street art, it’s such a lovely way to brighten up a town and these are just perfect for Foxford. I had to wear my Friz t-shirt in honour of the occasion, you can buy them from her website: https://thisisfriz.bigcartel.com/
It was also lovely to see an empty shop painted by local artist Sylvia Spain. It’s a gorgeous job and goes very well with the wall art.
I took a walk along the River Moy and saw the fishermen hoping to catch salmon. For those interested in fishing check out The Foxford Fishery, not only can you book in to fish for the day, but you can also take fishing lessons. All the information is on their website: http://www.thefoxfordfishery.com/
No trip to Foxford is complete without a visit to the Foxford Woollen Mills, they have the most beautiful shop selling all kinds of homeware, as well as their own woven blankets, scarves, etc. The tour isn’t running at the moment but when it is I’d really recommend it, you’ll find out all about the history of the woollen mills and how the products are made. Here’s a post from a tour I did a number of years ago – https://magnumlady.com/2015/12/19/foxford-woollen-mills/
I have to say a big well done to all the staff in Foxford Woollen Mills, they are all so friendly and helpful. Everyone who walked through the door was given a great welcome. Be sure to visit the café, the food there is just something else, and not just the cakes either, they also have fantastic salads and savoury foods too, and they have an Artisan food shop so you can buy lots of goodies. I bought a cookie sandwich for Jono and a gorgeous salad for me, although I am dreaming about their banoffee pie, they didn’t have any the day I went so I guess I’ll have to go back.
Another place to visit just outside Foxford is Hennigan’s Heritage Centre. This place is just something else and it’s so worth a visit. You can read my blog from a previous trip here: https://magnumlady.com/2015/11/28/hennigans-heritage-centre/
If you are looking for other suggestions of things to do in Foxford and surrounding areas, be sure to visit the Mayo North Website: https://www.northmayo.ie/