Places of Interest & Activities
We are delighted to recommend some of the many places of interest and activities within our area for you to try and explore…
We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Places of Interest
The Jackie Clarke Collection
Owing to the generosity of Mrs. Anne Clarke, both the Irish nation and the world have gained access to this unique and priceless collection. Jackie Clarke (1927-2000) was a genius collector, from the age of 12, he amassed a collection of Irish material comprising over 100,000 items, spanning 400 years.
Known locally as the Abbey, this Dominican Friary was founded in the 13th century. The site contains a wealth of carvings including Gothic and Renaissance tomb sculptures, well preserved cloister and the only sculptured 15th century high altar to survive in an Irish monastic church.
Downpatrick Head & Dún Briste
Sitting out in the wild Atlantic Ocean, Downpatrick Head is an area of unrivalled coastal beauty and historical importance… The name Downpatrick is derived from a time when St. Patrick himself founded a church here. You can still see the ruins of the church building, a stone cross and holy well here today. The St. Patrick connections don’t end there though. Gazing out to sea, you’ll no doubt spot the small collection of islands called the Staggs of Broadhaven, but you’ll also see a lone sea-stack standing close to the edge of the cliffs. This sea-stack is called Dún Briste (broken fort). Local legend says that when a pagan chieftain refused to convert to Christianity, St Patrick struck the ground with his crozier, splitting a chunk of the headland off into the ocean, with the chieftain on top!
Ceide Fields Visitor Centre & Site
The amazing geology, archaeology, botany and wildlife of this region of North Mayo is interpreted for us at The Ceide Fields Visitors’ Centre with the aid of an audio- visual presentation and exhibitions. Ceide Fields contain a 1,500-hectare archaeological site of stone walls, field systems, enclosures and tombs, dating from about 5,000 years ago, which have been preserved beneath the bog. It is the most extensive Stone Age site in the world. The wild flora of the bog is of international importance and is bounded by some of the most spectacular rock formations and cliffs in Ireland.
The National Museum of Country Life
In Turlough Park, Castlebar. The exhibitions portray the lives of ordinary people who lived in rural Ireland in the period 1850 – 1950. Emphasis is placed on the continuity of lifestyles, which were established for several hundred years.
The Foxford Woolen Mills
An intriguing tale woven in the west of Ireland. See the mill as it's run today, where master craftspeople are creating contemporary designs that we're proud to deliver all over the world. Explore the history of Foxford Woolen Mills and learn about techniques that have been passed down through generations.
The Connacht Distillery
Sits on the banks of the beautiful River Moy where the river widens into the Moy Estuary in Ballina, County Mayo. Here we distill and barrel-age our spirits in a rural, coastal environment unique to the West of Ireland. We enjoy sharing our love of Irish whiskey with visitors. Our guided distillery tours bring you through our process of making whiskey and will help you understand why we are so passionate about single pot still Irish whiskey. We set up our tours to be small and interactive, so that you can really enjoy the experience without feeling rushed or pushed out the door.
Activities in the area
Westport House & Country Park
one of Irelands most beautiful and historic homes, located in a most spectacular setting. Located in the grounds are many attractions for children of all ages, including a log flume ride, swan pedal boats, a miniature railway, dungeons, funny mirrors, slippery dip, pitch and putt, jungle world, children’s playground, an animal and bird park and Wax Work figures.
Iceford Riding Stables
Horse riding lessons for beginners to advanced, treks and beach rides and children’s camps. Catering for children of 6 years and older.
Delphi Adventure Centre
located just beyond Westport is an activity centre for the whole family, providing Ocean, Mountain and Forest adventures.
in Ballina Town is a state-of-the-art indoor play centre for children, with its large climbing frame, obstacle course and ball pond your children will be entertained for hours. It also features a rope bridge, tunnel and spider web. For the younger children there is a smaller climbing frame with soft toy play area and seesaw, slides and jungle puzzle.
Ballina Town is famously known as the Salmon Capital of Ireland, located on the banks of the world-famous River Moy which comprises Ireland's most prolific salmon angling waters. This magnificent river has produced over 7000 salmon to the rod over the years 2001-2006. The Moy offers a variety of fishing and is available to suit all tastes and budgets.
Waterpoint Aqua Park
Waterpoint - Enniscrone has its own indoor pool adventure center at Waterpoint which caters for both kids & adults. Waterpoint Aqua Park facilities include, Indoor heated pool with 65-metre flume waterslide & Separate children’s pool. Health suite comprising of a Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. State of the art gym and refreshment area.
There are a range of golf courses along the coast and inland including Enniscrone and Carne Links Courses, as well as Rosses Point and Ballina Golf Club.