A few hours walking on Claggan Island near Belmullet is an escape to a magical world of tranquillity and wonderful coastal scenery on the Wild Atlantic coast of Co Mayo.
Our earliest account of life on the Inishkea Islands, located off the Mullet in Co. Mayo, comes from WH Maxwell’s Wild Sports of the West, published in 1832. William Hamilton Maxwell (1792-1850), a Church of Ireland clergyman, was a celebrated writer of historical studies, novels, and a three–volume biography of the Duke of Wellington. Wild […]
Over the centuries the restless sea in its savage moods has cast many grim and sad tidal relics into the bays and onto the beaches that seam Mayo’s storm-battered Atlantic coast. But nothing to match the scale of human tragedy that came ashore from the Battle of the Atlantic during World War 2. Scores of […]
Welcome to MAYO.ME – A Mayoman’s Diary. A native of Ballina, I am a writer, photographer and website developer. Mayo.Me™ is a blog about my travels around County Mayo and other parts of the Wild Atlantic Way. I love walking and exploring the coastal walks, mountain trails, and lakeside rambles, that make my part of the West […]
It’s late-February and a succession of storms have just swept across the Atlantic from Arctic Canada churning the vast ocean into a raging sea swell and sending gigantic waves thundering into the coast.
The words hauntingly beautiful perfectly describe the Doolough Valley, evoking the natural wonder of this remote glacial scene of towering mountains and brooding lake that is forever scarred by the memory of the men, women and children who were left to die there during the Great Famine.
Ballycastle, the gateway village to the wild wilderness that is North Mayo, has one of the most scenic looped walks in Ireland.
Standing in the safety of Killerduff, watching the awesome power of Mayo’s Wild Atlantic waves crashing over Downpatrick Head, got me thinking of the terrifying conditions only seafarers witness as they work the high seas to earn a precarious livelihood.
I’m sad to say that I have taken one of the great natural wonders of Mayo for granted – and until last week I didn’t realise that it is under threat.
A trip to Erris always belies the old adage that says ‘the anticipation is better than the realisation’. The excitement of looking forward to travelling out to explore the barony is always matched by the pleasure I get from visiting the beautiful seascapes and landscapes that make Erris such a unique place.