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Beaches Erris History Home

Storms reveal Mayo’s ancient forest

The mists of time have once again briefly lifted on beautiful Doohoma beach to reveal the preserved remnants of a prehistoric forest that once covered Mayo.

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Erris Home Nature Trail

A good year for Bog Cotton

I was standing in the middle of the bog that covers Benwee Head on the Children of Lir Loop Walk in one of the most scenic places in Mayo talking to a local man as he put in a late evening shift saving the turf.

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Erris Nature Trail

The lonely Orchid of Muingdoran

My travels took me to Muingdoran last week that isolated headland near Doolough. The meadow grass was high with some fields blanketed by buttercups.

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Books Erris History Home

Book tells Inishkea Islanders’ story

‘Amongst Our Own’ is a book about the Inishkea Islands by Tomás Bán O’Raghallaigh, whose parents were among the last inhabitants of the islands, located a few miles off the Mullet Peninsula in North West Mayo.

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Beaches Erris Home

A beautiful sunset in Belmullet

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.

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Erris Home

Shining a light on Broadhaven Lighthouse

When the sun shines I head to the Mayo coastline. My most recent excursion was to photograph Broadhaven Lighthouse, often called Ballyglass Lighthouse, located on the north-eastern tip of the Mullet peninsula at Gubbacashel Point.

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Beaches Erris History Home

Diving into Scotchport’s past

Scotchport, a small and beautiful sheltered cove near Corclough on the Mullet, has an interesting history and today is a popular location for scuba diving in Mayo.

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Beaches Erris Home

Walking in beautiful Doohoma

The idyllic scenery on the drive from Geesala to Doohoma along the winding road that skirts Tullaghan Bay never fails to impress no matter how many times we make the journey.

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Erris Home

Stags of Broadhaven in November sunshine

I took advantage of the lovely weather we have been having of late to take a trip out to see the Stags of Broadhaven – one of Mayo’s most iconic and recognisable natural features; the archipelago rising like a prehistoric sea monster’s fins from the waves off the Dún Chaocháin peninsula along Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way.

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Beaches Erris Home Nature Trail

Where to pick cockles and mussels in Mayo

There is nothing better during the autumn and winter months than spending an hour or two picking cockles and mussels on one of Mayo’s magnificent Wild Atlantic Way beaches.