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Take the road to Dun na mBó

Dún na mBó, which is located at Doonamo Point, at the north-west end of the Mullet Peninsula, is one of the most spectacular blowholes in Co Mayo. The blowhole is a short drive from Belmullet on one of the most exciting sections of Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way – and while it is not as well […]

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Eagle Island was once home to lighthouse keepers’ families

Eagle Island, off the north end of the Mullet Peninsula in Erris, Co Mayo, was once home to the families of the island’s two lighthouse keepers. The two lighthouses on Eagle Island were switched on in September 1835. One of the lighthouses stopped functioning after it was damaged beyond repair by a storm in 1894, […]

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A grandstand view of Downpatrick Head blowhole

The viewing area and walkway around the blowhole at Downpatrick near Ballycastle in Co Mayo is one of the most spectacular and exciting Signature Discovery Points on the Wild Atlantic Way tourist trail.

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Claggan Island on the Wild Atlantic Way

A few hours walking on Claggan Island near Belmullet is an escape to a magical world of tranquility and wonderful coastal scenery on the Wild Atlantic coast of Co Mayo.

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LÉ Róisín in Blacksod Bay

The Irish Naval vessel, LÉ Róisín (P51), looked impressive as it made its way out of the calm waters of Blacksod Bay, Co Mayo, on Sunday, September 14th.

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Cross Loop Walk where scenery and legend meet

There are very few looped walks that can rival The Cross Loop Walks on The Mullet in Co Mayo for such varied and magnificent seaside scenery.  From the moment you set foot on Cross beach, which stretches from Cross Point to Corraun Point, you will know you are in a place of great beauty that has […]

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The best beaches in Mayo

Summer is perfect for exploring and enjoying Mayo’s wonderful coastline which is dotted with some of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world. Indeed, there is hardly a weekend in the year when it’s not possible to head off to walk a beach or find a hidden cove to explore and marvel at the breathtaking […]

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Legends and cliff tops on Carrowteige Loop Walk

The Carrowteige Loop Walks in remote North West County Mayo are among the most spectacular coastal loop walks to be found anywhere in the world.

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A visit to beautiful Inishkea South

The Inishkea Islands, off the Mullet, in North Mayo, are among the most rarely visited of County Mayo’s many island outposts. During the summer months from June to August, depending on weather conditions, there are organised boat trips to Inishkea South, a few times a week. Once supporting thriving fishing and farming communities, the two […]

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Erris Head Loop walk is spectacular

Erris Head Loop Walk, located on the northern tip of the magnificent Mullet peninsula, is one of my favourite loop walks in County Mayo. The walk is 5km and can be completed at a leisurely pace in under 2 hours. At any rate, the scenery is so beautiful you are likely to linger and enjoy […]

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Mayo stories of devils, drunks and princes on new Irish folklore website

In 1937, the Irish Folklore Commission, in collaboration with the Department of Education and the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation, initiated a revolutionary scheme in which schoolchildren were encouraged to collect and document folklore and local history.