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Sailing by the Stags

For a few short months, every summer, sailing vessels from far-flung shores cruise Mayo’s Wild Atlantic waters navigating the many islands, stacks, rocks, and hidden reefs that make our coastal waters so beautiful to admire but a treacherous world for the unprepared sailor.

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Climbing Diamond Hill

Diamond Hill, overlooking Connemara National Park Visitor Centre in Letterfrack, is one of the most easily climbed mountains in Ireland, rewarding those who venture to the summit with magnificent views in every direction.

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Mayo wave power

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.

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Surfing Enniscrone’s big wave

Before setting off for Enniscrone I had to use a spatula to scrape the layers of ice off the car windscreen. It was showing 1 degree Celsius on the car monitor and the road from Ballina was icy and dangerous.

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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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The night sky over Lacken

The strange upside-down V-shaped object in the night sky over North Mayo on Wednesday night had all the appearance of a UFO – but the truth is far less exciting if nonetheless interesting.

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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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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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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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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, rising from the waves off the Dún Chaocháin peninsula along Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way.

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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.