The Mayo Gaeltacht has a great deal to offer. With its many amenities and places of interest, you are guaranteed to have an enjoyable experience.
This area of quite outstanding natural beauty has a wealth of history, folklore and song for you to savour.
The West of Ireland offers the visitor superb golf courses which have been fashioned out of a naturally beautiful landscape. The Mayo Gaeltacht is a delight which incorporates beautiful scenery, an unpolluted environment and a joy to those who prefer a bit of a challenge in their golf.
With over thirty-nine varieties of fish known to inhabit the waters off the shores of the Barony of Erris, the sea-angler is rewarded with the best all-round sea angling waters in Ireland. Béal an Mhuirthead is possibly one of the best all-round sea angling centre in Ireland. Its wonderful sheltered waters, with Blacksod Bay to the South and Broad Haven Bay to the North acts as a base for charter boat fishing operators with several approved boats to choose from. The many islands in Clew Bay offer shelter from winds and make the sea angling experience extremely pleasant in Achill. The north of Achill Island also faces Blacksod, and it too is a delight for anglers, offering shark fishing.
There are approved charter angling boats based in the Gaeltacht region with full or half-day hire with excellent, helpful skippers available. A tackle and bait shop in Belmullet carries a full range.
The crystal clear Atlantic Ocean is a vital part of the Mayo Gaeltacht experience. For the watersport enthusiast Erris and Achill offer superb locations. The two main bays in Erris, Blacksod and Broad Haven offer miles of golden sand and gentle sheltered waters while at the more exposed Annagh Beach there is excellent surf. The area is renowned for scuba diving, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing and there are many safe beaches for children and tuition is available. In Achill the watersport enthusiast can enjoy the gentle lapping of the waves in Dú Éige bay or the roaring surf of DuGort. It advisable to check with the watersport centres beforehand regarding the qualifications and insurance provided.
Walking, Cycling and Equestrian
The best way to explore the wilderness of the Mayo Gaeltacht is by walking, cycling or on horseback. The environment offers many contrasts of terrain. Walk, cycle or trot along the many booreens or developed routes and experience first hand the living breathing bogland, machair and sand dunes, mountains and cliffs, sandy beaches and rocky coves but most of all fill your lungs with clean air from a pristine environment. Mayo offers a wonderful variety of short walks, hill walks and way marked trails. The terrain varies from level, to easy going to tough mountain climbing where specialist equipment is essential. Whatever you choose, the scenery is unfailingly stupendous and walks are almost always uncrowded.
Mayo is dominated by four of the great western lakes – Conn, Cullin, Carra and Mask – all of which have long established reputations as producers of quality wild brown trout. In addition to these major fisheries, the county has numerous smaller lakes and rivers which offer a wide variety of trout fishing. These vary from small mountain lakes, in remote locations, to the more popular stocked lakes which are managed by the Fisheries Boards or local angling clubs.