Ballinrobe is known as the 'Lake District' of County Mayo and, as the name suggests, is rich in fishing lakes and rivers. It is well acclaimed by anglers from many corners of the world who make Ballinrobe their annual fishing destination, particularly for the May-fly season.
Ballinrobe golf course is an impressive inland course designed by well-known course designer Eddie Hackett and laid out to championship standard. Set in the grounds of Cloonacastle Estate, which dates back to 1238, it offers a challenge to any golfer with its elaborate fairways and man made lakes. For fans of horse racing, the Ballinrobe race course is located on the N84 Galway/Castlebar road and has 8 meetings throughout the year with many well-known names appearing on the programme for each event.
An ideal tour base Ballinrobe is a 40-minute drive from Galway, 20 minutes from Castlebar and 30 minutes from Westport.
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Ballinrobe justly lays claim to the title of Lake Angling Capital of the West. The proximity of the great lakes of Mask, Carra and Corrib to the town affords the angler a choice of waters not available anywhere else in Europe. Apart from the excellent game angling on the lakes, there is coarse angling available within easy reach of the town. A major event in the angling calendar is the World Wet Fly Angling Championships held annually on Lough Mask. This competition now attracts an entry in excess of 600 competitors.
Ballinrobe has a very old tradition of racing. Ballinrobe Racecourse is located one mile from the town on the main Castlebar road (N84). It is the only Racecourse in Mayo and is 1 of only 4 in Connaught.
9 annual meetings from April to September
Ballinrobe is renowned for its championship 18-hole parkland golf course at Cloonacastle Estate. Designed by the late Eddie Hackett and developed in 1995, Ballinrobe Golf Course has been played by many famous golfers, including Ireland's Padraig Harrington.