Located on the N59, 40km west of Ballina, Bangor Erris (in Irish Beannchar or Baingear) is an attractive little village on the banks of the Owenmore River, in the parish of Kiltane. Approx 2km from the 1000 hectares Carramore Lake, Bangor is an angler's paradise and an excellent base for wild atlantic salmon and sea trout fishing. Regarded as the gateway to the magnificent Erris Peninsula in North Mayo, Bangor Erris links Belmullet with Ballina and Westport.
Major Denis Bingham established the village of Bangor Erris c1820, as a stopping place for people travelling to Erris, because of its location at the crossroads of two existing roads which had been in use from about the middle of the 18th century. One of the roads went from the Mullet peninsula to Castlebar and the other went from Inver (Kilcommon) to Newport. Both roads were repaired by order of the County Assizes in 1793. The location of Bangor on the banks of the Owenmore river and the fact that the crossroads was well sheltered from the worst of the prevailing winds made it a popular choice for Major Bingham.
Bangor nestles at the foot of the "Bangor Trail" a 29km mountain pass across the Nephin Beg Mountain Range to Newport. If walking or cycling is your pleasure there is a network of quiet country roads that will take you through miles of unspoilt natural beauty.
As well as being a popular fishing destination there are many other activities and attractions within easy reach of this friendly north Mayo village. The superb 18-hole golf links at Carne, Belmullet with magnificent panoramic views of the islands of Inniskea and Innisglora, is less than half an hour away. The historic Céide Fields Visitor Centre is approx 30 mins drive.
To savour the delights of this gateway village why not come to Bangor Erris and see for yourself!
"I left Bangor Erris though only a boy, with only one shirt on me back ..." Check out the lyrics of the 'Tim Máirtin Jack' song.