Boating and Angling, Belderrig in Co. Mayo

Boating

When in Belderrig, arrange a trip with the fishermen or charter a boat to sail along the coast, west direction Porturlin, east direction Céide Fields and Downpatrick Head. To view the towering cliffs, the many untouched bays, the rock formations is a most exciting experience.

You may be accompanied by a dolphin, you view the nesting birds along the cliffs, experience the Gannets, diving from 100m into the water.

The unmatched experience is the early sun rise or the sun set over the Atlantic. Boating can be arranged departing from Belderrig or Killala.

Fishing

Along both sides of Belderrig Bay you can enjoy casting your line into the Atlantic. Depending on time and periods, the most common fish caught are Pollack and Mackerels. But be aware of the risks of rock fishing. Otherwise you may try your luck from the Pier as many locals do during summer time.

If you have not caught anything you may await the return of the fishing boats to buy fresh Salmon, Crabs, Lobsters or other fish.

If you visit with your camper or tent, you have the unique experience of boiling your own lobster or crab claws fresh out of the Atlantic.

You may buy your own lobster pot made by the expert Belderrig fisherman and try your own luck along the rocks or take it home for memory.

Sea Angling is a most popular activity from March to September and anglers come to the area from Germany, Britain, France, Northern Ireland and Holland. Conger, coalfish and pollack are among the most common types to be fished in these waters.

You may buy your own lobster pot made by the expert Belderrig fisherman and try your luck along the rocks or take it home for the memory.

Sea Angling boats can be hired at Killala. Deep Sea Angling Competitions are held annually at Belmullet (20 miles), this marks the traditional return of families from abroad.

The great challenge of angling is in the Atlantic. Small boats can be launched for fishing of pollack, coalfish, cod, whiting gurnard and ling.

Because of the exposed nature of the coastline in this area, local advice should be sought before going boat fishing.

Otherwise, charter a boat for Sea Angling from Killala or Belderrig. You may have your own equipment or make use of available equipment to be rented.

The River Moy in Ballina (30 miles) is also famous for its Salmon fishing, you will need to purchase a rod license, to fish this river.