Visitors' Guide of Ballina in Co. Mayo
The Moy Valley, a paradise of natural beauty in the West of Ireland, is situated between two mountain ranges. It provides an unique blending of spectacular landscape and geological features, combining a marvellous patchwork of colour and unpolluted fish-filled waters, sweeping along the Valley.
It is a region overflowing with outdoor activities. Renowned for its angling, a choice of over 100 game and coarse fish await the angler. The famous river Moy has some of the best fishing in the world.
The ex Irish soccer Manager Jack Charlton has found his retreat here in Ballina, its estuary town. Lough Conn, spanning 15 square miles holds an estimate 1 million Trout and the vast expanse of Killala Bay has over 30 species of seafish. Many accommodation premises provide bait, fridge and drying facilities.
The Ox mountains to the East and the Nephin mountain range to the West make the Moy Valley and ideal place for walking holidays. There are magnificent routes along the breathtaking North Mayo coast.
Theme walks feature strongly, with the great Famine walks at Bonniconlon and the SculptureTrail along the North Mayo coast reflecting Artists impression of the landscape and folklore of the area. Trained guides can accompany walkers giving commentaries on the areas heritage. They are fully trained in all safety procedures. A week long, or a weekend walking holiday can be arranged as can a casual days ramble.
Enjoy a relaxing game of golf at the18-hole links Championship course in Enniscrone which played host to the Irish championship, or try the scenic parkland course of Ballina.
Awaiting the visitor are a variety of outdoor ventures, Water Sports, Athletics, Cycling Tours, Horse Trekking, Pony Trekking, Pitch and Putt and surfing at Easkey. One can relax in the peace and tranquillity of the clean, unspoilt beaches of Enniscrone, Ross or Lacken.
Step back in time and visit the 5,000 year old Ceide Fields in Ballycastle, one of the oldest enclosed farms in the World. Discover your Family roots at the North Mayo Heritage Centre at Enniscoe near Crossmolina. The Foxford Woollen Mills gives one the opportunity to relive 100 years of sights, sounds and smells of the Woollen Industry as well as buying quality Irish goods in the craft/clothes shop.
The Irish Monastic Heritage is also visible in this part of Mayo. Visit the abbeys of Rathfran, Moyne and Rosserk or the round Tower and ancient Cathedral at Killala. Be enchanted by the Dolmen of the four Maols and St. Patricks Cross in Ballina.
The Jackie Clarke Collection, opened in 2013 and located in Pearse Street, is the most important collection of Irish historical material about the 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland’s story throughout the ages.
You can also enjoy a hectic social life in many singing pubs, quality cuisine restaurants and energy-sapping nightlife. You are invited to come and experience the charm, warmth and friendliness of the Moy Valley in harmony with the fresh airs, clean waters and unspoilt landscapes.
Fr Peyton Memorial Centre
The Father Peyton Memorial Centre at Attymass commemorates Attymass born Fr Patrick Peyton, world famous founder of the Family Rosary Crusade which he founded in 1942 to encourage families to pray together daily especially saying the Rosary. He coined the famous phrase The family that prays together stays together.
Visitors to the centre can experience the multimedia presentation that tells the fascinating story of The Rosary Priest. There is also a photographic exhibition of his life. Spiritual direction and counselling is offered and you can visit the Oratory and Contemplation Garden.
For more information visit the Museums of Mayo Website
Click here for information on a Historical Walking Tour of the town
Ballina Street Festival
This annual extravaganza provides entertainment for all ages and tastes. The first major event of this years programme is the renowned Ballina National Heritage Day. For more information and this years programme of events click here: Ballina Salmon Festival
Belleek Woods is situated along the banks of the River Moy directly across from the Quay village. It is one of the largest urban forests comprising 200 acres of woodlands with trees up to 300 hundered years old.
Originally part of the Knox Gore estate, it is now a peaceful haven of up to 6 miles of natural forest pathways, two of which run along the banks of the Moy.
Strolling around Ballina Quay and Belleek Woods an unusual landmarks of the River Moy comes into sight; it’s the SS Creteboom.
Tír Sáile - The North Mayo Sculpture Trail
North Mayo has one of the greatest concentrations of Stone Age tombs (megaliths) in Europe. It is now known to possess the intact farms of the tomb builders, preserved beneath the bog which covers the region. Tír Sáile has created a trail of permanent sculpture from the Moy Estuary to the Mullet Peninsula marking in a contemporary way this ancient landscape.