Visitor’s Guide of Crossmolina in Co. Mayo
Crossmolina is situated between Ballina and Bangor in County Mayo and is within 45 minutes drive from Ireland West Airport Knock. The popular Enniscoe House is located nearby on the shores of Lough Conn and can trace it’s roots back to the 17th century.
The Georgian Manor House is set on scenic, mature gardens which provide a wonderful surrounding for this elegant Irish building. The Mayo North Family Heritage Centre is also located on the Enniscoe Country Estate.
There is a Museum on the estate which displays local artefacts about the region and there is a Forge and Craft Training Centre which is dedicated to developing skills in Traditional crafts.
Visitors to Crossmolina may choose to take in the grandeur of the countryside by walking or cycling. The Mayo town is situated close to many walking routes which are easily accessed and are constructed in a loop where the start and finsh are at the same point.
There are a number of Walking Trails located in the area surrounding Crossmolina. The Gortnor Abbey Loop Walk starts at the children’s playground in the town of Crossmolina approxiamely 4 kilometres in length. The Grange Loop Walk starts from the same point but is slightly longer at 6 kilometres and is suitable for the moderate walker.
The Deel Castle Loop Walk is designed for the more experienced walker with challenging terrain along the 11 kilometre route. Further away from Crossmolina, is the Enniscoe Loop Walk which starts at the Visitor’s Car Park on the grounds of the Enniscoe grounds.
This Walk offers pleasent scenery and at 3 kilometres long is perfect for a leisurely stroll. The Enniscoe Loop Walk passes by the shores of Lough Conn, making for an ideal stop-off point for dining or a spot of angling.
Starting at Bellanderg Bridge, the Keenagh Loop Walk is a long (12 km) trail which is a mixture of country lanes, riverbanks and mountain treks. However, this route does provide panoramic views of the Atlantic coastline and the rugged landscape in north and west Mayo.
There are many rivers and lakes located in the Crossmolina area, most notably Lough Conn which offers excellent Brown Trout fishing. Angling on Lough Conn can be achieved either by hiring a boat or by casting lines ot from the shoreline. Local anglers can provide an in-depth knowledge of the best places for possible catches.