Leisure Activities, Louisburgh in Co. Mayo
Visitors to Louisburgh are continually surprised by the magnificent scenery of the area.
Located on the wild Atlantic coast, this lovely remote and relatively undiscovered corner of Western Europe boasts safe pollution-free (Blue-Flag) beaches, Connacht's highest mountain - Mweelrea, Ireland's Pilgrimage Mountain - Croagh Patrick, Island trips, tracing the steps of the famous pirate Queen, Gráinne Uaile and stunning scenery - something for everyone.
Louisburgh has some of the most beautiful beaches in Europe. Sheltered coves and miles of sandy beaches such as Silver Strand, Cross Beach (famous for its surf), Bunowen and Doughmakeown, offer ideal recreational activities for old and young alike. Carramore, Old Head and Bertra are Blue-Flag Beaches with Life Guard supervision during the summer months.
The area offers ideal facilities for the waters sports enthusiast - Canoeing, Wavesurfing, Windsurfing, Scuba Diving, Water Skiing, Sailing and Boat Cruises.
A unique way to capture the beauty of the area is by bicycle. Enjoy the remote and quiet roads, towering mountains and tranquil lakes. There's always time to stop off at a secluded beach or even the local pub! Take the short drive from Louisburgh to the town of Westport, park up your car and sample the envigorating walk, jog or cycle along the The Great Western Greenway, Ireland's longest off-road walking / cycle track.
Whether you enjoy the gentle peace of forest walks and coastal walks or more strenuous mountain walks, Mweelrea 2,600ft, Croagh Patrick etc., Louisburgh caters for your needs. Capture the breath-taking views of sea, mountains, lakes and plains of Mayo.
Country treks are available locally for those wishing to experience the rustic rugged landscape of the West Coast.
From Clew Bay to Killary Harbour, Louisburgh offers excellent shore fishing. Deep sea fishing trips can be arranged for both individuals and groups.
Louisburgh offers excellent lakes and rivers for the fishing enthusiast - Bunowen, Carrowniskey, Delphi, Doolough and Erriff will keep any angler on tender hooks!
A short ferry trip takes you to the splendour of Clare Island and Inis Turk. Their history stretches over 5,000 years of human habitation. Steeped in history and folklore, you can trace the steps of the famous "Pirate Queen", Gráinne Uaile, as you explore the wilderness of these islands.
Rich in archeological remains, Louisburgh offers some interesting and accessible places such as Murrisk Abbey, Wedge Gallery Grave at Altore and Clapper Bridge at Killeen.
Dining out is a pleasure in the local area. Choose from first class restaurants, cafes and salad bars. All tastes are catered for.
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