Mulranny in Co. Mayo
Mulranny - in Irish ‘Maoil Raithne’ or ‘Malla Raithne’ (Hill of the Ferns) - is situated on the isthmus between Clew Bay and Blacksod Bay in County Mayo, Ireland, and is only 25 mins drive from Westport and within 15 mins drive of Achill Sound and Ballycroy National Park.
Mulranny has always been a popular tourist destination and this was further enhanced in May 2011 when the Great Western Greenway from Newport to Mulranny was crowned the Irish winner of the European Destination of Excellence (EDEN). In February 2011 Mulranny Tourism Committee submitted an application to participate in this prestigious EU competition, which is designed to encourage and promote sustainable tourism development models across the European Union.
Mayo TD Michael Ring, Minister of State for Tourism and Transport, congratulated the efforts of everyone involved in bringing such a high accolade to the area, saying this is "a classic example of taking an underused local asset, looking at it in a new way and exploiting its full potential for the betterment of the local community and economy".
Flora and Fauna
Mulranny is the home of colourful giant fuchsias and a number of exotic plants. The seashore in Mulranny is fringed by Mediterranean heath, a plant that in Ireland is restricted to county Mayo. The adjacent Mulranny woodland boasts a kaleidoscope of trees including birch, hawthorn, rowan, hazel, sycamore, holly, oak and ash. This wonderful profusion of colour and plant life is just one of the unique attractions of this vibrant seaside village.
Rossturk Castle is a historic castle close to Mulranny. It was one of the strongholds of the famous O’ Malley Clan - the pirate queen, Grace O’Malley (Granuaile), being their most famous figure in Irish history.
Mulranny has a beautiful beach which for many years has been the deserved holder of Blue Flag status. “Trá Buí” (Yellow Beach) is another long beach perfect for a leisurely stroll in the evening as the sun sets behind Clare Island and the mountains.
Angling enthusiasts can enjoy shore fishing or sea angling, both of which can be arranged locally. Boat hire is available taking anglers to the best fishing waters around the bay, with up to 30 species of fish.
Other Leisure Activities
Mulranny boasts a 9-hole golf links popular with visitors due to the excellent golfing facilities and the spectacular views of Clew Bay combined with the beautiful backdrop of Croagh Patrick clearly in view. Walking and hill-walking are both popular pastimes and there are thousands of acres to explore for the experienced hill walker or casual stroller.
At weekends during the holiday season the local Hotel and Pubs provide the best in local musicians. Irish Traditional nights are a weekly occurrence.
There are 2 restaurants in Mulranny which cater for every taste. The local Hotel has a 4 star restaurant and also offers a comprehensive bar menu.