● Rosserk Friary & Moyne Abbey
Rosserk Friary is one of the finest and best preserved of the Franciscan friaries in Ireland. It was founded by the Joyce family circa 1440. Rosserk Friary and Moyne Abbey are located near to each other, north of Ballina on the west side of Killala Bay.
● Killala and its Round Tower
Killala sits on the western central edge of Killala Bay on R314 and the Western Way. The monastery was founded by St Patrick, who was rumored to have spent part of his captivity near here.
● Lacken Strand & Kilcummin
Lacken Strand in North Mayo is located about 8kms north of Killala. The ‘back beach’ at Kilcummin adjoins Lacken Strand and is perfect for a family day out. It was at Kilcummin in 1798 that General Humbert and its French army came ashore before marching to Ballina to do battle with the British.
● Downpatrick Head, The Céide Fields & Ballycastle
Downpatrick Head is one of two Signature Points on the Wild Atlantic Way in Mayo. It stands 126ft above the sea with fantastic views of the Atlantic, the Staggs of Broadhaven and high cliffs along the shore. The Céide Fields, near Ballycastle, is a vast prehistoric landscape, a natural wild ecology of blanket bog, dramatic cliffs and coastline, and a much acclaimed building, which has received Ireland’s most prestigious architectural award. Ballycastle (Baile an Chaisil – the town of the stone fortress) lies on the beautiful rugged coast of North Mayo. Its northern boundary is exposed to the wild Atlantic Ocean; to the west are the Stags of Broadhaven (600 million year old rocks);to the east lies Killala Bay; and to the south are the towns of Crossmolina and Ballina.
● The Erris Peninsula – A Broadhaven Irish Tour favourite!
Welcome to the wild west! Dozens of adventures await in Erris – from the scenery to the characters who make up this amazing place, and where any further west and it’s ‘next stop New York!’ The beautiful Iniskea Islands, Belmullet, Belderrig, Carrowteige, Blacksod Point, Elly Bay and Blacksod Bay and the North Mayo Sculpture Trail are all waiting to be discovered. Annagh Head, on Mullet Peninsula, is one of the most ancient sites on the Wild Atlantic Way. The oldest rocks on mainland Ireland are to be found here. The gneiss here is 1,753 million years old. From here you can spot the small island of Inishglora, where, according to legend, the Children of Lir were buried. Erris Head is at the top of the Mullet Peninsula. Here, a 5km easy walk takes you up to the head on foot. It is a breathtaking loop. From the cliff tops you can experience the power of wild nature where land and sea meet. Here you can discover Blacksod Harbour and Blacksod Lighthouse, which was built in 1864 and played an important role at the end of the World War II. It is still operational, however, not open to the general public. The cliffs, seen from the sea, give the real sense of impressiveness.
Specialising in bespoke tours throughout the West and beyond – whether it’s listening to a piper on an island off the coast, visiting a stunning deserted beach or experiencing a day on the bog, proud Mayo man and publican, Aiden Sweeney can arrange it all. Enjoy an ‘off the beaten track’ tour with a chauffeur service, a once-in-a-lifetime behind the scenes journey along the Wild Atlantic Way and meet the people and the places that make this part of the world such a special place. Travel the experience.