Greenhill B&B Local Attractions
NORTH Mayo is undoubtedly one of Europe’s top angling destinations. The area is a game anglers paradise and also offers top class sea angling. The magnificent river Moy, s only a stones throw from Greenhill B & B, offers a variety of fishing including top class fly water, spinning and worming and fishing is available to suit all tastes and budgets.
THE DEEL RIVER Flows through the town of CROSSMOLINA , it is the largest of the Moy tributaries and offers a wide variety of angling experiences ranging from dry fly fishing for trout, together with spring salmon fishing.
LOUGH CONN one of the great western lakes is part of the Moy system and is noted mainly for its wild brown trout fishing. It is during the Mayfly period that Lough Conn has earned its reputation as one of Ireland’s top quality trout lakes but it can produce quality trout any time from the start of the season in mid February to the end of September. It also produces salmon, mostly to trolling, throughout the season.
The Rivers CLOONAGHMORE, BELDERG, BALLYCASTLE for salmon , sea trout, and brown trout .
EASKEY RIVER for salmon.
LOUGH EASKEY, LOUGH TALT for brown trout.
For the sea angler North Mayo offers top class boat and shore fishing and up to 34 species of fish have been recorded by anglers. The main deep sea angling centres are Killala, Enniscrone and Belmullet. Shore angling is becoming increasingly popular with fishing carried out from numerous, beeches, piers and rocky outcrops. There are up to 50 recognised shore marks and the best stands are sign posted.
LEVALLY and DERRYHICK LAKES, near PONTOON hold excellent stocks of pike and some perch.
For more ANGLING INFORMATION visit www.northwestfisheries.ie
Enjoy a holiday that combines the excitement of truly magnificent golf with some of the most beautiful and unspoilt scenery in Europe.
Ballina Golf Club offers one of the most scenic parkland courses in the West of Ireland. Situated in the heart of the unspoilt Moy Valley region, the club is blessed with an abundance of trees and natural features, while its stunning views are dominated by the majestic Ox MOUNTAINS. Using a picturesque natural landscape the 18 hole course offers the golfer variety, challenge, interest, and above all enjoyable golf. For more information visit www.ballina-golf.com
ENNISCRONE GOLF LINKS is one of Irelands finest links golf courses set in scenic splendour in Killala Bay.The championship venue provides golfers with the ultimate experience- dramitic dunesland, an inspired design concept, superb greens all year round and breathtaking views.
For more information visit www.enniscronegolf.com.
CARNE GOLF LINKS in North Mayo, on the west coast of Ireland lies in magnificent unspoilt sand dunes overlooking BlacksodBay and the wild atlantic ocean near the town of Belmullet within 1 hours drive from Ballina. The building of Carne golf links has caused little disturbance to the wild and ancient landscape.Tees and greens occurred naturally and very little earth moving was involved in the course construction.This challenging course is a must for every golfer.FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT WWW.CARNEGOLFLINKS.COM.
This is an ideal location to take advantage of the many fine walks available in the Ballina town area, suitable for all level of fitness. There are beautiful riverside walks, historical walks taking in the many historic sites in the town; Belleek Wood has six miles of woodland walks and nature trails. These walks can take anything from 20mins – 90mins duration.
Ballina is only 15 mins away from Enniscrone’s extensive sandy beach which stretches for more than 4km.At the estuary end is an area known as the valley of the Diamonds, so called because of the sparkling reflections created in the sunlight by broken sea shells. Experience the constant change of light, and a sunset to remember. ROSS BEACH IS LOCATED NEAR KILLALA 20 MINS DRIVE FROM Ballina. Ross is a 4/5 km long sandy beach backed by dunes. It’s not too wide or too open and windswept. The curved shape provides added protection. The air and water here are clean and fresh. This is a great beach for a walk to capture the peace and tranquillity and take in the local scenery.
RURAL WALKS There are looped walks in Ballycastle, Crossmolina, Erris, Keenagh, Foxford Bunnyconnellan all within 30 mins drive of Ballina.
For more information www.mayowalks.ie
CEIDE FIELDS an amazing archaeological experience combined with an award winning visitor centre and some of the most dramatic coastline scenery in the country. The Ceide Fields, near Ballycastle are the oldest known field systems in the world, dating back over five and a half thousand years. The remains of this Neolithic landscape, walls, houses, and tombs are preserved beneath a blanket of bog and extend over an area of several square miles. FOR MORE INFORMATION www.heritageireland.ie
DOLMEN OF THE FOUR MAOLS. This is the oldest monument in the town situated near the railway station with access through the level crossing into Primrose Hill. Tradition has it that the Maols four brothers , murdered the bishop Ceallach, their stepmother and were executed at Ardnaree, before being taken to the burial place at the Dolmen.
THE JACKIE CLARKE COLLECTION. The collection spans nearly 400 years of Irish history, with documents dating back from1617 to the present day. The collection includes over 100,000 items, and is to be housed in the former Provincial Bank in Pearse Street.
AUGUSTIAN ABBEY The remains of the Augustian ABBEY beside the Cathedral, date from the late 14th century. Little remains of the abbey apart from the beautiful doorway.
ANCIENT MONUMENTS. Moyne Abbey and Rosserk Friary are located close to each other,north of Ballina. Both Moyne AND Rosserk, compete for the title of largest and most impressive ecclesiastical ruins in Co Mayo. The two have much in common. Moyne built in the late Irish gothic style, was founded by the late Burke family as a Franciscan friary and consecrated in1462. It was destroyed in 1590 by the governor of Connacht, Sir Richard Bingham.Rosserk was also founded as Fransciscan friary.It was built in 1640. Like Moyne it was destroyed by the Binghams. The Abbey’s church has an interesting architectural feature – it is cruciform in shape, and has a bell tower suspended over its chancel arch.
There are many interesting , nationally significant historic and archaeological sites within 30KM of the town.
FOXFORD WOOLLEN MILLS. Since opening in 1892 the award winning mills have earned the reputation as a premier visitor attraction in Ireland.At the core of the centre is a fully operational woollen mill Take the historical woollen mill tour where you can step back in time to see how life was in Foxford in the1890’s For more information visit www.foxfordwoollenmills.ie
MICHAEL DAVITT MUSEUM, honours the founder of the Land League which transformed tenant –farmers into owner- occupiers by constitutional means. For more information visit www.museumsofmayo.com/davit.
NORTH MAYO FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH CENTRE, contains indices of church registers of all denominations.
THE MUSEUM OF COUNTRY LIFE, Turlough ,Castlebar. The first branch of the NATIONAL MUESEUM OF IRELAND TO BE LOCATED outside of Dublin. Visit www.museum.ie
KNOCK SHRINE, is one of the great Marian shrines in the world. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.knock-shrine.ie
Hennigans Heritage Centre. A real place,to see how this family have lived on 10 acres of poor land for 200 years.FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.hennigansheritage.com
FR PEYTON MEMORIAL CENTRE. Fr. Peyton was one of Irelands most famous priests and was internationally known as the Rosary Priest.The centre commemorates the life and apostolic work of Fr. Peyton. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.museumsofmayo.com/peyton.
BALLYCROY NATIONAL PARK is Irelands sixth National Park and is located on the Western seaboard in Northwest Mayo.It comprises of 11,000 hectares of atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness,dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range. FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT www.ballycroynationalpark.ie