The following lines from Shakespeare seem appropriate at this worrying and unprecedented time when self-isolation and entire continents in lockdown seem our only defence against Coronavirus (COVID-19). Diseases desperate grownBy desperate appliance are relieved,Or not at all.Shakespeare, Hamlet. Disrupted routines can make the days seem long. But a walk by river, lake forest or sea, […]
Guide to Mayo Beaches
Mayo has some of the most spectacular coastal scenery and beaches in Ireland. Mayo beaches are perfect for long walks, and offer some of the best surfing, swimming, wind-surfing and kayaking in the world. The wild and wonderful sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see in North Mayo contrast with the calm and sheltered beaches of Clew Bay such as Old Head. Visitors to Mayo can enjoy lots of beach activities such as surfing on Achill Island and Carrowniskey. The walking trails at Cross Beach and Carrowteige in North Mayo are popular - and deep sea angling in Blacksod Bay, Killala Bay and Clew Bay will ensure you have fresh fish to fry for dinner.
It’s late-February and a succession of storms have just swept across the Atlantic from Arctic Canada churning the vast ocean into a raging sea swell and sending gigantic waves thundering into the coast. Nature’s full fury stirred up the boundless depths of the North Atlantic with the indifference of a playful toddler splashing bath-water in […]
A brisk south-westerly lifted the menagerie of cartoon character kites over the crescent of Trawmore strand in Keel. Giant-sized, inflatable kites rising, trailing, bobbing and dancing in a colourful aerial carnival under a sun-warmed Achill island. Above the throngs, a dazzlingly blue and white sky of sun and cloud was dotted with vibrantly coloured […]
March brings both the promise of summer and sharp reminders of winter. Icy cold north westerlies, not unexpected here in mid-March, brought snow to the mountain tops ahead of Storm Gareth. And so an unusually mild winter gave way to three days of mad March weather. Nephin, Ireland’s highest standalone mountain, is often a giant […]
There’s nothing so exicting and unpredictable as the natural wonders that surround us. Like the energy and randomness of waves crashing onto the shore. Atlantic ocean waves can change very quickly from mere ripples into storm driven curling monster walls of water that break in an explosion of spray and foam over clifftops like Downpatrick […]
Standing in the safety of Killerduff, watching the awesome power of Mayo’s Wild Atlantic waves crashing over Downpatrick Head, got me thinking of the terrifying conditions only seafarers witness as they work the high seas to earn a precarious livelihood.
Before setting off for Enniscrone I had to use a spatula to scrape the layers of ice off the car windscreen. It was showing 1 degree Celsius on the car monitor and the road from Ballina was icy and dangerous.
The mists of time have once again briefly lifted on beautiful Doohoma beach to reveal the preserved remnants of a prehistoric forest that once covered Mayo.
The strange upside-down V-shaped object in the night sky over North Mayo on Wednesday night had all the appearance of a UFO – but the truth is far less exciting if nonetheless interesting.
Scotchport, a small and beautiful sheltered cove near Corclough on the Mullet, has an interesting history and today is a popular location for scuba diving in Mayo.
The idyllic scenery on the drive from Geesala to Doohoma along the winding road that skirts Tullaghan Bay never fails to impress no matter how many times we make the journey.
There is nothing better during the autumn and winter months than spending an hour or two picking cockles and mussels on one of Mayo’s magnificent Wild Atlantic Way beaches.
A visit to Glosh beach, at the southern end of the Mullet Peninsula, can sometimes turn up the most unexpected surprises – such as beach sculptures made from driftwood and other bits of flotsam washed ashore by the North Atlantic.
It’s no surprise that Old Head near Louisburgh in Co Mayo has been popular with families from all over Ireland for generations.
Ross beach near Killala in Co Mayo is the perfect location for a family day on the beach and a place where we have spent many an enjoyable afternoon.
Lacken Strand in North Mayo is located about 8 kms north of Killala. Lacken Strand is a sheltered inlet, hidden from the wild Atlantic waves by a series of spectacular sand dunes.