For a few short months, every summer, sailing vessels from far-flung shores cruise Mayo’s Wild Atlantic waters navigating the many islands, stacks, rocks, and hidden reefs that make our coastal waters so beautiful to admire but a treacherous world for the unprepared sailor.
A Guide to the Islands off Co Mayo
The islands off the Mayo coastline have much to offer visitors. Achill is Ireland's biggest island and is a wonderful place to spend a holiday with excellent bed and breakfasts, caravan and camping facilities, fine restaurants and pubs for entertainment at night. There are a variety of water-sports on Achill, including surfing, kayaking and wind surfing with surf classes for adults and kids. The ferry to Clare Island will bring you to another of Mayo's inhabited islands that is famous for its walking trails. The Inishkea Islands off North Mayo are no longer inhabited but are well worth visiting to to see the wildlife such as seals and visit the ancient settlements.
Eagle Island, off the north end of the Mullet Peninsula in Erris, Co Mayo, was once home to the families of the island’s two lighthouse keepers. The two lighthouses on Eagle Island were switched on in September 1835. One of the lighthouses stopped functioning after it was damaged beyond repair by a storm in 1894, […]
The Clare Island Community Action Plan 2014-2019 has been launched by Michael Ring TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism, and Sport. The Community Futures Day event was held at Clare Island Community Centre on Sunday, 9th November 2014. Addressing the large gathering, Minister Ring thanked the Islanders for their hospitality, community spirit, and […]
A few hours walking on Claggan Island near Belmullet is an escape to a magical world of tranquility and wonderful coastal scenery on the Wild Atlantic coast of Co Mayo.
The Inishkea Islands, off the Mullet, in North Mayo, are among the most rarely visited of County Mayo’s many island outposts. During the summer months from June to August, depending on weather conditions, there are organised boat trips to Inishkea South, a few times a week. Once supporting thriving fishing and farming communities, the two […]