A Dolmen is an ancient Irish burial site. It consists of two or three stones standing upright with a flat stone across the top.
The story behind most of the Dolmens has been lost over time, but the story of the Dolmen of the Four Maols remains to this day.
The Four Maols were the brothers of the imposter to the throne of the King of Connaught. The rightful heir to the throne had necome a Bishop, but he was murdered by the Maols. They were brought to trial, hanged, and buried here at Primrose Hill.
This Dolmen is perfectly preserved. A little trail leads from the main road to the site and you can go right up and touch the monument.
The main down side is the large industrial complex that has been built behind it, spoiling the lovely image.
Ross Beach is hard to find, but well worth getting to, as it is stunning and one of Ireland's Blue Flag beaches.
I hit on it by accident, as I was driving around looking for somewhere else. When I saw the sign for this beach (and as I so very much love the seaside) I took a turn off the main road and followed the little side road. As it got smaller and smaller, and eventually turned into a dirt track with grass growing up the middle, I almost gave up and turned back, convinced I had taken a wrong turn. As it was so narrow at that point I could only go on in one direction - forward - and after 3km I came upon this amazing place.
Here one perfect beach leads to another. I rolled up my skirt, took off my shoes, and paddled in the water letting the gentle little wavelets lap at my ankles. The sun was shining warmly, but not hot, and it was just like heaven.
The water is crystal clear and the sand is clean. Highly recommended for sea and scenery.
Some of the best beaches in Ireland are to be found in Mayo. When the weather is good, you can find long golden sand beaches where you may almost be alone. The best are to be found around Achill Island but there also some fine ones around Belmullet. While in Summer you may sun yourself on them, bear in mind that swimming in the Atlantic is not for the faint-hearted! In winter, you will often have a magnificent beach completely to yourself and they make for bracing walking spots :-)
This is perhaps the only historical site in North Mayo of European importance. Under the bog here a 5000 year agriculturaL landscape is still being discovered (said to be the oldest such field system in Europe). To be honest, its not very spectacular but the interpretive centre is very good and its located in a stark landscape which is very affecting. Hard to believe that so long ago this area was a hive of human activity as now it is very isolated. But the climate changed from mild to harsh and despite the best efforts of the ancient peoples the land gave way to marsh which eventually turned to bog and preserved the old field walls underneath. You'll need your own transport to get here as there are no buses. Near here are spectacular cliffs and many ancient remains.
A pleasant place to go for a ramble, within a short walk of the town of Ballina. Belleck Castle and grounds were laid out from 1831 on by the Knox-Gore family. In 1940 the family sold up and ithe grounds have been in state ownership since 1950. The Castle is a rather nice looking hotel. Laid out alongside the river Moy, the forest park has a number of walks, many different kinds of trees and plants, the Knox-Gore monument (1873 - must have been a fun place for kids to play king of the castle from as its on a high mound :), a few old estate buildings, and a Iron age ring fort. However, this place has no connection at all with the well-known Belleck Pottery!
Open to the sun pottery is a great place to drop into, have a browse of the pottery and then avail of the coffee shop attached :-) Owner Kay Ellen Reinhart does lovely pieces to suit all budgets and has a very cute cat (and I don't even like cats much). Look out for the goat sculpture on a rock outside!
The Moy river, which passes through Foxford and then Ballina is one of the finest rivers for anglers in Ireland and you will normally see a line of men standing in waders in the middle of the river busily trying to land the big one :-)
The Woollen mills in Foxford were established in the 1890s in an attempt to provide employment in what was then a desperately poor and overcrowded part of Ireland. It was highly successful, employing several hundred by the 1930s. With the dismantling of protection for Irish industry in the 1960s and cheaper imports, it became a much smaller operation and in the 1990s an interactive exhibition on the Mill was opened. This is very good and you can follow it by touring the remaining factory floor and then visiting the large showrooms. Its not cheap but Foxford produces beautiful (and long lasting!) blankets, shawls and some clothes, in a variety of different materials and patterns.
Aside from the tours and shop, there is also a restaurant, a silversmith and a museum to local boy made good, Admiral William Brown, founder of the Argentinean navy. Admiral Brown was born in Foxford in 1777 and had a very colourful life. His museum is fascinating as it highlights one of the overlooked Irish communities, that of Argentina. Argentina still remembers Admiral Brown and there is a monument elsewhere in the town to the Admiral that was opened by the Argentinean Ambassador. There's also a community hall named for him and the cottage where he was born is preserved.
All this and some local handicrafts on display too J
We hired bikes from the garage in Cong and cycled around lots.
Also you can rent row boats on the Lake and o Fishing. There are some old historical sites like Rock Cairns.
John Waynes Quiet Man film was made in Cong. A pub from it is still standing though unfortunately only the fron of it is, you can't go in as it looks derelict with no roof.
Beautifull part of the west,
Ashford castel is also very beautiful to have a look on the grounds.
Just beyond the Doolough pass in Southern Mayo can be found a terrific waterfall known as Aasleagh Falls. Located where the River Erriff meets Killary Harbor, this waterfall can easily be seen from the road (R335). If the weather has been somewhat dry, you might even be able to walk out to the waterfall itself and obtain a great view of the water rushing over the rocky surface of the valley.
12 of us went on this murder mystery weekend. The weekend was a great price being that in included accommodation, breakfast, 4 course meal at a hotel where we played the game. All this very high standard.
The difference with this murder mystery weekend was that we dressed up and were the actors. The scene is set before we come and our theme was that a lady had died and they were auctioning off her antiques. We are all friend, relatives etc there for this. All with our own secrets and missions to accomplish as well as see can we suss out the murderer. Everybody knew things others did not. I was a Colombian Drug dealer (and supplier to the deceased)
You dress up in a chosen theme. Ours was 20's. Costume rental is available with given notice or bring your own.
This weekend is a must.
Location is beautiful and we definately amused the locals in our get up. ha
Westport is a charming little town on Mayo's Atlantic coast. There are plenty of traditional pubs (Matt Molloy's for example), good places to eat , as well as a good selection of shops that provide for everything from walking clothes to groceries.
We had a really good time at an evening meeting at Ballinrobe races. Entrance to the course was 12 Euros.
Inside the ground there are bars and restaurants for refreshments. I am told that Ballinrobe is unusual in that all of the track is visible from the stand. Although there are also giant screens that show you the action as it happens.
As the horses come round to the finish everyone is on their feet cheering for their horse.
The photo shows Keem Bay at the western tip of Achill Island, with its beautiful beach. We left the Atlantic Drive at Keel for this short excursion. Behind the beach you see the mountains of Achill Head, the most westerly point of Achill Island. At Keel, you’ll also find a nice beach, with view on the high and impressive Minaun cliffs.
Especially the coast from Ballycastle to Belderrig is very scenic, with lots of cliffs. On the photo you see the cliffs of Ceide. Ceide Fields is an archeologic site, dating from Stone Age, that has a Visitor’s Center.
Castlebar Street, Westport, Ireland
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Lannagh Road, Castlebar, Western Ireland, Ireland
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