Lake and Sea Beaches
Lough Cullin has a number of small sheltered beaches with the most popular one at Drummin Wood. Atlantic Coast beaches can be driven to in less than an hour. Some of Mayo’s favourites are as follows;
Enniscrone Beach Co. Sligo – 35 Minutes via R310 and N59
Enniscrone beach is a safe blue flag fabulous golden beach which stretches for an amazing 5km. Surrounding the beach on one side is a lively little seaside town called Enniscrone, on the other side the beach meets Killala Bay. Visitors to the town will find a wide range of activities to experience or take part in.
Ross Beach Co. Mayo – 40 minutes via R310 and R314
This sandy beach in a rural environment is located 5 km north of Killala town. Ross strand is located along the shoreline of Killala Bay. Killala Bay is an extensive triangular estuary with mudflats lining the sides of the channel. The bay offers rich feeding for wildfowl and waders. An esker ridge close by is covered by hazel woodland. The ground flora here has an unusual degree of diversty.
The beach is lifeguard patrolled during the bathing season. Lifeguard times can be viewed by clicking on the tab above or by checking out the information notice board at the beach.
Keem Beach on Achill Ireland – 1.5 hours via R319
Keem Beach is one of a number of blue flag beaches on Achill Island. It is located in a perfect horseshoe bay at the head of a valley between the cliffs of Benmore to the west and Croaghaun mountain on the east on Achill Island. Keem is a small, sandy, rural beach, sheltered by cliffs, which support a rich amount of plants and animals. The beach has access ramps for the disabled but does not have disabled toilet facilities.
The beach is well signposted and is located 10km west of Keel village and past the village of Dooagh.
The beach is lifeguard patrolled during the bathing season. Lifeguard times can be viewed by clicking on the tab above or by checking out the information notice board at the beach. There are lifebuoys and torpedo buoys available on the beach.
Belmullet – 1 hour via R315 and N59
Elly Bay is a fine sandy beach located on the Mullett Peninsula, 9km south of Belmullet town. The whole bay is of international ecological importance because of the diverse habitat types to be found in the area. The bay is also internationally important for birdlife.
This beach is not lifeguarded. First Aid Box and phone available at the local adventure centre, UISCE, in the event of an emergency.
Mulranny – 47 min via N59
Mulranny has a number of spectacular coves with beautiful soft golden sand backed by machair dunes. All have breathtaking views across Clew Bay and out towards Clare Island. An energetic walk along any of these strands in any weather would uplift and inspire even the lowest of spirits.
Mulranny’s Blue Flag beach is directly accessible via the Causeway and has Lifeguards on duty from June to August every summer as well as toilet facilities.
Further information on Mayo Blue Flag Beaches can be seen at the Blue Flag Beach Website