Nestled at the Lakes
Mayo boasts a myriad lakes which vary in size. The large limestone lakes include Lough Corrib, Lough Mask, Lough Conn, Lough Cullin and Lough Carra well known for its natural beauty. The other lakes are Carrowmore Lake, Beltra, Lough Feagh and Lough Furnace. Among the smallests are Termoncarragh and Urlaur Lakes in East Mayo.
The lakes offer flora and fauna different habitats; Lough Corrib, Conn and Mask are among a unique groups of twelve large lakes in Europe home to the wild brown trout. Our house in Pontoon is nestled between Lough Cullin and Lough Conn, the two lakes are highly popular with anglers and the location provides a tranquil base away from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Take a walk in the wood
Drummin Wood near Pontoon has one of the most scenic forest walking trails in Mayo with lake and mountain views to complement the wonderful woodland scenes.
Located on the road linking Foxford and Pontoon (R318). Overlooking Lough Cullin, Drummin Wood is part of the Drummin Wood Forest Recreation Area, which also includes three small lakeside beaches.
Enjoy a walk in the wood immortalised by the poet F.R. Higgins in his poem “Drummin Wood” The route heads towards the townland of Tavnaghmore and traverses forest trails before returning to majestic views of Lough Cullin.
Ireland only Fjord
Killary Harbour, An Caoláire Rua in Irish, is the Ireland’s only fjord, which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo. From Pontoon take the N59, the journey by car will take about 1.15 hours.