Discover Sligo and Mayo over 3 days along the Wild Atlantic Way
Aughris to Easky (14.6Km)
Welcome to your guided drive from Aughris in County Sligo to Westport in North Mayo in the West of Ireland. Along your journey you will come across some interesting places. Get ready to have your breath taken away by the beauty that lies ahead.
Day 1 - Aughris to Enniscrone
Before you start on your journey why not fuel up in The Beach Bar an award winning traditional Irish Thatched Pub and Restaurant in a beautiful location beside the sea. Sitting peacefully along the unspoiled Aughris beach in county Sligo. With the waves of the Atlantic lapping up the strand outside the door.
A pub for all seasons – relax and unwind with a cold beer in the beer garden or warm up with an Irish Coffee beside an open fire.The Beach Bar is situated 6 km off the N59 and 13.3 km from the Easky Bog.
A short 20 minute drive (14.6Km) on the R297 / Cycling (18.1Km) on the N9 you will come to the small village of Easky is a popular tourist destination in County Sligo, due to its scenery and water sports options.
Just outside the village in the townland of Kileenduff Between the northern slopes of the Ox Mountains and the sea lies Fionns Stone, The Split Rock a large boulder in a field near Easky Co. Sligo. A huge piece of gneiss carried north from the Ox Mountains by the retreating glaciers, the great winter of Sligo, at the end of the last ice age. Traditionally large and unusual stones are linked to a hero, or saint, and this said to have been cast here by Fionn Mac Cumhal from the summits of the Ox Mountains during a giants stone-throwing competition.
Local tradition says that if you walk in between the crack three times it will snap close on you.
Easky Castle was built 1207, the castle was home to the O’Dowd chieftains of Tireragh, built for Oliver McDonnell who came to the area to marry a widow of the O’Dowd family. Located adjacent to Easky pier, the 63 foot high castle is a dominant landmark and the highest part is called ‘the sailors bed’.
The castle is accessible off the local road 0.6km from the R297.
Surfing is a popular activity in Easky which including two reef breaks.
Feeling peckish after a long surf or along your journey, why not pop into the award winning Pudding Row, a gorgeous picturesque café and bakery beside the sea.
On your way from Easky to Enniscrone, head west on the N297and turn right on the Cabaragh Road down to the ruins of Pullaheeney coastguard station which can still be seen close to the sea and the harbour at Pullaheeney. Built by the British Government in the mid-1800s. The purpose of the station was to protect the coastline from invasion or smugglers who might dock at Pullaheeney Harbour, while you are there The Harbour Bar, a beautifully situated family run pub is a must, with fantastic atmosphere and good beer, Jerry and Patricia offer a warm welcome to all.
Easky to Enniscrone (13.2Km)
Why not stop off for a little bit and stop off for a picnic at Merlin Wildlife at Kilglass House, where you can take in everything that the beauty of nature has to offer. Merlin Wildlife is all about promoting the welfare of wildlife in Ireland. Fun and Educational for all the family!
Travel southbound on the R297 until you come to a cross road on your left hand side, turn left and left again and Merlin Wildlife is in front of you!
Along the Wild Atlantic Way snuggled into the Sligo Coastline is the hidden gem that is the village of Enniscrone. From the breath taking landscape and the picturesque coastal scenery, Enniscrone will captivate your heart long after you return to the hustle and bustle of your everyday life. Enniscrone an authentic Irish holiday experience that will create a life time of memories.
Explore the renowned 5 km Beach; (toilet facilities available here) enjoy a horseback ride with Ice ford Stables; or simply relax after a busy day in the famous and historic Kilcullen's Seaweed Baths.
Enniscrone is the height of activity and boredom is almost unheard of. There is plenty to See & Do Two Surf Schools; 7th Wave Surf School and North West Surf School an award winning 18 hole championship links Golf Club; want to try something different then Sup and Sail is your quest; Waterpoint Aqua park; Kiddies Playground & crazy Golf and much much more!
Feeling hungry or tired after your day of activity, well Enniscrone is not short of beautiful places to eat, drink and lay down your head for a little while. At The Waterfront House relax and enjoy spectacular views of the bay and Enniscrone’s famous sunsets. Unwind in the Ocean view Restaurant; enjoy a coffee on the terrace while taking in the splendor that surrounds you. The Pilot Bar is a cosy homely pub with a warm welcoming feel, where a pint or two can be enjoyed in relaxed surroundings and the weekly menu was full of scrumptious dishes. After you have refreshed yourself with the sea air, then bring yourself to Ait Eile where the food is delicious, If live music is your scene then check out Gilroy’s Bar upstairs for some craic agus ceol every week! Want to chat with friends without the sound of a boom box Hopkins Pub is the pick of the bunch. Enjoy your company and a good pint of the Black stuff beside a roasting open fire - you will feel right at home! On your way out of the village The Diamond Coast Hotel will surely capture your attention with all its glory! A 4 * family friendly hotel, it is a perfect for a family break in the West of Ireland with huge family rooms and a Kids club. A stone throw away from all the local amenities….
Don’t go just yet….a selfie with the Black Pig is a must before you embark on the rest of your journey!!
Enniscrone to Ballina via The Quay Road (14.4Km)
Day 2 - Enniscrone to Belmullet
Drive along towards Ballina, Mayo its best to take the scenic route down The Quay Road. Make sure you bring a camera because the views are something you won’t want to forget.
From Enniscrone head southwest, continue on the R297 and turn Right, keep on the Quay road for about 12 minutes and turn right and you have arrived at Ballina
Ballina is a town in North Mayo, lying at the mouth of the River Moy near Kilalla Bay. The location on The River Moy is one of the best spots for Salmon fishing. The Ballina Salmon festival attracts thousands of people every year in the month of July.
Belleek Woods, with 1000’s of acres of woodland it’s known as one of the largest urban forests in Europe. It is a peaceful haven of up to 6 miles of natural forest pathways, two of which are along the banks of The River Moy. Belleek Woods Ballina is a place of tranquility and beauty where you can Stretch the legs after driving a long distance or even for a picnic and feed the ducks with the family.
Take McDermott St to Pound St./N59, Follow N59 to Castle Rd, Turn left onto Castle Rd, stay on Castle Rd, take a slight Right and your destination Belleek Woods is on the left
Ballina to Ballycastle (26.7Km)
Head Northeast on the R314 to Downpatrick Head between Ballycastle and the Ceide Fields in Mayo is home to some beautiful views of the Atlantic, With the best view been of Dun Briste a sea stack close to the edge of the cliffs separated from the coast as a result of high seas. Downpatrick Head is one of two discovery points along the Wild Atlantic Way in Mayo. It also hosts the ruins of a church, a holy well and stone cross founded by St. Patrick the patron saint of Ireland.
The Ceide Fields in North Mayo is an experience like no other. Indulge in prehistoric landscape, ecology of blanket bog and a dramatic coastline. Over 5 and a half millennial old, it is the oldest known field systems in the world. A Neolithic landscape of world importance. Visit the award winning visitor’s center and learn all about our Stone Age ancestors and their ways of life.
Head west towards the R315 and just a half an hour drive from The Ceide Fields lies Belmullet and Irish speaking area in the northwest of Mayo. The Mullet peninsula offers spectacular scenery including beaches and cliffs. It is perfect for those interested in angling.
Ballycastle to Belmullet (48Km)
Day 3 - Belmullet to Westport
Belmullet to Clew Bay (82.4Km)
Southeast towards the R313 just over an hours drive and you will find yourself in the scenic Clew Bay a natural ocean bay in Mayo, over looked by Croagh Patrick. According to local legend bay has an island for every day of the year. They bay is surrounded by some of the best blue flag beaches, perfect for water sports.
Clew Bay to Westport (2.9Km)
Clew Bay is just a short 8 minute drive from the bustling town of Westport. A haven kissing the south east shores of Clew Bay and the protective backdrop of Croagh Patrick. it is no wonder that Westport has become one of Ireland's most popular holiday destinations with its abundance of bright and colourful Shops, Pubs Restaurants, accommodation and things to See & Do.