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6 Things to do within 30 minutes of Enniscrone
You can only build sand castles, and play hide and seek in the sand dunes so many times, before you need to seek pastures new.
However the kids don’t want to sit in the car all day, and to be fair the thoughts of a long drive with “are we there yet” on repeat is not that appealing. That is when it is handy to know, what is close by for a change of scenery.
We have come up with some suggestions within a half hour drive of Enniscrone:
Belleek Woods - Ballina
Only 15 minutes’ drive away you have a completely different landscape in Belleek Woods; Acres and acres of managed Irish Woodland along the banks of the famous Moy. Pack a picnic and head to Ballina for a fabulous adventure in the woods. Let yourself get lost, and stumble across all sorts of wonderful finds, from the old Lime Kiln to the Knox Gore monument. Visit the old Ice House, which gave its name to the Ice House Hotel across the river. Learn the story of the ‘Creteboon’(or is it a Pirate Ship) that is sunk in the river. Count all the boats on the river, or feed the ducks in the pond. Tip, you won’t get really lost if you keep an eye on the river, so you are free to be as adventurous as you want.
Belleek Castle – Ballina
Set in the heart of Belleek Woods, this gorgeous old castle that is a working Hotel, houses a unique collection of weaponry and fossils, in the dungeons of the Castle. Kids while not always too excited about museums seem to really enjoy this. It brings out their inner “Lord of the Rings”. As a matter of interest they also have a fossil of a Ichtyosaur for the Dinosaur enthusiast, and Grace O’Malley the Pirate Queen’s bed. Daily guided tours at 11 am and 2pm.
Bonniconlon Village and Walks
The village of Bonniconlon is 15 minutes from Enniscrone and is most well-known for its’ Agricultural Show every year on the August Bank Holiday. It is established as the second largest show of its kind in the country. This is some feat for a village of its size. The small traditional village is also base for some great hill walking. Whether you want to hike off into the Ox Mountains, fully kitted out, or just take the kids on an easy marked trail through the bog, you will find a walk that fits the bill that starts in Bonniconlon. And if you have never spent a day on the bog, you won’t know that it’s the best place to pick up a suntan!
Split Rock Easkey
The whole of this area has many archaeological sites dotted all over it, but one of the most accessible and mythical is the Split Rock (recently seen in the movie Calvary). Legend has it that Fionn Mac Cumhal and other unnamed giants were having a rock throwing competition on the Ox Mountains, and this one missed it’s target (The Sea) Fionn was furious so he jumped down from the mountain and split the rock in two. It is said that if you pass through the rock three times, the rock will close and you will be lost forever…Are you brave enough to test it?
If you survive take a trip on in to Easkey to see where Calvary was set, and if conditions are right, stay a while and watch the big wave surfers take on the Atlantic! Easkey is a favourite spot for the professionals to improve their technique.
Dromore West is a small village on the N59 to Sligo. If you park on the side the Petrol station is on, you will see a small gate which leads you to a lovely walk along the banks of the Dunneil River. It is not very long, but it does come out on to the main road. At this point, we would suggest you turn around and walk back the way you came.
Lough Easkey Loop`
If you drive from Dromore West to Lough Easkey, along the “Lake Road” you are in for a treat. This drives gives you some of the most beautiful views in the county. When you reach the lake, you could do the peaceful and pleasant Easkey Loop Walk. This is a 6km walk circumnavigating the lake. This is a flat and easy walk but beware it can be very wet. Wellies are advised.