Easily accessible from Dublin Airport, Ballina, in County Mayo, offers a relaxing break amidst some of Ireland’s most picturesque countryside and lakes - and with outdoor pursuits and history on offer too, Ballina is a popular destination for all kinds of visitors. Here are just a few examples showing the diversity of attractions and activities on offer.
Nestled along the banks of the River Moy in County Mayo, the Jackie Clarke Collection is the most important collection of Irish historical material in public hands. It's housed in a magnificently renovated and refurbished building and is comprised of over 100,000 items spanning 400 years. Featured items are associated with some of the most influential figures of Ireland’s history including, Wolfe Tone, Michael Collins, Dr. Douglas Hyde, Michael Davitt and O’Donovan Rossa.See clarkecollection.ie
Tír Sáile - The North Mayo Sculpture Trail is the largest public arts trail ever undertaken in Ireland. The trail originated in 1993, the year of the Mayo 5000, which was a year-long cultural celebration inspired by the surviving human imprint left in earth and stone on the Mayo landscape over fifty centuries ago.See northmayoarttrail.com
Paddle and Pedal is based in Ballina Co. Mayo. Offering kayaking tours on the coastal and inland waterways of North Mayo and the Wild Atlantic Way. They also offer bike and guided cycling tours.See paddleandpedal.ie
The famed Wild Atlantic Way is a trail on the west coast, and on parts of the north and south coasts, of the Republic of Ireland. The 2,500 km driving route passes through nine countries and three provinces, stretching from County Donegal's Inishowen Peninsula in Ulster to Kinsale, County Cork, in Munster, on the Celtic Sea coast. It features amazing views of cliffs, rock formations and greenery with an awe-inspiring backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.More information at wildatlanticway.com
From museums and walking tours, to lake tours and angling, there’s plenty on offer in Ballina, while Expressway Route 22 to Ballina provides access to the wider delights of County Mayo.See what others are saying at TripAdvisor