The beaches in Mayo North really are second to none. Whether you are looking for beautiful clean white sands for a leisurely picnic, a refreshing swim, fun with the family, a refreshing walk or an afternoon surf, the area’s unique and tranquil beaches won’t disappoint you. And sometimes, you’ll even have them all to yourself!
Lacken Strand Beach
Lacken nestles along the rugged North Mayo coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way, between the towns of Killala and Ballycastle. It looks out onto the Atlantic Ocean and Lacken Strand offers breath-taking views of Mayo, Sligo, and Donegal – the North West region of Ireland.
Lacken Strand is special. With its miles of beautiful, vast expansive shoreline and some of the best unspoilt beaches, its scenic beauty is simply unrivalled. Because it’s off the beaten track, it’s completely unspoilt. It’s here you go to breathe, to revel in the open space, and blow away the cobwebs.
Kilcumin Back Strand
Just around the corner from Lacken Strand, you’ll find a true hidden treasure in Kilcummin Back Strand. Our own secret beach, this is a sea fisher’s and a surfer’s paradise. It’s nestled away and isn’t easy to find, but boy, is it worth the search. Here’s a sneak preview of the treasure that awaits once you reach the crest of the hill on your way from Kilcummin Pier.
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.
The seaside town of Enniscrone has so much for the holiday maker, amusement park, 18 hole pitch and putt. The famous seaweed baths, Enniscrone golf course; a 27 hole golf links, an all-weather Aqua Leisure Centre, and much more.
Carrowmore Strand, near Louisburgh, is a machair beach which is low and flat with windswept land plains, set between a rocky outcrop in a small bay off Clew Bay. It extends approximately 800 metres from Carrowmore Quay located in the west to the Bunowen River, which divides the beach and Tulin Strand in the east.
It commands spectacular views of Clare Island, Achill Island and the opposite shore of Clew Bay. The beach is backed by steep cliffs and the land rises steeply to a height of 145 metres at Carrowmore Hill.
Here you can take a stroll in a very special area: Carrowmore Strand is a Blue Flag Beach and it is one of the rarest wildlife habitats in Europe and in Ireland.
Machair grassland forms part of a larger system that contains a mosaic of wet and dry grasslands, which make it a habitat rich in birds, plants and insects.