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Here are my top 5 things to do in Mayo. I would be interested to hear if yours are different.
Special guest post by Róisín
Whether it’s speeding through Mayo’s south-westerly winds while cycling the Greenway, climbing Ireland’s holiest mountain or taking in the scenic sights of Achill Island, Mayo undoubtedly offers a wide range of things to do.
1: The Greenway
Being Ireland’s longest off-road cycling and walking trail, the Greenway provides all outdoor-lovers a chance to experience the beautiful nature and landscape of Mayo.
You really are spoilt for choice. You can decide whether you want to whizz along the route to Westport, Mayo’s most popular tourist destination, or just simply discover the sights of the majestic Achill Island. The Greenway also winds its way through Newport and Mulranny.
Without a doubt, Mayo’s Greenway is fantastic for a safe, family break away or even just a day to capture the natural beauty of Mayo’s landscape.
Check out Weekend Breaks at Twin Trees Hotel.
2: Salmon Capital of Ireland – The River Moy in Ballina
Ballina’s River Moy attracts thousands of fishermen from across the globe each year. It majestically meanders through Ballina, past our quaint quaint quay, before spilling into Killala Bay.
With an estimated 8 to 12 thousand salmon caught each year, why miss out on an opportunity to enjoy doing what you love where the great fish are sustainable?
However, if fishing just isn’t your thing, why not take advantage of the Moy for the many other recreational activities it has to offer. Kids who are looking for fun can paddle down the Moy with Harbour Sup and Sail’s stand up paddle boarding in Ballina town. Otherwise relax on a cruise down the Moy with Moy Estuary boat trips before dining out for an evening meal.
With breath-taking views and stunning scenery, Achill Island boasts an abundance of sheer and utter natural beauty which attracts visitors from far and wide.
You can surf the waves on Keel’s Blue Flag beach or cycle the perimeter of the island while taking in views that would put the Grand Canyon to shame. Achill Island welcomes all visitors who appreciate the elegance it’s beautiful landscape.
4: Croagh Patrick
Follow in the footsteps of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint and climb Ireland’s holiest mountain. Just over an hour’s drive from Knock Airport, Croagh Patrick peaks above Westport, Ireland’s tidiest town in 2015. Steeped in history, Croagh Patrick allows visitors to deepen their faith on a spiritual journey to it’s peak. Attracting approximately 1 million visitors annually for both religious and recreational activities, Croagh Patrick is unique and one of a kind in Ireland. On ‘Reek Sunday’, the last Sunday in July, over 25,000 pilgrims visit Croagh Patrick not only as a celebration of their religious life but also because of awe-inspiring views and challenging climb.
Twin Trees Hotel is just over an hour’s drive away from the holy Mountain too.
Are you a budding historian, a golfer, a swimmer, a jockey, a festival-goer, a hiker, a runner, a book-worm, or simply just someone who would like to take a break and relax? Bustling Ballina, a town which dates back as far as the 1300’s, is the town for you.
The recently-opened Jackie Clarke Museum hosts an intriguing collection of historical material for all those interested in local and national history. You can take a stroll into Belleek woods or play a spot of golf in Ballina golf club.
Or just go for the night-life, fine food and great company.
See all of the offers available for stays at Twin Trees Hotel and Leisure Club, Ballina, Mayo.
What better way to celebrate September with seasonal offers at Twin Trees Hotel?
September is upon us *shudder* but the time is ripe for some seasonal offers at Twin Trees Hotel.
Here are our Twin Trees Top 5 for overnight stays and breakaways.
1. Golf Breaks – 2 nights bed and breakfast and a 2-course meal on one night of your choice, with special guest discounts on our superb local courses. From €99 per person sharing.
2. Seaweed Stay – 2 nights bed and breakfast and 1 evening meal for 2 people, along with a complimentary seaweed bath for you and your guest at the famous Kilcullen’s Seaweed Bath House. From €119 per person sharing.
3. Over 50s Special – 1 night bed and breakfast and a sumptuous 2-course evening meal. Sunday to Thursday, from €60 per person sharing.
4. Halloween and Mid-Term Family Break – enjoy a spooktacular 2 nights bed and breakfast for 2 adults and 2 kids under 12 and a 3-course meal for the family on one of the evenings. From €299.
5. Corporate Special – 1 night bed and breakfast and a main course in Twin Trees Bar. From €75.
Terms and conditions apply and interest is brisk so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.
You can check out the rest of our offers here.
Things To Do
This August sees the inaugural French Mayo Festival take place in Ballina, Co. Mayo.
The two-day festival takes place on the last Friday and Saturday in August (26th – 27th), and aims to build on the unique historical connection enjoyed by Mayo with France, which dates from the landing of General Humbert in Kilcummin, near Killala, in 1798.
Organised by Ballina Chamber, the festival showcases the music, food and culture of the France and Mayo.
Come and watch the pageantry and sample a taste of France along the Wild Atlantic Way.
To help celebrate, Twin Trees Hotel and Leisure Club is offering a 2 night stay for two with bed and breakfast and dinner on one of the nights from just €149 per person.
Programme of Events
Friday August 26th
6.30pm: Laying of wreaths at the “Maid of Erin” monument on Humbert Street
7.30pm: French-themed Pageant Spectacular with music and theatre performances in Ballina Military Quarter
Saturday August 27th
11am – 5pm: Food Fleadh Ballina Market in the Military Barracks showcasing the very best of Co. Mayo’s food and drink offering. Includes live cookery demos and children’s cookery classes.
12pm – 6pm: French Mayo Session Trail – a day of traditional music in a number of venues in Ballina Town Centre. All trad music groups and individuals are welcome to come along and join in the fun!
8pm – Late: Live Music on stage in Ballina Military Barracks with The Stunning, Kila and a host of local acts! Tickets €22.50