For those who want a challenge we would suggest hiking Killadoon hill, a five-minute walk from our farm, the varying landscape and the spectacular scenery is worth the climb. Killadoon hill is full of rich heritage and folklore.
For the more experienced climber there is Connacht’s highest mountain Mweelrea. It can be tackled along a number of routes the most popular the southern end of Doolough over the mountain to Delphi Mountain Resort. It is suitable for experienced hillwalkers.
Just a twenty-minute drive from our farm stands the iconic Croagh Patrick Mountain. Known locally as ‘the reek’, this mountain has been a place of pilgrimage for Christians for hundreds of years with the main days of pilgrimage being the last Sunday in July and the 15th of August. There is a church on the top of the mountain and masses are held there on Pilgrimage days. In recent years, the mountain is climbed all year round, with many endurance events using the mountain as part of their route. When the mountain is not shrouded in cloud or mist, it has far reaching views of Clew Bay and the surrounding area and of the 365 islands situated in the bay.
For those who are interested in cultural history then a visit to ‘The Lost Valley is a must. It is one of the finest memorial of The Great Famine that exists today. Situated on a working farm, run by the Burke Family who having been farming this land for many decades. Let Gerard and Maureen guide you through their historic sheep and cattle farm bringing to life this valley and the people who lived there. It is an experience that will stay with you long after your visit.
From there you will drive along the Killary Fjord (the only fjord outside Norway) that looks across towards to the rustic mountain landscape that is Connemara.
Further along this journey you will arrive at the majestic Aasleagh falls, a picturesque waterfall where the Erriff River meets the sea at Killary Harbour. The Fall traditionally marked the natural boundary between Mayo and Galway. There is a small car park located across the road and there is a pathway that visitors can follow that will bring them to the mouth of the waterfall. During the month of August visitors can watch the wild trout and salmon as they negotiate the falls in their migration up river.
Whether you’re a beginner looking for an introductory surfing session or a surfer who is in need of some professional guidance, SurfMayo is the perfect surf school for you. It has continued its reputation as one of Irelands leading surf schools for over two decades. It is located on Carrowniskey beach seven days a week.
SUP (Stand Up Boarding)
If you’re looking for some fun-filled water activities! Why not try SUP, stand up paddle boarding it is the one water sport that the whole family can enjoy immediately. All age groups can participate, sometimes the younger and older ones need more one on one for a few minutes but it a sport that can get everyone on the water in a very short time. It’s a sport that’s suitable for everyone.
The town was built on the Bunowen River and was constructed in 1795 by the 3rd Earl of Altamont (later 1st Marquess of Sligo). Today the town, a charming spot with shops, pubs, chemist, hairdresser, church and some charming places to eat including the highly recommend cafes and Restaurants, Louisburgh 75, TIA, The Derrylahan and Good Grazing for a take-away.
In the town, you can visit the Granuaile Interpretive Centre, where you can learn all about the famous pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley. This centre is based in the Old Protestant church and is attached to the library.
- Killadoon Beach– just a short walk from the Devlin farm life is the beautiful Killadoon – well-known for its long sandy strand, making ideal for walking and swimming – why not grab you swimming togs and head for a dip.
- Cross Beach- Is a ten-minute drive, its fabulous golden beach which stretches for an amazing 5km’s. On the way to Cross Beach make sure to drop in to see the historical Clapper Bridge, one of only a couple in Ireland it is part of the Clew Bay Archaeological Trail.
- Silver Strand – Silver Strand is one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland. It is a secluded beach 15km south-west of Louisburgh along the R378. It is a sheltered strand with magnificent views of Inishturk island and further south, Inishbofin and Clare island to the north.
- Carrowniskey Strand – The vast stretch of sand and great surf waves at Carrowniskey Strand has made it one of the most famous beaches in the west of Ireland. It is a well-known Surfing beach – You can book a surf lesson or why not grab a board and head for the waves. The Carrowniskey race festival is held every summer making it a great day out for the local community and visitors to the area.