Discover the Wild Atlantic Way route where 2,500 km of spectacular coastline with white sands and glittering waves awaits you. Head along the coast to uncover over 180 Wild Atlantic Way Discovery Points where the views are breathtaking and local stories are told.
Ballycastle is located along the Wild Atlantic Way on the rugged and rural West Coast of Ireland. Nice little town with really friendly people. Be sure to visit the town and discover its beautiful hidden gems.
The Ballinglen Museum of Art in Ballycastle is a public space for exhibition, creative exchange, engagement, research, and meetings. Ballinglen Fellows donate a work of art, some generously give more than one, made in response to their fellowship to the Ballinglen Permanent Collection. This collection now contains over 850 artworks and is a record of 30 years of visits by Irish and international artists to Ballinglen. Reflective of the environment, heritage, community, and soul of this part of North Mayo, it is a unique and significant collection of art.
Downpatrick Head is a series of vertiginous cliffs cut off from the rest of Ireland in County Mayo. Located less than 3 miles from the village of Ballycastle, it offers breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, and is one of the county’s most beautiful wilderness sites. It’s easy to get to by road, and there’s also a short footpath where you can enjoy the view on foot!
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 in earth and stone on the Mayo landscape over fifty centuries.
The Connacht Distillery sits on the banks of the beautiful river Moy where the river widens into the Moy estuary in Ballina, County Mayo. Here they distill and barrel-age their spirits in a rural, coastal environment unique to the west of Ireland.
Fishing the Atlantic, by boat or off a pier or cliff, can bring a variety of fish to the table.
The River Moy is considered the greatest salmon grounds in the world. The Moy Weir is located in Ballina, a short ride from Ballycastle. Permits for fishing the riversand lakes in Ireland can be purchased nearby.
Stella Maris is equidistant from two of the finest links golf courses in Ireland — Enniscrone and Carne in Belmullet, both of which are about 45 minutes driving time. Rosses Point, another world-class links course in neighboring Sligo, is less than 1.5 hours away.
All three offer a true golf challenge, as well as some of the most beautiful ocean vistas in the world. Other nearby golf courses are Ballina and Westport.
Discover the Wild Atlantic Way from a different angle. The different boat tour include destinations such as Downpatrick Head, the sea cliffs of the Céide Fields, Aughris Head, the stags at Broadhaven Bay and the areas of Kilcummin, Killala and Ballina.