Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This property is situated in the heart of Belmullet town. This is one of the most vibrant traditional and friendly rural areas in the whole Ireland. The cottage is a 3 bedroomed semi- detached house (sleeps 8) within a 2 minute walk from the centre of Belmullet town. A short 5 - 10 minute drive will take you to truly unrivalled panoramic views of the sea and mountains. The property is fully furnished with all mod cons included.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (4)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
The North West Ireland region
The North West Ireland region
The Mullet peninsula is an area of unspoiled natural beauty and mystique, which is becoming a very popular tourist location. Its latest attraction is an 18-hole championship links golf course at Carne, west of Belmullet. The peninsula is about 33 km in length and 12 km wide at the widest points, narrowing to about 400 metres in the region of Elly Bay.
The trip from Belmullet to Blacsod point (21 km) gives a good understanding of the nature of the peninsula: its west coast, exposed to the Atlantic, is completely denuded of vegetation, while the east overlooks the inlet of Blacksod Bay. Along the way there is Binghamstown, Elly Bay, with its beautiful beaches, and Aghleam (Eachleim), a popular place for Irish language courses. The ruins of the successor of St. Deirbhile's 6th century church with its Romanesque west doorway, her possible grave, and some early cross-pillars can be seen at Fallmore on the south-west end of the peninsula. To the south-east, there is a splendid view of the cliffs of Achill. Offshore, the uninhabited islands of Duvillaun More, Inishkea North and South (St. Columcille) and Inishglora (St Brendan, the Navigator) contain some very interesting remains of early ecclesiastical settlements including a number of finely incised cross slabs.
Inishglora is associated with a celebrated fable in Irish mythology, 'The Children of Lir' (where a group of children were turned into swans and wandered the country for 900 years). the ruin of Cross 'Abbey', a small medieval church the foundation of which is attributed to St. Brendan, the Navigator, in the 6th century, can be seen west of Binghamstown. There is also an interesting early ecclesiastical site at Kilmore. The northern coastline contains the remains of a number of promontory forts. The Mullet peninsula is a popular location for sea-angling. It is also renowned for its unique bird-life, some of which deserve special mention. Termoncarragh Lough, now under the protection of the Irish Wildlife Conservancy, is home to the Red Necked Phalarope (admission to the reserve is by appointment only).
The islands of Inishkea are well-known bird sanctuaries. They provide habitats for a large colony of Barnacle Geese (winter visitors to Ireland), and Inishglora is home to a big colony of Storm Petrels. The Mullet peninsula is a Gaeltacht area with a rich heritage of traditional music, song and dance.
The penninsula, offers miles of secluded beaches and coves. It has many and varied archaeological sites. At Annagh Head there are gneisses which are some 2000 million years old, the oldest yet recorded in Ireland. The similarity of the rock type and structure to that of the eastern seaboard of North America, Newfoundland and Greenland, leads to the conclusion that they were once joined, torn apart when the Atlantic opened up 200 million years ago. It is also a well known area for many rare birds especially on the islands of lnniskea and Innisglora.
At least two Spanish Armada ships sailed into Blacksod Bay - the 'La Rata Sancta Maria Encoronada' and the 'Duquesa Santa Ana'; the 'Santiago' foundered in Broad Haven. At the summit of Glosh Hill stands a signal tower, built by the British during the Napoleonic Wars early in the nineteenth century to protect the coast from attack. There is one position in Erris where it is said that you can see four lighthouses. Eagle Island, which was first lit in 1835 is situated off Doonamo Head where the rock scenery is beautiful in this vicinity and worth a visit if you are in the mood for a walk. At the southern tip of the peninsula is a beautifully built of cut granite lighthouse at Blacksod. It was built in 1864 by Bryan Carey of Belmullet and now also contains a helicopter port to service this coast. Twelve miles out to sea is Blackrock lighthouse built in 1864 which was a very lonely place for the light-keepers especially in olden times. Finally in the northern mouth of Broadhaven bay stands Ballyglass lighthouse which guides the boats into this bay leading to Belmullet. Those lighthouses show the maritime importance of this coastline in earlier times.
From the gaelic Each (horse) and Léim (jump), folklore has it that a horse leapt from the western end of the townland to the east, and the land between was thus named. Ten miles south west of Belmullet, close to the unspoilt beaches of Mullagh Rua and Elly, this vibrant Gaeltacht area is steeped in tradition and culture. The Ionad Deirbhile - Eachléim Heritage Centre - gives a friendly and informative glimpse at life here in times past. Named in honour of the sixth century St Deirbhile, according to tradition she rests at nearby Fál Mór, and water from her well is said to have curative properties for eye complaints. Custom also has it that if you can pass three times through the small east window of her Chapel, heaven is your reward; another says that passing seven times means you will not die by drowning.
Ionad Deirbhile, Eachléim (Aughleam)
Off the coast to the west lie the beautiful islands of Inis Glora, Inishkea North and South, and Dubh Oiléan Mór, on all of which monasteries flourished in Early Christian times. St Brendan the Navigator (who sailed the Atlantic in a leather boat) had links with Inis Glora, as did the fabled four Children of Lir, doomed to wander the waters of Ireland for 900 years as enchanted singing swans, spending their last 300 here before regaining human form and withering to dust.
The Inishkeas had a thriving fishing community until disaster struck on 28th October 1927, when ten fishermen were lost at sea. There were two survivors, and the Islands were abandoned shortly after. St. Colmcille founded a monastery on Inishkea North. A whaling station was set up by the Norwegians in 1907 on Rusheen, a tidal island east of Inishkea South, and the remains are still evident today. The Inishkeas are internationally important with respect to birdlife - half of the Irish wintering population of Barnacle geese make these islands their home.
GEESALA / DOOHOMA
Branching off to the left, west of Bangor, is the road to the village of Geesala. A modern hotel built as the 'Ostan Synge', now the 'Teach Iorrais' is prominent on the right. Further on around the southern coastline is Doohoma village with fine guest houses and modern lounge bars. This area was the basis for the world famous 'Playboy of the Western World' by J M Synge.
CARROWTEIGE / PORTURLIN / GLENAMOY
A vast area of virgin bog is situated north west of Glenamoy with a beautiful and interesting coastline. Porturlin, a small fishing village with a very active fishing fleet, is situated here. The cliff scenery viewed from the seaward side is fantastic, 'lit by a slanting sun' in the summer evenings. A thickly populated coastline stretches around Carrowteige and which is also a genuinely Irish speaking area.
INVER / PULLATHOMAS
Turning north at Barnatra the road leads around a coastline which could be said to be the finest in this area. Through Inver the road climbs higher overlooking Broadhaven Bay and overshadowed by the mountain of Glengad. This rough coastline facing the Atlantic was the holiday home for the Children of Lir for 300 years according to the legend.
On entering the area from the east you pass over the musical bridge at Bellacorrick. Here, if you run a stone along the top of the bridge you make music as fellow travellers have done for almost 200 years. This is an ancient land where many fables and legends were written. Evidence of man's existence on this fossilised landscape dates back before 3,000 B.C. The land is dotted with Megalithic tombs from neolithic times, Iron Age cliff forts, sites of castles from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries with the well documented arrival of the Spanish Armada off Blacksod Bay in 1588.
The remains of the children of Lir are buried at Inishglora. According to the famous Irish Legend these four children were transformed into sweet-singing swans, doomed to wander the waters of Ireland for 900 years, before arriving at their final resting place in Erris.
The vibrant community of Erris has nurtured many famous playwrights, poets and musicians. Riocard Bairéad, the poet who lived and wrote here, is commemorated annually at Éigse Riocard Bairéad. The Straw Boys, an aspect of cultural life unique to Erris, can be seen entertaining in traditional Irish style at Weddings and other important festive occasions bringing life and luck. Join in 'Féile Chlann Lir' in late July/early August, a must for street theatre, Currach Racing and the craic. The centuries old 'Lá an Logha' on the 15th of August marks the traditional return of family and friends from abroad to celebrate this very unique local festival. There are cottage crafts featuring Aran knits, lacemaking, jewellery from hand made gifts using natural materials from the immediate area.
Meet the people in everyday life, in the shops, on the beach, at their festivals or in the many pubs where spontaneous music sessions and lively conversation will warm the heart of any visitor. Accommodation in the area is varied. Choose from Hotels, Guesthouses, Town and Country Homes and Farmhouses. Self catering holiday homes are also available. Everywhere you visit or stay you will find the highest of standards and a warmth that will be with you long after your visit has ended.
Belmullet town has a population of about 1200 people. The town was laid out around 1820. It is unusual in having two major bays namely Blacksod Bay and Broadhaven Bay heading up at each end of the main street and connected by a canal running through the town. The town serves the commercial and administration functions of the Erris region and is the centre for shopping and recreation for a hinterland population of some 12,000 people. It is well served with shops, banks, bakery, cafes, award winning restaurants, hotels and guest houses, hospital, Arts centre, airstrip, hairdressers,indoor and outdoor swimming pools, twenty public houses, bike hire, Irish schools, Gateway leisure centre etc..
Shore fishing is particularly good all round the area. Miles of accessible coastline and almost deserted beaches guarantee the amateur or professional fisherman perfect peace. With over 50 varieties of fish known to inhabit the waters off the shores of Belmullet, the sea-angler is also well rewarded with the best all-round sea angling waters in Ireland. The Belmullet Sea Angling Club run a number of open competitions during the year.
Belmullet has taken its place among the leading names in sea angling centres in Europe. The Belmullet Sea Angling Club was founded in 1964, its objective - to promote sea angling as a sport for sea anglers and to provide an information service. The results were most rewarding and it is now known that almost any species of sea fish known to inhabit the waters around the British Isles can be caught at Belmullet. Thirty five varieties were caught in 1984. A major fishing festival is held here every year in the middle of August.
Carrowmore Lake, the Owenmore, the Owenduff, the Munhin and the Glenamoy rivers are well known salmon and trout fishing rivers. Licences and ghillies can be got by arrangement from local hotels and guest houses.
There are some recognised spots from which large catches have been taken, while there are more inviting and interesting places which have not yet been fished.
For golfing enthusiasts Carne Golf Club is a class of its own and was voted one of the top ten links courses in the whole of Europe. This exciting links course, with a natural setting of incomparable beauty, was designed by Eddie Hackett around splendid sand dunes on ancient commonage. The elevated tees and plateau greens exploit the beauty, while the deceptive dog-legs and lurking bunkers will punish the careless shot.
Members and non-members are welcome.
For surfers and kitesurfers Shraigh beach is beautiful, safe and welcoming with its crystal clear waters and beautiful white sands.. It's a 5 minute scenic drive away, whilst for those seeking peace and relaxation this is one of the most idyllic spots in the region. There are a number of other glorious beaches dotted around the region. Check out Erris Beo for more information.
Belmullet is recognised as a major cycling attraction. Rent a bike, get a map, discover suggested route. All other requirments for the cyclist is available. There are a number of signposted Loop Walks in Kilcommon Parish that are graded on length and difficulty. The quite country roads offers the cyclist a safe environment to enjoy the route. Maybe the new Greenway is the experience you crave.
Duvillaun Riding Centre is located 10 miles from Belmullet town on the Blacksod Road. This A.I.R.E Approved Centre boasts Fully qualified Instructors. They provide basic -advanced tuition, pony treking, livery, cross country training & Stable Management.
Mayo Shooting Grounds
This is set the in the heart of the Erris peninsula amongst surrounding mountain ranges with a beautiful view of the ocean.
Vincent Naughton, our proprieter, offers many years of experience in all aspects of clay shooting and offers a warm welcome to beginners as well as more experienced shooters.
All levels are catered for on our grounds and whether individuals or large groups, our aim is to offer a truly memorable experience.
For the Watersport enthusiast, Erris offers a supberb attraction. There is an Irish school which teaches Irish through adventure sports i.e Colaiste Uisce. It is the only Gaeltacht College which is accredited by the Irish Sailing, windsurfing and surfing Assiciations. The two main bays, Blacksod and Broad-Haven have miles of golden sand and gentle sheltered waters while at the more exposed Annagh Beach there is an excellent surf.
The area is renowned for Scuba Diving, Kitesurfing, Windsurfing, Sailing, Canoeing and there are many safe beaches for children. Swimming, Windsurfing and Canoeing tuition is available in season, and boat trips to the islands off the coast are available on request, weather permitting..
The beaches and coastline of Erris are home to a variety of bird species throughout the year, making the Barony of Erris especially interesting for birdwatchers. Cormorants and a wide variety of Gulls are some of the more common birds to be seen.Several varieties of shearwaters, petrels, skuas, gulls, terns as well as puffins, choughs, gannets and kittiwakes can be found in the coastal areas. Inland you may well see a peregrine falcon, a merlin or even hear the elusive corncrake.
Breaking News..15th November 2010 - American Coot spotted on the Mullet, plus American Buff-Bellied Pipits, see:
Ceide Fields - Achaidh Chéide
The Céide Fields Interpretative Centre illustrates one of the oldest structured farming communities in the World. This excavated site offers a chance to appreciate the life of Europe's early ancestors. The finds were preserved under bog for 5,000 years and are renowned throughout the archaeological world as the finest and earliest of their kind.
Ceide Fields - Fianna / Ceide / UCDublin
Tir Saile- North Mayo Sculpture Trail
This land is riddled with the marks of mans' passage through 5000 years of settlement - so many that an old tomb, a dolmen, will be destroyed for a new road; a farmer quietly removes uncovered ruins to gain more 'useful' land. And yet to celebrate Mayo 5000 in 1993, from Ballina through Ballycastle to Fallmore, fifteen contemporary sculptures were created by artists from Denmark, Japan, Great Britain, the USA and Ireland (modestly, built to last another 5000 years). Many question why they took such great lengths to imitate the monumental efforts of the past - following the footsteps of the gods - but as my mother says 'a man can move a mountain today, and tomorrow it will be back'. It could have been a supermarket or a fast-food chain, to record how our society is progressing. These modern 'follies' do however provide an excuse to travel miles of rugged coastline, covering areas of unspoilt beauty, breath-taking scenery along some of the remotest areas of the coastal strip of North West Mayo.
The quiet beaches on both sides of the peninsula are ideal for walking at low tide (consult tide time-table beforehand) and for taking in the panoramic view. Slieve Mór and the Cruachán Cliffs of Achill are clearly visible to the south, and much of lowland Erris can be seen to the east.
This environment offers many contrasts of terrain. The walks at Belderrig Cliffs rise 1,002 feet from the sea and follow the coastline for miles. The challenge of the natural structure of these cliffs for abseiling and mountaineering must be confronted. They also provide a natural habitat for many marine mammals and sea birds.
The Bangor Trail, the original road to Castlebar, is a spectacular walk and passable all year round. The unique undisturbed boglands, largest in Europe, the hills and slopes of rural farming communities and the many secluded coastal trails enchant the visitor. With noted equestrian facilities and many pony trekking trails in the area, this natural landscape seems all the more beautiful when viewed from the back of a mount. The real joy of exploring Erris is the solitude and sense of oneness with an undisturbed environment.
Ballycroy National Park is in existance for approximately 11 years. It hosts a visiter's centre in Ballycroy village. This is located midway between Mulranny and Bangor Erris on the N59. Ballycroy is Irelands 6th National Park. This living, breathing, unspoilt bogland is the largest in Europe and teeming with, wildlife and flora. The stillness and peace here is disturbed only by the sound of the Corncrake. Many species of wildfowl stop here on their migration from the Arctic, Canada and Greenland. Flora is abundant and there are varieties found here originating in the Arctic, South West Europe and North America. Animals that can be found here include fox, badger, otter, pine martin, red deer and a variety of bird species. The National Park covers an area of about 11000 hectares. The Nephin Beg mountain range runs through it with the Bangor Walking Trail twisting in and out of the Park for most of its journey Bangor to Newport village.
Erris is on a number of Tour Operators' itineraries - but if you've read this far, you will already have the impression that the best way is to walk the road and see what's around the next bend. There is far too much, and if you take a tour, you will leave with the yearning to come back and see more.
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