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Belmullet

Belmullet and the greater Mullet Peninsula are areas of great natural beauty, and are fast becoming very popular among visitors to Ireland. The peninsula is 33km in length, and 12km in width, but it narrows to just 400 metres in the region of Elly Bay. An area of wildly beautiful landscapes where miles of beaches give way to towering cliffs, a landscape of blanket bog, heather moss and peat giving one that incredible lost faraway feeling.

The journey from Belmullet to Blacksod Point brings a great understanding of the peninsula, with its exposed west coast almost entirely denuded of vegetation, while the east is generally good farmland overlooking the relative calm of Blacksod Bay. Along the route you pass Binghamstown, Elly Bay with its lovely beaches, and Aghleam, a very popular Irish language school.

To the south east you can enjoy splendid view of the distant Cliffs of Achill, and indeed the rugged indented coast of North Mayo. Belmullet is a very popular location for sea angling and it is also greatly protective of its unique bird populations. The Mullet peninsula is long established Gaeltacht area with a very rich heritage of traditional music, song, dance, and storytelling.

Belmullet’s two lighthouses are particularly beautiful in their design and their setting, Blacksod and Broadhaven Lighthouse. Broadhaven Lighthouse with its wonderfully derelict compound and its magnificent Atlantic setting is a joy to explore and offers great photo opportunities too.

Belmullet is the commercial and cultural centre of the Erris region with shops, restaurants, pubs, hotels, bank plus many other amenities. It is the ideal location to take a holiday with some of the most glorious and unspoilt beaches on the west of Ireland.

How to get to Belmullet

By bus, or car. Bus Eireann Route 446 provides regular services from Ballina to Belmullet. Alternatively follow the N59, and the R313 from Ballina directly to Belmullet.

Where to stay in Belmullet

Belmullet has a wide range of nice places to stay including hotels, self-catering holiday homes, guesthouses and B&B's.

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Belmullet is surrounded by beautiful coastal towns. Don't miss Portacloy and Porturlin if you are travelling north, and Achill Island, and Mulranny, if you are travelling south.

Things to do in Belmullet

  1. Explore both ends of The Mullet Peninsula, particularly its two lighthouses, Blacksod Lighthouse, and Broadhaven Lighthouse, which are both charming and photogenic.
  2. If you happen to be camping anywhere near Blacksod Lighthouse, do be on the lookout for things that go bump in the night. The legendary Ghost of Blacksod Lighthouse has been known to throw things at locals and tourists alike, not just in the lighthouse itself but even on the open grounds nearby. The good news is, however, that if you shout back at him he will go away and leave you alone. Good luck with that!

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