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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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Top Attractions of Ireland's North West

If it is a leisurely or action packed holiday you require then you can be guaranteed that the counties of the North West of Ireland including Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo can provide for your every need. These counties offer you choices of the best accommodation and eateries along with lively evening hotspots to keep you entertained during your visit. The region has excellent sporting amenities with some of Ireland's best golf links courses, along with excellent fishing spots, horse riding, mountaineering, mountain biking, river and sea cruises, famous surfing beaches and much much more.

Visitors are also sure to experience a warm welcome or "céad mile fáilte" from those you meet on your travels in the area along with a strong sense of the Irish heritage and culture in some of the least explored parts of the country.

Ireland's North West is easily accessible from every corner of the world through the regional airports serving the region at Knock or Shannon and you'll find there is a lot to see and plenty to do once you arrive. Below are just some of the main attractions ready to be discovered. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Croagh Patrick in Mayo

Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick, one of the highest peaks in the West of Ireland is situated five miles from the picturesque town of Westport in the village of Murrisk, and the mountain’s conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside. More details +
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Glenveagh National Park Donegal

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park can be found about 24km north west of Letterkenny in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. With its pristine lakes, mountains, boglands, moorlands, rivers and wilderness, this remote and peaceful national park is hauntingly beautiful and serene. More details +
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Slieve League Cliffs

Slieve League Cliffs

Towering high above the raging Atlantic Ocean, the Slieve League Cliffs are one of the highest sea-cliff faces in Europe. Their incredibly steep slope to the sea is perhaps even more hair-raising than the Cliffs of Moher with its shear drop. More details +
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The Céide Fields in Mayo

The Céide Fields

The remarkable neolithic site at Céide Fields in County Mayo holds the oldest known stone-walled fields in the world. They date back almost 6,000 years, more than any other early agricultural site to date. More details +
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The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant's Causeway’s unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of north Atlantic Ocean. The rugged symmetry of the columns, and their uniform planshape, never fail to intrigue and inspire the curious admirers who come so far to witness them. More details +
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Grianán of Aileach

Grianán of Aileach

The great Grianán of Aileach is believed to have been built in the 1st century AD, on the site of an ancient Iron Age hillfort, and the outline of the original Iron Age fort can still be seen on the hill to this day. More details +
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Doagh Famine Village

Doagh Famine Village

Doagh Famine Village contains a wide selection of full size attractions, including some original dwellings which were still inhabited up to 20 years ago. Some of the buildings of Doagh Famine Village, such as the Orange Hall, Presbyterian Meeting House, Mass Rock and Hedge School and a Republican Safe House, depict the diverse history and culture of this corner of the Inishowen peninsula. More details +

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