Area Highlights

  • Croagh Patrick
  • Ferry to Clare Island
  • Clew Bay
  • Sheaffrey & Mweelrea Mountains
  • White Sandy Beaches
  • Surfing
  • Fishing
  • Hill Walking
  • Close to all amenities
  • Amazing Scenery

Description Of The Area

The picturesque town of Louisburgh, in County Mayo is about a half hour drive from Killary Harbour and Leenane in Connemara. The drive will take you along the edge of Killary Fjord, past the famous Aasleagh Falls and Delphi Adventure Centre, and through the majestic Sheaffrey and Mweelrea mountains. The area has some of the most breath taking scenery you will find anywhere in the world.

Louisburgh is a beautiful small town and retains many 18th century features, with lots of character, and the surrounding town lands are packed full of history and natural charm. It is an area of immense natural beauty encompassed by Croagh Patrick to the east, the Atlantic to the west, the Sheaffrey and Mweelrea Mountains to the south and Clew Bay to the north. It is an area famous for its wide range of white sandy beaches, with their crystal clear waters and secluded sandy coves. The best known beaches in the area include Carramore, Old Head and Bertra, and the nearby Silver Strand beach in Killadoon has been rated as the best in Europe.

The town boasts many shops, craft shops, bars, restaurants and cafes. Each May, the area hosts Féile Chois Cuain, a celebration of traditional music and dance. Activities in the area include surfing, kayaking,  pony riding, cycling, walking. Nearby Roonagh Pier, approx 5 km from the town, is the departure point for ferries to Clare Island.  The area boasts some beautiful scenic drives such as going south to Connemara via Doolough and Leenane, north to Achill Island via Westport and Newport, or east to Tourmakeady and Lough Nafooey via Westport/Tourmakeady and Leenane.

The magnificent mountainous landscape and the peaty blanket bogs are hemmed by the Atlantic coast and Clare Island. A climb on Mweelrea which is Connaughts highest Mountain is popular with experienced hill climbers, and offers panoramic views of the Twelve Bens and surrounding landscape, all the way to the ocean. Another Mountain favourite of hill walkers and climbers is Croagh Patrick. A rewarding panoramic view of Clew Bay dotted with its 365 islands makes the experience worthwhile.

There are numerous very interesting walking trails to discover in and around Louisburgh, with magnificent scenery thrown in for good measure. The fisherman will be spoilt for choice with excellent opportunities for shore fishing stretching from Clew Bay to Killary Harbour. Deep sea angling trips are available locally for individuals or groups.

Louisburgh has a rich archaeological heritage with over 700 known archaeological monuments, and 20 areas of scientific interest.

Map Of The Area