Áras Inis Gluaire is Ireland’s only bilingual arts centre, situated in Belmullet town. It is named after Inis Gluaire (Inishglora) off the coast of Erris. Legend says that the Children of Lir spent their final 300 years there and are buried on the island.
Áras Inis Gluaire is a place that is full of stories – not to be missed!
Escape to Ballycroy National Park, which was established in November 1998 and is Ireland’s sixth National Park. It comprises of 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt landscape dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range.
Inside the visitor centre, you’ll discover an exhibition space that explores the history, heritage and stories of the local area, as well as aspects of the surrounding environment and wildlife.
Tír Sáile - the North Mayo Sculpture Trail - is the largest public arts project ever undertaken in Ireland. It comprises of 14 site-specific sculptures along the North Mayo Coast, six of which are located in the Erris region. The sculptures were put in place during 1993, the year of the Mayo 5000. The trail was part of a year-long cultural celebration, inspired by the surviving human imprint in earth and stone at the Céide Fields. The project involved the collaboration of the local community, private parties and public organisations. The artists, who came from all over the world, were hosted by local families. The Tír Sáile Sculpture Trail has heightened the beauty and the wealth of cultural heritage of the North Mayo coastal region. The sites marked J to O can be found on the Erris Beo map. A special handbook on the trail can be obtained at local tourist offices.
Located in the tearooms of the Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre, there are incredible panoramic views from the Ginger & Wild Café. A lovely spot to enjoy homemade & organic soups, quiches, scones, terrines and coffee & cake! Free WiFi. Open from March to September, daily from 10am to 5pm.
Lúnasa Handmade Crafts, located in Belmullet town, promotes local art and craft design. Featuring an inviting range of both traditional and contemporary crafts, combined with regular craft workshops, Lúnasa is a must-visit treasure trove. Whether you want to buy it, make it or learn it, it has everything you need! Lúnasa’s crafty culture workshops take place throughout the year. Taking inspiration from our culture, heritage and local environment, these are brought to life in an interactive story told through a variety of crafts and art. Participants will make something to take away with them and these are guaranteed to unleash your child's creativity and artistic side. These workshops are also great for a family group to create memories of a trip to special occasion and can be booked privately.