Looking for adventure? Situated in the heart of Erris, Belmullet Adventure Centre is a dedicated outdoor pursuits shop, catering for the rental and sales of bikes and kayaks. There is a wide range of quality bicycles for hire, to suit all ages - adults’ bikes, youth bikes, tag-a-long bikes, toddler trailers and child seats, all of which are maintained to the highest specifications. Helmets and hi-vis vests are also supplied. Talk to the staff at the centre and find out which part of Erris is the best place to explore, depending on your ages, abilities and what appeals to you! Grab your kayak or your bike here and go wild in Erris!
Belmullet town is the hub of the North Mayo Cycle Network. There are a number of marked cycle trails ranging in distance from 37km to 72km. Cycling is one of the best ways to truly explore the four corners of the beautiful barony of Erris – whether you are on a marked trail or you are going off the beaten path!
Situated at the southernmost tip of the Mullet Peninsula, grab your bike at Léim Siar and head north towards Ceann Iorrais, while stopping for a picnic at a vast Blue Flag beach or a small sheltered cove.
This award-winning course just outside Belmullet town “now has 27 of the most dramatic, natural duneland holes in the world.” Carne has achieved worldwide recognition and after recently playing all 350 courses in Ireland, journalist Kevin Markham said that Carne was No. 1. Definitely a must-see, even for non-golfers!
Erris is one of the most popular areas in Ireland for birdwatching. The coastline and beaches are home to a variety of bird species throughout the year. Cormorants and a wide variety of Gulls are some of the more common birds to be seen. Near Ceann an Eanaigh (Annagh Head – a WAW discovery point), Termoncarragh Lake is a Birdwatch Ireland Reserve. It is nationally important for breeding waders and wintering waterfowl - including Whooper Swans, Greenland White-fronted and Barnacle Geese, and small numbers of Wigeon, Teal, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Pochard and Scaup. The Barnacle Geese commute between Termoncarragh and the Inis Gé in winter. There are up to 1,000 Golden Plover in winter. Breeding birds include Lapwing, Snipe, Dunlin, Sedge Warbler and Reed Bunting. Termoncarragh is an extremely sensitive breeding ground and, as such, access is by prior arrangement with Birdwatch Ireland only. Other birds which can be seen in the region include the Twite and the Red-necked Phalarope. In winter, wild Swans, Geese and Ducks can be spotted throughout the Erris region, with the Brent Goose, Whooper Swan, and the Long Tailed Duck being particularly notable, as well as the Common Scoter and the Slavonian Grebe. In the summer, the elusive Corncrake’s crex-crex call can still be heard in the area, due to the traditional farming methods, which assist their survival on certain farms.
Galloping on horseback along the Blue Flag beaches of Erris is not to be missed! With the spray of the wild Atlantic in your face, this is an experience for riders of all levels. Duvillaun is a family run, AIRE-approved centre, with fully qualified horse riding instructors.
In Éalú Health & Leisure Centre, at the Broadhaven Bay Hotel, you will find a fully-equipped gym from treadmills to weight-lifting machines. Trained staff will take the time to show you how to use the various machines and guide you on the amount of time to spend on each one.