Ceathrú Thaidhg is a Gaeltacht village on the Dún Chaocháin peninsula. People travel from all over to enjoy the beautiful walking trails along the cliffs. At the Seanscoil (community centre), the locals are delighted to provide you with maps of the routes and loops, and to chat with you about the area.
Eachléim is a Gaeltacht village on the south of the Mullet Peninsula. Local folklore says that a horse leapt from the east of the townland to the west, marking out its borders and this is how the name of the village came about. For many years, people from all over the country have had fond memories of spending their summers in Eachléim, when they would learn how to speak Irish from staying with local families and attending classes during the day. Colaistí Samhraidh Gaeilge (Irish Summer Colleges) are still hosted in many parts of Erris every year.
Established in 1998 Ballycroy National Park is Ireland’s sixth National Park. In 1937, Robert L. Praeger described the Ballycroy landscape in his book, ‘The Way That I Went’ (1937): “Indeed the Nephinbeg range of mountains is I think the very loneliest place in this country, for the hills themselves are encircled by this vast area of trackless bog, I confess I find such a place not lonely or depressing but inspiriting. You are thrown at the same time back upon yourself and forward against the mystery and majesty of nature.” Ballycroy was the setting for the filming of ‘The Ballroom of Romance’ (1981), starring Oscar-winner, Brenda Fricker. A large number of local people appeared as extras, and Cleary's Bar and Grocery were used in the film.
Ballyglass is a small village with panoramic views over Broadhaven Bay. Ballyglass Lighthouse is also known as Broadhaven Lighthouse. There are four lighthouses in Erris. The lights from all four can be seen simultaneously from a few vantage points in the Erris region – ask a local to tell you where! There is an RNLI Lifeboat Station at the pier in Ballyglass and the crew have been providing search and rescue cover here for over 15 years.
Bangor, on the banks of the Owenmore River, is one of the gateway villages into Erris. The village is nestled at the foot of the famous Bangor Trail, a 22-mile mountain pass across the Nephin Beag Mountain Range, and through Ballycroy National Park. Bangor is famous for its fishing. People travel from all over Europe to fish in the river and in Carrowmore Lake.
Situated at a crossroads, Barnatra village straddles the parishes of Kilcommon and Kilmore at the lower end of Broadhaven Bay. Many photographers have captured the shipwreck on the beach nearby - ask a Barnatra local how to get to the boat!
Belderrig is a beautiful sprawling, coastal area located between Belmullet and Ballycastle. It is a haven for geologists, archaeologists and to botanists – with magnificent scenery of the sea and the dramatic mountains. Belderrig is rich in historical and archaeological heritage. In the 1930s, whilst cutting turf, the local schoolmaster, Patrick Caulfield, continued to find large numbers of stones deep down in the bog. The fact that they appeared in a regular formation intrigued him and the depth at which he found the stones suggested they must have been there for centuries. Years later, his son, Professor Séamus Caulfield - an archaeologist - discovered evidence of cultivated fields, houses and tombs, at what is now known as Céide Fields. This unique landscape had lain hidden for many centuries. Séamus Heaney, the famous Irish poet, wrote about Belderrig in a poem, after a visit to Patrick Caulfield’s house in 1974 – titled ‘Belderg’.
Béal an Mhuirthead
01/01/1970 - 01/01/1970
Belmullet – the main town in Erris – straddles the isthmus between the mainland and the Mullet Peninsula. Standing in Carter Square (at the top of Main Street), you’ll see Broadhaven Bay to the north and Blacksod Bay to the south. Around 1715, Sir Arthur Shaen began building a little town here, but it was around 1825 (after the completion of the Castlebar road) when Belmullet was founded by William Carter, with the assistance of an engineer called Patrick Knight.
The village of Binghamstown is named after Richard Bingham, who built a castle near Elly Bay in 1795. The castle is no longer in existence, but some of its ruins can still be seen. The name An Geata Mór (the big gate) came about when Bingham put up an enormous gate across the road way and started charging a fee to all those who were bringing their animals to the fair in Belmullet town instead of the village fair.
An Fód Dubh
01/01/1970 - 01/01/1970
The village of Blacksod is famous for its lighthouse, which is quite unique. Built in 1864 from local granite blocks, not only is the lighthouse on the mainland, but it is also square. In its lifetime, the building has also served as a weather station and as a post office.