The unspoilt village of Pullathomas is in the parish of Kilcommon, which takes its name from St. Comán who lived around the end of the sixth century AD. The saint is allegedly buried in the old churchyard in Pullathomas, near to the entrance where the walls of the old Church can still be seen. Pullathomas lies across the tidal inlet from Rossport in one of the most beautiful areas of Mayo. There are spectacular views over the water to the Atlantic Ocean and distant mountains, and the rugged countryside all round is ideal for hiking.
The Portacloy area is renowned for its fishing, its cliff scenery and its beach - one of Ireland’s true hidden gems. It is a North-facing beach with towering cliffs on each side. A short, but very rewarding walk is marked along the west side of the bay. This leads to a watch tower and magnificent views of the Stags of Broadhaven to the north. Keep an eye out for puffins at sea!
To reach Claggan Island, you must travel through the sprawling village of Shraigh. The causeway that links Claggan Island to the mainland is also known as Shraigh Beach, which is a very popular kitesurfing location, due to its exposure to the wild Atlantic ocean!
Clogher is a townland on the south of the Mullet Peninsula. It is believed that the first convent in the area was built in Clogher, possibly in the 18th century. Over one hundred houses existed in the region during the famine. The only post office in the area is still in existence today, and is still run by the same family.
Glencastle is a mountain valley that used to be known as the gateway to the Mullet Peninsula. Standing in the middle of this glen and guarding the gateway into Erris stands an ancient fort called Dún Domhnall (the fort of Domhnall). According to legend, Domhnall was of the Gamanraige tribe and an ascendant of Ailill Finn, the husband of Flidhais, who was deeply entangled in the renowned tale of Táin Bó Flidhais. Standing by the old fort, the panorama of Broadhaven Bay and Blacksod Bay comes into view. According to Celtic folklore, Domhnall used to close the gates of Erris at night and charge a fee to passers-by. The remains of this once-great castle are now three very large mounds close to the road on the right hand side as you travel westwards, which have never been archaeologically investigated.
The townland of Bellacorick is a vast and virtually uninhabited blanket bog which was once used mainly for milled peat production. Nowadays it is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) because of the unique nature of the intact blanket bog habitat.
From 1962 onwards, a 300ft peat-powered electricity station tower in Bellacorick marked the gateway into Erris – a landmark for locals and for returning emigrants and visitors. It was decommissioned in 2004 and in 2007 it was demolished.