- ENNISCRONE GOLF COURSE
- FOXFORD WOOLLEN MILLS
- KILCULLEN'S SEAWEED BATHS
- NATIONAL MUSEUM OF COUNTRY LIFE, CASTLEBAR
- THE SPLIT ROCK, EASKEY
- WATERPOINT AQUA PARK
Among the finest and most challenging traditional Irish links golf courses, Enniscrone began in 1918 as an unrefined nine-hole course near a seaside village. Today, Enniscrone offers 27 holes on 400 acres of magnificent links land, featuring the par 73 Dunes Championship Links Course.
The Dunes has quietly become one of Ireland’s top-ranked championship links courses: voted “Best in Connacht” by Golfers Guide to Ireland; repeatedly a top-20 links course in Golf Digest’s review of Irish golf courses; and a perennial Top-100 UK course in golf reviews.
Reserving a tee time on line for the Dunes course is preferable and offers a savings. Buggies, caddies and pull trolleys are also available by reserving in advance, and will help assure your golf at Enniscrone Golf Club is more pleasurable.
One of the last working mills in Ireland, Foxford was founded by an Irish Sister of Charity in 1892 and overcame many challenges over the years, in order to survive.
Today, it is a thriving mill with master craftspeople creating beautiful pieces for sale in Foxford’s four stores around Ireland, and in stores all over the world.
The award-winning Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre has welcomed more than a quarter of a million visitors since it opened in 1992.
It begins with a self guide multimedia tour of the origins of the mill in the late 1800’s. Visitors are taken right through the working mill as it is run today, where they can see first-hand the mastery of tradition, design and craftsmanship that goes into every single Irish made Foxford product.
Best of all, the award winning tour is completely free of charge!
Woollen Mill Tour Times
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5pm
Sunday: 12pm – 5pm
Shop Opening Times
Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 6pm
Sunday: 12pm – 6pm
A seaweed bath is, as the name suggests, a bath full of hot sea water with seaweed added.
Tradition along the West Coast of Ireland holds that the practice of bathing in hot water and seaweed provides relief from the painful symptoms of rheumatism and arthritis.
The therapeutic power of the Seaweed Bath is attributed to the high concentration of iodine that occurs naturally in seawater and in seaweed.
Massages are also available at the Baths.
Open Thursday to Monday inclusive.
Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 30th April, Open 7 days per week from 1st May
The award winning National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is located in Turlough Village, 8kms east of Castlebar (on the N5). The Museum is home to the National Folklife Collection which represents traditional life in Ireland throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Fascinating artefacts deal with domestic life, agriculture, fishing and hunting, clothing and textiles, furniture and fittings, trades and crafts, transport, sports and leisure and religion.
Set in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park, Castlebar, Co. Mayo the Museum treats visitors to a taste of how our ancestors lived their daily lives, in both difficult and joyful times.
The Museum runs programmes for adults, families and schools to raise awareness of the Museum collection and the associated traditional crafts, customs and traditions. The programmes consist of talks, demonstrations and performances as well as hands-on art and craft workshops.
- Tuesday to Saturday: 10am-5pm
- Sunday: 2pm-5pm
- Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday
Admission to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is free.
(Local legend from Easkey, Co. Sligo)
Fionn Mac Cumhaill arrived at the top of the Ox Mountains in Sligo with another big strong man named Cicsatóin. They spotted two great boulders close by, and Fionn was challenged to throw one of these into the sea at Easkey.
In normal times this would not cause him any bother, but he had a heavy heart at this time. The woman he wished to marry, Gráinne, had eloped with Dermot, one of his own young warriors, and he couldn’t have that. He had to find her and Dermot, and quickly at that. Whatever was on his mind anyway, he did not give the task in hand enough attention, and his boulder fell short. It landed just across the road from where Killeenduff National School is now built. Cicsatóin hoisted his boulder into the air, and with a great roar, lofted it far away into the sea where it made a mighty splash. Some say it created such waves that the sea hasn’t been the same since, and that is why the Easkey coastline is renowned internationally for surfing. There are wild waves there every day of the year.
As to Fionn, when he saw that he had lost the wager, on top of losing his would-be bride in the same year, he took off from the mountain-top like the wind. He passed out three hares on the way down, and never stopped until he arrived at the rock. “There is magic at work in this boulder, but it won’t bother anybody else,” he said angrily to himself, as he split the rock in two with his sword.
The rock is still there today, where it fell many years ago.
It is said that the two halves of the rock will come together to sandwich anyone brave enough to pass through the opening three times. It is about 5 metres long, 3 metres wide and over 2 metres high.
Waterpoint Aqua Park is an Indoor Swimming Pool, with a superb 65m waterslide, fantastic kiddies fun pool, adult health suite and fitness gym guarantee you a fun filled day for all the family and is known as one of the best things to do in Enniscrone.
Waterpoint has been awarded the White Flag award for high standards achieved in both environmental activities and hygiene.
Opening Times (At present):
Tues-Fri 10am-1pm & 4pm-9.30pm
- ARAN ISLANDS
- ARIGNA COAL MINES
- CARROWMORE TOMBS, SLIGO
- CEIDE FIELDS
- VOYA SEAWEED BATHS
- CROAGH PATRICK
- MARBLE ARCH CAVES
- QUEEN MAEVE'S GRAVE
The three Aran Islands, Inis Mór Island (Big Island), Inis Meáin Island (Middle island) and Inis Oírr Island (East island) are situated in a north westerly, south easterly direction at the mouth of Galway Bay, Ireland.
They are famous for their geological formation, historical monuments and their linguistic and cultural heritage. The Irish(Gaelic) language is still spoken here and in the twenty first century all native born islanders are bilingual in both Irish and English.
Micheals Aran Bike Hire is a family owned business that provides premium bike hire for people visiting the Aran Islands. There is a wide range bikes available for hire for people visiting the Aran Islands either for the day or for a holiday. Aran Bike Hire is conveniently located at the beginning of the pier when you get off the boat so you don”t need to walk for ages to find a bike. Aran Bike Hire also provides you with a free map which details the Islands hidden treasures as well as the more famous ones and gives this map free before you get on the boat so you time to make decisions about where you cycle to.
As the island is small the best way to explore the Aran Islands is by bike!!! and as such has become a national traditional for local and international tourists. Most people who visit the Aran Islands will hire a bike and cycle to Dun Aongahasa which is a world heritage site located on 300m cliff and is just 8 kms from the pier where the Aran Islands ferry will drop you off. On this 8km cycle which over 200 000 people per year you will literally be cycling through an outdoor museum of ancient artifacts, villages, forts, lighthouses, and standing stones.
You will also be finding yourself cycling past thousands of man made stone fences and which criss cross the entire island. You will also be cycling past world class beaches and near majestic cliffs, farm animals, and breath some of the freshest air in the world.
Arigna, Carrick On Shannon, Co. Roscommon
Arigna Mining Experience center was developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and to ensure that Arigna maintains its link with Energy themes: Past, Present & Future.
This Energy Centre provides visitors with a unique insight into what coal mining life was like in the Arigna Valley, since its beginning in the 1700’s until closure in 1990.
During the underground tour, visitors will experience what it was like to work in some of the narrowest coal seams in the western world. The tour which will last 45 minutes brings visitors to the coal face of the mine, where the methods used to extract coal are demonstrated. Lighting and sound effects in the mine, add to the authenticity of the underground experience.
Local geology and the formation of coal deposits are explained in our exhibition area, as is the history of energy production.
The exhibition also explains the concepts and operation of different renewable energy systems. Some of these systems can then be viewed in operation in the Energy Centre Building and on the nearby wind farms.
A history tour presents the origins and history of the Arigna coal mines. It explores its impact on the local community, through a photo gallery & displays. The Renewable Energy Demonstrations can be viewed on site in the Centre, while the wind farms can be seen on the nearby Kilronan Mountains
Tours last 45-55 minutes (approx.) and are run on demand – usually every 30/40 minutes
Open all year 10am-5pm
Carrowmore holds the largest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland and is also among the country’s oldest, with monuments ranging from five and a half thousand to six and a half thousand years old.
Archaeologists have recorded over 60 tombs of which 30 are visible. A restored cottage houses an exhibition relating to the site.
Guided tours: Maximum Number: 40
Duration: 45 mins – 1 hr.
Location: 5km from Sligo / Dublin road off the N4 at N4 – R292 junction
4km from Sligo town centre: follow R292 Strandhill.
Open 5th April to 10th October
Daily 10.00 – 18.00
Last admission at 17.00hrs.
Average length of visit: 1.5 hours
E Adult: €3.00
Exhibition, toilets, carpark – all accessible to people with disabilities
The Céide Fields in North Mayo will certainly give you a unique experience. For this is not just another archaeological monument or visitor centre. Here you can indulge yourself in a vast prehistoric landscape, a natural wild ecology of blanket bog, dramatic cliffs and coastline, and a much acclaimed building, which has received Ireland’s most prestigious architectural award.
The Céide Fields are the oldest known field systems in the world, over five and a half millennia old. It is a unique Neolithic landscape of world importance, which has changed our perception of our Stone Age ancestors. The remains of stone field walls, houses and megalithic tombs are preserved beneath a blanket of peat over several square miles. They tell a story of the everyday lives of a farming people, their organized society, their highly developed spiritual beliefs, and their struggle against a changing environment beyond their control.
Displays and exhibitions in English and Irish with written translations available in Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish
A 20 minute long audio-visual show.
Guided walking tours of the site lasting between 45 – 60 minutes. As the tour is outdoors on uneven and sometimes wet terrain visitors are advised to wear weather protective clothing and appropriate footwear
Tearoom providing home made cakes, scones, soup, sandwiches etc.
Open Easter to November 6th
Daily: 10am – 6pm June to Sept
Daily: 10am – 5pm Other months
Group / Senior: €3.00
Child / Student: €2.00
Voya offers a wide range of treatments that can aid numerous skin conditions and relieve sore, aching muscles and joints. Treatments include: seaweed baths, massages, facials, wraps, exfoliations and reflexology.
Mon-Sun: 10.00am – 8.00pm
Phone: (071) 916 8686
Croagh Patrick (Irish: Cruach Phádraig), nicknamed the Reek,is a 764 metres (2,507 ft) mountain and an important site of pilgrimage in County Mayo, Republic of Ireland.
It is 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Westport, above the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey. It is the third highest mountain in County Mayo after Mweelrea and Nephin. On “Reek Sunday”, the last Sunday in July every year, over 15,000 pilgrims climb it.
It forms the southern part of a U-shaped valley created by a glacier flowing into Clew Bay in the last Ice Age. Croagh Patrick is part of a longer east-west ridge.
Croagh Patrick’s history as a place of worship reaches back in time as far as 3,000 BC. The mountain’s popularity among religious pilgrims dates to the time of St. Patrick, who is said to have completed a forty-day Lenten ritual of fasting and penance here. Legend also has it that Croagh Patrick is the mount from which he banished snakes from Ireland forever!
Croagh Patrick is also the centre of a number of cosmological alignments, which no doubt further enhanced the mountain’s mythical and spiritual status in ancient times.The setting sun at certain important dates in the year aligns with the mountain.
Marlbank Florencecourt, Enniskillen, Fermanagh BT92 1EW, United Kingdom
Marble Arch Caves are one of Europe’s finest show caves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.
Located at Florencecourt, County Fermanagh, the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark is host to one of Europe’s finest showcaves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, waterfalls, winding passages and lofty chambers.
Lively and informative guides conduct tours past a bewildering variety of cave formations – stalactites glisten above stream ways and chambers while fragile mineral veils and cascades of creamy calcite coat walls and spread as shimmering terraces across rock strewn floors.
Spectacular walkways allow easy access while powerful lighting reveals the stunning beauty and grandeur of the caves.
Electrically powered boats glide through huge caverns carrying visitors along a subterranean river.
Tours last for 75 minutes and are suitable for people of average fitness. Comfortable walking shoes and a warm sweater are recommended.
The caves have good parking, a souvenir shop, restaurant, exhibition area, an audio-visual theatre and are located in a National Nature Reserve.
Queen Maeve’s Grave (Misgaun Maeve) is located at the summit of Knocknarea mountain, which, at 1,014 feet, dominates the landscape to the West of Sligo. Maeve was the warrior Queen of Connacht in Celtic mythology.
The cairn measures some 180 feet across and over 30 feet high, making it the largest such tomb in Ireland outside the Boyne Valley. Its shape and structure (and the results of archaeology in the area) have led to the tomb being classified as a Neolithic passage tomb. It is estimated that the stones used in the construction would weigh approximately 40,000 metric tons.
Around the cairn there are a number of other tombs, probably of the same period, in varying states of destruction.
Maeve ruled from Cruachan (now Rathcroghan, County Roscommon) and was the enemy (and former wife) of Conchobar mac Nessa, King of Ulster. She is best known for starting the Táin Bó Cúailnge (“The Cattle Raid of Cooley”) to steal Ulster’s prize stud bull. The Cattle Raid of Cooley (or The Táin) is a legendary epic tale about a war against Ulster by Queen Meave and her husband Ailill, who intend to steal the stud bull Donn Cuailnge, opposed only by the legendary teenage Ulster hero Cú Chulainn.
Years later, she was killed by Furbaide (son of a murdered enemy) while bathing in a pool on Inchcleraun (Inis Cloithreann), an island on Lough Ree. It is said that she is buried upright facing her enemies in Ulster.