Things to see and do near LouisburghThere is plenty to do in this area - whether you like outdoor sports or visiting museums. Here are some ideas to get you started.
There are some fantastic spectacular beaches just a short drive from Ocean View Cottage. Carrowmore (sometimes spelled Carramore) beach is the nearest sandy beach just a few minutes drive around the hill and is one of Mayo’s blue flag beaches. It’s a lovely wide sandy beach that doesn’t get too crowded even in the height of summer. Carrowniskey strand is also nearby and is a well known surfing beach – you can hire equipment and have lessons here including a teenager summer school to learn to surf. A bit further south takes you to the beautiful Silver Strand beach (also knows as Tallabawn beach) which has been described as one of the best beaches in Europe. The views from this beach really have to be seen and the sunsets are well worth staying around for.
Old Head beach is another blue flag beach and is very popular. It’s the only beach in Ireland with an oak wood running right down to the strand. It has a cafe and places to hire equipment and lessons for a variety of water sports. Paddleboarding is especially well catered for here. It’s a safe beach with rock pools to expore too.
If you love being on the water you will love this part of the world! You can swim, surf, kayak and stand up paddle within a short drive of Louisburgh. Surf Mayo is based in Carrowniskey strand and offers surfing lessons as well as equipment hire. They are there every day in summer. SurfMayo.com If you want to have a go at Stand Up Paddleboarding Old Head Beach is the home of Summer SUP school who run classes every day in Summer. You can hire a large selection of water sport equipment right in Louisburgh Main Street from Wild Atlantic Leisure. They have wetsuits, paddleboards, kayaks, paddleboards and scuba diving equipment. They also arrange boat trips around Clew Bay. You can hire fishing equipment here too.
Walking and Cycling
Louisburgh and around is a fantastic are for walking and cycling. There are three suggested cycle loop routes around Louisburgh town and there is the Greenway cycle route with is a fabulous and not too challenging cycle route from Westport all the way out to Mulranny next to Achill. There are plans to extend the greenway to Louisburgh.
Some ideas for walking routes can be found here.
Museums and historical sights
From the Grainne Uaille museum in the centre of Louisburgh to the National Museum of Country Life there are many different ways to discover local history. There is the Famine monument and the Clew Bay Archaelogical trail.
Some videos that will show you more about the area