1. Absorb the breath-taking vista from Nephin Mór
Tel: +353 (0) 96 30935
2. Take a town or country walk Relax and stroll: Take a walk along the Town Trail, River Bank, or one of the four country lane & woodland loop walks.
▶ Website: www.mayowalks.ie
3. Stare at the stars in Letterkeen Make a wish upon a star in our International Dark Sky Park
Look at the stars, see how they shine for you at Letterkeen Bothy in the Wild Nephin Wilderness Area, host to the most exceptional of dark skies and stunning nightscapes. It has been designated as a viewing site for astronomers following the Ballycroy National Park’s ‘Gold Tier International Dark Sky Park’ award.
▶ Website: www.ballycroynationalpark.ie
▶ Website: www.darksky.org/idsp/parks/mayo
4. Cast a line over lovely Lough Conn Or just relax and cast your eye over this peaceful lake vista
Hire a gillie via Cloonamoyne Fisheries:
Tel: +353 (0) 9631928
▶ Website: www.cloonamoynefishery.com
5. Trace your ancestry at Enniscoe House
Take a stroll in the heavenly gardens and relax with a coffee after: Enniscoe House is one of Crossmolina’s greatest surprises. The old Georgian house has been in the same family since the 1790s, and is a busy, functioning guesthouse and restaurant with a unique flower garden and organic vegetable garden. The Mayo North Heritage Centre is based in the grounds alongside a well-equipped museum of local artefacts. Why not relax with a cuppa in its pretty caf
or savour a variety of organic produce.
Tel: +353 (0) 96 31112
▶ Website: www.enniscoe.com
6. Pause to reflect in the Titanic Village
Remember the lost in the tranquil mountainside memorial: Due to the amazing efforts of the local community, Lahardane is rewarded with a permanent monument to 14 locals who sailed on the illfated Titanic in 1912. 11 perished. A stop-off to read their incredible story is a must. Give yourself time to visit the church where two stained-glass windows are dedicated to the memory of the lost, and see the churchyard bell that tolls every April 15th between 2am and 3am.
▶ Website: www.addergoole-titanic.com
7. Tickle your Taste Buds Refuel after a satisfying day on the trails, or pack a picnic lunch
Enjoy a delicious, hearty lunch or dinner in a local bar or restaurant, washed down with a local craft beer. Grab a light lunch in one of our tea rooms or caf
s, or stop by the deli counters in one of our local food shops and pick up a tasty picnic.
▶ Website: http://crossmolina.ie/visitorinformation/wine-dineaccommodation
8. Enjoy the excitement of a football match
Watch a game of football of either code in this sports-mad town. Football of all sorts abounds in Crossmolina. Witness the passion and dedication long associated with our native sport, Gaelic Football. A competitive GAA game in the home of Crossmolina Deel Rovers on the Ballina Road can’t be missed! All games are advertised on-site, drop in and check out the local talent and skills. Equally talented are the soccer teams; Crossmolina FC’s ground is located in Abbeytown and you will receive a warm welcome there.
▶ Website: www.crossmolinaafc.com or ▶ Website: www.deelrovers.com
9. Savour a Craft Beer or visit our Whiskey Distillery
Tantalise your taste buds with a local brew: You can sample our local craft beers produced right in the town by the Reel Deel Brewing Company in a variety of pubs whilst listening to local artists, or try your luck at cards or darts.
Tel:+353 (0) 86 077 9391 ▶ Website: www.reeldeelbrewery.ie
Visit the Nephin Whiskey Company at the foot of Nephin Mountain on the shores of Lough Conn in Lahardane village, 8km from Crossmolina. Meet the Nephin team who will be delighted to show you their distillery plans and guide you around the village to see the barley and the turf.
▶ Website: www.nephinwhiskey.com
10. Soothe your soul with some music
“Music is to the Soul as Food is to the Body”: Enjoy a live session in Crossmolina’s lively pubs, or take in a fantastic night of cultural entertainment at Atlantic Rhythm Productions, just outside Crossmolina, where a young and energetic group performs a unique mix of all that is loved in our Irish heritage of traditional arts, song, dance, and drama.
▶ Website: www.atlanticrhythm.com
11. Follow the historic path of the River Deel Fish, amble or seek out its ancient ruins
The River Deel is alive with rare species of freshwater crayfish and pearl mussels. It has amazing biodiversity, plant and bird life and flows – sometimes menacingly– through the town from its source high in Nephin to the shore of Lough Conn. Many groups Kayak or paddle along, discovering the excitement of the alternative view from the water. Along the river at the North end of Lough Conn near Ardagh, you will find the striking 16th-century Castle Gore and Deel Castle ruins.
▶ website: www.crossmolina.ie
12. Walk through 6,000 years of history on Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk
Explore the sacred tombs and field walls of our first farmers: Walk among the Stone Age cairns and mysterious standing stones of the Bronze Age and take in the brooding dark beauty of mysterious Lough Naweela on this hidden gem of a walk near Moygownagh. Guide books available at Mitchell’s Shop or at ▶ Website: www.blanemoreforest.com