Ireland’s famous River Moy courses through Ballina, a historic town known for its salmon fishing, centuries-old structures and enthralling countryside. Within Ballina you’ll discover a collection of charming watering holes and restaurants, while the surrounding region reveals undulating mountains and ancient castles.
Things to do in Ballina (Mayo)
Ballina is perfect for outdoor travellers, especially if you love to fish. The River Moy is one of the world’s best-known salmon angling spots, whether you’re keen on fly water, spinning or worming. You can also catch brown trout or jump aboard a deep-sea fishing charter and head out into the North Atlantic Ocean. Avid golfers can tee off at Ballina Golf Club, which boasts 18 picturesque holes.
Feel like staying active? Head out for a leisurely walk through the Moy Valley, where you can embark on several themed walks, including the fascinating Sculpture Trail. Lose yourself among nature with a stroll through Belleek Wood, which has almost 10 kilometres of trails. If you prefer the beach, you can take a short drive to swim at Ross Strand or Lacken Strand.
Discover Ireland’s rich history with a drive down the river to the 15th-century Rosserk Friary, one of the best-preserved Franciscan Friaries in Ireland. Admire the Irish Gothic architecture and intricate carvings as you explore the dormitory, kitchen and church. Head a little further north to reach Moyne Abbey, a fascinating ecclesiastical ruin.
Those looking to experience a true Irish drinking and dining culture should visit Bar Square, a homey gastropub in Ballina with locally-brewed beer and hearty Irish fare. Head to the Broken Jug for a pint of Guinness or check out Supermac’s for American-style burgers.
Getting around Ballina (Mayo)
Ballina is easily reached by flying into Ireland West Airport Knock, about 50 kilometres away, or catching the bus to Ballina Bus Station or train to Ballina railway station. You can walk around town or use a private car to explore further afield.