Our Wild Atlantic Way Top Five

Kayaking On The River Moy

Kayaking On The River Moy


The rugged beauty of The Wild Atlantic way is spectacular here in Ballina. If it is fishing, golfing, surfing, the heritage or simply enjoying the beautiful natural landscape, there is plenty to do.


1.            Fishing on the Wild Atlantic Way

Salmon Fishing On The River Moy

Salmon Fishing On The River Moy


The Wild Atlantic Way is a haven for fishermen and Ballina is no exception. The Fishing is superb on the River Moy and the various streams and lakes that form part of the system. As recently as 20 June 2017, fishing records indicate we had a bumper week for salmon fishermen with over 600 salmon being caught.

The Moy runs between Mayo and Sligo and is famous as one of Ireland’s premier salmon rivers, but trout are in abundance as well. The main Moy channel is 40 metres deep and the Estuary of the Moy throngs with sea trout that can be caught with fly and bait.


2.            Surfing

We are only 16 minutes from the surfing mecca of Enniscrone with its beautiful beaches and the waves that attract surfers from the world over. The successful marketing of the wild Atlantic coast has highlighted some previously little-known surf beaches. If you were to base yourself here at Crocket’s on the Quay and then head off to try your hand at surfing, there are some excellent surf schools offering lessons for surfers of all levels. The Wild Atlantic Way should be experienced from the sea.

3.            Golfing


Golfers know Ireland is ranked right up top when it comes to great golf courses. Basing yourself at Crocket’s on the Quay and playing the golf courses accessible on the Wild Atlantic Way means your options are limitless. Enniscrone is only ten minutes drive away and is one of the finest and most challenging of the Irish links courses. The course is often a venue for National and Golfing Union of Ireland’s top amateur events. Ballina golf club is a scenic Parkland course only a few minutes drive from Crockets.


4.            Walks on the Wild Side

Walkers are spoiled for choice on our leg of the wild Atlantic way. There are many scenic nature trails near us. Belleek Woods is situated on the western bank of the River Moy and is a family favourite. Many nature trails have been developed, and even the most adventurous hiker will find a path that will be challenging, and dramatically scenic.To name but one, the Moy Greenway is a10 km walking and cycling route that links Ballina to Killala. Check out more possibilities in http://www.irishtrails.ie/trails.aspx?c=Mayo

5.            Heritage


Ballina has excellent examples of Victorian and Georgian heritage. The population of Ballina numbers approximately 6000 and the town itself was founded in 1729 by Lord Tyrawley. It became an important seaport and hub of commerce for some time. Ruins of two friaries draw visitors annually. Rosserk and Moyne Friaries on the road from Ballina to Killala still have well-preserved features.