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Creevagh Heights B&B

Carrowmore-Lacken, Ballina, Mayo, F26W7K8, Ireland

Activities

Fishing

The main types of fishing are salmon, lobster, deep-sea angling and beach fishing. The salmon fishing season runs from the beginning of June until the end of July. There are seven boats fishing from Lacken pier and there are nine fishing from Kilcummin pier. The numbers fishing salmon have dropped over the years due to dwindling stocks. Lobster fishing has also suffered from dwindling stocks and now only a few boats fish for lobsters. Deep-sea angling has become very popular in the last few years due to an increase in the tourist trade. Beach angling is also very popular and is well catered for by miles of lovely beaches.

Blue Shark can sometimes be caught at Lacken Pier. At Kilcummin beach, noted for Humberts landing in 1798, Bream, Pollock and Mackerel are the fish to be caught.

Palmerstown River provides fishing for Salmon and Sea Trout. Pollock, Glassen and Bream can be fished for all year, but the best time is from Spring until Christmas. Mackerel is usually caught in August/September.

Boats can be hired in Killala for deep-sea fishing. Usual fish caught are Mackerel, Pollock and flat fish.

At Downpatrick Head, one can fish from the rocks for Pollock, Bream, Ling and in hot weather for Mackerel.

Other fishing close at hand: Salmon and Sea trout on the River Moy

Swimming

p>Lacken beach is safe for swimming as is Ross beach (a blue flag beach) and Ballycastle beach a few miles away.

Water Safety classes for children take place at Lacken Pier in late July and again in early August.

Surfing:

Surfing

Lacken has several good surfing spots for people of all skills, the best spots are situated at Kilcummin Head and further North at Lacken Bay. The best surfing conditions areat low tide with a South Westerly wind. You can find surfing predictions for the area here.

Scuba Diving

The entire coastline from Lacken to Ballycastle provides a range of spectacular dives. Unpolluted waters, excellent visibility andabundant sea life all contribute to make this area of North Mayo an attractive location for diving enthusiasts.

Golf

There are two fabulous links courses within driving distance, Enniscrone and Carne.  Clubs can be arranged upon request.

Recommended Drive

Start your day with one of Carol’s infamous Irish breakfasts and get ready for a day exploring!  A packed lunch can also be prepared on request.  There are many beautiful picnic spots on this drive.  After making a right out of the house towards Ballycastle, your first stop will be the stunning Downpatrick Head – sea stack just ten minutes down the road from Creevagh Heights. Full of history and natural beauty, it is not to be missed and worth a return visit at sunset.  Continuing on down the road from Downpatrick, perhaps stopping for a cup of tea and scone in the quaint artist’s village of Ballycastle, you will come to Céide Fields, a stunning museum overlooking the rugged Atlantic Coast.  

The unique museum tells the story of prehistoric Ireland and immerses the visitor into the ecology and culture of the bog. Stop and take some pictures across the road from the centre as you gave down over the Atlantic cliffs.  Look to your North and you will see more sea stacks on the Belmullet Peninsula. Continue down the road through bogland and countryside and occasionally along the coast.  In the early summer you will find yourself driving through valleys of beautiful wild rhododendrons and rustic ruined buildings.  It’s a windy drive, but well worth it.  Look out for the mountain sheep wandering the countryside, they are a unique breed and if you happento visit in the Spring, we are sure you will agree, there have never been cuter lambs!

Drive into Belmullet town and have a wander around the shops and village.  There is a lovely pier for a picnic, a nice seafood restaurant and you are close to many secluded and peaceful beaches.  If golf is on the agenda, the Carne Links Course is world renowned. When you’ve had your fill of Belmullet, head back in the direction of Ballina. This road will bring you through hills and bog and give you a unique view of the Western countryside.  See if you can spot the heather, gorse and bog cotton that is so plentiful in the area.

When you arrive back in Ballina, park and explore this busy town.  Be sure you stop at Clarke’s and pick up some of their world famous smoked salmon.  If fishing is your thing, they will smoke and package any fish you may have caught to bring home.  There are lots of lovely restaurants and cafe’s in Ballina as well as several playgrounds for the little ones.  A walk down the Moy is a must and a visit would not be complete without a pint of the black stuff at one of the many pubs.

 
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