Mayo offers the longest coastline of any Irish county, and there are some amazing pristine, beaches to be enjoyed. A number of Mayo beaches carry the coveted, Blue Flag recommendation for the cleanest beaches, while there are also, a good proportion of Green Coasts. There are countless other hidden sea coves and golden crescent beaches all waiting to be explored.
Do not leave Mayo without swimming in:
Keem Bay - a classic horseshoe-shaped golden strand on Achill.
Mulranny beach - another crescent beach beside a saltwater marsh alive with curlews, oyster-catchers, terns and rare plants.
Ross Beach, Killala - a gorgeous sandy spit of land sticking out into the bay where the French Navy arrived in 1798 to assist the United Irishmen in their ill-fated rebellion.
Bertra Beach - another long, thin sword of sand sticking out into the sea, right under Croagh Patrick.
Clare Island, Achill Island and the Mullet Peninsula out from Belmullet all have great beaches – although the last named can be shallow.
Mayo is also home to a number of top class Leisure Centres which include Swimming pools and spa facilities. These indlude:
- Leisure Comlex at Lough Lannagh, Castlebar
- Claremorris Leisure Centre
- Ballina Swimming Pool
- Westport Leisure Park