Beautiful Ballina is situated on the estuary of the River Moy, and is world famous for its rich salmon fishing. With a stunning lake, river and the magnificent Atlantic Ocean within shouting distance Ballina is indeed the fisherman’s haven. But the town’s visitors can bypass the fishing and simply enjoy all that is great about Ballina and its environs.
It’s proximity to the north Mayo coast makes it the perfect base to explore the region’s remote sandy beaches and wonderfully wild bogland. Unique flora and fauna combined with the area’s rich history leaves visitors intrigued.
Among Ballina's key visitor attractions are the ruins of Moyne Abbey, Rosserk Friary dating back to the 15th century and the impressive St Muredach's Cathedral which stands imposingly on the banks of the River Moy.
The town plays host to exciting festivals during the year. The big one is the Ballina Salmon Festival in July which attracts thousands of anglers from all over the world with lots of family friendly events too. The thriving Ballina Arts Centre regularly hosts gigs, galleries, workshops and arts and crafts events for both the young and old.