Situated on the River Deel, Crossmolina is a picturesque town overlooked by the Nephin Mountain and the Wild Nephin Wilderness area. It is well known in Ireland for its GAA football team, which is one of the top club teams in the country.
Top 10 Things to Do in Crossmolina
- Be captivated by Connacht’s most majestic mountain, Nephin Mór. Due to the lack of surrounding peaks, there are panoramic views as far as Lough Conn, Ballycroy National Park, and Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick (on a clear day).
- Take a walk on the wild side! There are several loops and trails including: the River Walk, Gortnor Abbey Loop, Grange Walk, Deel Castle Trail, Keenagh Loop and Letterkeen Forest Walk.
- Stare at the Stars – see how they shine for you at Letterkeen Bothy, which is in the Nephin Wilderness region of Ireland’s first International Dark Sky Park!
- The internationally-renowned Lough Conn area is a wonderful place to go fishing, to have fun on a jet ski, or to relax with a picnic. Its pier has caravan parking bays and serviced facilities – ideal for family days out!
- Trace your ancestry at Enniscoe House, or take a stroll in the heavenly gardens. Relax with a coffee in the Mayo North Heritage Centre (in the grounds) or try some delicious dishes sourced from the organic vegetable garden.
- Titanic Village: In 1912, 14 people from the neighbouring village of Lahardane boarded the Titanic. Eleven of them died. Visit the memorial monument, and the church where two stained-glass windows are dedicated to their memory. (The churchyard bell tolls every April 15, between 2am and 3am.)
- Tantalise your taste buds with a local brew. Try some Nephin Whiskey or some Reel Deel beer. Visit the brewery or distillery in person, or sample them in the local pubs!
- Watch a thrilling GAA match at the local club, or a soccer game in Abbeytown – you’ll get caught up in the thrill of the game alongside the sports-mad locals!
- Whether you’re fishing or relaxing along the River Deel, there is an amazing array of biodiversity, flora & fauna to be discovered, including rare species of freshwater crayfish an pearl mussels.
- There are many hidden heritage gems waiting to be discovered, including: the 6,000 year old Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk; Stone Age cairns; Bronze Age standing stones; the 7th century Errew Abbey; and the 16th century Gore and Deel Castles.