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Signature Discovery Points

Travel down Mayo's coastline along the wild atlantic way and explore 30 discovery points, an ideal opportunity to get your camera out and start snapping!

Signature Discovery Points

Aasleagh Falls

Located 1 km north of the Galway/Mayo border, this location provides views over Aasleagh Falls, a picturesque waterfall located on the River Erriff just before the river meets Killary Harbour. Two laybys located on either side of the R335

Annagh Head

Wind-swept Annagh Head is far off everything and everyone, permanently facing the violent powers of the Atlantic.

Ashleam Beach

Formal vantage point along the southern coast of Achill Island that looks down onto Ashleam Bay, a small pebbly cove sometimes known as Portnahally


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.

Ballina Quay

With an attractive river setting, Ballina Quay is a key access point for boats to the River Moy famous for Atlantic salmon. Ballina Quay is Mayo’s last Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. It is one of the most pictoresque parts of Ballina on the eastern side of the Moy, it is a quiet and peaceful setting.

Benwee Head

Benwee Head is located in a remote, quiet region in the north-west of county Mayo. Here cliffs more than 250 meters high tower over the waters of the Atlantic ocean.

Carrownisky Strand

Located 1 km north of the Galway/Mayo border, this location provides views over Aasleagh Falls, a picturesque waterfall located on the River Erriff just before the river meets Killary Harbour.

Céide Head

The amazing geology, archaeology, botany and wildlife of this North Mayo region is interpreted at the Céide Fields Visitor Centre, with the aid of an audio-visual presentation and exhibitions.

Claggan Island

Claggan Island has the distinction of being Mayo’s newest island – having only being officially declared an island in 1991. The tiny island is situated on the north-eastern corner of Blacksod Bay, about 12km from Belmullet.

Clare Island

Clare Island lies off the Mayo coast at the entrance to Clew Bay. Its spectacular cliffs are home to large numbers of nesting sea birds and its hills, bogs and woodlands make it ideal for hill walking.


Elevated view point which offers open and panoramic views south and south east across Clew Bay against the backdrop of Corraun Hill (524m).

Doohoma Head

Ceann Ramhar is one of the hidden gems of Erris - a region voted by 'The Irish Times' as the best place in Ireland to go wild!

Doolough Valley

A stone memorial adjacent to an informal layby along Doo Lough Pass, a high quality driving route between Mweelrea Mountain and Sheeffry Hills, north of Doo Lough.


Situated on top of the cliffs with uninterrupted views of the Atlantic, this Discovery Point is one of the wildest in Erris - a region that was voted the best place in Ireland to go wild!

Downpatrick Head

Downpatrick Head is located 3 miles north of Ballycastle village standing 126ft above the sea with fantastic views of the Atlantic, the Staggs of Broadhaven and high cliffs along the shore. The small stone building at the top of Downpatrick Head is now used to view the many species of birds on 'Dún Briste'.

Dugort Beach

Also known as Pollawaddy Strand, this expansive sandy beach with surrounding hilly terrain is set against the backdrop of the neighbouring Slievemore Mountain (672m).

Elly Beach

Elly Beach is a fine sandy beach located 9km south of Béal an Mhuirthead (Belmullet) in Erris, Co. Mayo. It has received its European Blue Flag for 2014.

Erris Head

Erris Head is located in the north of the Mullet Peninsula. A circuit hiking trail goes around the cape, surrounded by unspoiled, beautiful nature and rewarding hikers with splendid views on Broadhaven Bay and the wild Atlantic.


At the Fál Mór Discovery Point, you can enjoy Deirbhile’s Twist – a granite boulder sculpture that was created as part of the Tír Sáile Sculpture Trail in North Mayo, Ireland’s largest public arts project.


Inishbiggle, or Inis Bigil, is home to a traditional community where small farming and fishing are time worn traditions. Located between the mainland and Achill Island in County Mayo, this unspoilt haven has stunning panoramic views of west Mayo.


Inishturk, which translates as ‘Island of the Wild Boar’ is a small beautiful island located 14.5km off the west coast of Mayo, between the islands of Inishbofin and Clare.

Keel Beach

Keel (Strand) Blue Flag Beach is located in the north west of Achill Island and is reknowned for watersports most especially board, wind and kyte surfing using the westerly winds blowing in from the Wild Atlantic.

Keem Bay

Keem Bay is a sheltered rural beach surrounded by cliffs on Achill, Ireland’s largest island.


Located just off the R314 in the attractive village of Killala, this Discovery Point boasts attractive views across the inlet of Killala Bay.

Lacken Strand

Lackan Strand is a wonderful sandy beach that ticks all the boxes – Great surf, amazing views, a pier, fishing, bird watching and wonderful walks.

Murrisk View

Croagh Patrick View is located on the south shore of Clew Bay at the base of Croagh Patrick.

Old Head

Old Head beach is overlooked by a woodland to the west and Croagh Patrick to the south and east. This beach has a number of rock-pools that are exposed when the tide is out.

Roonagh Pier

Large modern pier which accommodates daily ferry service between Roonagh Quay and both Clare Island and Inishturk with increased sailings to Clare Island during the summer months.

Silver Strand

Here you will find a fine sandy beach open to the Atlantic with views out towards Inishturk and Inishbofin.

Spanish Armada View Point

Small gravel surfaced layby adjacent to the Clew Bay coastal road against the backdrop of Corraun Hill (524m).

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