8 Must-See Places On The Murrisk Peninsula (County Mayo)
Posted in Connect on May 17, 2019.
The Murrisk Peninsula (in the south-west of County Mayo) is a barely touched natural beauty. Between Clew Bay (in the north) and Killary Harbour (in the south), the Murrisk area offers places to go wild and to relax on a lazy afternoon. Strenuous hill walks, strolls on paradisiac beaches and a broad range of local history make the Murrisk Peninsula an enjoyable spot.
8. Clew Bay
It is said that 365 smallish islands are spread throughout Clew Bay. The actual number is 117 and hence far away from the saying that there is an island for each day of the year. However, Clew Bay is a place of magic and Murrisk holds its fair share of this maritime beauty.
7. Granuaile Visitor Centre
The former presence of Grace „Granuaile“ O’Malley, the famous 16th century Mayo pirate queen, can be felt everywhere along the Murrisk coastline. Grace and her family lived and worked between Westport and Louisburgh and on Clare Island. Her life was tough as English suppression urged her to fight for her claims.
6. Croagh Patrick
Croagh Patrick is Ireland’s holy mountain and its iconic shape is the one landmark you can see from nearly everywhere on the Murrisk Peninsula. The steep and rocky ascent to the top of “The Reek“, as it is known by locals, is even for keen hillwalkers quite a challenge.
5. Murrisk Abbey
The village of Murrisk is situated on the shores of Clew Bay and the mighty slopes of Croagh Patrick. The village is the home of the ruins of Murrisk Abbey which was built in the 15th century.
4. Old Head
Only a few kilometres from Louisburgh the lower slopes of Old Head reach out for the waters of Clew Bay. From the sandy beach at the feet of Old Head fantastic views of Clew Bay and the towering Croagh Patrick can be enjoyed.
Mweelrea is the County highpoint of Mayo and the highest mountain of Connacht. While this makes him a most desirable target for hillwalkers Mweelrea is also one of the most complex mountain terrains. To reach its summit at 814 m is a real challenge for everyone involved in the hill sports.
2. Aasleagh Falls
One of the most southern spots of the Murrisk Peninsula is the townland of Aasleagh. Here, at the border between Mayo and Galway, the river Erriff tumbles over a low rocky edge to form the Aasleagh Falls before he continues his way to the Killary Harbour.
1. Doolough Valley
The Doolough Valley on the Murrisk Peninsula is a scenic area that can compete with any outstanding place in Ireland. Its secluded location in the middle of impressively high mountains and the calmness of its deep and beautiful loughs are spiritual fuel for everybody dreaming of the perfect Irish landscape.
Today, a memorial beside the valley road makes you stop for a minute and remember the lives that where lost. However, the Doolough Valley tops the list of the most beautiful places on the Murrisk peninsula you must see before you die.Mayo, Murrisk, Visit