North Mayo – Top Things To Do – Foxford

Posted in Connect on October 1, 2019.

The picturesque, small town of Foxford is situated on the River Moy and is close to Lough Conn. The town is famous for its fi shing and also for its woollen blankets, which the local mill has been creating since 1892. It also has proud links to Argentina. The founder of the Argentinean Navy and Argentinean national hero Admiral William Brown was born in Foxford and is commemorated by a monument in his honour.

1. Visit the award winning Foxford Woollen Mills, one of the town’s most iconic landmarks. Explore the unique history of the mill’s famous traditional design & craftsmanship, from the late 1800s to the present day.

2. Discover an exhibition of documents, photographs, prison records, posters & letters belonging to one of the founders of the Irish Land League at the excellent Michael Davitt Museum, a restored church building beside Straide Abbey (13th century). You can also pay your respects at his grave in the grounds.

3. Enjoy a pint of Guinness overlooking the world-famous River Moy, and have a chat with the locals about the people & places around Foxford.

4. Find out the amazing story of Mayo-born Admiral William Brown, who is worshiped in Argentina. Visit the Admiral Brown Centre and discover how he fought Spanish & Brazilian fl eets against all odds!

5. Take a walk on the wild side – there are several country lane loops & bog track trails to choose from, including the Foxford Way Loop, Larganmore Loop and the Shanwar Belgarrow Loop, with panoramic views of rivers, lakes, and mountains!

6. The River Moy may be the most famous fishing spot, but there are plenty of other beautiful angling locations within easy reach, including Lough Conn, Lough Cullin and the Deel River.

7. Enjoy a murder mystery break … follow a trail of ‘evidence’ in Foxford & solve a mystery on the banks of the Moy – an unusual & fun experience!

8. Explore Foxford through art … try your hand at water colours & other mediums in a relaxing studio, set in beautiful surroundings.

9. Explore the beautiful lakes around Pontoon – ideal for family picnics and afternoon strolls!

10. Overlooking Creagaballa Lake, the thatched house of Hennigan’s Heritage Centre allows you to authentically experience the traditions of older generations living in rural Ireland, when work was hard and luxuries were few – well worth a visit!

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