Escape to Erris, a land unspoilt by time

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“Erris is a place where you are thrown at the same time back on yourself and forward against the mystery and majesty of nature. Now that’s what we call wild.”

The Irish Times, 2014.

Erris is a vast area of north-west Mayo, a barony consisting largely of mountainous blanket bog, spectacular coastal cliffs and glorious white sandy beaches. It is sparsely populated, with few roads, but a strong sense of otherworldliness: a captivating, enchanting realm, which includes;

  • The Ballycroy National Park,
  • The Mullet Peninsula,
  • The Céide Fields, and,
  • The Irish-speaking coastal towns of Ros Dumhach (Rossport) and Ceathrú Thaidhg (Carrowteige).

The cliffs here are spectacular and offer a chance to see dolphins, puffins, peregrine falcons and minke whales, as well as endless inlets and coves to be explored in a kayak.

This was a rather undeveloped area, but the town of Belmullet has emerged as a tourism hub offering various high quality hotels and an abundance of various other accommodation options.  The area is becoming hugely popular for outdoor activities such as walking and cycling, and water-based activities such as sea kayaking, snorkelling, coasteering etc.  Further details are available from

Erris was named as the Best Place to Go Wild in 2014 by the Irish Times.


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