Explore North Mayo from the Great National Hotel, Ballina

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Located on a stunning, rugged part of the Wild Atlantic Way, with a breath-taking natural coastal landscape, North Mayo is a year-round destination, rich in culture and heritage. It’s not just a place to visit, but a place to feel alive. 

Explore North Mayo from the Great National Hotel, Ballina

North Mayo has a wealth of exciting festivals and events taking place throughout 2022, with the Síamsa Sráide Street & Art Festival taking place over the August bank holiday from the 29th July – 3rd August.  

Start your North Mayo adventure by checking into the Great National Hotel Ballina. It is the perfect base for exploring all of the delights in the area. With delicious dining options in McShane’s Bar & Bistro, the tranquil Éidin Spa and a full leisure centre, it’s a great place to stay for all ages.


The Great National Hotel Ballina’s Explore the Coast experience includes a two night stay with breakfast each morning. The price also includes dinner on one evening in McShane’s Bar & Bistro. There is also an option to add a packed lunch to bring on your adventures. It starts from €175 per person sharing plus €12.50 each for the packed lunch. 

Adventures in North Mayo can include a visit to the stunning Doolough Valley; see the most famous fjord in Ireland, Killary. Nearby the Aasleagh Falls are a sight worth seeing, as the brown boggy waters rushes down into the river.

Visit the award-winning Misunderstood Heron, food truck at Killary, and the village of Leenane, made famous in the play, The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh . Follow the road to Louisburgh and have a dip in the sea at Old Head, for stunning views. Finish off a day trip with fresh local caught seafood in The Tavern at Murrisk.

To find out more about what North Mayo has to offer. 

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Joan Scales
Joan Scales
Award-winning journalist, Joan has been writing about travel and tourism for many years principally for The Irish Times and lately for travel2ireland. Joan has appeared many times on television and radio talking about the business of travel and all its component strands. She is also a public speaker and has appeared at many international conventions and conferences.

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