With the Irish weather being so changeable, we have to grab the opportunities to get outdoors whenever we can. So here's some of the best places in Mayo to get outdoors with kids and enjoy the fine scenery in the county.
Behind the wall at Lecanvey Pier is a great sun spot with lovely views of Clew Bay.
Home of the National Museum for Country Life with beautiful gardens and picnic spots.
Belleek Woods are situated along the banks of the River Moy. It is a lovely area of around 6 miles of forest paths, some of which are along the banks of the River and it is a great place for picnics in the recently restored picnic area.
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From Westport, take N59 to Leenaun. After approx. 8 km., turn right off N59 at sign for “Owenwee”. The site entrance is 250 m. further up on right. The forest road through Brackloon provides a very pleasant walk through an oak woodland landscape.
In the village of Partry turn off the N84 at signpost to Tourmakeady. Follow the signs through a series of minor roads for approx 10km to site entrance. There is a lovely lake walk and a nature trail through the forest. It is on the shore of Lough Mask and there are great viewing points and picnic sites also.
The walk in Belleek is located on the western bank of the River Moy and is north of Ballina on the R314 to Killala. There are nature trails, walks, viewing points and picnic areas which are great.
The Great Western Greenway
The Great Western Greenway is possibly one of the best places to cycle in Mayo. There are three sections to the Greenway all differing in distance.
The Westport – Newport section is 12.5km long and very picturesque – and handy if based in Westport or Newport for a family break.
As you enter Westport from Castlebar you have a lovely view of Clew Bay and all the little islands in it. You can drive westwards away from Westport and you can see it all the way.
Lough Lannagh in Castlebar has easy walks and beautiful swans which are pretty to watch in the water.
There is a fantastic playground beside the Leisure Park & Cinema in Westport with lots for the little ones and some stuff for bigger kids too!
Along the Railway way there is a new Skate Park and also an adult fitness park along with astro turf basketball court – so lots for everyone!
Lough Lannagh Playground
The playground at Lough Lannagh in Castlebar is good with equipment to suit all ages and Ballina has a great playground at Tom Ruane Park for everyone and a nice picnic area too. There is even the opportunity to feed the ducks!!
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KiteSurfing and Surfing in Mayo
You will find KiteSurfing in Belmullet and surfing on many of the beautiful beaches in Mayo – Silver Strand, Carrowniskey.
Article written by Caroline, Mykidstime Mayo
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