Planning Your Visit To Erris County Mayo

Planning a visit to Erris? You came to the right place! Whether its long walks on waymarked routes, or glorious sunny days spent on the sandy shores of Blacksod Bay or even an interesting lesson in local history, you can relax. Blacksod has got you covered!

Inspiration & Information

Check out our Things to Do page for inspiration and information. If its water sports, walking, horse riding, fishing, architecture, golf, boat tours or food and drink you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty to see and do in the Erris area to keep you entertained from sunrise to sunset.

How to get to Erris

The Barony of Erris is situated in the northwest corner of County Mayo. In fact The name ‘Erris’ comes from old irish ‘Iar Ros’ which means Western Promontory. The topography of the area mainly consisting of mountainous blanket bog and unspoiled sandy coasts, a visit to the remote Erris area uncovers Ireland’s most hidden gem!

Blacksod Lighthouse is also an official visitor discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest coastal driving route in the world, an impressive 1600 miles of way-marked road stretching the entire length of the west coast! Our WAW signpost overlooks the beach and pier in what we think is the most scenic and photogenic place on the entire route. Ok, ok, we might be a little biased….

Plan a visit

By Road:

Galway- Belmullet, “the scenic route”: Take the N59 until you reach Bangor Erris, take a left for the R313. You’ll pass Carrowmore Lake and traverse Tristia Bog before arriving in bustling Belmullet town. Follow the signs down the Mullet Peninsula past our numerous blue flag beaches, Blacksod Lighthouse is the end of the line!

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Galway – Belmullet, the “I can’t wait to get there route”: Take the N84 connecting Galway to Castlebar. Once you reach Castlebar take the R312 to “Béal an Mhuirthead”(this is the Irish for Belmullet).

From Ballina: The N59 will lead you to Bangor Erris, take a left to connect to the R313 and follow the signs for Blacksod Lighthouse. Alternatively, the R314, aka the North Coast Road, is a more scenic route, meandering pleasantly through bogland and brush. There are numerous picnic spots and panoramic photographic opportunities en route. Enjoy your drive!

Public Transport:

Bus Éireann runs daily bus services connecting Ballina and Blacksod Lighthouse (Route 446) and nearby Belmullet.

Click the link below to get redirected to the Bus Éireann website for the most up to date information on the Route 446 timetable.

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The Barony of Erris

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