Ballina lies in northern County Mayo on the banks of the famous River Moy, a few miles south of where the Moy empties into the Atlantic Ocean. A town of about 11,000, Ballina hosts a wide variety of pubs, restaurants, nightclubs, and shops, as well as excellent area hotels, resorts, and bed & breakfasts. Ballina’s attractions include the ruins of Moyne Abbey and Rosserk Friary, both of which date back to the 15th century, and the impressive St Muredach’s Cathedral, which stands imposingly in town on the banks of the river.
The River Moy is internationally acknowledged as an exceptional salmon fishery. The famous Ridge Pool, a salmon anglers’ paradise, is located in the heart of Ballina. Each year in July, Ballina ignites into a frenzy of activity with its annual salmon festival. Over the past years, it has developed into one of Ireland’s major festivals, providing a week long feast of free entertainment for the entire family – music, song, theatre, art, heritage, and culture.
In addition to fishing, Ballina provides an excellent home-base for golfing, walking, and cycling. Three championship links golf courses are within a short drive of Ballina, and several walking and cycling venues are readily available. We are particularly pleased that the Connacht Distillery is immediately adjacent to a newly constructed walking and cycling greenway. The “Monasteries of the Moy Greenway” is a 14km off-road walking and cycling route between the towns of Ballina and Killala. The greenway passes the ecclesiastical ruins near the River Moy and then runs along the north Mayo coast, offering some of the most spectacular views in Ireland