Things to Do
There are lots of activities arranged at the Broadhaven Bay Hotel from golf to fishing, walking tours to cycling loops. If you like cycling in Mayo, you will love our coastal scenic loops. If its walking in Mayo that excites you then you must do one or two of our many walking loops or hill walks. Guides are available on request. For the keen golfer Carne Golf Links is a must do on your list of activities when you come to our hotel. This Golf Links is voted in the top 100 golf courses in the Golf World Magazine and is a real test of golf set in a visually stunning location.
Golf is among the most popular activity for guests staying at our hotel. We have guests who visit especially for our golfing packages and enjoy the challenge of the Carne Golf Links. It is only a few minutes drive from the hotel and for those who need transport the hotel shuttle bus can leave you at the Golf Course and pick you up when you have finished playing the links just notify the receptionist at the desk in the hotel. Visit www.carnegolflinks.com for more details.
Sea Angling is another very popular activity for guests staying at The Broadhaven Bay Hotel. During the year there are sea angling competitions and this attracts a lot of tourists. Fishing tackle and fishing rods can be bought or rented in the near by town of Belmullet which is within walking distance of the hotel. For more information on sea angling and competitions visit: www.belmulletseaangling.ie
Cycling / Walking
We have many great cycling loops around the Eris peninsula and you can take in all the spectacular views along the way. We have maps with all the cycling loops and picnic areas at reception.
For the keen walker some of the best walking loops are around the Erris peninsula. There are many different trails for the beginners which are of short distance and the terrain is easy where as there are much longer and more challenging walks for the more advanced walker as well as hiking and mountain climbing. Again walking guides are available on request and packed lunches are available from the hotel. Its also a great idea to bring your camera so you can capture many fabulous pictures along the way.
Some of the most beautiful beaches are along the coast line of Mayo where the water is the colour of sapphire and the sand is like talcum powder beneath your feet. There are two Blue Flag beaches just 9 kilometers from the Broadhaven Bay Hotel in Mayo, Elly Bay Beach and Mullaghroe Beach. Cross beach and Claggan beach also beautiful and secluded are about 6km from the hotel. Some of these beaches are also used by Bridal parties for their Wedding pictures (weather permitting of course). Those beaches are serene and attract alot of tourists in the summer months.
At Elly Bay, watersports are the activity of the day as students from around the country come to Coláiste UISCE an Irish based College and participate in adventure sports through Gaeilge and this helps to give a positive perspective of the Irish language and is a fun way of learning the language. Of course you don’t have to be fluent in the Irish Language to take part in the watersports. Splash days are a one day sports adventure for children from 10 – 16 years and a 2 hour session is available for adults 17years +. For more details visit their website www.uisce.ie
Gateway Leisure Centre
The Gateway Leisure Centre is a five minute drive from Belmullet Town and caters for children and adults. The complex has a range of facilities from:
- 10 pin bowling lanes
- 6 pool tables & air hockey tables
- 9 hole mini golf course
- Kid Island - Children’s activity centre and birthday party rooms.
- 7 plasma screens to view the latest sport events
- Large selection of amusement machines
- Coffee Dock
- Licensed Bar & Restaurant
- A variety of live shows throughout the year. Coming soon Tommy Tiernan,
For more details visit their website www.gatewayleisure.ie
There is a children’s playground in the grounds of the Belmullet Civic Centre in the town which was developed in 2007. Vehicles can access the playground from Church Road and pedestrians can access it from Main Street, via a passageway between Lavelle’s Pharmacy and An Builín Blasta. There are many activities to do in the playground including slides, swings, climbers, seasaw, and trampoline. All children must be accompanied by and adult and the playground is free of charge and accessible at any time.
Birdwatching can be done from Blacksod and Broadhaven Bays, Headlands, Marshes, Beaches, Lakes Hills and Islands off North West Mayo. It is reported that there are many rare and unusual birds seen in the area. Birdwatching can be done all year round and many species of birds come at different times of year. Visit the website for details of bird sightings and events on www.birdwatchmayo.org
Even though Belmullet town is in the Gaeltacht it speaks both Irish and English. During the Summer months students from around the country come to the Gaeltacht and enroll in the Irish Language schools (Colaistes).
The area is popular for sea angling, golf, walking and cycling trails, watersports such as surfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking and many more water adventures. There are a lot of historic sights and rugged landscapes. The scenic views along the Atlantic Coast are breathtaking and tourists spend a lot of time in the area throughout the year especially summer when there are festivals held in the town.
The annual Agricultural Show takes place last week in July and is a huge event.
Festivals in Belmulet commence in July with the Feile Iorras – International Arts Festival which takes place for ten days in July. This festival became a tradition in 1996 when Mayo Co. Co. arts office set it up. People from around the world come for this festival which consists of all forms of folk art from dancing to visual arts to music. Usually held into the last two weeks in July.
The 15th day of August also known as "Lá an Logha" is one of the busiest days of the year as the streets are lined with market stalls selling anything from toys, clothes, cds, tools, to garden ornaments. It’s a big day for the children with all the toy stalls and funfair that stays for the two weeks. People who have emigrated come back to family and loved ones at this time of year.
Féile na Seachtaine is another arts based festival that starts before the 15th of August and runs through to the 19th of August. The annual Heritage Day is held on the 18th and again is an extremely wonderful day as people go back in time dressing up in Victorian clothing and people get to see how butter was made using the churn as well as boxty making and homemade brown bread baked while you watch. Farmers bring in pigs, ducks, chickens and goats, donkey’s and ponies to be sold. This event attracts a huge gathering on the day and pubs and restaurants are full to capacity. Raft racing and duck racing are two other events in this festival and we must not forget our annual pig race which is a great success.
Geesala Festival takes place around the middle of August and has alot of tourists visiting the area. Bonny Baby competition and the Glamorous Granny Competition is held and one of the major events of this festival is the Doolough Races.