Ballycastle >Leisure Activities

Leisure activities include:

Jade English Language Programme

Walking, Swimming, Fishing, Scuba Diving, Horse-riding, Bird watching, Tir Saile Sculpture Trail and Art Exhibitions.  


Other activities within a 30-mile radius include: Golf (3 courses), Pitch & Putt, Surfing, Tennis and Indoor Aqualeisure Centre.



Walking :    Walking routes are being approved at the moment.  The Shralagagh walk has been upgraded and approved.  Anti litter notices have been erected and the public are earnestly requested to comply.  Seating facilities are also provided along this route.


Swimming :  The local beach is safe for swimming. Lacken Beach or Belderrig outdoor pool are both 15 mins drive away. Ross beach, a blue flag beach is also 20mins drive.


Fishing :  At Downpatrick Head or from the Pier are good places for fishing locally. Salmon and trout can be caught at Palmerstown River or the River Moy in Ballina.


Scuba Diving :   The coastal waters off Ballycastle and Belderrig are very popular with scuba divers.   Sheltered launching areas and excellent diving conditions means that diving can take place for nine months of the year.   Waters are also suitable for scuba diving at Lacken.


Horse Riding:   There are riding stables in and around Ballina.


Bird Watching:  There is a viewing stand at Downpatrick Head to view the many breeds of birds which nest on Dún Briste.   These include Black Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Black Gull, Herring Gull, Kittiwake, Fulmer Puffins, Crows, Ravens Hooded Crow and Magpie.

Horse Island in Belderrig is another bird-nesting location.


Sculpture trail:   The North Mayo Sculpture Trail, Tír Saile, is a unique trail of fifteen sculptures along some of the remotest areas of North West Mayo.   It begins in Ballina and follows the coastal route through Ballycastle to Belmullet.  


Art Exhibitions:    There are two Art Exhibitions in Ballycastle   -   one by visiting International artists in the Ballinglen Art Centre (open daily during the Summer months from 12.00 6.00p.m.) and the other by members of the Ballycastle Art Group in the Resource Centre (open all year Monday - Friday from 10.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.).  Both are open at other times by request.