Bike Hire is now available all year at Lough Lannagh. All ages, abilities, groups and individuals welcome. Cycle your way from our “small town, big adventure”along the Great Western Greenway. Try the Greenway Challenge, ideal for groups and families. Contact Fergus on 087 4363310 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What: Mayo Adventure Experience brings the adventure of Open Boating and SUP (Stand up Paddling daily to Lough Lannagh lake. Lessons, guided tours, expeditions, games and fun. All sessions include expert instruction, wetsuits and bouyancy aids.
Contact Jarlaith 0871616363 for rates and times, or visit the website http://www.mayoadventureexperience.ie/
What: The Mayo Pink Ribbon Cycle, Supporting Breast Cancer Research.
Why: Lough Lannagh is the perfect based less that 7 minutes walk from Cycle headquarters in Castlebar. Your bike is safe,with access to an area where you can wash & do last minutes check before the start of the cycle. Choose from B&B Lodge rooms or Self catering cottages. Group welcome. Rates for accommodation, and / or food for visiting teams, clubs and supporters.
What: Gaelforce.The original and still the best with a 67km course spanning two counties incorporating trail/mountain running or walking, cycling and kayaking, covering terrain from Connemara, Killary Fjord and Croagh Patrick into Westport Taking you along part of the Wild Atlantic Way. Celebrating 10 years its expected to be busy. Book now to avoid disappointment. Groups Welcome.
Right over here on the Atlantic ocean in Castlebar, we’re truly blessed with magnificent scenery and a really, engaging natural environment. In fact, right throughout mayo, you can take in sights and sounds that you just wouldn’t see anywhere else. And the best way to do that is get out walking or jump up on the bike. Beautiful scenery and a little exercise too – not a bad combination.
The Great Western Greenway is the longest off-road walking and cycling track in Ireland. It’s 42k long and follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937. You can start at several points along the way and the trail is designed with spectacular scenery and relaxation in mind.
There are as many wonderful walks right around our county. Mayo’s unspoilt clean countryside, varying landscapes, unique scenery and rich heritage and folklore mark it as an ideal walking destination. Whether you are an old hand or a compete novice, it can offer most types of walks including mountain and hill walks, coastal and island walks, and rural and urban walks. You’ll marvel at the variety of walks on offer which will combine to give you an unrivalled and unforgettable experience.
And we can’t forget our very own local festival. Join us and many more for the 47th Castlebar Four Day International Walking Festival. In fact we have been the walker base camp and village since we opened. Since 1967 the event has attracted walkers from every corner of the world. This is an ideal opportunity to walk and talk, to discover and share the bogs, rivers, mountains and unspoilt beauty of the West of Ireland with enthusiastic walkers from everywhere.
Cycling is also a great way to see the beautiful Mayo countryside. The Junior Tour of Ireland came to us over the last couple of years. Check out the Sky team at this years Tour de France, they are past guests at Lough Lannagh, and, past competitors and winners of the Junior Tour. So if you’re competing, training or coming along for the spectacle and support of competitive cycling, stay with us at Lough Lannagh. Cycling is an event that’s close to our hearts.
Walking and cycling trails abound all over our proud county. And we’re delighted to say we’re in the ideal location to take advantage. If you’re a walker or cyclist, we’ll fill you in as to what’s going on, where the best trails are and more. We can even provide packed lunches from our Greenway Café which will set you for the day.
We’re proud of our hometown at Lough Lannagh. We’re right in Castlebar, Co. Mayo and so many of our guests from both our B&B and self-catering accommodation just love to roam around the town for some shopping, culture, history and more. Castlebar has so much to offer. From national museums to two top class theatres as well as a wide range of pubs and restaurants, you will not be short of anything to do during your stay here. It’s a busy town that now has a third level campus and is well served by railway and many bus routes too.
The modern town grew up as a settlement around the de Barry castle, which was built by a Norman adventurer in 1235 and gives the town its name. The castle was located at the end of Castle Street, where the town river is thought to have originally flowed. Like many an Irish town dating from this period, armed conflict has been a big part our town’s historical heritage. French forces under the command of General Humbert routed the English garrison in the town during the failed Irish Rebellion of 1798, which was so comprehensive it would later be known as “The Races of Castlebar”.
We’re glad to say modern day Castlebar is a lot less bloody thankfully but the story of our town’s history is everywhere. Just outside the town, the National Museum of country life is focused on ordinary life from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century, with much of the material coming from rural Ireland in the 1930s. There are displays on the home, the natural environment, communities and forces for change.
Castlebar does love its culture alright. The Linenhall theatre exhibits visual art throughout the year, and hosts live drama and music performances. It also organises an annual children’s arts festival called Roola Boola which is one festival that has always held a specula place in our hearts. The Royal Theatre and Event Centre has a bigger capacity and hosts larger-scale productions and popular music concerts. Usually lots of comedy too.
Or if you’d just like to take it easy, Castlebar is a brilliant shopping town and you’ll find all the major brands in many of its wide variety of shops,. You’ll also see lots of craft products in the several artisan shops dotted around the town. Add in playgrounds, several sporting clubs and a bowling alley and cinema too and you get the picture. Castlebar is alive and well and one blog does not do it justice!
When you stay with us at Lough Lannagh, just ask us on the front desk and we’re more than happy to talk about our hometown, where to go and what to do….better still…BOOK NOW
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