Tourmakeady (official name: Tuar Mhic Éadaigh) area is still quite a hidden gem of Co. Mayo. Part of Tourmakeady was originally in neighbouring County Galway, but was placed under the administration of County Mayo in 1898.
This region has stunning lake & mountain views as it is located between the shores of Lough Mask and the Partry Mountains and covers an area from Srah to Maamtrasna. The region is steeped in history and geology so much so that they are now working at turning into a UNESCO Global Geopark
Tourmakeady is renowned for its fishing, wonderful walks, and natural waterfall located in Tourmakeady Woods.
This is a great location for exploring both Galway & Mayo. The beautiful market town of Westport is a must see when visiting mayo and is only a half hour drive away, with the National Museum of Country life is just 40 mins away. Take a day out in Connemara, just 30 mins away or head into the cultural Galway city.
Whether you want to just chill out and relax or explore Mayo and Galway, Tourmakeady is a great place to set yourself up.
Ballinrobe, on the eastern shores of Lough Mask, is the largest town in South Mayo and is very popular with anglers. Its Catholic Saint Mary’s, has nine beautiful stained glass windows by renowned Irish stained glass artist, Harry Clarke (1889-1931). On the North side of town stands the remains of an Augustinian friary, founded circa 1312. Just south-west of Ballinrobe are some fascinating pre-historic sites, such as Cairn Daithi, a 22ft high pile of stones which probably covers a passage grave.
Ballinrobe is a classic provincial Irish market town and you can get anything that you may need during your holiday. It also has a Racecourseand a Golf Course
There is also lots of fishing to be had in the many lakes and rivers in the area, including Lough Mask,Lough Cara and the river Robe.
Corr Na Móna is a village in County Galway. The area is relatively undiscovered and it is surrounded by a unique and very beautiful landscape with mountains and huge lakes. It is part of the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking region) in Joyce Country.
The village lies on the north of Lough Corrib in the middle of the Joyce Country Mountain and Lake Districts. The lakes are popular among trout and salmon anglers, and the highlight of the angling year is the Mayfly hatch which takes place between the end of April and the end of May.
The eastern edge of the area comes down to the shores of the Corrib while the western edge borders the upland area of An Mám, the Maam Valley and the Maumturk Mountains. There is a great variety of walks in this area and lots of information can be found Here