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10 Things to do in Ballina in 2021

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I simply love exploring and the bicycle. It’s a beautiful world out there and there couldn’t be a better way to explore than on 2 wheels. I want to share my passions, that’s why I’ve put together this blog about traveling and cycling in the West of Ireland. Let me know what you think about my little collection of travel tips & cycling routes around Mayo & Sligo.

What are the best things to do in Ballina?

Ballina is an amazing base to explore the counties Mayo and Sligo along the Wild Atlantic Way. But also the town itself offers lots to see and many fun activities. To give you a little overview, we’ve put together our top 10 things to do in Ballina, Co. Mayo.

Outdoor Activities in Ballina

1. Rent a bike and explore!

For obvious reasons, that is our favourite activity 😉 Ballina offers many great spots that can be conveniently explored on two wheels. Start with Belleek woods and continue along the Greenway to discovery the Monasteries of the Moy.

Things to do in Ballina
Explore Belleek Woods on the bike

2. Ballina Treasure Hunt

Rachel’s Irish Adventures latest fun creation. Turn your walk in Belleek woods into an interactive and fun game. Learn about the area’s history, wildlife and tales while solving the Mysteries of Belleek woods.

Ballina Treasure Hunt

3. Stand up paddle from the Quay

Never tried stand up paddling before? Then it’s about time! Join Mikee and his crew from Harbour SUP on the River Moy for a beautiful river cruise on the SUP. Looking for the ultimate family fun? – Ask for the monster SUP!
Call Mikee: +353 (0)86 031 5737

Things to do in Ballina

4. Kayak on the River Moy

Learn how to steer and maneuverer a kayak and take a sightseeing tour around the concrete boat. David from Paddle and Pedal is an experienced kayak instructor and will take you on a fun discovery tour on the River Moy.
Call David: +353 (0)87 680 8955

Things to do in Ballina

Food Experiences in Ballina

5. Whiskey Tasting

Join Rachel for a fun & interactive Whiskey Appreciation Session to learn more about the uisce beatha. By the end of the session you will know which type of whiskey you like best and why!
Call Rachel: +353 (0)85 110 8969

Things to do in Ballina

6. Traditional Irish Baking

Learn how to bake home-made Irish bread, traditional scones and delicious cheese cake in Marjorie’s kitchen. Marjorie’s passion for cooking is contagious and she love sharing her passion for traditional Irish tastes.
E-mail:  bookings@brigownbandb.ie

Things to do in Ballina

7. Connacht Whiskey Company

The Connacht Whiskey Company is one of 38 Irish Whiskey distilleries in Ireland. Take a tour of the distillery to learn about the art of whiskey production and enjoy a sample of their own Whiskey, Vodka, Poitín or Gin.

Foodie Things to do in Ballina

Culture & History

8. The Dungeons of Belleek Castle

A guided tour of Belleek Castle and its dungeons will take on a journey through Belleek’s deep and surprising history. You’ll explore the inside of this unique castle and see the extraordinary collection of the sailor & smuggler Marshall Doran.

Things to do in Ballina

9. Visit the Ballina Art Centre

Ballina has strong traditional heritage, encompassing music and dance. Check out the schedule of the Ballina Art Centre to add some artistic cultural flavour to your stay in Mayo.

Culture in Ballina - Ballina Art Centre

10. The Jackie Clarke Collection

The Jackie Clarke Collection is the most important private collection of Irish history material in public hands, comprising over 100,000 items spanning 400 years. The perfect thing to do on a rainy day in Ballina.

History in Ballina - Jackie Clarke Collection

Enjoy exploring Ballina & Mayo!

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