Lackan Strand

Top choice in County Mayo

Lackan Bay's beach is a stunning and vast expanse of golden sand – it's particularly beautiful as the sun goes down, making it one of Ireland's most gorgeous bays. There's good surf here and plenty of places to get lost. Follow the R314 about 4.5km northwest from Killala, then turn at the signpost for Kilcummin.

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Nearby County Mayo attractions

1. Round Tower

4.48 MILES

Right at the centre of things and at the heart of Killala, the town's gorgeous 12th-century limestone round tower is perfectly preserved, although it was…

2. Ballinglen Art Foundation

4.68 MILES

If you see artists out capturing their impressions of the sensational scenery around here, they may well be under the patronage of this foundation. Check…

3. Dun Briste

5.18 MILES

An astonishing sea stack that's lashed by foaming sea, Dun Briste is Mayo's top natural sight. Legend attests that St Patrick drove all the vipers from…

4. Enniscrone Beach

7.72 MILES

This gorgeous 5km stretch of sand is the real reason to visit Enniscrone, especially as the sun goes down. Cars can drive straight on to the beach; a…

5. Céide Fields

8.44 MILES

An exposed hillside 8km northwest of Ballycastle is home to one of the world's most extensive Stone Age monuments. So far stone-walled fields, houses and…

6. Rosserk Abbey

8.45 MILES

Dipping its toes into the River Rosserk, this sublime Franciscan abbey dates from the mid-15th century. An eye-catching double piscina (perforated stone…

7. St Mary's Well

8.54 MILES

St Mary's is one of Ireland's most transfixing holy wells. An apparition of the Virgin Mary has drawn pilgrims here for centuries, and today a tumbledown…

8. Belleek Castle

10.75 MILES

Take a fascinating tour of this restored castle, built between 1825 and 1831 on the site of a medieval abbey. The castle was bought in the 1960s by fossil…