The Beauty of Belmullet, Ireland

Annagh Head, Belmullet, Ireland
Annagh Head, Belmullet, Ireland | Source

Capital of Erris Peninsula


I have written more hubs here on Hub Pages about Ireland and I think It´s time for me to write about the small town I was living and working in for two and a half years.


Belmullet, the capital of Erris Peninsula is located in County Mayo. It´s Gaelic name is Bèal An Mhuirthead, means "mouth of the mullet" (Source: Wikipedia). It has two bays, Broadhaven Bay and Blacksod Bay. It is the commercial center of Erris Peninsula where the shops like Brogan Spar, Centra, bakeries, hairdressers, cafes, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, restaurants and pubs are located.


There is a Broadhaven Bay Hotel and Leisure Center overlooking the amazing view of Broadhaven Bay. Broadhaven Bay Hotel offers a lot of recreation you can enjoy like scenic boat trips, fishing, walking, hiking, golfing and many others. You can go swimming at the Leisure Center and make yourself fit by using their different kinds of sports facilities or indulging yourself to a very relaxing full body massage or a facial at Spa Elysium with their friendly and qualified beauticians and masseuses. Or you can go to Milano hairdresser next door for having your hair done.


Belmullet´s main street has I think 5 Pubs, An Cheibh or The Anchor, Mc Donnells, Western Strands Hotel Pub, The Corner House Pub and Lavelle´s Pub. I can say that it has 5 pubs (or was it 6?) for I have visited them on one night after my dinner with my workmates at the chinese restaurant. I enjoyed my night with the girls for I was experiencing an Irish night out. A wonderful and awesome night out. Thank you girls! I´ll never forget that experience.


An Cheibh is an award winning pub and seafood restaurant. They have the most delicious seafood meal that I have eaten in Co. Mayo. Like many other pubs, there are plenty of traditional musics and many events going on on weekends and especially on Bank Holiday Weekends.

Places To Visit


Erris head

Erris Head is a cliff in the Atlantic Ocean on the Mullet Peninsula. It is in the Gaeltacht area were Gaelic language is still spoken by the local people. It is on the remote countryside where the landscape is so amazing and breathtaking and not spoiled yet. There is an organized walking loop and if you want to be alone, just follow the path where you can walk for yourself.


When my husband and I with our guest were in Erris Head, there were three men fishing. So you can go fishing as well. We just sat there with Angus while enjoying the view at the surroundings. Sheeps were in there, pasturing.


Eagle Island

Eagle Island is a small island that can be seen from Erris Head. One can take a boat trip around that island.


Standing Stones

Standing Stones is a few kilometers from Belmullet town. It is at the Atlantic Ocean and facing towards the Achill mountains. The view was awesome but the breeze of the wind was getting cold that we did not stay for long.


Blacksod Lighthouse

Blacksod Lighthouse is not very far from the Standing Stones. It is overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. When we were there, the weather was very changeable. At first, the sun was shining that I felt the warmth on my skin. Then suddenly it was getting dark and cloudy and the color of the ocean water was no longer blue but dark. As it happened, it rained afterwards. I really never knew how many times the sun shined that day.


Carne Golf Links

Carne Golf links is a few minutes from Belmullet town. It is a paradise for golfers with it´s 18 hole golf links course and it has terrific dunes and views over the Atlantic Ocean. It has it´s own restaurant and pub. The food is delicious and the meal served is huge that there´s no more place for a desert to eat and the price was not costly.


Annagh Head

Annagh Head is located on the west side of the Mullet Peninsula. There are lots of big and small old rocks which are more than a million years old. The rocky cliffs were so awesome that I had to walk over different sizes of rocks to find a place for me to stand or sit for a while and smell the salty air of the Atlantic Ocean. Angus, who was with us was so fascinated of the view for he was running free around without a leash.

Erris Head, Belmullet, Ireland
Erris Head, Belmullet, Ireland | Source
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Blacksod Bay, Belmullet, IrelandMap of Belmullet, IrelandBroadhaven Bay, Belmullet, Ireland
Blacksod Bay, Belmullet, Ireland
Blacksod Bay, Belmullet, Ireland | Source
Map of Belmullet, Ireland
Map of Belmullet, Ireland | Source
Broadhaven Bay, Belmullet, Ireland
Broadhaven Bay, Belmullet, Ireland | Source

Things To Do In and Around Belmullet

  1. Sightseeing in and around Belmullet.
  2. Having a boat trip.
  3. Fishing at Erris Head or fishing while on a boat trip.
  4. Strolling or walking at the beautiful scenic view in and nearby Belmullet.
  5. Hiking or Nordic Walking
  6. Enjoying the Irish atmosphere of drinking and having fun.
  7. Having dinner at some cosy restaurants in town.
  8. Having a spa treatment like massage, facial, manicure or pedicure.
  9. Swimming indoor at Broadhaven Bay hotel.


Tip: Bring a raincoat and a warm jacket with you in case you need it as the weather is very changeable in Ireland.

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Standing Stones, near Belmullet Town, IrelandErris Head Map, Belmullet, IrelandBlacksod Lighthouse, Belmullet, IrelandCarne Golf Links, Belmullet, Ireland
Standing Stones, near Belmullet Town, Ireland
Standing Stones, near Belmullet Town, Ireland | Source
Erris Head Map, Belmullet, Ireland
Erris Head Map, Belmullet, Ireland | Source
Blacksod Lighthouse, Belmullet, Ireland
Blacksod Lighthouse, Belmullet, Ireland | Source
Carne Golf Links, Belmullet, Ireland
Carne Golf Links, Belmullet, Ireland | Source

To all the readers, please feel free to leave any comments about this article so I will know if I have missed to mention something and if you want to know more about any other lovely places near Belmullet. Your comments are highly appreciated. Thank you.


Sources: Belmullet Flyers and Brochures

Roundabout in Belmullet
Roundabout in Belmullet | Source

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RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

I've just added another place to my "must visit someday" list - thanks so much!


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Your welcome RedElf. Yes, you "must" someday. The places are really lovely. Thanks for stopping by and your giving a comment.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

What a great hub Thelma and definitly one to bookmark.

The pictures added to the beauty in your words.

I vote this one up and up.

Take care

Eiddwen.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

Thank you Eiddwen for reading and giving a great comment.I appreciate it very much for I know how good you are in writing. Thanks again.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Thanks for sharing this wonderful site with us via your words and photos. It looks like a spectacular site to do some hiking and meditating. Voted up, useful and beautiful.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

You´re welcome Peggy. It is a spectacular site for hiking, meditating or just by sitting there and enjoy the beauty of the nature. Thanks for your wonderful comment and for following me. Take care.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for posting these lovely photographs of County Mayo. I enjoyed the journey with you. Belmullet is a fascinating place that I would love to visit someday.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

You are welcome James! Yes, Belmullet is a fascinating place to visit. There are lots of beautiful places to visit not only in County Mayo but the whole Ireland, so bring time with you. Thanks for stopping by.


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Enlydia Listener 5 years ago from trailer in the country

Thankyou for sharing...I enjoyed the pictures...would love to go to Ireland someday.


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Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany Author

You are welcome Enlydia Listener. I´m glad you have enjoyed reading my hub. Thanks for stopping by.


Peter 4 years ago

hi out there look every-one i really would love to come and work in Ireland on the cruise ship as a steward or bartender

Kind Regards

Peter Duma

my email is ptrduma@hotmail.co.za


Linda Myshrall 4 years ago

Thelma, I really enjoyed reading this. I am an American of (mostly) Irish descent, so I tend to daydream a bit when I find articles like this. The pictures and firsthand experiences make it easy to imagine my ancestors there. Great post, Linda


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Peter! Thanks for your stopping by. What about looking a job in Ireland through internet? I am sure it will help you. Good luck!!!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Hi Linda! Thanks for your wonderful comment. I could say from your profile photo that you have an Irish blood. It is great to have a Celtic ancestor. Thanks for your stopping by. Take care.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

Thank you for sharing your time at Belmullet with us. Your photos of Erris Head and Standing Stones are particularly striking. What a beautiful place this must be!


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, this is a beautiful place RTalloni. Lots of amazing landscape nearby. For me, the whole Ireland is awesome. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Belmullet is a lovely place to be in. I am sure you had a great time there. Lovely pictures.

Voted up and beautiful and shared.


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany Author

Yes, it´s a lovely place to be in. I did have a great time living and working there. Thanks for your vote and for sharing this hub to others. Have a great week!

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