Visiting Ballina

What to see and do in Ballina, Ireland

Ballina is an angler's paradise. If you have never seen the Ballina Salmon Festival, then you really need to visit this lovely little town. Located on the majestic banks of the river Moy, the town of Ballina is host to one of the most impressive festivals in Western Ireland; the Ballina Salmon Festival. Every year in July over two hundred thousand people from across Ireland meet in this warm and hospitable town to participate in an event that brings approximately six million pounds to the local economy. During the festival that also includes Heritage Day, the entire centre of this ten thousands inhabitants city is closed to traffic to make room for demonstrations of fishing skills, crafts and arts. If you get to Ballina in July during the Salmon Festival, you should definitely check out the Ridge Pool area, as this is the best salmon fishing locations in Europe. Even though one third of the festival is dedicated to children, there are still a lot of events where you can have fun with the entire family. Various sporting competitions as well as the arts and crafts displays will ensure that you will not be bored. In case you arrive before the start of the festival, or want to prolong your stay for after, don't forget to take a walk in the Belleek Woods, as they provide an interesting display of colours all year long.

Getting to Ballina

Ballina is about 70 miles north of Galway, tucked away in County Mayo. It is quite tricky to reach, and is about a 3 hour drive from Dublin and Dun Laoghaire, and a 3 hour drive or more from Belfast.

Moving on from Ballina

If you visit Ballina during a driving tour of Ireland, there are several places you could drive to next, including Galway to the south, or Sligo to the north. If you head west, you will reach the stunning Ballycroy National Park.

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