Erris is a special place of wild unspoilt beauty, sitting right on the western edge of Europe. Its location has kept it special, and given it a timeless, unhurried feel. In this spectacular setting there's loads to see and do. It's a place rich in heritage and tradition, with unspoilt beaches, rugged cliffs, clear waters and expansive bays. Erris is a place you will never forget.
Erris is a barony in northwestern County Mayo in Ireland of some 850 sq km, made up of mysterious mountainous bog and dramatic sea coasts along its west and north boundaries. The main towns are Belmullet and Bangor Erris. The name Erris derives from the Irish 'Iar Ros' meaning 'western promontory'. To the north is the wild Atlantic Ocean and the bays of Broadhaven and Sruth Fada Conn, and to the west is beautiful Blacksod Bay.
Erris is a great spot for water sports of all kinds, including: coasteering, diving, surfing, kitesurfing, windsurfing and kayaking, and when you’re finished you can always relax in one of the many welcoming traditional pubs with your drink and enjoy the craic.
Due to its remoteness native wildlife is thriving in Erris. It is renowned for its unique bird-life, some of which deserve special mention. Termoncarragh Lough, now under the protection of the Irish Wildlife Conservancy, is home to the Red Necked Phalarope (admission to the reserve is by appointment only). The islands of Inishkea are well-known bird sanctuaries. They provide habitats for a large colony of Barnacle Geese (winter visitors to Ireland), and Inishglora is home to a big colony of Storm Petrels, whilst in Erris you can still hear the call of the Corncrake. Seals and dolphins are regular visitors too!
Walking is a joy in Erris, ranging from short light walks to mountain and cliff top routes, sculpture trails to the challenging Bangor Trail, a 48 kilometre trek starting from the town of Bangor-Erris and running through Ballycroy National Park.