Ponderosa Bed & Breakfast, Louisburgh, County Mayo

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Louisburgh is one of Irelands best kept secrets. Located along the Wild Atlantic Way between the rugged Atlantic coastline close to the south shore of Clew Bay. Surrounded by some of Ireland's most beautiful scenic locations. Croagh Patrick, Doolough Valley, Killary Harbour & Connemara are just a short drive away. Hiking or hill walking are great ways to explore the local delights.
Louisburgh has many fine blue-flagged sandy beaches. The seas are pollution free and the area is noted for fishing, surfing and swimming.
Roonagh Quay, 6km west of Louisburgh is where the ferry departs daily to Clare Island and Inisturk islands.
Relax and enjoy a friendly chat over a pint of Guinness in McNamara's Bar, Louisburgh. There is an excellent selection of fine pubs, restaurants, shops, a post office and the Granuaile Centre. You can learn about Grace O'Malley the famous Irish Pirate Queen in the Granuaile Centre.

Summer Events

During the summer months, Louisburgh hosts music festivals, a triathlon, horse races and a horse show. The annual Irish traditional music festival, the Féile Cois Cuain, has been running for the past 18 years. It showcases local, nationwide and international musicians. It takes place each year on the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The Louisburgh Street Music festival takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend. Live music on the streets of Louisburgh.

Horse racing takes place each year on Carrowniskey Beach. There are activities for all the family organised on the day and is a fun day out. Check out the website here for more details.

Every year the charity Afri organise a Famine walk between Doolough and Louisburgh in commemoration of the people who died during Irelands Great Famine. For information on the next walk check out Afri's website here.

Originally founded in 1968, the Louisburgh Horse Show has been successfully restored to Irelands Horse Show calender. As well as horse showing, the Louisburgh Horse Show also comprises of show jumping and a Dog Show.

Its an enjoyable family day out.

Croagh Patrick County Mayo

Louisburgh lies in the shadow of Irelands Holy mountain, Croagh Patrick. Thousands of people climb the mountain each year. Reek sunday, the last sunday in July over 25,000 pilgrims visit Croagh Patrick.

Neighbouring Islands

Louisburgh is a great base to explore the islands, Clare Island & Inisturk, of the west coast of Ireland. Roonagh Quay, 6km west of Louisburgh, the ferry departs daily for the islands.

Hiking, Mountain & Hill Walking

Louisburgh really is the destination for hiking, mountain or hill walking enthusiasts. From the challenging Croagh Patrick, Mweelrea and Sheepfry mountains to walking miles of golden secluded sandy beaches, Louisburgh really has everything to offer climbers and walking alike. There is a beautiful forest walk at Old Head.

Beaches & Watersports

There are miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches around Louisburgh such as the Silver & White Strand. Carramore, Old Head & Bertha are Blue Flag beaches, safe for swimming with life guards on duty. Cross & Carrownisky Beaches are popular for surfing, kite boarding and wind surfing. Visit SurfMayo for more information.

Paddle boarding is now available at Old Head beach. Visit SUP for more information.

Heritage & Archaeology (The Lost Valley)

The area around Louisburgh is steeped in history. The Lost Valley tour offers an unique experience and window into the cultural heritage of the West of Ireland. Set in an idyllic location, the scenery and the famine tales are not to missed.

There are further more interesting archaeological heritage to be explored like the court-tombs at Aillemore and Formoyle, a wedge-tomb at Srahwee, friaries at Kilgeever and Murrisk, a clapper footbridge (a stone bridge with 37 arches) at Killeen, and many other monuments, especially around Killadoon. For more information check out Clewbay trail.


With the Atlantic to the west of Louisburgh and Clew Bay to the north, the best locations for sea angling in Ireland are just a few kilometres away. Skate, pollock, bass, monkfish & mackerel are just some of the fish species along the coast. The Bunowen & Delphi rivers offer excellent fresh water fishing.


There is a choice of Westport's Championship Golf Course and Clew Bay Golf course.

Westport House & Gardens

Steeped in history, Westport House is one of Irelands premier experiences.

Museum of Country Life

The National Museum of Ireland, Country Life is home to the national collection of objects representing the traditional way of life in Ireland since 1850.

Eating out

Louisburgh boasts a fine selection of restaurants and cafes.

Gaffneys Restaurant, Chapel Street, Louisburgh, 00353 98 66150
Tia Cafe, Long Street, Louisburgh, 087 6597586
The Good Grazing, Chapel Street, Louisburgh, 098 23578
The Derrylahan Bar & Bistro, Bridge Street, Louisburgh, 098 23322
Louisburgh 74 Cafe, Chapel Street, Louisburgh
Beans n'Cream, Bridge Street, Louisburgh
Glen Keen Farm, Chapel Street, Louisburgh, 087 6167396
Old Head Cafe, Old Head, Louisburgh, 083 1984548
The Tavern Bar & Restaurant, Murrisk, 00353 98 64060
P Dan's, Killadoon, Louisburgh, 00353 (0)98 68605