Erris Beo Festival
Jun 12 Posted by Rosemarie Mangan in Carne Golf Links Blog

(Note: the word ‘Beo’ in Irish means alive / living / active – and it is pronounced ‘byoh’)

The first Erris Beo festival took place in June 2010 and its aim is to showcase the many outdoor activities & adventures that one can experience in the region, to show how wild and wonderful Erris is! It is fitting so, that Erris was recently voted the best place in Ireland to go wild! (The Irish Times)

The local Erris Tourism committee decided that the best time to hold the festival would be around the time of the annual Pro-Am at Carne Golf Links. It has become a key event in the annual PGA calendar and one of the top Pro-Ams in the country. The golfing event has also become one of the key events in Erris region, attracting hundreds of people to the area every year, so it made sense to organise the Erris Beo Festival at the same time.

Apart from golf, this year’s festival includes: guided walks, a boat trip to the deserted islands, coasteering (jumping into the Atlantic Ocean!), kayaking, a running race, guided foraging walks, crafts & creativity activites, and a unique midnight corncrake tour!

Thursday 18th June

The festival kicks off with an Open Golf Competition at Carne Golf Links. Booking is essential and the fee is €30pp. Official handicap required. Reserve your tee time by emailing or calling 097 82292.

At 6pm there will be a free guided walk with local guide and archaeologist, Agatha Hurst, on the spectacular Cross Loop. Much of this walk takes place on a vast sandy beach, overlooking the legendary Inis Gluaire island (where the Children of Lir are said to be buried) and the deserted Inis Gé islands. Meeting at the trailhead – Cross Abbey (a few minutes’ drive from Carne Golf Links). Booking is essential. Contact the Erris Beo office by emailing or calling 097 82292 (ext 4).

After working up an appetite (on the Cross Loop Walk, or on the golf course) there will be a monster BBQ at 8pm in the clubhouse at Carne Golf Links – a summer evening feast of BBQ meats & salds, delicious! Adults €10, children €5. Call 097 82292 to find out more. The Clubhouse Bar & Restaurant has recently been renovated and is now under the management of Tommy & Rohna Battle, who also run the clubhouse restaurant at Enniscrone Golf Club.

This year’s festival includes the third year of the unusual Midnight Corncrake Tour. The corncrake is an endangered species that travels from Africa every summer. Birdwatch Ireland’s conservation efforts to save the corncrake from global extinction appear to be paying dividends, thankfully. These efforts include the vital cooperation of local farmers – who agree to leave a large margin between their hedgegrows and their crop cultivation. In 2014, up to 230 corncrakes were recorded in Ireland, which is a significant increase from the previous year’s numbers – 185. The islands off the coast of Donegal, Mayo and Galway are popular hotspots, but the Mullet Peninsula in Erris is the only place on mainland Ireland where one can drive to hear the unique ‘crex-crex’ call of so many corncrakes. The loud and distinctive call of the corncrake is best heard at nighttime, hence the Midnight Corncrake Tour, which is organised in association with Baile Slacthmhar Bhéal and Mhuirthead (Belmullet Tidy Towns) and Ballycroy National Park. The tour commences with a brief talk by Samuel Birch, the Corncrake Conservation Officer in the Talbot Hotel, Belmullet, at 9pm, and will be followed by a bus trip to the Mullet Peninsula. This is a very unique and unusual way of going wild in Erris, and it is a rare opportunity not to be missed! €5pp. Booking essential. Email or call 098 49888.

Friday, 19th June

For those participating in the annual Shell Pro-Am at Carne Golf Links, practice rounds are available – as if you need an excuse to play this beautiful, award-winning course! Booking is essential. Reserve your tee time by emailing or calling 097 82292.

The popular Cineclub na nÓg is a two-hour fun-filled event with the bilingual junior film club in Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet (the arts centre for the Erris region). Children aged 5-12 can enjoy a film in the cinema and some fun activities afterwards, all through English and Irish (as Béarla agus as Gaeilge). €5pp. Email or call 097 81079.

Saturday, 20th June

The Erris Beo team wishes the best of luck to all those participating in the 17th annual Shell Pro-Am at Carne Golf Links on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 & 21. For more information, contact Mary by emailing or calling 097 82292. 

‘The Telegraph’, in the UK, recently named the Bangor Trail as one of the top 24 greatest walking routes in Europe. In 1937, Robert Lloyd Praeger said in his book (‘The Way That I Went’) that it was “loneliest place in Ireland”. The trail, which stretches from Bangor Erris to Newport, has a long history and may date back to the 16th century. People who have hiked along this track have commented on how wild and natural it is. There are not many other places in Ireland where you can find 200 square miles that have no houses and no roads.

Barry Murphy, of Tourism Pure Walking Holidays, will be providing a 68 hour hike on Slieve Carr, which is on the Bangor Trail. Meeting at the GAA pitch in Bangor Erris at 9.30am. Donations gratefully received for the local Order of Malta group. Booking essential – email or call 086 8318748.

At 11am, skipper Sean Lavelle will depart Blacksod Pier for the stunningly beautiful, deserted island of Inis Gé Theas (Inishkea South). This boat trip with Seán, who is a direct descendant of the islanders – and can tell you all about the history of Inis Gé – is not to be missed. One of the most popular events of the Erris Beo Festival, it is recommended that you book your place early. Catch & Cook your own lunch is an option too – Seán can teach you how! Booking essential. €25pp (Catch & Cook is extra.) Email  or call 086 8365983 / 097 85939 / 097 82292 (ext 4).

At the same time (11am) at the other end of the Mullet Peninsula, near Ceann Iorrais (Erris Head) David from Wavesweeper Sea Adventures will be encouraging a group of people to go wild & jump into the Atlantic Ocean! This is called coasteering and is one of the newest outdoor adventure crazes to grip the country! Those who have been brave enough to jump off a cliff have described it as exhilirating, exciting and electrifying! €45pp. Booking essential. Call 087 2312989.

Barbara Heneghan of Gaol Siar will give a unique guided seashore foraging walk from 122pm, starting from the Memorial Garden near Blacksod Lighthouse. Booking essential. Call 087 2169625 or email a great way to go wild in Erris!

From 12-4pm on Saturday and Sunday, children (and grownups) can enjoy a special ‘Go Wild!’ creative activity in Lúnasa Handmade Crafts – a treasure trove in Belmullet town which stocks beautiful items
handmade in Erris and in Mayo. A great place for creative kids and artistic adults there are hundreds of ‘make & take’ craft kits to choose from. Adults can relax in the corner with a hot or cold drink, or they can get stuck in the with kids! This is a great treat for Father’s Day, or a lovely way to spend some family time. Prices start from €7.50pp. Email Rosaleen at ( or call 083 1339797.

At 3pm, kids age 8+ will have a great opportunity to go wild in Erris – kayaking with Wavesweeper Sea Adventures! Precise location depends on the weather. €25pp. Booking essential – call 087 2312989.

Sunday, 21st June

Local guide, archaeologist and Gaelgóir, Agatha Hurst, will provide a free guided walk on the Erris Head Loop (Lúb Ceann Iorrais) at 11am. This popular walk provides stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the cliffs of North Mayo. If it’s a clear day across the sea, you might just see the next parish over – New York! Booking essential. Contact the Erris Beo office by emailing or calling 097 82292 (ext 4).

A 10km road race in one of the most scenic places on the Wild Atlantic Way will take place at 12 noon. The Rás na hEachléime route brings you through the Gaeltacht villages of Eachléim (Aughleam), An Fód Dubh (Blacksod) and An Fál Mór (Falmore). Register online for €20 on  or for €25 on the day – registration from 10.30am. Meeting at Ionad Deirbhile Heritage Centre in Eachléim. Email  or call 097 85727.

Barbara Heneghan of Gaol Siar will give a unique guided foraging walk on the land, from 12-2pm, starting from the Memorial Garden near Blacksod Lighthouse. Booking essential. Call 087 2169625 or email a great way to go wild in Erris!

And to finish off your ‘Go Wild in Erris!’ weekend, relax at the Erris Indoor Market at Áras Inis Gluaire, Belmullet, from 12-4pm – where you can sample a wonderful range of locally made arts, crafts, clothing, jewellery, scones, chutneys and jams etc. etc!

There is a wide range of accommodation in Erris to choose from – awardwinning hotels, beautiful B&Bs, and cosy selfcatering cottages. You may also choose to go glamping during the Erris Beo Festival! Belmullet Coastguard Station are offering a 25% discount to book one of their unique pods on Claggan Island, which is one of the discovery points of the Wild Atlantic Way. The island is accessible via a long sandy causeway, which is a popular spot for kitesurfers. Quote ‘Erris Beo Festival 2015’ when calling 087 6833985, to avail of the offer!

Erris was voted the best place in Ireland to go wild! Therefore, you may say that it’s the wildest place on the Wild Atlantic Way! Don’t miss this unique festival – go wild in Erris this summer!
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