Things to do
Based along the banks of the Brosna River, a tributory of the world Famous River Moy, in Ballina, gateway to North Mayo, The Twin Trees Hotel (Formerly Downhill House Hotel) location is ideally situated among a variety of sporting, leisure and historical attractions so there's a wide variety of leisure options available to ensure your vacation is packed with activities.
Only 7 miles from Ballina, over the Co Sligo border, for years Enniscrone has been the seaside resort for much of Mayo. There are 5km of safe, clean golden beaches. For eight decades people have come to bathe in hot sea water and seaweed baths renowned for its therapeutic qualities at Kilcullens Seaweed Baths.
Enniscrone offers the family a supervised playground and amusement parks. Enjoy the world famous18 hole championship golf links course at Enniscrone Golf Course, sand skiing, pitch 'n putt, boating and 7th Wave Surf School activities. Also there is fishing from the shore or on local lakes. In the evening, enjoy the spectacular sunsets and views over Killala Bay.
Waterpoint, ia an indoor water park. The wet area contains a kids fun pool, a 65 meter flume slide and heat suite with Sauna and Jacuzzi - it is a must for the family.
An ideal way to pass an afternoon, avail of riding lessons for the beginner and the more advanced. Try hacking through the Mayo countryside.
There are 3 Equesterian Centres close to Ballina:
Barnfield Equestrian Centre - +353 (0) 94 92 58175
Coolcronin Equitation Centre - +353 (0) 94 92 58110
Lisbeg Farm Stables - +353 (0) 96 26646
A short 20 minute drive there is a 10 pin in door bowling alley that has 15 lanes. Each lane has an A.M.F fully computerised graphic scoring system and automatic kiddy bumpers. For full details visit Mayo Leisure Point 094 9025473
Karting and Golf Driving Range is only 2km from Ballina - a fun way to improve your "drive". Surfing Take to the water with the latest craze - surfing. There are great surfing locations in the region including Enniscrone and Easkey. Lessons and equipment are available in Enniscrone from Seventh Wave Surf School or 087 - 9716389 / 087 - 2333789
If the little ones are bursting with energy bring them to Ireland's largest indoor play centre. A huge array of bouncy castles, climbing frames and obstacle courses. The adults can chill-out in the café while the kids are busy playing. For opening times please check with Tumble Jungle 096 76637
For Something a little different why not try Flybow Traditional Archery?
Shooting range with 24 3D- animal targets. Lessons in instinctive shooting. Expert tuition. Groups/ school classes. Archery shop. Opening hours: Monday to Sunday - 11 - 10pm Cornelia + Harald Hoellrigl, Clooneigh, Cloghans, Ballina, Co. Mayo. Telephone 096 - 71993
Go on treat yourself
Kilcullen's Seaweed Baths has been open for business in Enniscrone since 1912 offering hot sea water seaweed and steam health baths. Kilcullen's Seaweed Baths are famous the world over for acting as a natural aid to general wellbeing. Opening hours: 10 am - 9pm (7days); July and August 10 am - 10 pm
A brief breakdown of what activities Ballina has to offer:
Sporting - Golf, Fishing, Swimming, Walking, Horse Riding, Bowling, Archery
Leisure - Sea weed baths, Enniscrone Beech, Belleek Woods, Kids Tumble Jungle, Cinema, Ballina Park
Historical - Ceide Fields,Ballycastle; Museum of Country Life, Turlough; Foxford Woollen Mills, Hennigans Heritage Farm, Mayo Heritage / Genealogy Centre, Crossmolina
Religious - Knock Shrine, Knock; Fr Peyton Centre, Attymass, Ballina; Croagh Patrick, Westport; Ballintubber Abbey, Ballintubber