Bemullet, which is on both Blacksod Bay and Broadhaven Bay on the thin lick of land which leads to the Mullet Peninsula in Mayo, is in an area far to little seen by visitors to Ireland.
If you really want to get away from it all, this is an absolutely beautiful if somewhat risky place to do it – it can be a ferocious and foreboding place in bad weather.
Given the right weather conditions though, it is a heaven for lovers of water sports, there’s great fishing, and the whole area has a stark and ethereal beauty that gets under your skin.
What to see around Belmullet
The area around Belmullet has a number of promontory forts, built as far back as the iron age. The most interesting is Doonamo, which was created around an even earlier ring fort that still stands inside it.
Also close by is something of a cherished secret among those who know of it, Portacloy Beach, one of Ireland’s lovliest and most deserted beaches, set on a wavy shore surrounded by high cliffs. You may very well be the only people there if you manage to seek it out.