From the prehistoric Dolmen of the Four Maols though to the vibrant streets of the 21st century, Ballina has many a tale to tell.
This vibrant, historic garrison town straddles the beautiful River Moy Estuary and is set between the Ox and Nephin Mountain ranges. The first signs of settlement date from around 1375 when the Augustinian friary was founded, and the town was formally established in 1723 by Lord Tyrawley, an Irish officer in the British Army.
‘Béal Átha an Fheadha’ (‘the mouth of the ford’) started out as thriving seaport and market town. Rich in history, the town has evolved since General Jean Humbert marched through Ballina during the French Rebellion, but the town’s market heritage remains visible in the vibrant shopping streets.
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SEE & DO
A mecca for outdoor adventurers
Visitors to Ballina can enjoy a myriad of activities, from world-famous salmon angling on the River Moy, to golf, archery, kayaking, stand-up paddling, sub-aqua diving, biking, trail running, leisure walks in beautiful Belleek Woods or relaxation in some of the town’s finest spas.
Culture and heritage abounds and is brought to life through our many cultural attractions.
Enjoy the stay of a lifetime
Ballina’s seven hotels offer options to suit all budgets and tastes. There are elegant, luxurious manor houses, boutique hotels with luxury spas, beautiful riverside views and delightfully welcoming family-friendly options.
It’s the ideal town in which to base yourself while enjoying the stunning North Mayo and West Sligo coastlines, and our hotel teams are just waiting to welcome you to town.
Here to help you plan
Our Tourist Office is based on Lower Pearse St., Ballina, just opposite the Jackie Clarke Collection. A team with lots of local knowledge can help you plan your itinerary, make recommendations, help you book tours and activities, and best of all, share some of our secret gems with you.
You can also pick up maps, brochures, and a selection of Ballina-themed gifts.