Old Head is located close to the town of Louisburgh in Co.Mayo. Old Head Beach is fabulous during any season. The beach has views towards Croagh Patrick and is sheltered by cliffs and native woodland. Here you find one of Ireland's few coastal Atlantic Oak woods which runs as far as the beach where it provides a dramatic backdrop for this co. Mayo beach.
But Old Head is more than just a beach, it is also home to the Old Head Blueway, an area suitable for a range of watersports. The pristine Atlantic Waters are the perfect location for snorkeling allowing you to admire the underwater world of the Atlantic - discovering different types of seaweed, fish, crabs and sea urchins ,...
As part of the Blueway, you have Kayak and snorkel trails. As part of the kayak trail, you have 3 options:
a) a 5.5km trail which runs from Old Head and Lecanvy pier which passes a few beaches and rocky outcrops. This trail is great for beginners.
b) A more exposed trail runs from Old Head to the beach at Calla, along the 5km route you will pass fabulous caves. This trail is for the more experienced kayaker. c) A 3km western trail extends beyond the headland, so still some experience will be required.
The snorkel trail runs along the beach and traverses North from the pier towards the western headland. From here, you can decide to walk back along the beach or snorkel back.