Mayo GAA Star Aidan O’Shea Makes a Break for it in Errris

Mayo GAA Star Aidan O’Shea Makes a Break for it in Errris with his girlfriend Kristen McKenzie-Vass

The award winning Mayo GAA Star Aidan OShea and his partner Kristen McKenzie Vass decided to take a staycation in their beloved home County instead of jetting off for a holiday abroad. The couple stayed at the popular Broadhaven Bay Hotel which overlooks the Bay in Belmullet on the Erris Penisular and is famous for its Seafood and very friendly and welcoming staff.

Whilst at the Hotel they took a number of trips out which included the Erris Head Loop Walk, where they managed a photo in front of the famous Pigeon Rock, they also visited Ballyglass Lighthouse. Other activities included a spot of Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) with Wavesweeper Adventures, along with a visit to Dun na mBo Blow Hole, Eagle Island and a tour of the south of the Peninsula visiting the two last lighthouses at Blacksod and Blackrock.

Their last trip was to the deserted Island of Inishkea Islands with the family run Belmullet Boat Charter with Sean, Kea and Josh Lavelle. The couple were joined on the trip by Aidan’s parents Jim and Shelia O’Shea. Two lobsters caught on the trip were cooked up as a lunchtime treat back at the Hotel before they departed.

Erris in North Mayo is a popular Seaside destination in North Mayo perched right alongside the Wild Atlantic Way. The area is blessed with an abundance of Sandy beaches and coves with turquoise clear waters which make it ideal for swimming, snorkelling and water activities and fishing. There are a number of looped walks in the area which includes one of Europe’s finest coastal walks at Ceathru Thaidhg (Carrowteige). The well maintained walk has a number of different routes of various lengths which take you around the coast which show you views of the Stags of Broadhaven Bay and Benwee Head, along with Kid Island, an infinity pool and the Children of Lir Destination Point Sculpture.

Tony Hennigan from Mayo Manchester Tourism and Business group, who is from Attymass in North Mayo commented “Erris is a fantastic family friendly holiday resort in a unique rural unspoilt setting along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Broadhaven Bay Hotel is ideally located and I really enjoyed my staycation at the hotel where I took full advantage of its extensive seafood menu. The staff were very friendly and they could not do enough for me to make my visit a very enjoyable and memorable experience. The highlights for me were the visit to Inishkea Island and the Ceathru Thaidhg Looped Walk, I even managed a swim a Rinroe Point where there were toilets to get changed in and a swim on Inishkea Island. You can camp at both places although the Island is strictly Wild Camping only and you would have to book your boat trip there and back in advance, although it is possible to reach the sea kayak if you are a very experienced and extremely fit canoeist. I cannot recommend the area enough, it is certainly one for a visit again, the sunsets are amazing over the bay, make sure you get there early to experience them in full.”

To book the hotel visit www.broadhavenbay.com and to book the trip to Inishkea Island visit Belmullet Boat Charter on www.belmulletboatcharters.wordpress.com or look them up on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter

Aidan OShea and Kristen McKenzie Vass copyright by Broadhaven Bay Hotel