Clew Bay is one of the most spectacular bays in Ireland overlooked by Croagh Patrick, and is scattered with 365 islands, one for every day of the year. The number includes also bits of saltings; 117 of them are Ireland's best example of drumlins of limestone, scoured by ice sheet. They come up in all shapes: ovals, lozenges, snakes, dragons, arrowheads or long-legged beasties.
In the 16th century these islands were extremely important for Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen, and her sea kingdom. They were perfect traps into which to drive passing vessels or perfect places to hide and to intercept enemy ships.
Mulranny Golf Course is a natural links course with undulating fairways and greens. Located on the northern shore of Clew Bay, it is a challenging 9 hole links course with views of Croagh Patrick to the south, and is open all year round.
The coastline of Doughbeg (3km from Mulranny) is a surfers paradise with some of the best waves in the country. The many bays around Mulranny provide great opportunities for all types of surfing including kite and wind surfing.
Explore the waters of Mulranny in a kayak. The Bunnahowna River, 2km east of Mulranny, is classed as a grade 3 kayaking river and introductory kayaking lessons are available locally.
There are lots of opportunities for sea and river angling in Mulranny, or try a spot of lake fishing on nearby Lough Furnace. Clew Bay offers excellent deep sea angling facilities with many species of fish including mackerel, pollack, cod, whiting, conger eel, wrasse, john dory, dogfish, and more.
Relax on Mulranny's Blue Flag beach with its soft golden sands and breathtaking views across Clew Bay or take a leisurely stroll along the strand with views of Clare Island in the distance.
County Mayo there are so many clean and sandy beaches along the coastline for all to enjoy. They are rarely crowded and most of them have the prestigious Blue Flag Beaches Award or the Green Coast Beaches Award where an enjoyable swim or a stroll are relaxing experiences.
The Blue Flag is an EU quality award given to beaches which attain a certain standard. They must meet criteria for clean water, freedom from pollution, safe access and information about amenities, flora and fauna.