Where to go in Louisburgh, County Mayo, Ireland. The Silver Strand
Silver Strand is a remote, unspoilt beach approximately 23km south of Louisburgh on the R378 and located at the mouth of Killary Fjord, on the northern shore.
Here you will find a fine sandy beach open to the Atlantic with views out towards Inishturk and Inishbofin. The beach is located in an ecologically important area and in 2016 received the Green Coast Award in recognition of the beach's clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty. The location is also a Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Though off the beaten track, Silver Strand is very popular with families due to the shelter provided by the rocky headlands and high sand dunes. The beach is popular with swimmers, though not lifeguarded, so due care should always be taken. The sunsets here are well known with unforgettable orange and red skies over the Atlantic and the offshore islands.
The greater area has a rich archaeological heritage with over 700 known archaeological monuments, and 20 areas of scientific interest including court-tombs at Furmoyle and Aillemore; a megalithic wedge-tomb at Srahwee; a clapper bridge (stone bridge with 37 arches) at Killeen, and numerous other monuments, especially around Killadoon.
The Silver Strand is sheltered with magnificent views of Inisturk and Caher Islands as well as Inisboffin Island and to the north Clare Island, while to the south there are superb views of the Connaught landscape.
A must visit venue for any visitor for the magical and magnificent beach, sea and breathtaking scenery.
The Silver Strand, Killadoon, near Louisburgh in the south west corner of County Mayo is one of the most stunningly beautiful and picturesque beaches anywhere in Ireland.