The Road to Carne

May 02 Posted by Kevin Markham in Carne Golf Links Blog

Ask an Irish golfer about going to play Carne Golf Links, and one of the first things they’ll say – apart from how remarkable it is – is how far the course is from anywhere. We take that with a pinch of salt… after all, we’re surprisingly close to Belmullet, and Belmullet is definitely somewhere.

We don’t deny that Belmullet is a rather solitary outpost on the Atlantic seaboard, tucked away far from the city hubbub, flight paths and traffic jams, but that’s exactly how we like it. Belmullet is part of Erris – an area the size of Co. Louth – and the peace, quiet and beauty are things we give thanks for every day. And who wouldn’t, when you can look out your kitchen window at the Atlantic every morning, go for a stroll along almost deserted beaches and know just about everyone you pass in the street.

Erris is brimming with raw, natural beauty and clean air that energises the soul. Yes, we are a bit away from the motorway network but when you visit and discover just what we have to offer, you’ll understand why we like it that way.

So where, exactly, are we?

We’re in the far north west corner of the country. We are not quite Ireland’s most westerly point (or golf course for that matter – that’s reserved for Ceann Sibeal on the Dingle Peninsula), but the only thing between us and North America is the Atlantic Ocean. It’s also worth mentioning that you have to travel along the Wild Atlantic Way (more on that in a future blog) to reach us, wherever you’re coming from. That in itself makes it worth the journey.

We are 75 kilometres due west of Enniscrone, and 120 kilometres west of Sligo.

We are 7580 kilometres north west of both Westport and Castlebar. From Galway it is 150 kilometres.

Whatever your route, from the east or the south, chances are you will encounter the N59 road. It is the best road to take and while it rises and falls, and weaves back and forth across the captivating wilderness of Erris, it is a good road. It wraps around the Ballycroy National Park and the Nephin Beg Mountains. If you come from the east, the unmistakeable sight and shape of Nephin itself will accompany much of your journey; and if you come from the south you will enjoy Clew Bay, with its hundreds of islands, and the chance to pay a quick visit to Achill Island.

There are other, even more enchanting routes if you have the time. The R314 drifts along the northern Mayo coastline for some 60 kilometres, past mountains, around bays, along the Atlantic coastline and through sparsely populated countryside. Stop, get out of the car and snap a photograph – there will be dozens of opportunities.

When the N59 arrives at the village of Bangor Erris, you turn onto the R313 for Belmullet, for another 20 kilometres. From here you will pass through more enchanting Irish countryside, as well as National Parks and Heritage Areas. It’s an adventure to get to us, which is exactly as it should be.

The main airports that visitors use to reach us are:

Belfast (320 km)

Dublin (300 km)

Ireland West Airport (Knock) (130 km)

Shannon (250 km)

So, however you get here, whichever road you take, we can assure you that your journey will be more than worth your time. The people, the sites, the ocean, the shops, bars and restaurants, the history… and the golf course, all make Belmullet a very special place, one that feels removed from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the island. It’s a slower, calmer place… if you want it to be… or it can be a wild adventure – after all, we were voted Ireland’s Best Place to Go Wild in 2014 – so how you spend your time here is entirely up to you.

Safe journey.
Posted by admin at Jun 22, 2016 Category: Other
Tags: Ballycroy National Park, carne golf links, Erris, golf ireland, Links Golf Ireland