About Ballina

Perched on the banks of the majestic River Moy and right on the Wild Atlantic Way, Ballina is a treasure trove of visitor experiences waiting to be explored.

With picturesque Georgian streetscapes, bustling cafes and restaurants and proximity to North Mayo attractions, Ballina offers something for every interest and pace.

Ballina is known as the Salmon Capital of Ireland with the River Moy’s bountiful supply of salmon attracting more than 200,000 visitors annually for angling holidays and the world-famous Ballina Salmon Festival.

GoBus delivers you to the centre of town on Humbert Street – just a quick ten-minute walk to the Salmon Weir Pedestrian Bridge where you might catch sight of the region’s spirited salmon leaping from the tumbling waters beneath.

GoBus offers five daily services to Ballina from Galway aboard our luxury Volvo coaches which are renowned for their safety and comfort. Enjoy reclining seats, air conditioning, onboard toilets, free wifi and phone and laptop charging points.

Guarantee the best value fare when you book online or telephone us to book your ticket over the phone. Don’t worry, we won’t change you a booking fee!

You can also purchase your tickets from the coach driver at your departure point, although we cannot guarantee your seat unless you purchase your ticket in advance via our online booking system.

Belleek Woods

Located just two kilometres north of Ballina town, the Belleek Woods Nature Trail features a four-kilometre moderate forest path nestled amidst mixed woodland, plenty of animal life such as badgers, foxes, heron and kingfishers, and historic points of interest including a hermitage, ice house and a famine wall built in 1845.

Connacht Whiskey Company Distillery

Just four minutes from Ballina on the outskirts of town is this delightful craft distillery producing hand-crafted single malt pot still Irish whiskey. Enjoy a small group guided distillery tour, sample whiskey, gin, poitín and vodka in the bar and take home a souvenir from the gift shop for a unique distillery experience in a distinctive rural, coastal location.

Rosserk Friary

Founded in 1440 this Irish Gothic Style Franciscan Friary is a fine example of the period’s exquisite craftmanship. Explore the chantry chapels, bell tower, accommodation, refectory and kitchen alongside intricate stone carvings. Located 15 minutes from Ballina town centre.

Foxford Woollen Mills

Famous for its textured, skilfully woven Irish lambswool products including throws, scarves, clothing and home furnishings, the Mills were founded in 1892 by an Irish nun with a vision to create employment for local people. Guided tours provide visitors with an insight into the history of the Mills and the expert craftsmanship which has become synonymous with the brand. Foxford is located just 20 mins from Ballina and is also on the GoBus Galway to Ballina route.

Blanemore Forest Archaeological Walk

Wander through more than 6000 years of history where until recently, bog-lands had long hidden the relics of the region’s stone age farmers. Discover Neolithic marvels including hallowed tombs, standing stones and field walls. This is a moderate walk on wooden boardwalks and gravel paths, located 30 mins by vehicle from Ballina town centre.

All set to explore Ballina and North Mayo?