Route Millennia Mayo, a new tourism trail which promotes six of the county’s premier cultural sites, was launched this week in the Jackie Clarke Collection, Pearse Steet, Ballina.
Journey through 6,000 years of history on Route Millennia, a 60km trail of history, culture, exploration, and learning, which is suitable for self-driving, school tours, and coach tours. The route links the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life at Turlough Park to the Céide Fields in Ballycastle, via the Michael Davitt Museum in Straide, the Foxford Woollen Mills, the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina, and Belleek Castle, Ballina. Professor Seamus Caulfield, the leading archaeologist who spearheaded the original Céide Fields project, will officially launch Route Millennia Mayo on Wednesday. Members of the public are invited to attend the launch to learn more about the new touring route and the sites involved.
Together, the Route Millennia Mayo destinations explore some 6,000 years of Mayo’s unique culture and heritage, from Neolithic field systems to medieval armoury, 1916, a working mill, Ireland’s National Folklife Collection, and one of the country’s greatest patriots.