The West of Ireland has influenced and inspired the greatest Irish painters, poets, and writers for centuries.
Since 1992, The Ballinglen Arts Foundation has allowed hundreds of artists from the United States, Europe and Asia to come to the small coastal village of Ballycastle, County Mayo, to experience the same inspiration.
This small village of 350 in northwest Ireland is east of huge historic blanket bogs, a mile or so from the dynamic North Atlantic coast with both rugged cliffs and sandy beaches. It is nestled in rolling farm land, fed by the Ballinglen River, yet is a short distance from the larger communities of Killala and Ballina.
A haven for many species of birds, the area also offers visitors horseback riding, fishing, walking, and coastal boat trips.