Mulranny Beach is where I would like to right now – in the eye of the storm!
An Mhala Raithní or “the hill-brow of the ferns” is the Gaelic name of this small seaside village. However, its anglicised equivalent is variously spelled as ‘Malaranny’, ‘Mullaranny’, ‘Mullranny’ or ‘Mulranny’. Geographically, the village straddles the isthmus between Clew Bay and Blacksod Bay in County Mayo, Ireland, and is famous for its colourful giant fuchsias, ferns and exotic plants. In addition, Mulranny was home to the ancient Gallowglass MacNevin family, who originally emigrated to Scotland in the mid 10th Century. Hence, the Nevin Coat of Arms has a Fern as its main symbol.
Nestled at the foot of The Nephin Mountain Range, Mulranny Beach offers long sandy blue flag beaches and a relatively mild climate. Moreover, it also plays host to a coastal lagoon. Furthermore, the Corraun Peninsula, which contains three mountain peaks, is situated across Clew Bay.
In 2011, Mulranny was a winner of the EDEN (European Destination of Excellence) award.