Erris Head

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Erris Head
Ceann Iorrais
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Erris Head.jpg
Erris Head
Map showing the location of Erris Head
Map showing the location of Erris Head
Map of Ireland
LocationCounty Mayo, Ireland
Coordinates54°18′05″N 9°59′50″W / 54.30128°N 9.9972°W / 54.30128; -9.9972Coordinates: 54°18′05″N 9°59′50″W / 54.30128°N 9.9972°W / 54.30128; -9.9972[1]
Governing bodyNational Parks and Wildlife Service (Ireland)

Erris Head (Irish: Ceann Iorrais[1]) is a promontory at the northernmost tip of the Mullet Peninsula, located in the barony of Erris in northwest County Mayo, Ireland. It is a well known and recognised landmark used by mariners and weather forecasters, and is also a scenic viewpoint, with an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean and steep rocky cliffs.[2] It is not served by any road and can only be reached by crossing a number of fields.

Special Area of Conservation[edit]

Erris Head has been designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the European Union's Habitats Directive. Erris Head SAC comprises approximately 15 km (9.3 mi) of cliff plus adjoining habitats. The geology of the region consists of acid rocks, such as quartzite, gneiss and Silurian schists and slates. The sea cliffs are very exposed and subject to very high rainfall. They are of moderate height, reaching a maximum of about 90 m (300 ft) in the north-east and are predominantly north-facing. A notable habitat on the site is alpine heath, which occurs inland from the tops of the sea cliffs.[3]

Marine reserve[edit]

An area of sea, extending 200 m (660 ft) from the base of the cliffs, forms part of the site. This is included mainly to provide added protection for the cliff-nesting seabirds.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Ceann Iorrais". Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Erris Head". Discover Ireland. Retrieved 6 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Site Synopsis - Erris Head" (PDF). National Parks and Wildlife Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 May 2012. Retrieved 8 December 2011.