Elly Bay is a small sheltered sandy beach located on the Mullett Peninsula, adjacent to Elly harbour and is 9km south of Belmullet town. It is a popular beach for families, swimming, surfing and kite surfers. The whole bay is a Natural Heritage Area and is of international ecological importance because of the diverse habitat types to be found in the area.
The bay is internationally important for birdlife. The designated area includes considerable stretches of dune systems up the western coast of the Mullet Peninsula. They are important for breeding waders including Dunlin, Snipe, Lapwing, Redshank, and Ireland’s only site for breeding Red-necked Phalarope. The area is also important to wintering windfowl including the Tufted Duck, Scaup, Whooper Swans, Golden Plover and Barnacle Goose. This beach is not lifeguarded. First Aid Box and phone availalbe at the local adventure centre, UISCE, in the event of an emergency.