Get ready for awe-inspiring scenery and a wealth of historical attractions..Read More
Get ready for awe-inspiring scenery and a wealth of historical attractions.
With islands aplenty, scenery to stop you in your tracks and a history as rich and deep as the land, there are so many places to visit in Mayo. Discover the clear waters of Keem Bay, hike up Croagh Patrik and soak up the holiday atmosphere in Westport. A trip to Mayo, Ireland’s most captivating county, will live long in your memory. Mayo has the longest coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way from Westport and Achill, to Downpatrick Head the scenery and landscape will make you want to return again and again.
With rugged coastline, a stunning landscape and a fascinating past, Mayo is brimming with sights and sounds to remind you that life is good. Escape the everyday without leaving the country, on a trip to the Heather County.
Mayo stands out as one of Ireland’s most scenic counties. But while you may gasp in awe at the craggy coastline that’s been lashed by the powerful Atlantic, make sure to remember that there’s a lot more going on in Mayo in the West of Ireland.
Ceide Fields are the oldest known field systems in the world (almost 6000 years old), Croagh Patrick is where Ireland’s patron saint fasted for 40 days in 441AD, and Achill Island is a stunning spot on the edge of Western Europe bursting with history and awe-inspiring sights.
And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s an abundance of charming villages to visit from beautifully situated Westport to the peaceful town of Cong.
Ireland West Airport is located 6km from Charlestown in Mayo and Shannon Airport is located in Clare. Scheduled services are operated by major Irish and International airlines to and from the UK, mainland Europe and USA out of Shannon.
The main ports of entry are Cork, Dublin and Rosslare – all of which are betwen 3 and 4 hours drive from Galway. Brittany Ferries operates a service between Cork-Roscoff (France). Clare is also accessible via ferry from Rosslare and Dublin. Both ports offer daily services between Ireland-UK and services to France and Northern Spain. The following companies offer ferry services into Ireland – Stena Line, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries, Kintyre Express, and Isle of Man Steam Packet
Bus Éireann provide services to County Galway from Dublin, Clare, Sligo and other areas
The Dublin / Galway line serves Co. Galway with stations at Ballinasloe, Woodlawn, Attymon, Athenry and Galway City.
Westport House, Gardens & Pirate Park
Built in the 18th century on ancestral castle foundations belonging to pirate queen Grace O’Malley, the Browne family created Westport House. Enjoy tales of architecture, kings and queens, pirates, slave emancipators as well as beautiful art and artefacts with their tour guides. Kids will love the Pirate Adventure Park which has rides for all ages, from the swinging pirate ship to the log flume adventure. Go for a paddle on the Swan Pedalo Boats, take a turn on the bouncy castle, jump in a go-kart, or just let the kids run around in the Pirates Playground. It also has its own caravan & camping park on site.
The Great Western Greenway.
Hop on your bike, or rent one in Westport, and cycle the incredible Great Western Greenway. A 42km stretch from Westport to Achill, taking in Newport and Mulranny, the route hugs the breathtaking coastline of Clew Bay. The smooth, level track is ideal for cycling. It begins in the popular seaside town of Westport and traverses through the quaint villages of Newport and Mulranny before coming to a gentle finish at Achill Sound.
Museum of Country Life
Discover the modern galleries of the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park House, near Castlebar. Uncover Ireland’s rural past through exhibitions and events. Home to the national folk life collection, the National Museum of Ireland-Country Life, in Castlebar, gives a fascinating insight into our past. Visit the museum’s exhibitions and galleries to experience the history of Irish countryside between 1850 and 1950. View the unique artefacts, detailed displays, archival video footage and interactive screens.
No boat needed to get to Ireland’s largest island, simply drive over the bridge. Starting at Achill Sound, the 40km Atlantic Drive is the ideal way to explore the island, as it guides you through small villages, around cork-screw bends, past epic seascapes Stretching for 3.5km to the cliffs of Minaun, Achill’s Keel Beach is blissfully secluded, surrounded by dramatic mountainous backdrops. Conditions are ideal for surfers and swimmers who find it hard to resist the clear waters on a sunny day. Look to the south and spot The Bill, a legendary arrangement of three rock stacks. You simply can’t leave Achill without taking in Keem Bay, one of the most special parts of the island. When the iconic view of the beach appears on the cliff-side drive up, you get a sense of the magic of this sheltered spot. You can swim, snorkel or hop in a kayak around the bay, or simply admire from the shore – you might even spot a basking shark out at sea.
The Céide Fields are the oldest known field systems in the world, over five and a half millennia old. Combinations of warm Gulf Stream factors and cold deep waters have resulted in the wild beauty of this region including the unique ecology of the bogland, with its colorful mosses, sedges, lichens, heathers, flowers and insect-eating sundews. The amazing geology, archaeology, botany and wildlife of this North Mayo region is interpreted at the Céide Fields Visitor Centre, with the aid of an audio-visual presentation and exhibitions