- Discover Mayo
Mayo is at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way and is an excellent part of the world to enjoy the great outdoors. Some of the highlights include the Great Western Greenway, a biking trail with some of best scenery in Ireland. Below you will find some more.
Westport is a very pretty town at the head of Clew Bay. The town is very lively at night, with music sessions on in the pubs, and great craic for young and old. Where once Grace O' Malleys' castle stood now there is Westport House, a grand stately home. Westport House has its' own zoo park on the grounds. The drive from Connemara to Westport via Leenane is spectacular.
Westport is famous, or infamous for stags and hens, and is one of the best places to come for a night out.
Near Westport stands the holy mountain, Craogh Patrick. On Reek Sunday, on the last Sunday of July, thousands of pilgrims make the ascent to the highest church in the country on its summit, some in barefoot.
If you're interested in Grainne Mhaol and the O' Malleys head to the Louisburgh folk and heritage centre.
Knock is home to an international airport and of course the Knock Shrine where the Virgin Mary is purported to have appeared in 1879. The Knock Folk Museum has all the details.
Oileain Acla is off the coast of Mayo and is connected to the mainland by a bridge. Achill is a historical and ancient island with plenty to discover for history buffs, but it's the beautiful beaches, the buzzing festivals and the many outdoor activities that draw most people here.
Everything from hill walking and rock climbing to swimming and surfing. Get in the car and take the Achill Drive around the island, taking in the bogs, cliffs and other natural wonders of this beautiful island.
On the north west coast of Mayo you will find an incredible destination of natural beauty. Erris has a national park, fantastic beaches and islands where you can surf, go whale watching or try your hand at kite surfing. There are two blue flag beaches in Erris; Elly Bay and Mullaghroe, but there are so many beautiful beaches in the area to enjoy.
If you like fishing then Erris is definitely the place to check out. There is very good game, sea and shore angling here. There are also more traditional activities to enjoy such as watching the horse racing on Doolough Beach, or even curragh racing.
If you are interested in archaeology then you should visit the Ceide Fields, the remains of a Stone Age landscape dating from between five and six thousand years ago. There is a visitor centre which houses exhibitions on the bogs.