County Mayo is located in the West of Ireland, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean and is bordered by counties Sligo, Galway and Roscommon. Mayo has a dramatic landscape of rigged coastlines, majestic mountains, rivers and lakes, as well as bustling and attractive towns, such as Westport, Newport and Ballina and mystical islands including Achill Island, Clare Island, Inishturk and Inishbofin.
One of County Mayo’s best-known town’s is Westport, a popular tourist spot overlooking Clew Bay. It is one of the few planned towns in Ireland and was laid out in the Georgian style in the late 18th century at the behest of Lord Sligo. As well as it’s pretty streets and Mall area and the many bridges over the River Carrow Beg, which runs through the town, Westport is also well known for its vibrant nightlife with great restaurants and pubs, many of which have traditional Irish music sessions. And of course there is a great selection of Mayo Hotels and Mayo Guesthouses where you can enjoy great value hotel breaks.
Just a few miles from Westport and looking out over Clew Bay is the majestic Croagh Patrick or Holy Mountain. The mountain has been an area for pilgrimages for over 5,000 years and is now best known for its association with Saint Patrick. Another famous religious site is Knock with Our Lady’s Shrine, which is visited, by thousands of pilgrims each year. All Mayo Hotels will be happy to provide you with information.
Mayo is a county rich in historical and archaeological attractions such as the Ceide Fields in Ballycastle, one of the largest stone age monuments in the world and has megalithic tombs dating back 5,000 years. Other attractions worth visiting include Ballintubber Abbey, the Enniscoe Museum in Enniscoe House, an elegant Georgian House overlooking Lough Conn. Or visit the Quiet Man Cottage Museum, which was used in the 1951 John Ford film with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara and is based in Cong.
The Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre, which includes a tour of the mill, art exhibition, restaurant and shop. Turlough House is located in Turlough Village, not far from Castlebar. The house is home to the National Folklife collection and is part of the National Museum of Country Life, which is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland, the museum charts Irish country life from the late 19th century to the 1950’s.
Westport House, designed by Richard Cassels and James Wyatt in the 18th century, is home to the Browne family, descendants of Grace O’Malley – the Pirate Queen of Connaught. In addition to the architectural treasures of the house and the fine gardens, there is also a Pirate Adventure Park on the grounds for family enjoyment.
County Mayo offers a wide array of outdoor activities, with great fishing on the many lakes and rivers, such as the River Moy, Lough Conn – well known salmon fishery, Loughs Carra and Mask for Brown Trout or sea angling at Belmullet and Killala. Walkers can enjoy a variety of walking trails and events and in varied landscape, for example there are many loop walks to enjoy, such as the Erris Head Loop Walk, Clare Island, Inishturk Island, Castlebar Loop Walks and Belleek Woods, to name just a few.
There are also linear long-distance walks and way marked ways, such as the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail. There are also a number of walking festivals in Mayo such as the Achill Walks Festival. Mayo is a popular spot for watersports, with Achill Island being a popular spot for surfing and sea kayaking or canoeing off Clew Bay, windsurfing off Westport or try sailing on Collanmore Island, one of the hundreds of islands off Clew Bay, at the Glenans Irish Sailing Club. For the real outdoor enthusiast there is Gael Force West, Geal Force 6 is held in August each year and is a form of Adventure Racing for novices, which included running / cycling / climbing / kayaking over a 65 km course.
There are also a number of equestrian centres to enjoy the scenic outdoors in Mayo on horseback and plenty of fine golf courses to choose from, such as the Ashford Castle Golf Club in Cong.
Whatever your reason for visiting Mayo you can book 35 fully approved Mayo hotels and Mayo guesthouses located throughout the county on the Ireland Hotels website. Just use the accommodation search box featured on this page to find Mayo hotel breaks or a guesthouse to meet your needs.
Kennys is the only registered Guest House in Castlebar with the best Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Mayo. Owned and operated by Raymond & Susanna Kenny who have many years experience in the Hotel and B&B accommodation sector both in London and Ireland. Situated in the town center. Quality Restaurants, Bars and shops can be reached through the newly rejuvenated pedestrian friendly Main Street.
Mill Times Hotel Westport: a boutique hotel in Westport town centre. With its warm & friendly atmosphere, the hotel is an ideal base to explore beautiful Westport & County Mayo for your Westport holidays. A three star oasis with award winning food, a central location, cosy & friendly atmosphere, priding ourselves in outstanding customer service, ideal as a base for weekend or midweek breaks. Relax, unwind and enjoy a warm & friendly atmosphere in this Westport hotel. With so much to see, historic attractions & places to visit & numerous activities, Westport is the place to be.
Breaffy House Resort located in the heart of County Mayo is the perfect destination if you are looking for a well deserved relaxing break! Set on 90 acres the Resort consists of Breaffy House Hotel and Breaffy Woods Hotel and renowned as two of the very best hotels in Mayo. Breaffy House Hotel in Mayo offers traditional old world Irish charm and hospitality with our excellent Breaffy Spa and The Breaffy Leisure Club facilities and magnificent grounds for rambling. Retaining some of its original Country House atmosphere, the house dates back to 1890 and is an excellent base for leisure breaks in Mayo. Also within the grounds of Breaffy Resort is Breaffy Woods Hotel Castlebar, more modern in design. Breaffy Woods Hotel (seasonal) in Mayo is the perfect place for family hotel breaks in Mayo! The Resort offers a range of dining options for couples, families, over 55’s, conference groups and weddings. Relax with a drink in the Resorts lively bar or enjoy the fantastic leisure/spa faciliti
Contemporary & chic in design The Harlequin Hotel is Castlebar's only 4* hotel. The hotel is adjacent to the Royal Theatre Castlebar and in the heart of Castlebar Town. The Harlequin Restaurant serves Irish and International cuisine and free parking is available in our secure multi storey carpark that is located adjacent to the hotel. The Harlequin Hotel rooms with Hypnos beds and en suite bathrooms are designed with your comfort in mind and are equiped with all of the amenities of a modern 4 star hotel. Rooms facilities include satellite flat-screen TVs, free internet access and seating areas. Traditional breakfasts are served in the restaurant, which also offers a lunch and dinner menu. Dishes are prepared using local ingredients and room service is available.