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.
Located on the Wild Atlantic Way, Stella Maris was built in mid to late 1800"s as a Coast Guard House and was later home to an order of teaching sisters from 1914-64. A detailed restoration of this imposing 19th century oceanfront structure was undertaken & completed in 2002. Antiques are interspersed with comfortable leather furniture to create a comfortable ambience. Visitors enjoy the tranquil setting from the 100-foot conservatory overlooking the Bay and Downpatrick Head, a stunning 300-foot sea stack which is a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. With unsurpassed views of the Wild Atlantic Ocean and the panoramic pastoral countryside of Ballycastle in County Mayo, Stella Maris is the epitome of serenity.
The Ballina Manor Hotel is perched on the banks of the River Moy and overlooks St Muredach's Cathedral. The Manor Hotel offers a fine dining restaurant, two bars and 65 bedrooms with free Wi-Fi. The spacious rooms at the Ballina have private bathrooms with showers, baths and hairdryers. Rooms also feature TVs and some have stunning views across the river. The Ridgepool Restaurant has floor-to-ceiling windows and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area. There is an international menu with fresh fish specials. In the heart of Ballina, the hotel is close to the town’s shopping district. Ballina Train Station is a 5-minute walk away and free parking is available at the hotel.
In a unique landscape where rock, ocean, hills and fields merge together in every vista, this is where you catch your very first glimpse of the 4* Mulranny Park Hotel, Co Mayo, West of Ireland. Nestled within a beautiful woodland estate overlooking Clew Bay, the Mulranny Park Hotel exudes not just old world charm and elegance but offers every visitor the very warmest of welcomes. With stunning views of Clew Bay, the Mulranny Park Hotel is located in a truly magnificent setting. This 4 star hotel offers fine dining, family breaks, officially the Best Wedding Venue in Connaught and much more..
The Octagon, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland Tel: +3539825027 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome to the The Wyatt Hotel, located in the heart of glorious Westport, Co. Mayo. Our charming boutique hotel prides itself on our scenic location as well as our warm Westport welcome, professional service, comfortable accommodation and fantastic food. The Wyatt Hotel is the perfect base to explore and enjoy the magnificent beauty of the surrounding areas and tour the Wild Atlantic Way. We boast 63 tastefully decorated bedrooms, an upmarket brasserie, a traditional Irish Bar as well as an award winning restaurant. Westport is nestled between the peaks of Croagh Patrick and the deep blue seas of Clew Bay and has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in Co Mayo. Offering something for everyone from walking, cycling, sightseeing, music, arts, adventure and leisure activities through shopping, vibrant nightlife and gourmet food.