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Welcome to Mayo

Welcome to Mayo, the heartbeat of the Wild Atlantic Way. There is no shortage of things to see and do with some of Ireland’s best beaches, walks, cycles and nearly 550km of scenic coastal drive along the way. There are bustling little towns throughout the county for those who want to experience the local culture and craic, as well as beautiful remote getaways for those who want a peaceful and relaxing break from the modern world.

Mayo has a rich heritage dating from prehistoric times through to the present day. The Ceide Fields contain the remains of settlements that existed over 6,000 years ago and highlight the deep connection between the people of Mayo and their surroundings through the millennia. The fascinating National Museum of Country Life in Castlebar showcases how people lived and worked over the centuries, while Croagh Patrick and Knock Shrine highlight the spiritual connection between people and place.

Whether its beaches, mountains, festivals, heritage or pilgrimages, it’s easy to see why Mayo people are full of pride for their corner of Ireland.

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  • 0.29km to City/Town Centre

    Achill Cliff House Hotel

    Achill Cliff House Hotel & Restaurant, The Perfect 3 Star Hotel on the Wild Atlantic Way. Achill Cliff House Hotel & Restaurant - is a family run, fully wheelchair accessible, Hotel & Award Winning Restaurant located in Keel, the heart of Achill Island, Co. Mayo on the West Coast of Ireland.Our ideally located hotel and The Spectacular setting of our Restaurant is complimented by our locally sourced homemade dishes and carefully selected fine wines to give you the ultimate Achill Island dining experience.

    Address: Keel, Achill Island, Co. Mayo

    • Keem Bay - km
    • Ronana Halpin Gallery - km
  • 154.69km to City/Town Centre

    Belleek Castle

    Belleek Castle, County Mayo is one Ireland's historic stately homes, expertly restored as a hotel by Marshall Doran in the 1960's. The Boutique Hotel is a member of the prestigious 'Michelin Guide' and 'Irelands Blue Book' with 10 rooms available. It is 40 minutes drive from Knock Airport and it is set in the middle of Belleek Woods beside Ballina, the Salmon Capital of Ireland. Belleek Castle is cosy & friendly, rich in antiquities with many open log fires to warm you by in the colder months of the year. All the charming rooms throughout Belleek are stunning to view creating a wonderful homely and tranquil atmosphere for all our guests not unlike the original setting of original Belleek Manor House in the 19th century. The rooms are individually furnished with antiquities and period d00e9cor such as the beautiful wood carved four-poster beds to keep the romantic spirit of the Castle alive. International golf courses, world-class salmon fishing & shooting, scenic walks, cycling and historic sites all close by.Local chef Stephen Lenahan leads the kitchen team at Belleek Castle and his philosophy is to use classic and imaginative cooking with local, seasonal ingredients from our land, sea and air combining a depth of flavor with the traditions of the castle. The elegance and splendor of our Library Restaurant is the perfect place for our elaborate 2AA Rosette cuisine. Belleek Castle is known for their award-winning food and their attentive and unpretentious hospitality winning the 'Best Customer Service in Mayo & Connaught' award at the Irish Restaurant Awards and 'Best Restaurant in Connaught' at the Good Eating Guide Awards in 2017. From 2014 to 2016 the Library Restaurant also won 'Best Hotel Restaurant in Mayo & Connaught' at the Irish Restaurant Awards.There is a Castle Tour available which includes an explanation of the history and origins of Belleek Castle. Learn about the Knox-Gore family who lived here in the 19th Century and the life of Marshall Doran who restored Belleek Castle to its former glory. You will get to see the Marshall Doran Collection where you will see one of the largest collections of antiques, Jurassic fossils and medieval weapons and armour in Ireland. See and feel up close the weaponry of the medieval soldier.Belleek Castle is famous as a magical wedding experience with various venues available for weddings and civil ceremonies. Weddings of up to 200 guests can be accommodated in the new ceremony room in the renovated 19th Century stables, which have been given a rustic design. The Medieval Banqueting Hall with its stone arched vaults and opulent d00e9cor sets the perfect scene for an Irish medieval banquet. The banquet can be enhanced with the addition of a pig roasted on the spit in front of the 13th Century fireplace. The wedding team makes sure that all wedding couples get full attention and a truly bespoke wedding day! Call the team on +353 9622400 or email info@belleekcastle.eu or for wedding enquiries email weddings@belleekcastle.eu for details.

    Address: Garrenkeal, Ballina, County Mayo,Ireland.

    • Rosserk Friary - km
    • Tom Ruane Park - km
  • 3.53km to City/Town Centre

    Breaffy Hotel Resort

    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

    Address: Breaffy, Castlebar

    • Lake Lannagh Hiking Trails - km
    • The Royal Theatre & Event Centre - km
  • 19.64km to City/Town Centre

    Great National Hotel Ballina

    Great National Hotel Ballina is a luxurious four star hotel on the outskirts of Ballina Town in the beautiful Co. Mayo. At Great National Hotel Ballina each bedroom offers stylish originality, supreme comfort and ensuite bathrooms. The McShane's Bar & Bistro offers seasonal menus with a selection of dishes that range from the familiar to the innovative. The Leisure Club & Spa has been created to revive your spiritual well being in an oasis of calm. Great National Hotel Ballina is the perfect Hotel for a getaway break for two or for the whole family with lots to do in the local area. With delightful cuisine, Ample Free Parking, Free use of Leisure Facilities and Complimentary WiFi available in all public areas and bedrooms, what more could you ask for on your next break away.

    Address: Great National Hotel Ballina, N26, Dublin Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo.

    • St. Muredach's Cathedral - km
    • Tom Ruane Park - km
  • 0.09km to City/Town Centre

    Great National Mulranny Park 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..

    Address: Mulranny, Westport, Co. Mayo

    • Achill Secret Garden - km
    • Croagh Patrick Mountain - km
  • 1.5km to City/Town Centre

    Harlequin Hotel

    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 story 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 equipped 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. The Harlequin Hotel is the perfect base for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way,cycling the great Western Greenway or simply for vising one of the many offshore islands!

    Address: Lannagh Rd, Garryduff, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

    • Lake Lannagh Hiking Trails - km
    • Royal Abbey of Cong - km
  • 0.61km to City/Town Centre

    Mill Times Hotel Westport

    Welcome to the Mill Times Hotel in the heart of Westport Town. Our tastefully decorated guest rooms have a rustic old world charm. The closest hotel to Westport bus stop and walking distance from train station or short taxi drive, a taxi ride has a minimum fare of €6 for 2 people. There is a relaxed atmosphere throughout this cosy boutique hotel with an emphasis on value for money.

    Address: Town Centre, Mill Street, Westport, Co Mayo, F28 W942

    • Westport Golf Club - km
    • Mulranny Golf Club - km
  • 7.03km to City/Town Centre

    Ostan Oilean Acla

    Beatuiful 3 *Seafront Hotel, ajacent to Ireland's newest Greenway. Alice's Bar serves delicious food 7 days a week all day. Overlooking Clewbay in a tranquil setting. 26 Bedrooms furnished to a high standard Disco every Saturday night. Music during the high season and busy weekends. Weddings, Birthday Partys and functions catered for.

    Address: Achill Sound, Achill, Co. Mayo

    • Achill Secret Garden - km
    • Keem Bay - km
  • 9.61km to City/Town Centre

    Park Hotel Kiltimagh

    The luxurious Park Hotel is a 5-minute walk from the centre of Kiltmagh, in West Ireland. It offers individually designed rooms, a spa and fitness centre and a gourmet restaurant. The spacious rooms at the Park Hotel are elegantly furnished and feature TVs. Free Wi-Fi is available in most rooms and all public areas of the hotel. Park Hotel has a comfortable lobby area a modern cafe bar. The restaurant serves fine international cuisine as well as fish specials. The fitness club has outdoor Canadian hot tubs, a sauna and a wellness centre for real relaxation. In Kiltimagh there are many pubs with traditional live Irish music for evening entertainment. The surrounding area is ideal for fishing, hill walking and cycling. The Park Hotel has free parking and is 15 minutes from Knock Airport

    Address: Swinford Road, Kiltimagh, Mayo

    • Knock Museum - km
    • National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock - km
  • 2.91km to City/Town Centre

    TF Royal Hotel & Royal Theatre

    The country boutique style TF Royal Hotel Castlebar is centrally located in the Royal Quarter of Castlebar town Co. Mayo and close to some of the top visitor attractions in the West of Ireland including scenic Westport Town and is easily accessible from Ireland West Airport, Knock. Experience the breath-taking scenery of the walking and cycling trails on the Great Western Greenway or drive along the Wild Atlantic Way. Our style conscious guests will love the unique design and contemporary feel of our chic bedrooms. The TF Royal Hotel adjoins the Royal Theatre, so while you are enjoying your escape to Mayo why not take in a show. If Shopping is your thing, then you will love browsing the unique craft shops and designer boutiques in Castlebar town centre together with Shaw's Department Store and Boots Healthcare, located on-site at the Royal Quarter.

    Address: Old Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

    • The Royal Theatre & Event Centre - km
    • Royal Abbey of Cong - km
  • 1.8km to City/Town Centre

    Westport Woods Hotel & Spa

    A warm welcome awaits you at the family owned and managed Westport Woods Hotel. Located halfway between the Quay Harbour and Westport heritage town centre, it's the ideal location for exploring the Wild Atlantic Way, Westport House, Connemara and Clew Bay. Enjoy fun filled family holidays with a kids club, plenty of space and loads of children's activities, as well as spacious family rooms. Couples love this special wedding venue overlooking the lovely lakeside, and we're well known countrywide for action packed golden year themed breaks. Whatever your needs - let our family take care of yours.

    Address: Quay Road, Cloonmonad, Westport, Co. Mayo

    • Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park - km
    • The Waterfront Gallery - km

Things to See & Do

Landmarks

  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Croagh Patrick
  • Ceide Fields
  • The Great Western Greenway
  • Moyne Abbey
  • Hennigan's Heritage Centre
  • St. Muredach's Cathedral
  • Ashford Castle Golf Club
  • Kiltimagh Pet Farm and Wildlife Park
  • Keem Strand
  • Ireland's School of Falconry
  • Keem Bay
  • Tom Ruane Park
  • Ballina Dolmen
  • The Waterfront Gallery

Things to Do

  • The Great Western Greenway: This award winning Greenway covers 42km of the Atlantic coast between Westport town and Achill Island.  The Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of a disused railway line and visits the picturesque villages of Newport and Mulranny. It passes by some of the West of Ireland’s most idyllic countryside and offers magnificent views of Clew Bay and its many islands.

  • Céide Fields: The Céide Fields, located in the northern part of the county, is a unique experience. Underneath the wild bogs lies a landscape frozen in time; the most extensive Stone Age monument in the world, consisting of field systems, dwelling areas and megalithic tombs. By using iron probes sunk deep into the ground, visitors can trace out the extent of this long forgotten community.  The Visitor Centre holds exhibits on the site and its history, and has won several awards including the Gold Medal for architecture.

  • Downpatrick Head: A short journey away from The Céide Fields, Downpatrick Head is a place of spectacular scenic and geological importance. The headland features a remarkable mix of geological formations and local historical sites, including the Dun Briste Sea Stack and St. Patrick’s Church, where Ireland's Patron Saint founded a church in the 5th century. The spectacular sea stack, formed over 350 million ago, is one of the most photographed cliff areas in Ireland.

  • Achill Island: The largest island off the coast of Ireland, Achill is a dramatic, beautiful and remote location that should not be missed. The island is known for its striking rocky mountains and tall sea cliffs, such as at Croaghaun. The island is also known for its clean beaches, like the beautiful Keel Beach, and friendly locals. Together with Keem Bay, these breezy shorelines have become a popular spot for water sports.

  • Croagh Patrick: An important pilgrimage site since before the arrival of Christianity, Croagh Patrick is a stunning mountain overlooking Clew Bay and the town of Westport.  It was on the summit of the mountain that St. Patrick fasted for forty days. Since then the mountain has become an important place of worship for Christians, with tens of thousands of pilgrims making the holy trek each year. Some people even climb the mountainside barefoot, as an act of penance.

  • Westport: Along with serving as a base for visiting Croagh Patrick and the Great Western Greenway, Westport itself is a beautiful town with lots of character and plenty of entertainment. There are lots of pubs and restaurants, many of which feature live Irish music every night. There are numerous festivals held throughout the year, whether you are interested in food, bluegrass music or even air shows there is a festival to suit everyone’s tastes.

  • National Museum of Ireland - Country Life: The award-winning Museum of Country Life in Castlebar is home to the National Folklife Collection. With exhibitions spread over four floors, you can discover how the people of rural Ireland lived during the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Museum features interactive displays and screens, clothing, machinery and artefacts from generations past and actual video footage of a culture and its traditions which have almost disappeared from the modern world.

  • Cong: One hour south of Westport, Cong is a small village famous for its 12th century abbey, which contains some of the finest examples of early gothic architecture in Ireland. The magnificent Ashford Castle is nearby, once a medieval castle it is now a 5 star hotel and features prominently in the list of Top 100 Hotels in the World. Cong is also associated with the classic John Wayne movie, The Quiet Man. A small cottage museum in the village dedicated to movie is a must for any film enthusiast.

  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Knock: The tiny village of Knock has a rich and fascinating history. In 1879, fifteen people witnessed an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint John the Evangelist, angels, and Jesus Christ. Pilgrims and curious visitors have been visiting Knock ever since, and today there are daily tours of the Shrine complex, which take in the Apparition Chapel, the Basilica and the Chapel of Reconciliation. A visit to Knock Museum is also recommended, which is open all year round in the grounds of the Shrine.