Destination: County Mayo


A rugged landscape of outstanding beauty with mountains, golden sandy beaches, open moorland, lakes and dramatic cliff scenery.

County Mayo

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Introducing County Mayo

County Mayo is a beautiful part of Ireland which is made up of several highly popular Tourist Regions. Achill Island is accessible by road bridge and consists of some of Ireland's most beautiful landscapes, cliffs, beaches and views. Futher inland are the popular historic towns of Castlebar and Westport. Both towns are steeped in Irish history, natural beauty and plenty to do. A drive around County Mayo will reveal many hidden treasures and beauty spots and is quite simply one of the loveliest areas of this stunning country.

County Mayo

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Region: Ireland

Time to spend here: 3 hours - 2 days

More Information: Tourist Information website

What's nearby? County Clare, Sligo

What transport do you recommend? County Mayo is best explored with a vehicle as public transport between towns is limited.

Did you know? The highest sea cliffs in Europe are on Achill Island!

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What can I see in and around County Mayo?

Achill Island

A visit to Achill Island is not to be missed! Easily accessible by road bridge from the beautiful Currane peninsula and only one hour drive from Castlebar, Achill is Ireland's largest offshore island and encompasses dramatic land and seascapes which have provided inspiration for artists and writers for many years. The island has glorious cliff scenery, spectacular drives and walks and beautiful blue flag beaches. Achill is home of many archaeological and historical sites such as the famous Deserted Village at Slievemore and Kildamhnait Castle.
Time to spend here: 1 day   More information


Castlebar is a town steeped in history situated in the centre of County Mayo. Established in the 11th century around the De Barra castle, Castlebar later became a garrison outpost during the Irish and French rebellion in the late 18th century. Nowadays, the town offers a wonderful array of interesting shops and leisure attractions to visitors to the region. The Sculpture Trail is a series of bronze, Museum of Country lifestone, steel, timber works of art in the town centre.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

The Country Life Museum

The Country Life Museum in Castlebar is housed within a stunning high Victorian Gothic-style house and gives you a glimpse of how people in Ireland used to live in 1850-1950.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information


Westport is a popular tourist destination and has received three times the award of the Irish Tidy Towns Competition. Situated on the shores of Clew Bay, this charming laid out town boasts elegant Georgian streetscapes (one of its outstanding features is the elegant tree-lined boulevard, known as The Mall) and effortlessly friendly character making it an authentic but lively holiday base. Situated at Westport Quay, the Heritage Centre brings alive the history of the development of this heritage town from the 16th century to the present day.
Time to spend here: half day   More information

Westport House

Built in 1730 on castle ruins, Westport House is a beautiful and historic home not to be missed. A visit to Westport House will easily keep you and your family busy for many hours: Westport House & Gardens comprises four exhibitions and a fun children area called the Pirate and Adventure Park to keep the little ones entertained whilst you can visit some 30 rooms and dungeons, extensive gardens and guided tours, and finish the day in the lovely Tea Room set in the old kitchens of the house.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

The Céide Fields

The Céide Fields is an archaeological site where you can see the oldest known field systems in the world, going back some five and a half thousand years ago. Visit the award winning Centre in Ballycastle, with exhibitions, film and tearoom and take a guided tour where you can discover a buried wall yourself using a centuries old method of probing. Experience the unique ecology of the bog land and take a look over the edge of a 370 ft high sea cliff from our viewing platform.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information


Cong is a picturesque and intimate village lying on the edge of the Connemara. Make sure you see the remains of Cong Abbey, built in 1120AD, a great example of early architecture in Ireland. The area around the abbey is very charming; have a stroll through one of the loveliest forests in Ireland.
Time to spend here: 2 hours   More information

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