Louisburgh Holiday Cottages in Co Mayo are tucked away down a quiet road, just a stroll from the village square. They are clustered on a four-acre, rocky, landscaped knoll, with a view of mountains on one side and the Atlantic on the other. A stroll further down this road will bring you to a stony beach with a view of the river and Carramore Strand, a Blue Flag beach. Carramore is just 800m away, walking or driving through the village. These cottages were built using traditional materials – weathered slate and whitewashed walls. Each has a front porch and a half-door to lean on. The interiors blend authentic tradition with today’s comfort and convenience. In the living room, with its rugged stone flooring and pine dresser, an open fireplace is located beneath the old iron pothooks. But there is also central heating throughout, and a modern kitchen and cosy bedrooms. Fully tiled bathrooms have showers over the bath. Cottages with three bedrooms sleep seven people while the two-bedroom properties sleep four, with the option of sleeping a fifth person on the double couch-bed in the living-room. The cottages are open all year round and the office and reception area is beside cottage 7. There is a payphone on site for guests. The cottages are owned and operated by Louisburgh Holidays Plc, a company set up by the local people in 1976. These cottages are just a short drive from Westport which is approximately 22km away. The drive runs along the island-studded Clew Bay, under the shadows of Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holy mountain of pilgrimage. To the north lies Achill, and near Louisburgh, Clare Island rises in the Atlantic. To the South lies Connemara, less than an hour’s drive away. Connemara National Park and Kylemore Abbey may be reached via Leenane along the scenic Doolough and Killary fjord drive. Visitors will have a huge choice of activities while visiting the area, including fishing, surfing, cycling, hiking, horse riding and kite surfing.