Get ready for awe-inspiring scenery and a wealth of historical attractions.
From the oldest landscape in Europe to a spiritual Marian Shrine
Dating back to 5000BC, Ceide Fields is the most extensive stone monument in the world and comprises the oldest enclosed landscape in Europe.
The Virgin Mary, with St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist, appeared here on the August 21, 1879. Since then, Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognized Marian Shrine.
There’s lots of fun to be had in County Mayo with fast-paced Gaelic games and exhilarating watersports
Enjoy excellent coarse and game fishing in the Moy River, Lough Conn, Lough Mask and Clew Bay.
Sample the drama of Ireland’s unique games of football and hurling, the latter reputed to be the fastest ball game in the world. Mayo is a particular stronghold of Ladies’ Gaelic Football.
By boat you can discover the wild Atlantic coast, with its secluded bays and islands, or cruise through rivers and loughs with an unforgettable sense of space and freedom.
You’ll be spoiled for choice with a top selection of walks in County Mayo. The Foxford Way is an 86km circular route around North East Mayo and is one of the county’s finest walks; Barrony of Erris offers 24 stunning routes for walkers of all levels, and Tóchar Valley is a strikingly beautiful area filled with rural communities and rich in history. If you fancy getting involved in a walking festival, you could try the Achill Island Walking Festival, or the Castlebar International Four Days Walking Festival.
The expanse of Atlantic coastline along Mayo offers thrilling canoeing, sailing, surfing, water-skiing and deep-sea diving for all watersport enthusiasts.
From fun-filled play centers to a mini-railway set amongst beautiful parkland.
Encompassing 13,500sq ft, Tumble Jungle is the largest children’s entertainment center in the country with fun-filled play areas and a jungle theme.
An 18th century stately home set in beautiful parkland with a lake, terraces and gardens overlooking Clew Bay. Children will love the mini-railway, giant water slide and other attractions.
Culture & festivals
Mayo boasts stacks of cultural highlights including museums, an arts centre and lots of traditional Irish music
Linenhall offers an ongoing programme of exhibitions, drama, literature and film, plus workshops for adults and children.
The first branch of the National Museum to be situated outside Dublin, the Country Life Museum portrays the life of ordinary people who lived in Ireland from 1850-1950. Housed within a beautiful High Victorian Gothic-style house, the museum also encompasses extensive gardens.
As well as informal music sessions every night in pubs, there are many annual festivals such as the Féile Chois Chuain in Louisburg.
Eating, Drinking & Luxury
From health farms to heavenly meals, Mayo has it all.
A romantic venue, Ashford Castle dates back to 1228 and now offers guests relaxation, fine dining and 20th century comfort. Activities include fishing, horse riding, golf, falconry and walking.
Open since 1973, this converted woollen mill has been tastefully renovated and is a founding member of Health Farms of Ireland.
A beautiful Georgian house, Newport has become a famous base for those fishing the great rivers of County Mayo. The dining room and wine lists are superb.
A haven of seawater treatments, just 20ft from the sea beside Westport town. Treatments include seaweed baths, balneotherapy, algotherapy and a thalassotherapy pool.
Enjoy an excellent variety of crafts throughout County Mayo.
Unique sculptures created from centuries-old wood.
The Linenmill stocks an excellent range of duvets and pillows, but even if you can’t manage to squeeze one into your suitcase, you can always browse for Irish linen, cotton bedlinens, towels and throws.
High-quality handmade domestic stoneware in deep blue and jade green.