Mayo & Achill Island, Connaught
Mayo Achill Island, Connaught Ireland
Birr Castle Gardens
River Shannon
A rugged landscape of outstanding beauty with mountains, golden sandy beaches, open moorland, lakes and dramatic cliff scenery.
Did you know? The highest sea cliffs in Europe are on Achill Island!

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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.

Castlebar

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.

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.

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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.

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.

Westport and its area have something to offer for everyone, from outdoor activities such as golf, sailing or cycling to little art galleries and spas to relax after a great day out.

Activities around County Mayo

The CĂ©ide 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.
Connemara
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.
Donegal
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