Castlebar Travel Guide

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    Castlebar railway signpost
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  • View of Croagh Patrick from Castlebar
    View of Croagh Patrick from Castlebar
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Castlebar Things to Do

  • Clew Bay

    Clare Island Off the coast of Clew Bay lies the secluded and unspoiled Clare Island. The island caters for both the laid-back rambler and the experienced walker. Knockaveen Hill, located near the harbour is a relaxing trail that gives wonderful views of the mainland and the island. If you prefer a more challenging climb then Croaghmore is for...

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  • Ballintubber Abbey

    A site of great Christian impact that has been restored and presented tastefully and with great humility. A 'pilgrimage' laid out around the grounds brings to life the part the Abbey played in receiving pilgrims to Croagh Patrick and the resolute Faith under the Penal Laws. When we visited, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was being held in a...

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  • Croagh Patrick

    West of Castlebar lies Westport, and west of Westport lies the mighty mountain Croagh Patrick. It can be seen from afar. On this mountain, St. Patrick is said to have ordered all snakes to leave the island (and to this date, there are no snakes in Ireland). Every year many people make the pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick and climb the mountain barefoot...

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  • Beaches

    Visit a Blue Flag Beach Mayo is very proud of the fact that it has more blue flag beaches than any other county in Ireland. A blue flag beach is a beach that has met all international criteria for safe access, clean water, pollution-free shores and water, sanitary facilities, lifeguards on duty, information centres and wheelchair access.

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  • The Sculpture Track

    THE SCULPTURE TRACK’ If you consider yourself aesthetically minded, then you might like to follow the suggested trail, which details the main artistic attractions that are found in Castlebar.

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  • Achill Island

    Achill Island Achill Island is dominated by three imposing mountains, and its coast is edged by dramatic cliff faces as well as numerous charming resort villages that boasts several broad, sandy beaches. So why not spend a fulfilling day exploring its magic by foot? To reach the island from Castlebar, take the R311 to Newport town, then take the...

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  • The Mall

    THE MALL The Mall was once the cricket pitch of Lord Lucan and his clan. It is here in the town park that you will find the 1798 Monument, which was erected on the 150th anniversary of the 1798 rising. It is also the burial place of John Moore who was the first appointed President of the Republic of Connaught on 31 August 1798. He held this...

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  • absorb, meditate and reflect

    A site of great Christian impact that has been restored and presented tastefully and with great humility. A 'pilgrimage' laid out around the grounds brings to life the part the Abbey played in receiving pilgrims to Croagh Patrick and the resolute Faith under the Penal Laws. When we visited, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament was being held in a...

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  • Museum of Irish Country Life

    The Museum of Country Life is located in Turlough, on the N 5, about 5 km from Castlebar. It enjoys a beautiful setting on the grounds of the former Fitzgerrald estate.What is there to see? An old "big house", a very good exhibition presented in a modern building within a lovely park setting. The museum cafeteria does excellent scones!Very good...

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  • Croagh Patrick

    West of Castlebar lies Westport, and west of Westport lies the mighty mountain Croagh Patrick. It can be seen from afar.On this mountain, St. Patrick is said to have ordered all snakes to leave the island (and to this date, there are no snakes in Ireland).Every year many people make the pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick and climb the mountain barefoot...

    more
  • Visit a Blue Flag Beach

    Visit a Blue Flag Beach Mayo is very proud of the fact that it has more blue flag beaches than any other county in Ireland. A blue flag beach is a beach that has met all international criteria for safe access, clean water, pollution-free shores and water, sanitary facilities, lifeguards on duty, information centres and wheelchair access.

    more
  • Achill Island

    Achill Island Achill Island is dominated by three imposing mountains, and its coast is edged by dramatic cliff faces as well as numerous charming resort villages that boasts several broad, sandy beaches. So why not spend a fulfilling day exploring its magic by foot? To reach the island from Castlebar, take the R311 to Newport town, then take the...

    more
  • Clare Island

    Clare Island Off the coast of Clew Bay lies the secluded and unspoiled Clare Island. The island caters for both the laid-back rambler and the experienced walker. Knockaveen Hill, located near the harbour is a relaxing trail that gives wonderful views of the mainland and the island. If you prefer a more challenging climb then Croaghmore is for you!...

    more
  • Croagh Patrick

    Croagh Patrick Standing like a huge pyramid, Croagh Patrick or 'The Reek' as it is known locally, is more than just a mountain. Croagh Patrick is the home of old pagan gods and a saint. The gods were pre-Christian and the saint was Saint Patrick.Patrick, who was probably a Frenchman, though some claim him from Wales, had been brought as a child to...

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  • THE SCULPTURE TRACK’

    THE SCULPTURE TRACK’ If you consider yourself aesthetically minded, then you might like to follow the suggested trail, which details the main artistic attractions that are found in Castlebar.

    more
  • THE MALL

    THE MALL The Mall was once the cricket pitch of Lord Lucan and his clan. It is here in the town park that you will find the 1798 Monument, which was erected on the 150th anniversary of the 1798 rising. It is also the burial place of John Moore who was the first appointed President of the Republic of Connaught on 31 August 1798. He held this title...

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  • Ballintubber Abbey

    Ballintubber Abbey A stunning a beautiful building that is called 'the Abbey that refused to die'.

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  • One of the things I love about...

    One of the things I love about the west of Ireland, that untamed rugged beauty. Much of this area can be described as 'off the beaten path'. Although it does get some tourists, not really in large enough numbers to spoil the country side.

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  • We took a small trip around...

    We took a small trip around the west in general, here are some photos from that trip.I dont know the exact locations, Mayo is all i can tell you!

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  • The road into Westport. I have...

    The road into Westport. I have been here 3-4 times but unfortunatly all i can say is this is a must-visit town!

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  • Killary Harbour....I think...

    Killary Harbour....I think this is Luisbourg. A VERY small place, i think there is only a shop and a pub/petrol station. Totally beautiful though!!!

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Castlebar Hotels

Castlebar Restaurants

  • Curry and such

    This was the only place in all of Ireland that I ate and the food was actually spicey to some degree. Actually, Flavour of India is pretty good as far as Indian food goes. The owners are actually Indian, which helps, and the vegetables are remarkably fresh considering you're on the west coast of Ireland. (Sorry, Irish, but I'm from Florida where...

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  • Al Muretto

    Traditional Italian food, homely feel during the day and romantic at night. The fullest attention of the staff is given to every customer. It's like visiting with family. I can genuinely recommend it. everything, try the tiramasu!

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Castlebar Nightlife

  • PJ's....

    Panama Jacks Night Club For dancing the night away try Panama Jacks or 'PJs' as it is known at the TF Weekends nightly from ~11:00 pm to late (finishing approx. 2:00am)

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  • 'The Achill Head Hotel' is one...

    'The Achill Head Hotel' is one venue for clubbing. Previously owned by my parents, It's new owners are continuing the fun with dancing every weekend. In peak-seasons, you'll find it open 5 (if not more) nights a week. Doors to the club open at midnight (if I'm not mistaken) but you can 'socialize' in their bar area earlier than that. During...

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  • Panama Jacks Night Club

    Panama Jacks Night Club For dancing the night away try Panama Jacks or 'PJs' as it is known at the TF Weekends nightly from ~11:00 pm to late (finishing approx. 2:00am)

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Castlebar Local Customs

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    by sarahjayn Written Mar 30, 2005

    This is a question you will ask yourself often in Castlebar.
    Durning WWII, the residents of Castlebar took down street signs in order to confuse the enemy and make it harder for the streets to be patrolled. It worked, and as a memorial, a lot of the street signs have never been put back up.

    this is main street - go from there.

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Castlebar Off The Beaten Path

  • Bad photo, but another view of...

    Bad photo, but another view of Killary harbour. Gorgeous place but ya need to see it for real, no photo will show you the true beauty of the place.

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  • Definitly off the beaten path....

    Definitly off the beaten path. Take a general tour of the west, hire a car and stay away from the big town. Go for the small roads which are in a bad state but will lead you to some beautiful places!

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Castlebar Sports & Outdoors

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    by AR76 Updated Nov 2, 2005

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    For 4 days every summer, Castlebar is home to the 4-days-walks, a walking event attracting participants from all over the world.
    The Castlebar Walks are officially approved by the IML - International Marching League. In fact, Ireland is one of the eight founding members of IML 17 years ago. To date, there are 22 member countries worldwide.

    The Castlebar 4-days-walks distinguish between the Road Walk and the Ramble. Road walkers do 10k, 20k or 40k per day on an individual basis. Ramblers cover up to 30k per day in a group led by qualified guides, and the ramble takes you across broad bogs and mountainsides, sandy roads and moorlands.

    Walkers are free to participate either one, two or three days, or the full four days. Every afternoon and evening there is entertainment provided: live music, performances of Irish dancing and at the end of day 4: the Blister Ball.

    The views during the walks are amazing...

    Equipment: ->proper walking shoes
    You may have trained long and hard, but that won't help you if you don't have good shoes.
    ->an extra pair of shoes
    This is Ireland - if your shoes are soaked from the rain, they won't be dry enough for use the next morning...
    ->a small first aid kit
    To solve urgent blister problems...
    ->an umbrella
    Rain gear may protect you better against the rain, but it will also make you sweat more!
    ->a photo camera
    To show them at home what magnificent views you saw on the way.

    Castlebar International 4-days walks
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    • Hiking and Walking

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