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County Mayo Things to Do

  • Achill Island

    Achill Island Things to Do

    Achill Island is also the place where part of Heinrich Boell's novel "Irisches Tagebuch" (Irish Journal) is set. This is the deserted village he describes in his book. It lies near Dugort at the foot of Slievemore. You will come across many houses in ruins all over Ireland, but this a whole village with about 80 houses. I found it fascinating to...

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  • Clew Bay

    Castlebar Things to Do

    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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  • National Famine Memorial

    County Mayo Things to Do

    The piece of art by John Behan is called "Coffin Ship". It is an impressive monument showing a ship full of skeletons - a symbol to remember all the people who died on the ships to America when they wanted to escape Ireland's potato famine in the 19th century. The monument was unveiled in 1997to mark the 150th anniversary of the famine.

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  • Beaches

    Castlebar Things to Do

    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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  • Croagh Patrick

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    County Mayo Things to Do

    The path up to this 800 meter mountain is really steep and scary at some places. It only consists of rocks and when it get steep it looks really dangerous. Bring a stick, it's a good thing to have - especially one on the way down to avoid sliding down!! I had to give up half way unfortunately because the path was getting too steep and scary. But...

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  • Croagh Patrick

    Castlebar Things to Do

    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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  • Achill Island

    Castlebar Things to Do

    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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  • Ballintubber Abbey

    Castlebar Things to Do

    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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  • The Mall

    Castlebar Things to Do

    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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  • The Sculpture Track

    Castlebar Things to Do

    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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  • Dolmen of the Four Maols

    A Dolmen is an ancient Irish burial site. It consists of two or three stones standing upright with a flat stone across the top.The story behind most of the Dolmens has been lost over time, but the story of the Dolmen of the Four Maols remains to this day.The Four Maols were the brothers of the imposter to the throne of the King of Connaught. The...

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  • Ross Beach

    Ross Beach is hard to find, but well worth getting to, as it is stunning and one of Ireland's Blue Flag beaches.I hit on it by accident, as I was driving around looking for somewhere else. When I saw the sign for this beach (and as I so very much love the seaside) I took a turn off the main road and followed the little side road. As it got smaller...

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  • Beaches!

    Some of the best beaches in Ireland are to be found in Mayo. When the weather is good, you can find long golden sand beaches where you may almost be alone. The best are to be found around Achill Island but there also some fine ones around Belmullet. While in Summer you may sun yourself on them, bear in mind that swimming in the Atlantic is not for...

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  • Ceide Fields

    This is perhaps the only historical site in North Mayo of European importance. Under the bog here a 5000 year agriculturaL landscape is still being discovered (said to be the oldest such field system in Europe). To be honest, its not very spectacular but the interpretive centre is very good and its located in a stark landscape which is very...

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  • Belleck Forest Park, Ballina

    A pleasant place to go for a ramble, within a short walk of the town of Ballina. Belleck Castle and grounds were laid out from 1831 on by the Knox-Gore family. In 1940 the family sold up and ithe grounds have been in state ownership since 1950. The Castle is a rather nice looking hotel. Laid out alongside the river Moy, the forest park has a number...

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  • Open to the Sun Pottery, Foxford

    Open to the sun pottery is a great place to drop into, have a browse of the pottery and then avail of the coffee shop attached :-) Owner Kay Ellen Reinhart does lovely pieces to suit all budgets and has a very cute cat (and I don't even like cats much). Look out for the goat sculpture on a rock outside!

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  • Angling

    The Moy river, which passes through Foxford and then Ballina is one of the finest rivers for anglers in Ireland and you will normally see a line of men standing in waders in the middle of the river busily trying to land the big one :-)

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  • Foxford Woollen Mills

    The Woollen mills in Foxford were established in the 1890s in an attempt to provide employment in what was then a desperately poor and overcrowded part of Ireland. It was highly successful, employing several hundred by the 1930s. With the dismantling of protection for Irish industry in the 1960s and cheaper imports, it became a much smaller...

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  • Thing in Cross and Cong

    We hired bikes from the garage in Cong and cycled around lots.Also you can rent row boats on the Lake and o Fishing. There are some old historical sites like Rock Cairns.John Waynes Quiet Man film was made in Cong. A pub from it is still standing though unfortunately only the fron of it is, you can't go in as it looks derelict with no...

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  • Aasleagh Falls

    Just beyond the Doolough pass in Southern Mayo can be found a terrific waterfall known as Aasleagh Falls. Located where the River Erriff meets Killary Harbor, this waterfall can easily be seen from the road (R335). If the weather has been somewhat dry, you might even be able to walk out to the waterfall itself and obtain a great view of the water...

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  • Murder Mystery weekend at foxford

    12 of us went on this murder mystery weekend. The weekend was a great price being that in included accommodation, breakfast, 4 course meal at a hotel where we played the game. All this very high standard.The difference with this murder mystery weekend was that we dressed up and were the actors. The scene is set before we come and our theme was that...

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  • Westport

    Westport is a charming little town on Mayo's Atlantic coast. There are plenty of traditional pubs (Matt Molloy's for example), good places to eat , as well as a good selection of shops that provide for everything from walking clothes to groceries.

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  • A Day at the Races

    We had a really good time at an evening meeting at Ballinrobe races. Entrance to the course was 12 Euros. Inside the ground there are bars and restaurants for refreshments. I am told that Ballinrobe is unusual in that all of the track is visible from the stand. Although there are also giant screens that show you the action as it happens. As the...

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  • Don't miss the sunsets

    Ireland still has enough space to get away from the street lights and other light sources that spoil a good sunset - Don't miss out

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  • Make a pilgrimage to Croaigh Patrick

    On the biking tour I took 5 years ago, we stayed near Croaigh Patrick and had the option of climbing the mountain. I went partway up (to the monument) and took a picture.

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  • Keem Bay on Achill Island

    The photo shows Keem Bay at the western tip of Achill Island, with its beautiful beach. We left the Atlantic Drive at Keel for this short excursion. Behind the beach you see the mountains of Achill Head, the most westerly point of Achill Island. At Keel, you’ll also find a nice beach, with view on the high and impressive Minaun cliffs.

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  • Doo Lough Pass

    The Doo Lough pass is quite harmless compared to those in County Kerry or Cork, but nevertheless it offers you some nice views. The mountains with the lake Doo Lough in-between look beautiful!

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  • Coast of North Mayo

    Especially the coast from Ballycastle to Belderrig is very scenic, with lots of cliffs. On the photo you see the cliffs of Ceide. Ceide Fields is an archeologic site, dating from Stone Age, that has a Visitor’s Center.

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  • Corraun Peninsula – Atlantic Drive

    The Atlantic Drive also leads along the south coast of the Corraun Peninsual which is found between Achill Island and the mainland. From here, you have fantastic views on Kildownet Castle on Achill Island and on the mountains including the “holy mountain” Croagh Patrick on the other side of the Clew Bay.

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  • Kildownet Castle

    This little tower house is found on the shore of Achill Island. It was build in the early 15th century and used by the pirate queen Grace O’Malley. You can visit the ruins (for free), but there’s not too much to see. Only the ground floor is accessible, the other floors are missing. However it’s a nice setting, as well from Achill Island as from...

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  • Achill Island – Atlantic Drive

    Achill Island (the biggest island of Ireland) and especially the south coast there is absolutely worth a visit! The so-called Atlantic Drive leads along a rugged coast which looks great with its waves and spume if it’s windy. It was so fantastic that we went there again the next morning. The sea was more calm, but it’s still a beautiful sight and...

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  • Boat Trip at Ashford Castle

    This trip lasts about an hour and a half. If I recall correctly there are two or three sailings daily, during the summer season. I can't remember the exact cost but I don't think it was expensive.The trip provides a unique view of Ashford Castle from Loch Corrib. The boat then takes you to an island where you can see the ruins of two of the oldest...

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  • Climb Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holy...

    The path up to this 800 meter mountain is really steep and scary at some places. It only consists of rocks and when it get steep it looks really dangerous. Bring a stick, it's a good thing to have - especially one on the way down to avoid sliding down!!I had to give up half way unfortunately because the path was getting too steep and scary. But the...

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  • National Famine Memorial

    The piece of art by John Behan is called "Coffin Ship". It is an impressive monument showing a ship full of skeletons - a symbol to remember all the people who died on the ships to America when they wanted to escape Ireland's potato famine in the 19th century. The monument was unveiled in 1997to mark the 150th anniversary of the famine.

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  • Ireland's National Marian Shrine...

    One unique thing about it is that about one and a quarter million pilgrims come to Knock each year, not only within Ireland but also across the globe! It's a very beautiful place...a place where you can experience pilgrimage yourself.What does a pilgrim find at Knock? A chance to pray, a chance to relax, a chance to find peace. The devotions that...

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  • Another Famine Memorial

    We found this little Famine memorial next to the road on the way to Louisburgh. Actually we only found it because there was a little chapter about it in our favourite travel book "Mc Carthy's Bar"! See my Killary Harbour travelogue for what was written in the book.

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  • Ireland's only Fjord: Killary Harbour

    Killary Harbour is a lovely fjord between Connemara and the coast. Boats on it give you seasickness guarantee. If you get sick you get your money back.... oh well, they are pretty safe I guess. When we were there there wasn't even the smallest wave!

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