County Mayo Travel Guide

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Achill Island

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Westport

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Castlebar

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Cong

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Ballina

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Ballycastle

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Claremorris

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Clare Island

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Foxford

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Ballindine

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Murrisk

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Achill Island

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  • 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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  • Driving

    Achill Island Favorites

    Driving in the mountains through thick, soup-like fog towards the Western end of Achill Island when all of a sudden we came out of the clouds and this beach appeared below us. It was just beautiful, and the mist gave a very special feel to the place. The road actually ends here at Keem Bay, and we walked around on the beach for a while before...

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  • It's friggin' cold here.

    Achill Island What to Pack

    Everything you bring with you will need to be waterproof. I'm not kidding. It rains constantly here. Think of bringing ultra-stylish plastic pants if you want to go hiking and not catch pneumonia. Also, you'll need a good pair of Wellies. I recommend the kind you can fit over your shoes. Also, really big, fluffy socks. Good God, I would have...

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Westport

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  • Westport House

    Westport Things to Do

    This is billed as Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park. We didn't see the Pirate Adventure Park and at the end of September, I suspect it was closed for the season. At any rate, you can have a lovely visit of the Westport House without worrying about pirates and noise.We had driven to Achill Island that morning and it rained off and on all day,...

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  • Harbour Mill

    Westport Hotels

    Westport Quay, Westport, Western Ireland, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • A friendly and fun pub

    Westport Restaurants

    We arrived in Westport Harbor on my birthday and after a long day of driving so we asked our B&B hostess if there was a place to eat nearby. We were ready to walk. She directed us to a footpath across the road from the B&B and we headed down into Rosbeg which seems to be a suburb (very small one) of Westport. Right on the water sits Sheebeen's Pub...

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Castlebar

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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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  • Harlequin Hotel Castlebar

    Castlebar Hotels

    Lannagh Road, Castlebar, Western Ireland, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • PJ's....

    Castlebar Nightlife

    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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Cong

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  • Cong Abbey and Forest

    Cong Things to Do

    Cong has a wonderful, scenic set of monastic ruins with a forest and waterways. These are based on the Cong Abbey, with adjoining forest and a walk along a causeway to the Monks' Fishing House and the Pigeonhole cave, a deep well with stairs.

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  • Ashford Castle

    Cong Hotels

    If you can afford it Ashford castle is well worth a visit. Fantastic food and charming staff and not...

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  • Cong Abbey

    Cong Things to Do

    This abbey dates from the 12th century. The stone carvings are spectacular. Take some time and check it out properly.

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Ballina

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  • Ice House Food is "Hot"

    Ballina Restaurants

    Pier is the name given to the wonderful restaurant attached to the quirky Ice House hotel here in Balllina.It's situated in the basemend of the original Ice House and a stunning extension has been built almost entirely of glass to take advantage of the amazing views of the river outside. The restaurant is designed so that banquettes, suitable for...

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  • Mount Falcon Country House Hotel

    Ballina Hotels

    Upmarket, yet friendly and welcoming. Now that is a difficult feat to pull off, but I can honestly...

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  • Belleek Castle

    Ballina Things to Do

    Tucked away just outside the town centre in Ballina is this magical, historical, lovingly restored castle. Heavily influenced by the Spanish Galleon that stood in its gardens for years, much of the current indoor woodwork (such as one of the bars and various parts of the restaurant) have been constructed from wood salvaged from one of the ships of...

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Ballycastle

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  • Belderg and Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ceidi...

    Ballycastle Off The Beaten Path

    One might not take the time to explore out on this Co. Mayo area, but skip from Galway, quickly to Sligo and on to Donegal.It was one of the most beautiful remote areas of Ireland that I had found. Thankfully we hap to come upon Achill Island where we spent our first night at "Wild Haven" Hostel. Traveling from Achill Island up the Co. Mayo coastal...

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  • Belderg and Ballycastle, Co. Mayo, Ceidi...

    Ballycastle Off The Beaten Path

    One might not take the time to explore out on this Co. Mayo area, but skip from Galway, quickly to Sligo and on to Donegal.It was one of the most beautiful remote areas of Ireland that I had found. Thankfully we hap to come upon Achill Island where we spent our first night at "Wild Haven" Hostel. Traveling from Achill Island up the Co. Mayo coastal...

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  • thumb or bus

    Ballycastle Transportation

    I was lucky enough to catch a ride up to Ballycastle--but the drive up the coast from Belfast to the Northern Coast of Ireland is magnificant. It is truly beautiful and worth the extra time that it takes. The bus is called the Antrim coaster and goes twice a day I believe.

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Claremorris

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    Claremorris Off The Beaten Path

    i thought noels barber shop display was something really out of the ordainry,sourbuggers thoughts of how he was trying to make an icon out of bobby sands is funny,he should travel to the states and europe and see just how much of an icon he is,he should have had his hair cut what was he afraid of ,getting his head chopped off?

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  • Premier Mcwilliam Park Hotel

    Claremorris Hotels

    Knock Road, Claremorris, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Nice cakes !

    Claremorris Restaurants

    No olde worlde charm here, but a perfectly decent largish cafe on the main street. Bright and breezy sort of place.The coffee and the cakes were all perfectly enjoyable and (for Ireland) reasonably priced.They seem to go for home-baking in a big way - and that ticks all my boxes.Plenty of salds, savouries, hot specials, jackets, sanwiches and...

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Clare Island

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  • Ferry to Clare Island

    Clare Island Transportation

    The ferry to Clare Island leaves from Roonagh Quay on the mainland. There are two different companies operating from here, with their ticket offices next to each other. We went with the one who greeted us first, Clare Island Ferry Co., although both departed at the same time and for the same price (15 euros return). The outbound trip was onboard...

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  • Grace O'Malley's Castle

    Clare Island Things to Do

    I was really looking forward to seeing this as the story of Grace O'Malley is a fascinating one. I was pleased with the condition of the structure....it's a ruin, but a well-preserved one. Disappointing was the rubbish inside... a distinctly post-medieval oil drum!

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  • Clare Island Abbey

    Clare Island Things to Do

    The Cistercian Abbey dates from the mid 15th century and inside is a tomb said to be that of the 'Pirate Queen' Grace O'Malley. There are also rare medieval wall paintings. The graveyard is quite interesting with, not surprisingly, an abundance of O'Malleys buried there. I was also surprised and moved to see a memorial to the crew of a Canadian WW2...

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Foxford

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  • Foxford woollen mills

    Foxford Things to Do

    Brought back from virtual extinction the Foxford Wollen mills are now a thriving concern. located in Foxford they are not only a working mill, but one of the largest tourist attraction in the west of Ireland.A tour around the mill is only 3 euro or so - although come on a weekday (not FRI pm) to see things actually moving and churning out the...

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  • Don't mention the Belgrano !

    Foxford Things to Do

    Next to Foxford wollen mills stands a small museum dedicated to one Admiral Brown. Far from being important in Irish history, he is seen as a major figure in the history of Argentina.Although born here, his family emigrated to North America. A chance encounter on the Delaware river led to him being taken on as 'cabin boy'. From those lowly...

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Ballindine

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  • Would you want it in your back yard ?

    Ballindine Things to Do

    Cathal McCarthy has created a 30ft steel sculpture, which after some heated argument is now sited on the southern entrance to the village.I could see such a sculpture in it's array of nursery-school colours graceing a public piazza in Barcelona or Chicago, but a small rural village in the west of Ireland ?Local debate remains heated on the merits...

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  • Good, Honest, hearty food

    Ballindine Restaurants

    Let's face it, this restaurant is never going to win itself a Michelen star.On the other hand, despite it's unassuming location behind a texaco petrol station, this restaurant has been doing well for a few years now.The fare tends to be on the traditional side, with good steaks and other Irish bred stuff with no, two or four legs served with half a...

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  • A pun that always makes me smile

    Ballindine Favorites

    Passing through this village on the N17, there is a little Chinese take-away that has a great name :"Wok and roll". Makes me smile , everytime.

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Murrisk

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  • Hiking advise

    Murrisk Local Customs

    If you meet someone on a hiking path, no matter whether you are in a deserted area or on a busy path, say hello. And if you meet someone who says hello reply for god's sake!! I met so many tourists who didn't reply when I said hello but stared at me as if I were an alien and I thought that was very annoying!

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  • Don't climb Croagh Patrick without...

    Murrisk What to Pack

    Make sure to wear Hiking boots, everything else is lethal. I saw people trying to climb the reek on bicycle shows, they were sliding all the way down! Then bring a stick, it'll help you on the way down. (You can rent or buy them at the car park as well! It costs IEP 1.50 to rent and IEP 2 to buy or something...) Don't forget to bring lots of...

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

    Murrisk 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 the...

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Top County Mayo Hotels

Westport Hotels
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Castlebar Hotels
33 Reviews - 37 Photos
Cong Hotels
21 Reviews - 29 Photos
Ballina Hotels
11 Reviews - 41 Photos
Kiltamagh Hotels
2 Hotels
Claremorris Hotels
5 Reviews - 1 Photo
Ballindine Hotels
3 Reviews - 3 Photos
Achill Island Hotels
28 Reviews - 61 Photos
Rosturk Castle Hotels
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