Mayo is a visually stunning, natural outdoor playground that attracts visitors from around the world.
The wilderness region of Erris was recently voted ‘Best Place in Ireland to Go Wild’ by readers of the Irish Times newspaper while Westport was voted ‘Best Place to Live in Ireland’. Failte Ireland recently voted Westport as Ireland’s top Large Tourism Town.
The county has 1500km of coastline and 10 Blue Flag beaches. It is the heartbeat of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, a long distance touring route initiative aimed at encouraging visitors not just to drive along the rugged west coast but to stop along the way.
Its pristine natural environment has been leveraged by innovative, locally-driven tourism initiatives such as the Blueway, a kayak and snorkel trail, and the Great Western Greenway, a hiking and biking trail. Both have helped fuel visitor numbers, providing commercial opportunities for the hospitality, retail and food service sectors.
These provide a wide range of activities, from walking and climbing to kayaking and surfing, successfully putting the county on the world map as an adventure sports destination.
The county is rich in cultural amenities. As well as being home to the Irish Museum of Country Life, Mayo is developing new high quality, innovative tourism products, ranging from the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway in North Mayo, to the expansion of the highly successful Ceide Fields (link to Visit/Culture and History/Ceide Fields) archaeological site, and the proposed Mary Robinson Centre at the birthplace of the former President in Ballina.
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