Key Thing’s to do along the Wild Atlantic Way in County Mayo

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Climb Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick Irelands most famous Holy Mountain stands at 764m (2,507ft) and is best known for its association with Saint Patrick, who is said to have fasted for 40 days at the summit. In its entirety, the route is a 7km long round-trip but there are viewing points along the route that allow the less active to enjoy stunning views of Clew Bay without the strenuous climb.

Cycle the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill 

Escape the bustle of urban life on the longest off-road cycling and walking trail in Ireland. Cycle along the old Westport to Achill railway line which closed in 1937, this 42 km almost entirely traffic free route is ideal for getting out on a bike for a spin and is perfect for a day of family fun.

Visit Westport House & Adventure Park

There has been a ‘big house’ on this site since the 1500’s, when Grace O Malley, the famous Pirate Queen, built one of her many castles here.  The current House – built in 1730 by the same family who still own and operate it today - has an abundance of artefacts, artwork and treasures that will fascinate all culture-vultures!   The Pirate Adventure Park – perfectly suited to children under 12 - will leave the kids screaming for more with rides, slides, boats and trains.  And the more adventurous can enjoy everything from archery to zorbing!

Visit Ireland’s largest Island- Achill Island

Achill is one of Ireland’s most spectacular and unique places. Its rugged landscape features dramatic cliffs, soaring mountains, remote lakes and secluded beaches. Explore one of the Wild Atlantic Way signature discovery points at Keem and tryout some water based activities at our newly established Blueway location.

Experience some coastal walking at Ceathrú Thaidhg - located along the North Mayo Coast

Enjoy one of the many spectacular walks in the Ceathrú Thaidhg area, providing an exhilarating escape into the wilderness of this remote region. The lonely Planet walking Guide described it as “The finest sustained coastal walk with a profusion of cliffs, crags, caves, chasms and islands along the remote North Mayo Coast”

Visit Ballycroy National Park

Ballycroy National Park is Ireland’s sixth National Park and is located in Northwest Mayo. It comprises 11,000 hectares of Atlantic Bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin Beg Mountain range. The views are suitably captivating, offering stunning views over the Landscape of Co Mayo.

Visit Downpatrick Head and the Céide Fields

The Fields are the oldest known field systems in the world - they’re even older than Egypt’s pyramids. The remnants of the ancient settlements and megalithic tombs have been preserved thanks to a protective bog environment. Here you can indulge yourself in a vast prehistoric landscape, a natural wild ecology of blanket bog, dramatic cliffs and coastline and of course the majestic Downpatrick Head, one of the signature points on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Take a boat trip along the famous river Moy renowned as Ireland’s premier Salmon River, and experience Monasteries of the Moy

Step into the past with a visit to Rosserk Abbey and Moyne Abbey, the beautifully preserved religious sites of North Mayo, witnessing one of the finest preserved Franciscan Friaries in Ireland, Rosserk. . Follow the River Moy to its estuary and you’ll find Moyne Abbey, founded in 1460 for the Franciscans. The extensive ruin includes a cruciform church, chapel, tower and cloisters. Visitors can also explore the sacristy, chapter house, kitchen and refectory.

Tour The Atlantic Drive

This majestic Drive comprises of over 40km of breathtaking coastal scenery,ideal for viewing by car. En route is the Kildownet Castle, the remains of a 16th century Irish tower house that was used by the legendary pirate queen Granuaile (Grace O’Malley)

Visit one of the many Islands off Mayo

Visit one of the many islands’s off Mayo to include Clare Island, Collanmore Island and Inishturk Island. Enjoy kayaking around the many small islands, all the while hearing about the fascinating history of the area.View some of the most spectacular sea cliffs in Europe which host a variety of birds and vegetation.

Visit Cong

Cong the film location for the 1952 Oscar winning movie, ‘The Quiet Man’ which starred John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Filmed on the grounds of Ashford Castle, the movie has continued to resonate in the area and is still a major tourist attraction. Cong also has a fine example of a ruined medieval abbey, where Rory O'Connor, the last High King of Ireland, is reputed to have died. Cong loop walks give an excellent overview of the village. The walks commence at Cong Abbey and the walker is given a deep insight into the history of Cong en route. Cong is also home to many fine caves and ‘Teach Aille’ was reputed to have been used by the monks as a fridge or larder. It is now possible to discover the Monks fishing house which is renowned as a place for fishing and meditation.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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