Mayo: Follow these routes to see it at its best

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While travelling along Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, you must check out the Atlantic Drive, an inspiring and dramatic experience.

Starting from Mulranny this drive takes you along a very rugged coast, dramatic rough seas and cliffs. You’ll be surrounded only by sheep and rough terrain as you make your way along the windy road which provides spectacular views of Clew Bay and its 365 islands. The website provides detailed routes and maps.

And why not take a break from the car and walk or cycle to experience The Great Western Greenway which connects two of Mayo's premier tourist locations, Westport and Achill Island. The Greenway offers an award-winning, family friendly, biking and walking trail with stunning scenery, historic villages, ancient ruined abbeys, arts and crafts, the Gourmet Greenway and Mulranny's famous goats.

For something more low key, explore Erris and North Mayo which was named as the Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland by the Irish Times in 2014. This area is a haven for walkers, anglers and golfers alike, with Ballina's Ridge Pool on the River Moy (renowned worldwide for its salmon angling), the Foxford Way walking trail, and championship links golf in Carne.

While touring Mayo’s Wild Atlantic Way, it’s worth checking out some cultural and heritage offerings too. The rich heritage of Mayo means there's plenty for the culturally curious to explore. The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, at Turlough Park tells the story of rural life in Ireland through the years, while the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina  shares one man's astonishing collection of Irish historical material.

Mayo's religious heritage reminds us the county was once a place of spiritual reflection for the pious, among them St Patrick, Ireland's national saint. 

A tour of Westport House, one of Ireland's best loved attractions and once home to Grace O'Malley, the famous 16th Century Pirate Queen of Connaught, is a fascinating insight into life here through the years. The Pirate Adventure Park has a host of fun activities and attractions for families to enjoy.

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