Mayo: our towns and villages surely have it all

towns and villages

From large urban centres in Castlebar, Ballina and Westport  to market towns such as Claremorris, Belmullet and Ballinrobe to smaller and picturesque villages in Cong, Killala and Bofeenaun – our towns and villages are as varied and beautiful as our landscape.

From the National Famine Memorial at Murrisk to the memorial to those lost on the Titanic at Lahardane, our towns and villages tell the story of the Mayo diaspora.

Shaping our Future

And our towns and villages, providing homes for our people and centres for local businesses and companies from all over Ireland and around the world, help to retell the story of our connection to the outside world.

Our international airport located between Knock and Charlestown and within an hour of everywhere in the county, is both the symbol and the reality of the dynamic nature of the connections between Mayo and the world.

And our towns and villages and regions are winning awards for what they have to offer.

Our Towns and Villages

  • Westport, named by the Irish Times as the best place to live in Ireland, and by Retail Excellence Ireland as the Best Town in Ireland, has it all - an unmatched setting, a great base for exploring our coastal beauty and climbing Croagh Patrick, as well as being a commercial and industrial success story.
  • Ballina – famous for the salmon in the Moy, the charm of its beautiful estuary into Killala Bay and the warmth of its welcome – is transforming again, winning a national reputation for the quality of its festivals and welcoming outstanding new visitor attractions in the Jackie Clarke Collection and planned The Mary Robinson Centre. The winner of a coveted purple flag award, Ballina’s varied and vibrant entertainment and cultural life is attracting visitors from all over.
  • Castlebar, the gateway to the county, is a commercial and enterprise hub and centre of trade and commerce. Fast developing as a popular entertainment and leisure destination, with the beautiful walk around Lough Lannagh and the outstanding National Museum of Ireland – Country Life just two of its most prominent attractions. The town is full of vibrant ideas – check out one example here.
  • The Erris Region – the collection of communities around this beautiful peninsula has been named by the Irish Times as the Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland – and with its stunning scenery, incredible walks and charming villages, along with the town of Belmullet itself, it is easy to see why.

And with a variety of locations including one of the country’s great religious centres at Knock, the beauty of Cong, the mystique and charm of the villages of Achill and the pleasure of traveling from them along the Greenway to Mulranny and Newport and on to Westport, the towns and villages of Mayo have something for everyone.

And most of all, they are home for those who live there, and a home from home for our diaspora.

Come and visit them again, and if you can’t come in person, make a connection online. They’d be so glad to hear from you.

Our towns and villages

Don’t forget our beautiful islands will always extend a welcome to you, and will leave you with happy memories and an ambition to return.

Check them out, and be sure to stop for a moment as you pass by.

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