Welcome to County Mayo, the third largest county in Ireland offering the longest coastline, highest sea cliffs and the largest island. For visitors and locals alike, Mayo is home to a host of attractions and activities to enjoy. What better way to discover Mayo’s charm than by taking to the great outdoors!
Right at the heart of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, Mayo embraces the Atlantic Ocean with many of the county’s unforgettable landmarks dotted along its coastline - majestic Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, Achill’s unmistakable cliffs, the Stags of Broadhaven and the sea stack Dún Briste.
Mayo’s Atlantic coastline is a playground for those with an adventurous spirit, offering world class deep-sea fishing, surfing, coasteering, kayaking and kitesurfing. For those who enjoy going off the beaten track, you can’t beat North Mayo or Erris – a region voted best place to go wild in Ireland! (Irish Times). 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 a championship course at the exceptional Carne Golf Links.
The Great Western Greenway, connecting two of Mayo’s premier tourist locations (Westport and Achill Island), offers an award-winning family-friendly biking & walking trail, with stunning scenery, historic villages, ancient ruins, arts & crafts, the Gourmet Greenway and Mulranny’s famous goats to discover along the way.
The rich heritage of Mayo means there’s plenty for the culturally curious to explore too. The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life located in Turlough (near Castlebar) tells the story of rural life in Ireland through the years, while the Jackie Clarke Collection in Ballina shares one man’s incredible collection of Irish historical material. Mayo’s religious heritage reminds us that the County was once a place of spiritual reflection for the religious, 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 renowned 16th century Pirate Queen, offers a fascinating insight into history.
County Mayo has its own International Airport known as Ireland West Airport, Knock. A true gateway to the west of Ireland, the airport serves more than 25 scheduled and charter destinations across Ireland, Europe, the UK and further afield.Highlighted are a five and six day itinerary to help you plan your trip if your are considering visiting our wonderful county