Mulranny Bay foggy at sunset, County Mayo, Ireland

About Mayo

County Mayo, located on the rugged west coast of Ireland, is a place of breathtaking natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. This enchanting county is known for its stunning landscapes, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. It has everything – mountains, islands, and stretches of coastline with more than ten blue flag beaches, and ancient Stone Age sites. Croagh Patrick, known as the holy mountain, towers over Clew Bay and brings walkers and pilgrims from all over the world. 

One of the most iconic attractions is the Cliffs of Moher, which, although primarily located in County Clare, are easily accessible from County Mayo. These majestic cliffs offer panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and are a must-visit for anyone exploring the region. 

Achill Island, off the coast of County Mayo, is another gem that beckons travellers. It’s Ireland’s largest island and boasts pristine beaches, rugged mountains, and a unique sense of tranquillity. Keem Bay, nestled between towering cliffs, is a must-see, offering a picturesque setting for swimming and hiking. Nearby, the Deserted Village of Slievemore provides a glimpse into the island’s history, with its abandoned stone cottages. 

For those interested in history and archaeology, County Mayo offers the Ceide Fields, an ancient landscape covered by a blanket of peat that conceals a prehistoric farmstead. It’s an intriguing site that takes visitors back in time and provides insights into the lives of Ireland’s early inhabitants. Additionally, Westport House, a historic mansion surrounded by lush gardens and woodlands, offers a fascinating look into the county’s aristocratic past. 

Nature enthusiasts will also appreciate Ballycroy National Park, Ireland’s newest national park. This remote wilderness is a haven for birdwatching and hiking, featuring pristine boglands, rugged mountains, and an abundance of flora and fauna. It’s the perfect destination for those seeking a peaceful escape into nature. 

As you explore County Mayo, you’ll encounter charming towns like Westport with its colourful streets and lively pubs, interesting selection of craft shops, traditional pubs, and good restaurants, Castlebar is the main town of the region with lots of leisure activities, and Ballina, known for its vibrant music scene and the annual Salmon Festival. These towns provide a taste of local culture and a warm Irish welcome. 

There are activities in the local Adventure centres such as surfing and kayaking, and fishing on the rivers and Lakes at Foxford and Mount Falcon.  

To fully immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of County Mayo, consider staying in one of our holiday homes. Located amidst the stunning landscapes and close to these attractions, our accommodations offer the perfect base for your Irish adventure. Whether you’re seeking relaxation or outdoor adventures, County Mayo has something for everyone, and we invite you to experience it firsthand in the comfort of our holiday homes. 

Map of Mayo


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