Welcome To Mayo!
The county stretches from Lough Corrib and the long narrow fjord of Killary Harbour in the south to the barony of Erris and Killala Bay in the north, and from the Atlantic ocean on the west coast to the counties of Sligo and Roscommon on the east.
The county of Mayo is a wise choice of holiday destination for veteran backpackers and for first-time adventurers. The county is known for its museums, heritage centers, abbeys, interpretative centers, and other heritage-related projects.
Locals and tourists would definitely agree that Mayo is magic. The northern part of Mayo has the greatest concentrations of Stone Age tombs, also known as the megaliths, all over Europe. Intact farms of the tomb builders way back have been preserved underneath the bog that covers the region. A trail of permanent sculpture from the Moy Estuary to the Mullet Peninsula has been created to preserve the ancient landscape.
Various attractions and activities throughout the year are happening across the county, and there is always something unique to suit each visitor’s taste. Festivals during the summer months are something to watch out for. Summer schools are for those who are visiting and who want to learn new skills at the same time. Mayo also boasts of its very rich tradition of music, song, and dance. It is even home to some of Ireland’s popular musicians.
To preserve Mayo’s rich heritage, a number of museums and heritage sites can be visited. There is the Mayo North Heritage Centre and the Fr. Peyton Memorial Centre in Balina. The Ballintuber Abbey and Mayo Abbey in Claremorris are very popular among religious historians. Those lovers of the art will be delighted from an array of modern and contemporary arts in art galleries. The Custom House Studio at the Quay, the Andrew Stone Gallery on Bridge Street, and the Clew Bay Hotel gallery are open all year round.
Accommodations for tourists and backpackers range from camping and caravan parks, hostels, hotels, self-catering cottages, to bed and breakfasts. Since there are thousands of people who visit the area, you may want to secure your reservation at the earliest possible time.
General information Mayo
County Mayo, in the province of Connacht, was named after the village of Mayo (Maigh Eo in Irish) which has remained a tiny village, now generally known as Mayo Abbey. The two main county towns are Castlebar in the centre of the county and Ballina in the north eastern part of the county.
In the early historic period, what is now County Mayo was made up of a number of large kingdoms, minor lordships and tribes. the river Moy runs through the northeast of the county, and is renowned for its salmon fishing. Achill Island, lies off Mayo's west coast and is home to Ireland's highest cliffs (third highest in Europe) at Croaghaun. Mayo is home to the Knock Shrine, a major Catholic pilgrimage site, and to Croagh Patrick, a mountain where St Patrick is believed to have fasted for forty days and nightsAccommodation in Mayo
Mayo provides you with a multitude of accommodation options to suit your requirement and your budget. Bed & Breakfast, Guest Houses, Hostels, Hotels and Farm Houses are some of the possible alternatives for your stay in Mayo.Hotels in Mayo
The diversity of Mayo’s hotels is nearly as large as the county itself. Whether you are looking for a busy coastal town or a quite country getaway, Mayo will have a hotel there. Ashford Castle in Cong, The Castlegrove in Westport and McWilliam in Claremorris are just some of your optionsBed & Breakfast in Mayo
Bed & breakfast accommodation in Mayo provides you with a comfortable and affordable night’s sleep along with deliciously cooked breakfast to suit your budget. B&B in Mayo includes names such as Belvedere House in Ballina, Cillcoman in Westport and Kilmurray in Crossmolina.Mayo Restaurants
Mayo restaurants serve some of the finest traditional and international meals. Popular restaurants in Mayo include The Helm and Mangos in Westport and Ryans Hotel in Cong.Shopping in Mayo
There are some fantastic shopping destinations in Mayo. From the smallest independent shop on Achill Island to the Silverbridge Shopping Centre, Claremorris and everything in between.Mayo Car Rental
Car rentals in Mayo facilitate cars on rent for a pre defined period and according to budget. There are plenty of locations to pick up a rental in Mayo including Westport Car Hire, Ballinrobe Car Hire, Castlebar Car Hire, Cong Car Hire and Ballina Car Hire.Mayo Golf
Mayo’s coastal location affords it both link and parkland style courses at venues such as Carne Golf Club in Belmullet, Westport Golf Club and Ballina Golf Club.
Attractions Mayo Ireland
Ballintubber Abbey - Claremorris
This 13th century abbey is unique, not only is it the only church in Ireland still in use which was founded by an Irish King, but it is also the one Irish church where for over 781 years Mass has been offered without a break. Its story is graphically told in a video documentary on show at the abbey. Founded in 1216 by the last King of Connaught, Cathal Crovdearg O'Connor, for the Canons Regular of St. Augustine order, the Abbey had large tracts of land in the district until the dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VII. Retreats, pilgrimages and tours are available today. The Celtic Furrow Visitors Centre provides guided tours of the region, tracing 5,000 years of Irish culture.
Céide Fields - Ballina
Ballycastle - 8 miles from Ballins. Beneath the wild boglands of North Mayo lies Ceide Fields, the most extensive stone age monument in the world; field systems, dwelling areas and megalithic tombs of 5,000 years ago. In addition, the wild flora of the bog is of international importance and is bounded by some of the most spectacular rock formations and cliffs in Ireland. The Visitor Centre houses displays and exhibitions in English and Irish.
Croagh Patrick - Westport - Westport
The Pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick is located close to Wesport town. In 441 AD St. Patrick reached the summit of Croagh Patrick and fasted for 40 day. St. Patrick is also noted for banishing the snakes from Ireland. A wonderful experience and challenge on a fine day. Spectacular view of County Mayo. For info on Guided Tours of Croagh Partick
Doon - Archaeological Nature Peninsula - Cong
A designated Area of Scienific Interest, Accredited a National Heritage Area. Doon Promontory Fort, on Lough Carra, with sites from Late Bronze Age, enclosed in a spectacular landscape of mountain, lake and woodland, is one of the largest identified site of its type in Ireland. A self-guided Tour along a woodland trail from our earliest ancestors, through Bronze Age (2,000 B.C.), Iron Age (300 B.C.), Early Christian and Norman Times. A town noted for the filming of the Quiet Man, with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Many connections with the Quiet Man are on show. Also the location of Ashford Castle, a high quality hotel with private golf course.
Kiltimagh Museum - Kiltimagh
In the 1980s the Historical Society acquired the old Goods Store of Kiltimagh Railway Station and turned it into a Museum. Two old Railway Carriages were acquired to commemorate the thousands of our people who had had to emigrate, and these were incorporated into the Museum. Now the Museum houses many artifacts from our past, such as the Land League Banner, buried for safety in a bog for forty years, the instruments of the 19th century town band, items from Kiltimagh Lace School, Railway artifacts and many other items reflecting different aspects of our past.