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Your first visit to Mayo will live in your memory as the occasion when you discovered one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets. Mayo and the surrounding northwest region are frequently overlooked when it comes to the highlights of Irish scenic attractions, but a stay in a County Mayo holiday home will reveal how this low profile just adds to the charm.
Rising five miles away from the picturesque town of Westport, the instantly recognisable cone of Croagh Patrick has attracted pilgrims for centuries, particularly on Reek Sunday, in July, when hundreds follow in the steps of St. Patrick and make the arduous ascent. Even if you are not religious, the views of Clew Bay from the top make the climb worthwhile.
The world’s oldest known field system, at more than 5,500 years old, the Céide Fields in Ballycastle create a unique Neolithic landscape of global significance. A layer of peat has protected the remnants of stone field walls, dwellings, and megalithic tombs, which offer insights into the lives and beliefs of early farmers.
Clinging to the windswept Mayo coast, the Atlantic Drive is a breathtaking experience. The drive (or cycle, depending on your energy levels) begins at Mulranny, taking in a 20km loop and a second loop of about the same distance from Achill Island. Along the way, you’ll have spectacular views of Clew Bay with its reputed 365 islands.
The Westport Festival of Music & Food is a yearly weekend event for all the family that takes place in June among 400 acres of gorgeous grounds at Westport House. This is a colourful and laid-back affair, incorporating top-quality music, attractive on-site camping, great food, comedy, beer tents, and wine bars.
The capital of Mayo is the focus for several popular festivals, including the Castlebar Blues Festival on the June bank holiday weekend, and the International Four Days Walk in July. Daily walks of 10, 20, and 40 km, as well as a guided 6-hour cross-country ramble present the perfect opportunity to get to know this scenic location.
Ballina, at the estuary of the River Moy, is a haven for both freshwater and sea anglers. Indeed, the town’s Ridge Pool is one of Ireland’s prime fishing spots, yielding as many as 5,000 salmon to eager rod anglers. The historic town of Ballina also makes an ideal base for exploring other fishing opportunities in the northwest.
The location for John Ford’s 1951 film, The Quiet Man, Cong retains something of that movie magic. The Quiet Man Cottage Museum provides a complete immersion in the entire film experience, and a Quiet Man programme of events takes place from April 1st to October 31st, giving you a chance to revisit the days when John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara brought a touch of Hollywood to Cong.
Ireland’s largest island, Achill boasts a perfect coastline studded with an impressive five Blue Flag beaches. Many people would prefer to keep it a secret, but one of the most magical is the strand at Keem Bay, an enchanting valley at the island’s western tip.
Situated in the beautiful grounds of Turlough Park, Castlebar, The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life houses the national collection of objects representing the traditional way of life in Ireland from 1850. A winner of Museum of the Year, the museum provides a fascinating glimpse of life in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The site of a Marian apparition in 1879, Knock is Ireland’s most visited village, attracting more than 1.5 million pilgrims every year. Built to cater for all these visitors, Ireland West Knock International Airport offers a convenient gateway to the magnificent northwest.
3.8km from Achill Island
Each of these exquisite self-catering properties on the shores of Achill Island in County Mayo contains three cosy bedrooms and is comfortably heated with electric central heating. Excellently designed, each self-catering house has a stunning, fully equipped kitchen and dining area, comfortable furnishings throughout, and beautiful natural stone and pine floors. Enjoy breathtaking sea views in the comfort of tranquil surroundings.
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1.7km from Westport
Stay at a well-maintained, family-owned holiday home just 1.6km from the thriving town of Westport, County Mayo. This detached dormer-style property offers luxury 4-star accommodation. The house offers 4 bedrooms, sleeping up to 6 people comfortably. All the bedrooms are ensuite, and one is on the ground floor. A newly decorated kitchen, large sitting room with separate dining room, and many more facilities make your stay as relaxing and enjoyable as possible.
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1.3km from Westport
Enjoy wonderful accommodation just 1.5km from the lively village of Westport in County Mayo. These properties are ideal for a relaxing break in Ireland. Each property features a spacious, comfortable living area and electric central heating. Bed linen and towels are supplied free. The unique development is close to shops, bars, and restaurants, and the town is also a great place to enjoy a night out.
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3.7km from Westport
This beautiful, recently renovated stone cottage is located in Kilmeena, near the tourist town of Westport in County Mayo. It features four cosy bedrooms and a bathroom with shower. Heating is oil-fired, and there is also an open fireplace, so you can sit back, put your feet up, and let your troubles melt away.
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14.2km from Westport
This charming holiday home is set on a stunning elevated site in Westport, County Mayo. The comfortable accommodation includes two delightful bedrooms with oil-fired central heating. For nights out without the kids, a babysitting service is available, and a cot can be provided on request. The holiday home offers outstanding views of Croagh Patrick and the stunningly beautiful Clew Bay.
3.5km from Achill Island
This beautiful 4-star development is located in the scenic coastal town of Keel on Achill Island, County Mayo. Each of the 14 well-appointed, four-bedroom holiday homes features a fully-equipped kitchen with every modern home comfort and an inviting dining area. Enjoy the warmth of the open fire in the living room, as you gaze out at your picture-perfect surroundings. The holiday homes are ideal for families, with cots, highchairs, and babysitting all available on request.
A superb setting overlooking Westport Harbour makes this apartment an ideal location for a family vacation. With three bedrooms and ensuite facilities, the accommodation is sure to meet all your holiday requirements. Test your culinary skills in the fully fitted kitchen. For your convenience, both towels and bed linen are complimentary, and a telephone is available for incoming calls. In addition, guests can use the leisure facilities and swimming pool at the nearby hotel.
These stunning 4-star holiday homes are located on beautiful Achill Island, County Mayo. Each has three lovely bedrooms, which are comfortably heated with electric central heating. Bed linen and towels are supplied free. A stylish, fully equipped kitchen and elegant dining area await you. While on holidays, you can enjoy the pleasures of a traditional open fireplace. From these fantastic holiday homes you can admire the wild and wonderful beauty of the Minaun Cliffs, a perfect backdrop for those treasured family photos.
1.6km from Westport
This charming property is located just 2km from Westport town in County Mayo. Set in a quiet area of Westport, it is extremely convenient for Ireland's longest off-road walking and cycling route - the 42km Great Western Greenway, which follows the route of the old railway.
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0.6km from Westport
Located in Westport town in County Mayo, this delightful property is tastefully decorated throughout to create the ideal holiday haven.
The apartment is ideal for families, and a cot can be provided if requested. Every modern convenience is included to ensure a pleasant break away.
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