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10 Things to Do in Mayo



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County Mayo boasts both northern and western Atlantic coastlines, beginning with the southern and western end of the Surf Coast and merging with the northern reaches of the breezy Bay Coast.

With surf meccas, ancient sites, plunging mountainsides, and unspoilt wilderness making up a beautiful patchwork of built and natural heritage, it’s the perfect place to get away.

Find 10 of the best ways to experience County Mayo below:

 
 
The ruin of a church founded by St Patrick attracts visitors from around the world to atmospheric and unforgettable Downpatrick Head.
 

1. Achill Island

Whether you arrive via the Great Western Greenway or across the Michael Davitt Bridge, Ireland’s largest island is simply unmissable, boasting 148 km2 of bogland, mountains and pristine beaches to explore. Be sure to get to know the locals; the population here is just 2,700.

2. Downpatrick Head

A few miles north of Ballycastle, one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets waits to be explored. Perched at the edge of the land, the ruin of a church founded by St Patrick attracts visitors from around the world to atmospheric and unforgettable Downpatrick Head.

3. Keel Beach

A surfing hotspot, the beautiful shoreline at Keel is not only a Blue Flag beach, it’s also a conservation area boasting one of Europe’s most unique habitats. This pristine strand attracts visitors year-round with its clean water and fantastic views of the Minaun Cliffs.

 
  • Heavenly Keem Bay on the west side of Achill Island is arguably one of the country’s prettiest coastal destinations
 

4. Céide Fields

Witness the best of north Mayo at Céide Fields, the biggest stone age site in the world. This 1,500-hectare site dates back around 5,000 years and features stone walls, field systems, tombs and more, set among some of the most spectacular rock formations found anywhere.

5. Westport

Whether sampling the craft beer from local Mescan Brewery, learning about pirate queen Gráinne O’Malley at beautiful Westport House, or simply ambling along the stone walls lining the River Carrowbeg, Westport is a treasure trove of fun and interesting things to see and do.

6. Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park

In northwest Mayo, Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park's 15,000+ hectares of Atlantic blanket bog nestle up to the Nephin Beg mountain range, providing an unspoilt haven for countless wild species, including otters, red grouse and Greenland white-fronted geese. The perfect place to get back to nature, take your pick of picturesque walking trails; a top-notch visitor centre detailing the area's wildlife, conservation and geology; free guided hikes from the park's expert rangers and a stunning Gold Tier status Dark Sky Reserve too! 

7. Keem Bay

Heavenly Keem Bay on the west side of Achill Island is arguably one of the country’s prettiest coastal destinations. Attractive and romantic year-round, it’s especially magnetic during the summer months, when swimmers, walkers and beach-lovers descend in droves.

 
 

8. Croagh Patrick

The holy mountain of Croagh Patrick has been an important Christian pilgrimage site in County Mayo for more than a thousand years. Even if you aren’t visiting for religious reasons, it’s still an impressive visitor attraction, offering amazing views from the summit.

9. Clare Island

The largest of the islands peppering Clew Bay, Clare Island is also one of the liveliest, so don’t let the population of around 160 locals fool you; here you’ll find festivals and events year-round, live music, and exciting heritage attractions set amid the stunning scenery.

10. Erris

Once voted the Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland by the Irish Times, the mountain-rippled barony of Erris is undoubtedly off the beaten track. From its white sand beaches frequented by surfers to the wide open countryside fringed by perfectly walkable cliffs, it’s a dream.

 
 
 

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