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Downpatrick Head
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Visit the magnificent heritage site of Downpatrick Head, 5km north of picturesque Ballycastle village in Mayo. Experience unrivalled views of the Staggs of Broadhaven islands and the Dún Briste sea stack.

Discover Downpatrick Head in County Mayo. Breathe in the fresh sea air on an exhilarating coastal trek and see the site of a former church founded by St Patrick, where you'll find a holy well and stone cross.

Experience stunning views of the Dún Briste sea stack, marvel at the coloured rock formations and spot the sea birds who call this place home including puffins, kittiwakes, and cormorants. Legend says that St Patrick struck the ground with his staff, causing the sea stack to break away from the mainland.

Look into the distance to see the Stags of Broadhaven, a group of rocky islands that jut into the Atlantic Ocean and check out the incredible blowhole named Poll na Seantainne. Mass is celebrated at Downpatrick Head on the last Sunday of July, known as Garland Sunday, a day that many people traditionally made the pilgrimage to the site, in honour of St Patrick.

Why we like it
  • Admire the incredible views of Dún Briste and the Staggs of Broadhaven.
  • Spot nesting sea birds including puffins and kittiwakes.
  • See an ancient blowhole from the viewing platform.
  • Breathe in the fresh sea air on a coastal walk.
Tips from locals

Head to Céide Fields after your visit to Downpatrick Head, it's just a short drive away. The Céide Fields are said to be the oldest-known field system in the world - spot the megalithic tombs, drop into the visitor centre, and soak up the incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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