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How to spend your holiday in magical Mayo
Cycle along the truly stunning Great Western Greenway in Mayo.
With islands aplenty, scenery to stop you in your tracks and a history as rich and deep as the land, there's so many places to visit in Mayo. As the drumlins of Clew Bay poke their heads above the water, with the peak of Croagh Patrick in the distance, you know you’re in for something special.

And the best part is you can experience so much of Mayo in just a few days.

Vibrant Westport

The buzz and beauty of Westport on the shores of Clew Bay makes it a great place to start your trip to Mayo. Wander down the colourful streets and you’ll soon have a mile-long list of award-winning restaurants and historical buildings to visit, if you’re not pulled into a local trad session first.

Westport House 

Just a short stroll from the centre of town is the magnificent Westport House. Discover the ancestral seat of the Browne family, direct descendants of the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley, who ruled the Mayo seas in the 1500s. 

Explore over 30 rooms and see if you can find the Chinese Room with its 200-year-old wallpaper. 

Croagh Patrick

It’s only 15 minutes from Westport to the trailhead of one of the most iconic mountains in Ireland, this is a great chance to tick Croagh Patrick off your bucket list.

St Patrick is believed to have fasted at the summit for 40 days and 40 nights in 441, and every year many walkers make the pilgrimage up the rocky trails to the chapel at the top. The climb takes about three and a half hours, so come prepared and reward yourself with panoramic views of Clew Bay.

Great Western Greenway 

Once you’ve soaked up the atmosphere of Westport, hire a bike and explore Mayo on one of the country’s most stunning greenways. The Great Western Greenway starts in Westport, hugs the breathtaking coastline of Clew Bay as it makes its way to Acaill (Achill Island), before finishing in Cashel, 49km away. This really is an experience not to be missed with loads to do and see along the way.

Acaill and Clare Island


Looking out at a sunset across a field towards the ocean in Mayo on Achill Island
Visit the incredibly beautiful Acaill.

You can almost feel the pace of life relax as you reach Acaill, home to five picture-perfect beaches, some of Europe’s highest cliffs, and a wealth of history dating back 5000 years.

Keem Bay 

Take in ocean views along the cliffside drive up to Keem Bay, the jewel in Acaill’s crown. The cliffs surround the idyllic golden sandy beach and a 1.5km hilltop walk has countless photo opportunities. Jump in with the swimmers and snorkelers in the crystal clear waters at Keem Beach, or keep your eyes peeled from the shore – you might just spot a basking shark out at sea.

Kitesurfing & SUP 

Of course, you can always pick the pace up on Acaill with a world of outdoor adventure to explore. A 15-minute spin from Keem, you’ll find Pure Magic, who’ll have you kitesurfing the waves of Keel Lake like a pro. Beginners can try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) first to get a feel for the water – and you can even bring your dog.

Achill Cliff House Restaurant

It would be a crying shame to leave the island without sampling some fresh, local seafood. Head to the ‘Michelin Recommended’ Achill Cliff House Restaurant. From lobster to oysters to wild salmon, the seafood dishes come direct from the Atlantic waters of Acaill. The views over Keel Strand at sunset are particularly special.

Clare Island

A country lane along the raw coastline of Clare Island in Co. Mayo
See the rugged and raw beauty of Clare Island in Mayo.

From Acaill travel back through Westport, past pretty villages like Louisburgh, to catch the ferry to Clare Island at Roonagh Pier. Another option is to hop on the Clare Island Ferry while you’re in Acaill for a day trip to Clare Island. Whatever way you get there, this island in Clew Bay is a real unexplored gem.

One of the many great things about Clare Island is the journey there. Sailing across the blue waters of Clew Bay is a truly memorable experience. With only 145 islanders living there, enjoy unrivalled peace and quiet on the magical island. For such a small island it has an incredible amount of activities, find out what to do on Clare Island with our complete guide.

Clare Island Beach 

The pristine beach near the main harbour is a very popular swimming spot and you can look out to the sea where the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley once lived. Catch sight of the puffins and peregrine falcons flying overhead to the northern cliffs, as you wander around the beach and nearby castle. You’ll see why Clare Island is one of the top seabird sites in the country.

Anchor Bar and Bistro

Set beside Clare Island Beach, the Anchor Bar and Bistro is a lovely summer restaurant that is the perfect spot to book a table for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Grab a seat on one of the benches outside and be refreshed by the sea air and a cup of coffee. After you have savoured every bite, enjoy a relaxing walk along the stunning Clare Island coastline.  

While you’re in Mayo

Inishturk Island Loop 

Amble along the 5 or 8km trail, depending on the path you choose, on the beautiful Inishturk Island Loop, 15km off the coast of Mayo on Inishturk Island. Discover the base of Cairn Hill’s grassy slopes dotted with rocky outcrops on the sparsely populated island. The path ends where it began by the ferry at the harbour and St. Columba’s Church.

Wild Nephin National Park

Bird's eye view of Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park, Co. Mayo
Explore the vast Wild Nephin National Park

Less than an hour from Westport, explore the untouched beauty of Wild Nephin National Park. The flat, earthy lowlands of Owenduff Bog contrast with the peaks and troughs of the Nephin Beg Range, leaving you in awe. Don’t worry if it rains – the park’s boardwalk is cleverly designed to preserve one of Ireland’s last active blanket bog systems, and allows for the landscape to be explored year-round, in any conditions.

If you have more time in Mayo

The Lost Valley

Take a drive towards Louisburgh and explore the unique landscapes of The Lost Valley, home to the only fjord in Ireland and as the name suggests, a real undiscovered treasure. Hikers are rewarded after a steep walking trail with powerful views of the valley, but if you’d prefer a gentler route, walk the trail to the abandoned village left in ruin since The Great Famine.

See what else Mayo has in store

There are even more cliff walks and craggy islands to be found in the Yew County. Discover more of Mayo on your next visit to the Wild Atlantic Way

More to discover
Coastal escapesCycle the Great Western Greenway

The Great Western Greenway has transformed the 49 km long old rail route between Westport and Acaill (Achill Island) in County Mayo. Ireland’s longest greenway provides a chance for cyclists and walkers of all abilities to get off the beaten track and soak up the stunning views and scenery that the west of Ireland is famous for.

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