From castles to pubs, here are our top 10 things to do and see in County Mayo.
County Mayo is located on the northwest coast of Ireland. Marrying simple, traditional Irish lifestyle with tonnes of contemporary comforts, this weather-worn and charming county is certainly worth a visit.
Whether you’re after nature and wildlife, the outdoors and adventure, ancient ruins and grand houses, or sandy coves and beaches, Mayo has it all!
Here are our top ten things to do and see in County Mayo.
10. Rockfleet Castle – for castle ruins
If you’re a lover of castle ruins and ancient Ireland, a spot to check out in County Mayo is Rockfleet Castle.
Located near Newport, this 16th-century tower house remains in solid condition and sits on the edges of the Clew Bay waterway.
Address: Unnamed Rd, Co. Mayo
9. Old Head Beach – for secluded beach vibes
When the sun shines in Ireland, it takes on a whole new level of beauty. On the odd chance that a summer’s day will occur on your trip to Mayo, make sure to check out Old Head Beach.
Clean and sheltered with a quaint little pier, this spot is favoured year-round by locals who bring their four-legged friends for a run off the leash in the off-season months. In the summer, the place will busy up, but between us, this is a local gem.
Address: Beach Louisburg, Old Head, Co. Mayo
8. Westport House – for family holidays
This impressive estate is the perfect place for a family holiday in County Mayo.
Whether you’re planning for four-star luxury at the Westport Hotel, looking to have some laughs with the kids at the Pirate Adventure Park or want to embrace the outdoors at Westport House Caravan and Camping Park, Westport House has it all.
Book in advance, as summer months and school holidays tend to be popular at this holiday hotspot in Mayo.
Address: Quay Rd, Cloonmonad, Westport, Co. Mayo
7. Clare Island – for fitness
Located in Clew Bay, just off the coast of Mayo, is Clare Island, a small but challenging terrain that is home to around 145 people.
Visit this unique location for the Clare Island 10 kilometre fun run. This takes place every April, and all funds raised go towards Cancer Care West.
6. Matt Molloy’s – for a few pints
If you’re looking for some killer vibes and solid pours of Guinness in County Mayo, make sure to check out Matt Molloy’s pub in Westport. This authentic little Irish pub offers live music and solid pub grub seven nights a week.
With traditional décor and a retro Irish vibe, this is the finest place in the county to ring in weekend merriment.
Address: Bridge St, Cahernamart, Westport, Co. Mayo
5. The Quiet Man Museum – for film buffs
Located in Cong, County Mayo, is the Quiet Man Museum, a dedicated space to celebrate the Academy Award-winning film The Quiet Man, which was shot in the locale.
Today a replica house (which would have originally featured in the film), tours, and a gift shop draw crowds by the dozen daily.
The 1952 film was shot in Cong and features Irish actress Maureen O’Hara and American actor John Wayne.
Address: Circular Road, Cong South, Cong, Co. Mayo
4. Keem Bay – the hidden gem
Sitting snug on the West coast of Achill Island, just off Mayo on the mainland of Ireland, is Keem Bay. This secluded seaside setting is cinematic to no end. Expect lush green foliage surrounding a serene bay of crystal blue waters.
The bay has earned itself Blue Flag status for its high levels of safety and sanitation.
Address: Keel West, Keem, Co. Mayo
3. Great Western Greenway – for cycling
When looking for things to do and see in County Mayo, don’t miss the Great Western Greenway: the longest off-road walking and cycle trail on the Emerald Isle.
Broken into three separate sections, the trails are accessible for all levels of experience – kids included – and are fitted with rest stop and amenities all along the way.
Whether you’re a fitness fanatic and want to dominate the entire stretch or care for a Sunday bike ride with the kids, this is one of the best things to do in Mayo.
Trailheads: Westport, Achill Island
2. Blackfield Surf School – for water sports
For those of you looking to learn (or improve) some surf skills while in County Mayo, check out Blackfield Surf School on Achill Island.
This place has stellar reviews across the board, and with Keel Beach as your playground, it is needless to say that this will be an experience in Mayo to remember.
Address: Keel Beach, Achill Island, Co. Mayo
1. Croagh Patrick – for hiking
If you feel like making some serious memories in Mayo, take on a hike of Croagh Patrick.
This site is of religious importance and considered a major pilgrim route. It is the third highest peak in the county and offers stunning bird’s-eye views from the summit.
Location: Teevenacroaghy, Co. Mayo