As Ireland’s third largest county, Mayo is extensive in its range of scenery, and breathtaking landscapes, as well as immense in its warm, welcoming hospitality to all visitors.
This remote corner of Ireland with its Atlantic coastline, majestic mountains and meandering rivers has an unparalleled splendor and natural beauty all its own.
A choice of outdoor activities and recreation abounds, ranging from a plethora of water sports as well as walking, cycling, horse riding, golf, fishing and sea angling.
Ballina boasts the famed River Moy, with its popular Ridge Pool awash with salmon. There are many popular fishing lakes dotted across the county, notably Loughs Mask, Corrib, Conn, Cullen, Carrowmore Lake and Callow Lakes.
Mayo has two major pilgrimage sites: Croagh Patrick (Ireland’s ‘holy mountain’), and the Marian Shrine of Our Lady at Knock.
Mayo is steeped in history and every small village has its own tale to tell. Two of the more notable historic centres of interest are the Céide Fields Visitors’ Centre at Ballycastle in north Mayo and the National Museum of Country Life near Castlebar. A number of castle ruins dot the Mayo landscape adding to the significant historic annals of this proud county.
Combined with all of this Mayo has award-winning Blue Flag beaches, festivals, family fun activities, a number of unique old-fashioned pubs, fabulous restaurants, friendly local people and all the components for an unforgettable holiday in the west of Ireland.
Here is an interesting article on ‘Glorious County Mayo‘ – published in ‘The Harp’ magazine, Oct 2012, where the author, Gabriel Filan, with his vibrant words, talks about Mayo as a ‘hidden treasure’.