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Connemara and County Mayo Travel Guide

Plan Your Connemara and County Mayo Vacation

A landscape where the thundering Atlantic forms the pounding backbeat to the most westerly seaboard in Europe, this most distinct area of Ireland has been an escape from urban stress since its vast empty landscapes and rocky indented coast was "discovered" by writers and artists in the 19th century. While the bustling town of Westport has assumed the identity of the ultrahip destination

of a younger, more confident Ireland, the surrounding countryside still attracts the traditional anglers, golfers, and seekers of rural solitude, along with savvy hikers, cyclists, and birders.

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Top Reasons To Go

  1. Captivating Connemara An almost uninhabited landscape of misty bogland, studded with deep blue lakes under huge Atlantic skies painters have strived for generations to capture the ever-changing light.
  2. Cong à la Hollywood Fetching ivy-covered thatched cottages—including one commemorating the making of the archetypal "Irish" movie The Quiet Man—beside a ruined medieval monastery contrast with the baronial splendor of Ashford Castle, one of Ireland's most luxurious hotels.
  3. Clifden and the Sky Road Walk the Sky Road to take in its breathtaking scenery—sea views on one side, the Twelve Bens Mountains on the other—from the compact village of Clifden, the liveliest spot for miles around.
  4. Wordly Westport An engagingly old-fashioned town, Westport has an octagonal 18th-century market square and a quayside (on Clew Bay) that offers spectacular sunsets—a highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way.

When To Go

When to Go

There is a local saying in the Westport area: if you can't see the summit of Croagh Patrick, then it is raining; if you can see it, it is about to ra...

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