Connemara and County Mayo

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Connemara and County Mayo - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Achill Island

    Achill Island is only 20 feet from the mainland and has been connected by a bridge since 1887, the latest (2008) being a €5 million...Read More

  • 2. Connemara National Park

    The 5,000-acre Connemara National Park lies southeast of the village of Letterfrack. Its visitor center covers the area's history and ecology, particularly the origins and...Read More

  • 3. Croagh Patrick

    Look out as you travel north for the great bulk of 2,500-foot-high Croagh Patrick; its size and conical shape make it one of the West's...Read More

  • 4. Foxford Woolen Mills

    This site is just a 20-minute drive from Castlebar through the pretty village of Foxford which has several crafts and antiques shops. Woolen Mills Visitor...Read More

  • 5. Inishbofin

    Cleggan is the ferry port for this stark and unsettlingly beautiful outpost of Connemara. The island is a hiker's paradise, with loop routes that lead...Read More

  • 6. Killary Harbour

    Beyond Kylemore, N59 travels for some miles along Killary Harbour, a narrow fjord that runs for 16 km (10 miles) between County Mayo's Mweelrea Mountain...Read More

  • 7. Kylemore Abbey

    One of the most magical "castles" in all of Europe, much-photographed Kylemore Abbey is set on a reedy lake with a backdrop of wooded hillside....Read More

  • 8. Sky Road

    Drive the aptly named Sky Road to really appreciate Clifden's breathtaking scenery. Signposted at the west end of town, this high, narrow circuit heads west,...Read More

  • 9. Wild Nephin Ballycroy National Park

    Located in the southern territory of the Mullet Peninsula and covering 110 square km (42½ square miles) of Atlantic bogland and mountainous wilderness, Ballycroy is...Read More

  • 10. Augustine Abbey

    Cong is surrounded by many stone circles and burial mounds, but its most notable ruins are those of the Augustine Abbey, overlooking a river. Dating...Read More

  • 11. Ballintubber Abbey

    This is the only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king and still in daily use. Ballintubber has greeted its faithful flock since 1216,...Read More

  • 12. Ballycastle

    Anywhere else in Ireland this tiny one-street village would be unremarkable, but out on this wild windswept coast, its brightly painted houses in the relatively...Read More

  • 13. Blacksod Lighthouse

    Few would believe that the modest, sandstone lighthouse on the southeast tip of the Mullet Peninsula could have had a pivotal role in history, but...Read More

  • 14. Céide Fields

    Buried below North Mayo’s wild boglands is the most extensive Stone Age monument on Earth. The Céide Fields’ megalithic tombs, dwelling sites, field system, and...Read More

  • 15. Clare Island

    Clew Bay is said to have 365 islands, one for every day of the year. The biggest and most interesting one to visit is Clare...Read More

  • 16. Clifden Castle

    Clifden Castle---a Gothic Revival masterpiece---was built above the town in 1815 by John D'Arcy, the town's founder and high sheriff of Galway, who wished to...Read More

  • 17. Dog's Bay Beach

    Dog's Bay Beach lies back-to-back with Gurteen Beach, forming a tombolo that juts out into the ocean. Unlike other local limestone beaches, Dog's Bay's brilliant...Read More

  • 18. Doolough Valley

    You have two options for traveling onward from Leenane to Westport. The first is to take the direct route on the N59. The second is...Read More

  • 19. Downpatrick Head

    On a clear day you can see the dramatic sea stack at Downpatrick Head in the distance from the Céide Fields Visitor Centre. It is...Read More

  • 20. Dún na mBó

    Past the windswept townland of Gladree and seemingly at the very edge of the world is this magnificent blowhole, drilled vertically through solid rock by...Read More

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