Connemara and County Mayo

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  • 1. Achill Island

    Beach–Sight

    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 swing bridge...Read More

  • 2. Connemara National Park

    Trail/Path

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

  • 3. Croagh Patrick

    Mountain–Sight

    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 most...Read More

  • 4. Foxford Woolen Mills

    Information Center

    A good place for a break is the Foxford Woolen Mills Visitor Centre, where you can explore the crafts shop and grab a bite at the restaurant...Read More

  • 5. Inishbofin

    Beach–Sight

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

  • 6. Killary Harbour

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    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...Read More

  • 7. Kylemore Abbey

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    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

    Scenic Drive/Tour

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

  • 9. Augustine Abbey

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

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

  • 10. Ballintubber Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king and still in daily use, Ballintubber's has greeted its faithful flock since 1216, when Cathal...Read More

  • 11. Ballycastle

    Town/Village

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

  • 12. Blacksod Lighthouse

    Nautical Site/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...Read More

  • 13. Céide Fields

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

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

  • 14. Clare Island

    Island

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

  • 15. Clifden Castle

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    Clifden Castle was built above the town in 1815 by John D'Arcy, the town's founder and High Sheriff of Galway, who wished to establish a center...Read More

  • 16. Dog's Bay Beach

    Beach–Sight

    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,...Read More

  • 17. Doolough Valley

    Scenic Drive/Tour

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

  • 18. Downpatrick Head

    Beach–Sight

    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 worth getting...Read More

  • 19. Museum of Country Life

    Museum/Gallery

    To understand the forces that have led to such dramatic changes in Turlough, pay a visit to the Museum of Country Life, which focuses on rural...Read More

  • 20. Octagon

    Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Westport's streets radiate from its central Octagon, where an old-fashioned farmers' market is held on Thursday morning; look for work clothes...Read More

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