County Mayo is located in the West of Ireland, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean and is bordered by counties Sligo, Galway and Roscommon. Mayo has a dramatic landscape of rigged coastlines, majestic mountains, rivers and lakes, as well as bustling and attractive towns, such as Westport, Newport and Ballina and mystical islands including Achill Island, Clare Island, Inishturk and Inishbofin.
One of County Mayo’s best-known town’s is Westport, a popular tourist spot overlooking Clew Bay. It is one of the few planned towns in Ireland and was laid out in the Georgian style in the late 18th century at the behest of Lord Sligo. As well as it’s pretty streets and Mall area and the many bridges over the River Carrow Beg, which runs through the town, Westport is also well known for its vibrant nightlife with great restaurants and pubs, many of which have traditional Irish music sessions. And of course there is a great selection of Mayo Hotels and Mayo Guesthouses where you can enjoy great value hotel breaks.
Just a few miles from Westport and looking out over Clew Bay is the majestic Croagh Patrick or Holy Mountain. The mountain has been an area for pilgrimages for over 5,000 years and is now best known for its association with Saint Patrick. Another famous religious site is Knock with Our Lady’s Shrine, which is visited, by thousands of pilgrims each year. All Mayo Hotels will be happy to provide you with information.
Mayo is a county rich in historical and archaeological attractions such as the Ceide Fields in Ballycastle, one of the largest stone age monuments in the world and has megalithic tombs dating back 5,000 years. Other attractions worth visiting include Ballintubber Abbey, the Enniscoe Museum in Enniscoe House, an elegant Georgian House overlooking Lough Conn. Or visit the Quiet Man Cottage Museum, which was used in the 1951 John Ford film with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara and is based in Cong.
The Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre, which includes a tour of the mill, art exhibition, restaurant and shop. Turlough House is located in Turlough Village, not far from Castlebar. The house is home to the National Folklife collection and is part of the National Museum of Country Life, which is a branch of the National Museum of Ireland, the museum charts Irish country life from the late 19th century to the 1950’s.
Westport House, designed by Richard Cassels and James Wyatt in the 18th century, is home to the Browne family, descendants of Grace O’Malley – the Pirate Queen of Connaught. In addition to the architectural treasures of the house and the fine gardens, there is also a Pirate Adventure Park on the grounds for family enjoyment.
County Mayo offers a wide array of outdoor activities, with great fishing on the many lakes and rivers, such as the River Moy, Lough Conn – well known salmon fishery, Loughs Carra and Mask for Brown Trout or sea angling at Belmullet and Killala. Walkers can enjoy a variety of walking trails and events and in varied landscape, for example there are many loop walks to enjoy, such as the Erris Head Loop Walk, Clare Island, Inishturk Island, Castlebar Loop Walks and Belleek Woods, to name just a few.
There are also linear long-distance walks and way marked ways, such as the Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail. There are also a number of walking festivals in Mayo such as the Achill Walks Festival. Mayo is a popular spot for watersports, with Achill Island being a popular spot for surfing and sea kayaking or canoeing off Clew Bay, windsurfing off Westport or try sailing on Collanmore Island, one of the hundreds of islands off Clew Bay, at the Glenans Irish Sailing Club. For the real outdoor enthusiast there is Gael Force West, Geal Force 6 is held in August each year and is a form of Adventure Racing for novices, which included running / cycling / climbing / kayaking over a 65 km course.
There are also a number of equestrian centres to enjoy the scenic outdoors in Mayo on horseback and plenty of fine golf courses to choose from, such as the Ashford Castle Golf Club in Cong.
Whatever your reason for visiting Mayo you can book 35 fully approved Mayo hotels and Mayo guesthouses located throughout the county on the Ireland Hotels website. Just use the accommodation search box featured on this page to find Mayo hotel breaks or a guesthouse to meet your needs.
Breaffy House Resort located in the heart of County Mayo is the perfect destination if you are looking for a well deserved relaxing break! Set on 90 acres the Resort consists of Breaffy House Hotel and Breaffy Woods Hotel and renowned as two of the very best hotels in Mayo. Breaffy House Hotel in Mayo offers traditional old world Irish charm and hospitality with our excellent Breaffy Spa and The Breaffy Leisure Club facilities and magnificent grounds for rambling. Retaining some of its original Country House atmosphere, the house dates back to 1890 and is an excellent base for leisure breaks in Mayo. Also within the grounds of Breaffy Resort is Breaffy Woods Hotel Castlebar, more modern in design. Breaffy Woods Hotel (seasonal) in Mayo is the perfect place for family hotel breaks in Mayo! The Resort offers a range of dining options for couples, families, over 55’s, conference groups and weddings. Relax with a drink in the Resorts lively bar or enjoy the fantastic leisure/spa faciliti
Located on the N17 main route Sligo - Galway in Claremorris, Co Mayo. The Hotel is centrally located for Westport, Castlebar, Ballina, Sligo & Galway. 15 minutes from the Royal Theatre Castlebar. The McWilliam Park Hotel is only 10 minutes from Knock Shrine and 20 minutes from Ireland West Airport Knock. This Hotel has a quiet country charm and its close proximity to rivers and lakes makes it an ideal Fishing Destination. The McWilliam Park Hotel is a leading Venue both in the domestic & International Market for Leisure Breaks, Golfing Holidays, Equestrian Activities, Hill Walking and Weddings. Co Mayo is a Surfers paradise and we are just 25 minutes from Enniscrone.
Knock House Hotel was architecturally designed and attained 3 stars very quickly and it is easy to see why, with the great comfort, fine food and the warm and friendly staff that have been its hallmark for over 18 years. The newly refurbished Hotel is located in the tranquil village of Knock, which plays host to over 1.5 million pilgrims each year. Just minutes from Knock Shrine, this Hotel is in the heart of the countryside, beside 100 acres of picturesque Shrine grounds. The building curves naturally in its surroundings and provides the perfect setting for a relaxing break. Knock House Hotel is just 20 minutes from “Ireland West Airport Knock” and 10 minutes from Claremorris Train Station. The Hotel provides a courtesy pick up & drop off service, pre- booking is essential. Knock House Hotel boasts 68 comfortable, non-smoking bedrooms, of which 6 have been specially designed to cater for wheelchair users.
Family owned and run, Knockranny House Hotel & Spa is one of Ireland's finest 4* hotels. Set in secluded grounds on a hillside, this luxury hotel stands proudly overlooking the picturesque town of Westport and enjoys breathtaking views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay's islands to the west and the Nephin Mountains to the north. The welcoming atmosphere at Knockranny House Hotel begins with the open log fires in the reception hall, and is carried throughout the property with its antique furniture, excellent spa facilities, superb cuisine and friendly service, creating a genuine sense of relaxed warmth and hospitality. It was previously voted as AA Irish hotel of the year. Knockranny House Hotel & Spa is the perfect base for a touring or activity break or just to simply relax. So whether you come west to explore the Wild Atlantic Way or relax in Spa Salveo, we will do all we can to ensure you have a wonderful stay.
The country boutique style TF Royal Hotel Castlebar is centrally located in the Royal Quarter of Castlebar town Co. Mayo and close to some of the top visitor attractions in the West of Ireland including scenic Westport Town and is easily accessible from Ireland West Airport, Knock. Experience the breath-taking scenery of the walking and cycling trails on the Great Western Greenway or drive along the Wild Atlantic Way. Our style conscious guests will love the unique design and contemporary feel of our chic bedrooms. The TF Royal Hotel adjoins the Royal Theatre, so while you are enjoying your escape to Mayo why not take in a show. If Shopping is your thing, then you will love browsing the unique craft shops and designer boutiques in Castlebar town centre together with Shaw's Department Store and Boots Healthcare, located on-site at the Royal Quarter.