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Mayo

County Mayo is Ireland's third largest county and has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the entire country. The wild landscape has rugged mountains, sandy beaches and a long stretches of beautiful coastline.

It’s hardly surprising that Mayo was chosen as the quintessentially Irish setting for the 1951 John Ford classic, The Quiet Man. This beautiful Western county has a charm that is traditional in a wholly unsentimental way. See the rugged scenery of The Quiet Man setting in Cong, climb the pilgrim’s route up Croagh Patrick, or view the vast prehistoric landscape of the Céide Fields

The Ceide Fields, which is Europe's largest Stone Age land enclosure, is one of the most popular attractions and is located along a dramatic stretch of north Mayo coastline. Stone age megalithic tombs and habitations found here date back some 5000 years. There is a fine visitor centre on the site to explore and rest tired legs.

Other must-see places in Mayo include Achill Island, Croagh Patrick and the popular tourist town of Westport.

A trip to Achill is a must when touring the North West of Ireland. It is Ireland's largest island and has spectaculr beaches at Keel and Keem and is a mecca for surfing year round. The island has some quaint villages to explore too such as Dooega, Dooagh or even the deserted village and Slievemore. The high sea cliffs provide a magnificent scenic backdrop to the beaches at Keel and Keem. Achill now forms part of the Wild Athlantic Way, the 2500 km drive from Cork to Donegal.

Croagh Patrick is located about 8km west of Westport on the Louisburgh Road (R335), and is 764m (2,507ft) high. Named after Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint, is it believed that he spent forth days fasting at the summit in 441AD. It has long since become one of the most prominent pilgrimage destinations in the country.  Those who make the climb will find a small chapel at the top which was built in 1905 by men from the area using donkeys to bring the materials they needed to construct it.

Westport Town is an attractive, lively town and was recent winner of the best place to live in Ireland. It is a very popular tourist town as it provides a base for touring the area while also offering great pubs and dining with an exciting nightlife. Live traditional music can be found in most pubs. Renowned for its friendliness, civic pride, and scenic surroundings, Westport is the ideal location to base yourself for a tour of Ireland's north-west.
http://www.achillcliff.com/
Achill Cliff House, is a family run hotel in a superb location overlooking the stunning beach at Keel. A wide range of amenities are within a few minutes walk of the hotel such as fishing, golf, surfing, hillwalking and much more. Spacious and stylishly decorated bedrooms offer everything a you need for the perfect stay. The Cliff House Restaurant is well known for its fine food, great wines and good value. The dining room has wonderful view of the sea cliffs, the ocean and Keel beach. Internet access is available in all bedrooms. The hotea new 3 star approved family-run hotel and restaurant located in Keel, at the heart of Achill Island, Co, Mayo. Achill Cliff House hotel is the ideal base to explore this stunning island.
http://www.achillcliff.com/
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http://www.rideatashford.com/
Ashford Equestrian Centre enables you to go horse riding on your irish holiday and discover places rarely seen. Your guide Tom Clesham will plan each day to allow you to experience the best mountains, valleys and forests in this beautiful place which was made famous in "The Quiet Man" film. Ashford Equestrian Centre specialise in groups of between four and six riders with up to 4 hours of riding possible each day.
http://www.rideatashford.com/
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http://www.augustalodge.ie/
Augusta Lodge is a beautiful purpose built guesthouse set in its own magnificent landscaped gardens, situated just a short walk from the heritage town of Westport. It has been recently renovated to the highest standards. All rooms are individually decorated, including a Guest Lounge with free WiFi internet access. There is also Sat TV in all rooms. Secure off-street private parking for guests. Whether you're just passing through Westport, or using Westport as a base to tour Connemara and the Clew Bay area, your host Dave will assist you in planning your itinerary. The best advice on local restaurants, pubs and activities will ensure your stay, whether just one night Bed and breakfast or longer, is a memorable one in this highly recommended guesthouse.
http://www.augustalodge.ie/
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http://www.ballintubberabbey.ie/
Ballintubber Abbey is "the abbey that refused to die." Built in 1216 by a local king, it was suppressed and made roofless in the 17th century. But, for over 250 years, it continued to operate as people attended services in the wind, rain, and all kinds of weather, making Ballintubber one of the few Irish churches in continuous use for over 800 years. It was completely restored in 1966. Volunteers provide guided tours and also show a 20-minute audio-visual on history of the abbey.
http://www.ballintubberabbey.ie/
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http://www.boffinlodge.com/
Boffin Lodge is a purpose built 10 bedroom Guest House residence located in Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland. The Lodge is located just above the historical Quay area of Westport. The lodge has a number of unique rooms such as a 4 Poster room and another with a steam room in the en-suite. This once thriving harbour has recently been totally renovated and boasts fine cut stone buildings which contain hotels, lively pubs and top quality restaurants. The grounds that Boffin Lodge is built on were formerly occupied by lodging houses that served the inhabitants of a large offshore island called Inisboffin. When the islanders sailed into Westport to shop or travel further afield they strolled up from the Quay to find accommodation.
http://www.boffinlodge.com/
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http://www.breaffyhouseresort.com/
Breaffy Woods Hotel is situated on 90 acres of beautiful woodland which offer great forest walks. The hotel has 120 bedrooms, Legend's Bar & Bistro for good food and the Breaffy Leisure Club and Spa, which is only a short walk from the Breaffy Woods Hotel. The Legend's Bar & Bistro offers relaxed meals in an informal setting overlooking the sprawling resort gardens and grounds. If you're looking for nice meal or a quiet drink, Legend's bar & bistro is the place for you.
http://www.breaffyhouseresort.com/
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http://www.castlecourthotel.ie/
The 4 star Castlecourt Hotel in the centre of Westport Town offer all you need for a wonderful getaway break. Whether it's for business, spoiling your family or a romantic break with your loved one, everything you need for a reviving break is available here. The Castlecourt Hotel is family run and has a strong reputation as one of the top family and leisure hotels in the North West of Ireland. With classical décor and a blend with contemporary designs, the style of the hotel creates a relaxing atmosphere where great service allows you to enjoy downtime in your home away from home.
http://www.castlecourthotel.ie/
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http://ceidefields.com/
Ceide Fields in Ballycastle, County Mayo has been called the world's most extensive Stone Age site. Discovered less than 20 years ago, it is also one of Ireland's most significant archaeological finds, a 5,000-year-old farm unearthed in a blanket of bog. Visitors can take on-site tours of the field systems, enclosures, and tombs. A visitor center provides helpful background and displays. The nearby Cliffs of Ceide are a special attraction, too, composed on hundreds of layers of rock built up over millions of years.
http://ceidefields.com/
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http://www.clewbayhotel.com/
Clew Bay Hotel has the perfect location in the heart of the heritage town of Westport, County Mayo, to explore all that this wonderful town has to offer. A family owned business, Clew Bay Hotel has 28 well appointed and spacious guest bedrooms with the following amenities as standard: hairdryer, cable television, phone plus tea and coffee making facilities. There are 2 main dining options with Le Bistro and the elegant Riverside Restaurant and with drinks available at Maddens Bar. Clew Bay Hotel is ideal for young families with children's food, cots and babysitting available on request. Free access to the Westport Leisure Park to all guests which has facilities including a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa.
http://www.clewbayhotel.com/
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https://www.foxfordwoollenmills.com/
Foxford Woollen Mills, Foxford, Co.Mayo (tel. 094-925-6756) produces the colorful blankets, rugs, and tweed clothing that is known the world over. This factory-cum-museum uses a walk-through audio-visual to tell the story of how the mills were started in 1892, founded by a trail-blazing nun to provide work for the local community. Visitors are also welcome to take a guided tour of the mills and watch the various stages of the weaving process. Open daily, year-round.)
https://www.foxfordwoollenmills.com/
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