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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://fatherpeytoncentre.ie/
Fr. Peyton Memorial Centre is a memorial museum dedicated to the life of Attymass born Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., the "rosary priest" who emigrated to the US in 1928 and founded the Family Rosary Crusade in 1942. Popular with Christian pilgrims who are also visiting Knock, the facility includes a photographic exhibition on the priest's life, an oratory and contemplation garden, restaurant, and craft shop. It is located about 5 miles SE of Ballina and 20 miles north west of Knock.
http://fatherpeytoncentre.ie/
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http://www.hotelballina.ie/
Hotel Ballina offers excellent comfort on the doorstep to Ballina Town. This new four-star hotel includes a leisure centre, gym, sauna and steam room available for use by all guests. There is also the Tranquillity Leisure & Spa at Hotel Ballina if you are looking to pamper yourself. McShane’s Bistro offers seasonal menus with a selection of dishes that range from the familiar to the innovative.
http://www.hotelballina.ie/
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http://www.irelandwestairport.ie
Ireland West Airport, is located in Charlestown Co. Mayo Ireland and has become established as a major airport serving the West and North of Ireland. With both domestic and international destinations, there are a variey of daily flights along with charter and private flights.
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http://www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie/
Knockranny House Hotel & Spa is a very popular four star hotel and spa in Westport Town, County Mayo. Log fires and antique furniture coupled with all the moden facilities a guest could want make it the ideal place to stay when coming to Westport to enjoy a break away. Renowned for great service and an attention to detail along with its award winning spa facilities and dining options, have guests returning year after year.
http://www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie/
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http://www.lavellesseasidehouse.com/
This delightful guesthouse is situated in a fishing village with a blue flag beach. Here you can enjoy comfortable accommodation and excellent Irish hospitality. Seaside House is a family run B&B which enjoys breathtaking sea view of the area. This is an excellent location to relax and unwind from the daily stresses of life and let your hostess Celia ensure you enjoy a pleasant break away in her home. After a day on the road guests can relax and enjoy a drink in the lounge bar. Ideal for walking, climbing, angling. Groups catered for.
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http://www.mayomobilehomes.com
Lough Mask Mobile Homes Holiday Park is based in natural woodland on the shores of Lough Mask making it the perfect location for exploring the North West of Ireland. Lough Mask is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts, birdwatchers and anglers walkers using the many lakeside paths. Lough Mask Mobile Homes Holiday Park is just 20 mins drive from Westport, 10 mins from Cong and 60 mins from Achill, and 40 mins from Galway,
http://www.mayomobilehomes.com
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http://www.louisburghholidays.com/
Louisburgh Holiday Cottages comprise of 10 cottages which are 3-star approved located just 2 minutes walk from the village of Louisburgh, Co. Mayo. All of the cottages are well decorated and furnished to a high standard and include large living/dining areas along with fully fitted kitchen. The cottages boast stunning views of Clew Bay with Croagh Patrick forming the backdrop. Louisburgh is a great location, situated at the mouth of the Bunowen River, just 14 miles from Westport Town along the scenic coast road. The area has many of unspoilt beaches, and is popular for activities such as angling, golf, horse riding, and water sports.
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http://www.mayflyhotel.com/
The Mayfly Hotel has been recently refurbished but still retains its original charm. The bedrooms have been fitted with en-suite facilities, telephone, hospitality tray and hairdryer. The on-site bar, Poachers is a lively spot for visitors and locals alike. Throughout your stay in Foxford, choose from a variety of championship courses within driving distance such as Achill Golf Club, Castlebar Golf Club and Westport Golf Club to mention a few. Foxford is known to be a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. The River Moy is known for the large variety of salmon and sea trout caught in its waters yearly. What are you waiting for? Book you stay at Mayfly Hotel today.
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http://www.greenwaygifts.ie
Unique gifts and gift ideas from the heart of Mayo made by home owners and people with a disabilities. The lastest gift is Angela's Auld Sod - an authentic slice of Irish Turf and the story of the day in the bog and it can be shipped all around the globe.
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http://www.mcwilliampark.ie/
As you open the doors into the The McWilliam Park Hotel you will be greeted with a warm welcome. In the spacious and elegant lobby featuring a high ceiling and a grand piano, you will be enveloped in a heaven of luxury. Slide into one of the many comfortable couches or armchairs and enjoy the view of the mountains and the tranquillity of the Mayo countryside. In Kavanagh’s Lounge a warm welcome will be extended. Sophisticated, yet unpretentious, the lounge will delight all tastes with its open fire and soft furnishings. McWilliam Park caters for all, whether you are on a family break or a couples weekend away the hotel has so much to offer from fine dining to a full leisure facilities to kids club. Rooms are finished to the highest standards with all the modern facilities and comforts you will require throughout your stay.
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