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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.michaeldavittmuseum.ie/
Michael Davitt Museum is dedicated to Michael Davitt (1846-1906), born and buried at Straide and the son of a small farmer who was evicted from his land. As a result, Michael founded Ireland's Land League in 1879 - and changed the face of modern Ireland. This was a popular national movement seeking the end of exorbitant rents and evictions and instead making tenants the owners of the lands that they farmed. Housed in a restored 18th century Penal church beside the 13th century Straide Abbey, the museum contains various documents, photos, letters, postcards, posters and memorabilia belonging to Davitt. Open daily year-round. It is situated mid-way between Foxford and Castlebar.
http://www.michaeldavittmuseum.ie/
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http://www.milltimeshotel.ie/
Mill Times Hotel is a a stylish and comfortable hotel located in the centre of the thriving town of Westport. Having recently completed significant renovations and refurbishments, the hotel has a contemporary feel and the upgrade has made major improveents to Uncle Sam’s Bar, Temptations Restaurant and the O’Malley Suite conferencing and events centre. Visit and discover the surrounding area with loads to do including the popular 42 km Great Western Greenway.
http://www.milltimeshotel.ie/
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http://www.mulrannyparkhotel.ie/
Mulranny Park Hotel between Westport and Achill in County Mayo, is a wonderful 4 star hotel positioned on a uniquely scenic site overlooking Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick and beyond. It is is the only hotel along the Great Western Greenway which makes it an ideal stop on your cycling or walking break. Originally built in 1897, the Hotel has kept its original character while offering the best modern comfort and style. Mulranny Park Hotel has easy access to the beautiful Mulranny Beach along a causeway which leads directly from the hotels front door making it ideal for family breaks. Renowned in Mayo as one of it's best hotels, Mulranny Park Hotel is the ideal base for outdoor adventure holidays, for weddings or just a relaxing break.
http://www.mulrannyparkhotel.ie/
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http://www.museum.ie/Country-Life
National Museum of Country Life is the first branch of Ireland's National Museum to be located outside of Dublin. Designed to provide insight into the social history of Ireland, the $12 million custom-designed museum houses the National Folk Life Collection, a gathering of items representing the traditions of rural life throughout the country (1850-1950). Exhibits include more than 50,000 items, divided into categories of domestic furniture, agricultural implements, religious items, dress and footwear and educational gear plus unique archival film footage - all harmoniously melded together and set on a hillside 4 miles east of Castlebar, amid the beautiful grounds of Turlough Park. Facilities include a café, indoor and outdoor seating, and a shop. Admission is free.
http://www.museum.ie/Country-Life
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http://www.quaywestport.ie/
Quay West Guest House is a purpose built, family-run establishment, situated between the picturesque heritage town of Westport, and its harbour area, on the R335, which boasts many award winning restaurants and pubs. The car park is surrounded by award winning gardens. The guest house consists of double, twin and triple rooms, all featuring orthopaedic mattresses, en suite with power showers, hairdryers, Wi-Fi access and televisions. Guests can enjoy complimentary tea/coffee, relax and unwind in the TV lounge. Discounted rates are available to guests at the Westport Woods Hotel & Spa.
http://www.quaywestport.ie/
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http://www.riversiderest.com/
The accommodation contains an award-winning restaurant, which is fully licensed. The chef creates some of the most mouth-watering cuisine that could satisfy the fussiest critic. The non-smoking bedrooms are equipped with en-suite facilities as well as a colour TV. Private parking for residents is also available. Riverside Restaurant and Guesthouse is ideally located to make the most of you time in the West of Ireland. Attractions within easy access include the Holy Shrine at Knock, Ceide Fields and Ballintubber Abbey. For more energetic activities then why not enjoy a half-day climb to Croagh Patrick? Golf and fishing are very popular sports so you’ll have no trouble trying to find a great golf course or fishing spot. It’s the ideal place for couples and families looking for a relaxing break in serene surroundings.
http://www.riversiderest.com/
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http://www.ryanshotelcong.ie/
Ryan's Hotel is located in Cong, Co Mayo, a village made famous by the Quiet Man Film. In the beautiful Connemara region of County Galway, the hotel provides comfortable accommodation with each guestrooms comprising of en-suite facilities. Amenities include TV, DVD, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities and hairdryers. Ryan’s Hotels is only 40 minutes from Galway City and is the ideal hotel for touring Connemara and the West of Ireland.
http://www.ryanshotelcong.ie/
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http://silverstrandhouse.com/
Silver Strand House offers luxury 4 star self catering accommodation 12km from Louisburgh in County Mayo. This unique holiday home, on a 5 acre site in an area of natural scenic beauty, consists of eight bedrooms, seven showers, a sauna, two bathrooms, complimentary internet access and even bathrobes and hairdryers are supplied plus much more to ensure you have the best holiday possible.
http://silverstrandhouse.com/
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http://theharbourmill.com/
The Harbour Mill combines 4-star self catering apartments with hotel facilities, ensuring you get the best of both worlds during your stay. Situated at the Quay area of Westport, The Harbour Mill provides the ideal place for families, couples and friends to escape to and experience the best that Westport and the surrounding area has to offer. Activities in this part of Mayo are plentiful with a choice of links golf courses, surfing beaches, sailing on Clew Bay, horse riding on sandy beaches and sea angling. A popular activity is to climb Croagh Patrick or to take on the challenge of cycling the The Great Western Greenway, from Westport to Achill. At The Harbour Mill the 24-hour reception will take the hard work out of your trip by recommending thing to do in the area. Westport is a vibrant and modern town with a wide lots of traditional music pubs, curio shops to explore, superb seafood and gourmet restaurants. When you decide to leave the town there are many blue flag beaches a short spin away.
http://theharbourmill.com/
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http://www.harlequinhotelcastlebar.ie/
The Harlequin Hotel is a 4 star boutique hotel, located in the heart of Castlebar town near the shores of Lough Lannagh and a kids playground. The Harlequin Hotel is contemporary and chic in design and offers complimentary broadband in all guest bedrooms as well as the usual 4 star facilities. One of Castlebar's finest restaurants, The Harlequin is open daily serving contemporary Irish and International cuisine. The Harlequin Hotel is adjacent to the Royal Theatre which is Ireland's largest entertainment venue outside of the capital.
http://www.harlequinhotelcastlebar.ie/
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