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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.oldmillhostel.com/
The Old Mill Holiday Hostel, run by the Carr family is centrally located in Westport Town, Co. Mayo. Set in an old courtyard the building was originally constructed in 1780 but has undergone many changes over the years as you would expect. In the 1800's it was part of building used as a brewery and was later used as a storehouse, animal shelter and slaughter house, a chicken hatchery and finally in 1991 was modernised into a low budget holiday hostel serving visitors from all over the world as they explore the North West of Ireland.
http://www.oldmillhostel.com/
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http://www.quietman-cong.com/cong-museum/
The Quiet Man Heritage Cottage commemorates the making of the classic film in this part of Mayo over 45 years ago. The ground floor has been designed as a replica of the original cottage set where the interior scenes were filmed. All of the costumes, implements and furnishings are authentic reproductions of those used in the film. Life-size figures of Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne add to the nostalgia.
http://www.quietman-cong.com/cong-museum/
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http://www.quietman-cong.com
The Quiet Man Hostel is a modern hostel in the countryside between Lough Mask and Lough Corrib. One mile from historical Cong Village. Fishing, walking and cycling. Near Connemara and Quiet Man locations and Quiet Man Heritage Centre.
http://www.quietman-cong.com
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http://www.wyatthotel.com/
The Wyatt Hotel is a lovely boutique hotel with a location that is second to none in the centre of Westport town, County Mayo. Named after the famous Georgian architect, James Wyatt who designed Westport Town, one of Ireland's only two planned heritage towns. The Wyatt Hotel was recently fully refurbished and is stylishly decorated with its traditional elements seamlessly combined with the requirements of a modern hotel. Westport is situated between Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay and is one of the most popular holiday towns in the North West of Ireland. There ae numerous festivals in both music and art annually which serve to give the place a vibrant atmosphere.
http://www.wyatthotel.com/
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http://www.valleylodgeaccommodation.com/
Valley Lodge Farm Hostel is a converted farm building, situated at Facefield, Claremorris, County Mayo. The hostel is easy to find situated off the Castlebar road N60, 5 miles from Claremorris, 15 minutes drive from Knock Shrine, just 30 minutes from Ballintubber Abbey and 1 hour from Croagh Patrick. Other local attractions are Museum of Country Life Castlebar and Foxford Woollen Mills. Convenient to Knock Airport, 40 minutes drive. The nearest shop is 5 miles and own transport is essential. Very quiet location with the only noise of animals and free range poultry. Why not come and say hello to Dinny our cat, Teasy the dog and Curnal the donkey.
http://www.valleylodgeaccommodation.com/
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http://western-pride-holidayhomes.webs.com/
Western Pride Holiday Homes are located on the outskirts of Ballinrobe in County Mayo. The cottages are of traditional style and are furnished to a very high standard. A fantastic range of activities can be enjoyed locally such as golf, scenic walks, horse riding and angling. It is also a perfect base for touring the south County Mayo and Connemara region.
http://western-pride-holidayhomes.webs.com/
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http://www.westportcoasthotel.ie/
Westport Coast Hotel (previously The Carlton Atlantic Coast Hotel) offers four-star accommodation in luxury bright and spacious rooms overlooking Clew Bay and Wesport Golf Course. The hotel has a strong reputation for good service and great food and is considered one of the best hotels in Wesport. The Westport Coast Hotel building was originally an 18th century mill and is situated on the quay of Westport Harbour. Only a 10 minute walk from the centre of Westport Town, the hotel has a fine restaurant, comfortable bar and a lesiure centre with pool. The hotel, with its unique location in the West of Ireland is an ideal base for golf, fishing, boating, mountain climbing and sea angling trips.
http://www.westportcoasthotel.ie/
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http://www.westportplazahotel.ie/
The Westport Plaza Hotel located in the heart of Westport is a wonderful haven of luxury and comfort. Guestrooms have gorgeous King Size Beds, Jacuzzi and specialised bathroom designs as standard. The hotel's Restaurant Merlot and the Plaza Bar offers a wide range of fine menu choice so guests can experience great food and drink during their stay. This luxurious 4 star hotel is the ideal venue for that well deserved break. Sample our beautiful Spa Sula or head to our magnificent leisure and fitness centre, we cater for all.
http://www.westportplazahotel.ie/
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http://www.westportwoodshotel.com/
Westport Woods Hotel can be found on the outskirts of charming Westport town and has all the facilities you and your family need for the perfect hotel break. The contemporary new Bench Café Bar serves barfood all day long and has regular evening entertainment for guests and locals alike. You won't miss an important match either - the big screen tv makes sure of that! The Beech Club leisure centre includes a kiddies pool as well as the 18m adult pool. Equestrian holidays are a speciality, the hotel has its very own stables a few miles away. Cantering along that Atlantic beach could be a dream come true. Choose from double, twin or family rooms (all ensuite and with tea/coffee making facilities), or treat yourself to a mini suite for a special occasion. The Westport Woods Hotel leads the way in caring for the environment and invites guests to join in.
http://www.westportwoodshotel.com/
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