Explore County Mayo, Ireland in your car, following routes that show you the best of the county.
One of Ireland’s few planned towns, designed by well-known 18th century architect, James Wyatt, Westport has earned its place among Ireland’s heritage towns
Westport House is one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes and enjoys a superb parkland setting with lake, terraces, wonderful gardens and magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.
Kildavnet Castle, on Achill Island, was Granuaile’s fortress guarding the entrance to Achill Sound, linking Clew Bay to the south and Blacksod Bay to the north.
On a rocky headland at the harbour on Clare Island is the square tower which served as Granuaile’s (Grace O’Malley’s) castle. It is said that the Pirate Queen’s head is buried near this castle.
Fearless leader by land and by sea, the “most notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland” Granuaile was the Pirate Queen of Connaught and head of the O’Malley clan.
Rockfleet Castle, a 16th-century fortified tower house, is best known for its association with Granuaile, the O’Malley chieftain and infamous pirate queen.
Cong is a small village in south Mayo famous for its 12th century abbey, the lavish gold and silver processional Cross of Cong from 1123, the magnificent Ashford Castle, the town’s links with Oscar Wilde and, most popularly, its association with the John Wayne classic movie, The Quiet Man.
The towns and villages near Westport offer endless opportunities for day-trips during your stay.
Clare Island, a short trip from Westport, has walking tours, bus tours, bike hire, swimming at the Blue Flag beach, birdwatching, diving, and horse trekking.