For a night of song, dance, music, storytelling and magic in Westport, The Legend of Gráinne Mhaol and The Magic Parlour are superb choices
Achill island has seen the arrival of Christianity, the power of Granuaile, plantations from Ulster, great rows between Protestants and Catholics and the disappearance of the ancient booleying way of life
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.
The beautiful Burrishoole Abbey, founded by Richard de Burgo 1469, on the shores of Clew Bay near Newport
Rockfleet Castle, a 16th-century fortified tower house, is best known for its association with Granuaile, the O’Malley chieftain and infamous pirate queen.
Ballintubber has several of the most important historic sites in central Mayo, including Ballintubber Abbey and St. Patrick’s well.
Newport is a third of the way along the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill. Its beautiful viaduct over the Black Oak river and majestic church beguile the eye.
With its majestic mountains, breathtaking landscapes, unspoilt beaches and long history, Achill has something to offer every visitor.
Louisburgh is a beautiful small town in the midst an area of immense natural beauty, with award-winning beaches and mountains close at hand.
Overlooking Clew Bay at the bottom of Croagh Patrick, Murrisk village has scenic views in all directions and a rich history.
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.