The Céide Fields, the largest Stone-Age monument in the world, with field systems, dwellings and tombs almost 6,000 years old
Knock – holy site of pilgrimage and prayer Knock (Irish: An Cnoc, meaning The Hill – but now more generally known in Irish as Cnoc Mhuire, ‘Hill of (the Virgin) Mary’) is home to Knock Shrine, a major international…
Built in 1867 as a romantic gift Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens in Connemara, County Galway is one of the top tourist attractions in the West of Ireland.
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
The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is home to the national collection of objects representing the traditional way of life in Ireland since 1850
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
At the foot of the south-facing slope of Slievemore mountain is a deserted village, inhabited from 5,000 years ago to 100 years ago, in three different periods.
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.