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Croagh Patrick from Westport Quay

Croagh Patrick as seen from Westport Quay. Pic: Fáilte Ireland

Natural Beauty

 

Mayo is world-renowned for its wild beauty, with breathtaking and widely varied scenery.

The pristine Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches near Westport are well-known among the water-sports community, with surfingwindsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking and many more options on offer.

A man in a boat fishes for trout with Nephin mountain in the distance

A boat on Lough Beltra with the imposing Nephin mountain in the background. Pic: Bord Fáilte

Mayo’s hills and mountains are among the most beautiful in Ireland and feature some of the highest peaks in Connacht. Croagh Patrick rises just outside of Westport and is a favourite of pilgrims and climbers from all over the world. Nephin, Mweelrea, the Sheeffry Hills and the Nephin Beg range attract outdoor enthusiasts with their challenging climbs and panoramic vistas.

Clew Bay, with its reputed 365 islands, one for each day of the year, is probably the most beautiful bay in Ireland.  The vistas all around the bay, particularly near Westport, are spectacular.

Tawnyard Woods

The spectacular Tawnyard Woods and Lough, with the Sheeffry Hills beyond. Pic: saraflorence/Creative Commons

The woodlands and forests near Westport are easily accessible and noted for their serene beauty and informatively signposted walks, as well as the stunning views they offer of the surrounding countryside.

Just a half-hour’s drive south of Westport is Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only true fjord, a showpiece on the border of Mayo and Galway.

Ballycroy National Park, north of Mulranny, features the Owenduff bog, one of the intact active blanket bog systems in Ireland and Western Europe. The park provides habitat for Greenland white-fronted geese, golden plover, red grouse and otters, among other wildlife. A state-of-the-art visitors’ centre provides interpretive displays and other information about the park.

 

 

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