Explore – Mayo

Jutting proudly into the Atlantic Ocean, County Mayo boasts a stunningly beautiful unspoilt environment with a magical attraction for visitors. Cosmopolitan towns such as Westport positively burst with charm and personality, as welcoming as the Mayo people themselves.

Things to do

FishingHidden Ireland for Mayo Bed and Breakfast accommodation

Fishing in Mayo is a fisherman’s paradise, with its empty riverbanks, full rivers and the cleanest air and water in Europe. The waterways are set against a backdrop of natural beauty and offer both to the experienced angler and the enthusiastic beginner some of the best fishing in the world. Visit the famous shores of Loughs Conn & Cullin and fish for wild brown trout with your own boat and ghillie who can also offer some expert advice!

Visit Croagh Patrick & Knock Shrine

Croagh Patrick is situated five miles from the picturesque town of Westport and the mountain’s conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside. Magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding south Mayo countryside are to be had from all stages of the ascent of the mountain. Follow the steps of Patrick and in doing so meet people from far and near.

Visit Westport Town

Westport, designated one of Bord Failte’s Heritage Towns, is situated in the shadow of Croagh Patrick, overlooking Clew Bay. One of the few planned towns in the Country, Westport was designed in the 18th Century by James Wyatt. It has become one of Ireland’s established tourism centres, with many outstanding features, most notably the beautiful tree lined boulevard known as The Mall, running parallel to the Carrowbeg River and Westport House with lots to do for all the family.

Drop by Louisburgh

On your way from Westport to Delphi Lodge, make sure to take a short detour and take in the beautiful small town of Louisburgh. With lots of beaches to choose from, horseriding, restaurants, bars, surfing, bike hire, there is something for everyone! for more information check out www.louisburgh.net

Achill Island

Achill Island (24 km x 19 km) is the largest island in the Country and is accessible from the mainland by bridge. Its magnificent sandy beaches, sea cliffs and warm hospitality bring visitors back again and again. Visit the beautiful villages of Dooagh and Dooega, the high cliffs at Slievemore and Minaun, the magnificent beaches at Keel and Keem, under the Achill Head. The famous Atlantic Drive takes you on a journey of scenic splendour, a must for all visitors to Achill.

The Story of Knock began on the 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. From this miraculous occurrence Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognised Marian Shrine.


Mayo is a lightly populated and largely rural county, lending itself ideally to walking. The scenery is spectacular and the variety of terrain interesting – some areas are level and easy going, ideal for strollers, while the hills, mountains and bogs offer a stiff challenge to the accomplished walker.

Places to Stay

Hidden Ireland Historic Country Guest Houses

Self Catering

Horse Houses
The stables at Enniscoe House have been converted into two attractive apartments. Both have doors to the woodland area and also have access to the walled gardens, the forest walks and the lake shore. Fishing on Lough Conn can be arranged. The nearby heritage centre has a tearoom, shop and small museum. Organically grown vegetables available.

Keel River Lodge
Keel River Lodge is a luxury self-catering house (Accommodation – 1800sq ft) on the shores of Lough Carra, Ballinrobe, Ireland. It is set in a large (one third acre) enclosed landscaped garden which is safe for children to play in. The house is built in a traditional manner to provide a mix of old world charm with all mod cons. There are breathtaking views over the lake and the Partry mountains which can be viewed from the upstairs lounge. The Lodge itself has also an “old world” feel to it with all solid wood floors/furniture and oak beams. It has it’s own private pier on the lake. The Lodge is ideally located for touring, walking, cycling, golf, horse racing, horse riding, fishing, music, shopping, eating out, and many more things to do. The house comprises of a large entrance hall, large kitchen with dining area and patio, three bedrooms, two bedrooms have a double and single bed, one of these rooms has an ensuite also. The third bedroom has a double bed and television. There is one bathroom with a bath and shower. There is also a utility room with washing machine and dryer. The Lodge has traditionally had the top “4 Star Rating” with the Irish Tourist Board since it opened. Standards have been kept exceptionally and consistently high. The proprietors, Joe and Lucy Flannelly are in the Self Catering business since 2000 and the Boat Hire/Guiding business was started by Joe’s Father and Mother in the 1950s. and handed over to Joe in 1980. Joe Flannelly is a Professional Angling Guide on Lough Carra and Lough Mask. Keel River Lodge is located 4km from Ballinrobe on the N84 to Castlebar.

Rosturk Woods
A spacious and luxurious south-facing two story modern house, set in mature woodland with direct private access to the clean and unspoilt foreshore of Clew Bay. This is the perfect sea-side holiday house.

The Potting Shed
Converted potting shed and loft overlooking the walled garden of Enniscoe House. Outside there is access to the gardens, the forest walks and the lake shore. Organic vegetables for sale fromthe gardens, tearooms and heritage centre nearby. Brown trout fishing in season on Lough Conn, boats and gillies available.

Waterfall Cottage
Waterfall Cottage is a completely unique vacation rental property at the heart of the spectacular Delphi Valley in southwest Mayo, Ireland. It is on one of the most beautiful parts of the Wild Atlantic Way. Surrounded by one of Ireland’s largest Special Areas for Conservation and in a National Heritage Area, the four-bedroom holiday home overlooks a pristine river in a stunning wilderness setting. If, like me, you adore the wild Delphi valley in Ireland, or if you are searching for an exceptional rental property for an Irish vacation, check this out. Waterfall Cottage, my home for the past 15 years, is now available for rental by the week. It’s in a spectacular location in County Mayo, very close to the coast and at the heart of Ireland’s best fly-fishing region. Close to excellent salmon and trout fishing and surrounded by popular hillwalking trails, Waterfall Cottage is just 20 miles from the pretty Georgian town of Westport with its championship golf course, the spectacular Westport House and a range of interesting shops. The nearest village, Leenane in County Galway, is eight miles to the southeast and the small town of Louisburgh is eleven miles to the north. The beautiful Killary Fjord is just two miles away and there are a number of spectacular sandy beaches, some good for surfing, within a short drive of the property. The Delphi Valley and Doologh Pass are among the last truly unspoilt areas of western Europe and represent a nature lover’s paradise. Otters, pine martens, badgers, peregrines and mountain hares are regularly sighted and the river beside the property is home to many dippers and the occasional kingfisher. For basic food shopping, the essentials can be bought from the village store in Leenane, where petrol is also available. Louisburgh has a small supermarket and in Westport there are three large supermarkets and many other shops. This is a dream hideaway with easy access to all the spectacular scenery of Connemara and Mayo. Waterfall Cottage is just 90 minutes from Knock International airport, 2.5 hours from Shannon and 3.5 hours from Dublin. Galway city is just over an hour away.