Top 5 Things To Do In Mayo
Jul 27 2018
Mayo is the home of Achill Island, Ireland’s largest island. As well as this, it is also the home of Ireland’s highest cliffs in Croaghaun on Achill Island. Mayo has plenty to see and do, but here are our top 5.
1. Croagh Patrick
Make sure you bring your hiking gear to trek up Croagh Patrick. The “holiest mountain in Ireland” is one of the country’s most famous landmarks. It can be found just outside the bustling town of Westport. It is known as the place where Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick, spent 40 days and nights praying and fasting. Therefore, the mountain has been a place of pilgrimage for 5,000 years. 12
2. Westport and Westport House
3. The Great Western Greenway
26 Mile (42km) Greenway Stretching from Achill Island to Westport
4. Knock Shrine
The Knock Shrine is internationally renowned as a place of prayer and pilgrimage. In the 19th century fifteen locals claimed that the image of Our Lady, St. Joseph, St. John the Evangelist, an altar, cross and a lamb appeared to them in the small village. Mary McLoughlin, housekeeper to the parish priest of Knock, and her friend Mary Byrne were astonished to see the outside south wall of the church bathed in a mysterious light, with three figures standing in front of the wall. The figures were said to float a few feet above the crowd and Byrne quickly gathered the other 13 witnesses who were to attest to the miracle.
5. The Céide Fields
There are few places in Ireland where the feeling of being surrounded by the truly ancient is more profound than at the Céide Fields in Belderrig, Co. Mayo, home of the oldest known field system in the world. Located along dramatic 360-foot high cliffs and looking straight out onto the Atlantic Ocean, the Céide Fields (or Achaidh Chéide meaning “flat-topped hill fields”) is a remarkable neolithic site first discovered in the 1930s. Since its discovery, an award-winning interpretive visitor center has been built near the site, featuring a 4,000-year-old ancient tree unearthed from the nearby bogland in the entrance hall. The building itself has been heralded as a fantastic piece of architecture totally in keeping with its rural environs.