The West of Ireland is one of the most beautiful parts of Ireland. The landscape ranges from mountains to plains, beaches to bogs. There’s so much to do for all ages including golf, surfing, walking, cycling, spa & wellness, dining, equestrian, adventure sports, art galleries, traditional pubs & music.
Here are some of our favourite activies in the West of Ireland!
The Wild Atlantic Way
The Wild Atlantic Way is Ireland’s longest defined coastal touring route along the Atlantic coast from Donegal to Cork. It passes through Co. Mayo and some of the most scenic parts of Ireland including Achill Island, Ballina and Westport. Visit Website »
Great Western Greenway
At 42km, it is the longest off-road walking and and cycling trail in Ireland and follows the old Westport to Achill railway which closed back in the 1930s. Bike rentals are available in Westport, Newport, Mulranny and Achill. Visit Website »
There is a diverse range of 18-hole links and parkland courses in the West of Ireland. Connemara, Carne and Westport stand high on a list of Ireland’s championship courses. There are more than 20 courses to choose from which can be played all year round. Download a map of courses in the West. Visit Website »
Croagh Patrick is the most prominent mountain overlooking Clew Bay on the Atlantic Coast outside Westport, Co. Mayo. Saint Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, made County Mayo his home for many years around 400AD. Spending 40 days and nights on the imposing Croagh Patrick, he banished snakes, dragons and demonic forces from his vantage point. Visit Website »
From hill walking to windsurfing, rock climbing to boogie boarding, there are plenty of outdoor activities to suit young and old alike. The Atlantic coastline offers 21 blue flag beaches and is also an excellent surfing location. Visit Website »
Westport, Co. Mayo
Westport is known as a Heritage town and has received many tidy town awards. It is located on a quay and has an abundance of hotels, pubs, restaurants and quaint shops. It is a popular tourist area for both visitors and natives alike. Visit Website »
Ballina, Co. Mayo
Ballina is world famous for it’s fishing and attracts visitors from across the globe. The Moy river produces about 6,000 salmon to the rod and Lough Conn and Arrow have established reputations of quality wild brown trout. The Ballina Salmon Festival is a premier family-orientated festival held in July of each year. Visit Website »
Festivals & Events
Whether you are into soaking up the cool tunes of a jazz festival, shucking oysters by the dozen or just having a good old time at a traditional Irish pub, Ireland has an abundance of festivals and events throughout the west. For a list of festivals and events, visit the Failte Ireland website. Visit Website »
For all your transportation needs to any of the above, whether it is coach hire in Mayo or anywhere in Ireland, Barretts of Mayo are here to assist you. Contact us for a quote today!