Mayo Mayo, Irish; Contae Mhaigh Eo - is located in the West Region and is part of the province of Connacht. Mayo has the distinct geological difference between the north and south of the county. In the North - this area consists of subsoils and is covered in large areas of extensive Atlantic blanket-bog. In the South - this is largely a limestone landscape. Some areas of interest include: Ballintubber Abbey and The Celtic Furrow Ballintubber Abbey, often famously described as the abbey that “refused to die,” has been continuously used for almost eight centuries. The important historical site is located in County Mayo, which is only 11km from Castlebar. Turlough Park Turlough Park is a small estate in the parish of Turlough. In the mid 19th Century the Fitzgerald Family commissioned the distinguished architect Sir Thomas Newenham Deane to design the house, which was then built in 1865. Clare Island Clare Island was once home to the famous pirate Queen Grace O'Malley and is the largest and highest of Clew Bay's many islands, with dramatic coastal cliffs and spectacular views of one of Ireland's best known peaks, Croagh Patrick. Ceide Fields Visitor Centre and Site Explore North Mayo's geology, archaeology, botany and wildlife at the award winning Ceide Fields Visitor Centre near Ballycastle on the Belderrig road (R314). Ballina Ballina; Beal an Atha or Beal an Fheadha means mouth of the ford. It is in North Mayo and is the largest town in Mayo. It is located at the mouth of the River Moy near Killala Bay in the Moy valley. The oldest monument in the town is the megalithic tomb ruin, which is known locally as “the Dolmen of the Four Maols”.
Among some of Ballina’s key attractions for visitors include: Moyne Abbey, Rosserk Friary and St. Muredach’s Cathedral. Castlebar In Irish, Castlebar; Caislean an Bharraigh means “Barry’s Castle”. It began as a settlement around the De Barra Castle, which was built in the eleventh century. Places to visit include: Turlough Park, Christchurch and The National Museum of Ireland. Westport Westport in Irish; Cathair na Mart means “stone fort of the beeves”, is situated on the west coast. It is nestled at the foot of Croagh Patrick overlooking Clew Bay. The town centre was designed by James Wyatt in 1780 and is designated as a heritage town. Westport combines a captivating blend of both the traditional and modern. Places of interest in Westport include: Croagh Patrick, Clewbay Heritage Centre and Westport Heritage Centre.