Need a late-summer break? Here are five reasons to head out west to Mayo 1 year ago

Need a late-summer break? Here are five reasons to head out west to Mayo

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Everyone knows West is the best, and here's why


Are you ready for summer to be over? Thought so, neither are we.

Unfortunately we can't stop time, and we've got to deal with it in the only way we know how. You guessed it, with an amazing break to finish things off in style.

Catch the last of those August rays on the west coast. More specifically in the most underrated holiday destination there is, County Mayo. Here are some unmissable spots in The Yew County.

Clew Bay

Overlooked by Croagh Patrick and the Nephin mountain range, this is one of the most spectacular spots on the Wild Atlantic Way. Believe it or not, there are 365 islands within the bay, one for each day of the year. The area has a rich history which spans over many centuries, and includes a time during which John Lennon himself stayed there.

Now, thanks to Rockshore Mate Escapes, you and your mates could experience it yourselves with a Clew Bay island hopping holiday. Just follow the link and fill out your details!

Dun Briste Sea Stack


The Dun Briste sea stack is truly world renowned. The 45 metre tall structure was once joined to the mainland until the 14th century, and the remains of ancient homes can still be seen on the summit. Nowadays you can see the different layers of rock that built up over the years, which give a good impression as to what the earth beneath us looks like. It's a striking and distinctive sight that should absolutely be checked out!

Achill Island

A popular spot for water-sports, and the perfect beach getaway. Nearby rugged mountains and peat bogs are a great addition for anyone seeking the thrill of an adventure holiday. The largest island off the west coast is a lovely place for a cycle too.

Irish history comes to life here through the ruins of ancient buildings which still remain. Don't forget to check out some of the amazing seafood on offer too, including some of the freshest lobster, mussels, salmon you'll ever have.



Croagh Patrick is the most obvious activity in Westport, but it's certainly not all it has to offer. The Great Western Greenway is an absolute must for any cyclist, either beginner or more advanced.

Westport House is a real highlight too, a Georgian era estate with period rooms and stunning verdant gardens. Find out about your heritage at nearby Clew Bay Heritage Centre.

Great Western Greenway

If you're a cyclist or trail lover, the Great Western Greenway is an absolute must. The 42 kilometre long trail begins in Westport and ends in Achill. The trek was opened in 2011, and thanks to stunning sights along the way, it wasn't long until it started attracting up to 471 cycle trips per day.


Go on a sunny day and enjoy whizzing across open boglands with a firm track beneath your wheels. If you get tired, there's lots of cool little cafes and shops along the route for pit stops!


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