County Mayo is the third biggest county in Ireland. It is known for its scenery, landscape, and its hospitality. Mayo is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, mountain ranges, and rivers. There is a range of options for activities in Mayo, including water sports, walking, cycling, golfing, fishing, angling, and riding. There are also gardens, museums, and national parks to visit and enjoy.
Fishing is one of the most popular activities in the area. The River Moy in Ballina is famous for its salmon. There are many other lakes popular amongst fisher folk in the region. Fishing aside, the region is known for the Croagh Patrick, one of Ireland’s very own “holy” mountains, and the shrine of Our Lady at Knock.
There are a number of large hostels in the region. If it is more luxurious accommodation you prefer, hotels and guesthouses are also available if you look around. You can also opt to stay at a farmhouse, country home, or a townhouse based on your preferences. Self-catering and catered accommodations are available.
Mayo is a county with a rich and diverse history. Each village has its own story. The landscape of the region has many old ruins scattered across it. In addition to this, there are beaches, pubs, restaurants and inns everywhere. If you’re the adventurous type, you can travel around (and stay) in a horse-drawn caravan.
You can also take archery lessons with your travelling companions, shoot clay pigeons, and go hang gliding. For a more relaxed day out, you can visit one of the many museums in Mayo County, which focus on a variety of niches including local history, fishing, famine, religion, and the economy.
Food is another thing the Irish in Mayo County are proud of. There are multiple farmer’s markets happening in the villages, as they have been for over six decades. Local produce, crafts, and baked goods are sold here at reasonable prices.
Last, but not least, is the Ballycroy National Park, one of six in Ireland, boasting an awesome 11,000-hectare area of bog and mountain ranges. If you happen to be an amateur or professional astronomer, the park is also famous for its dark night skies. These skies are clear enough to spot the arms of the Milky Way galaxy on a good night.
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