This mountain in Mayo is closely associated with St Patrick, and is the scene of an annual pilgrimage that can trace its origins to pre-Christian Ireland.
Pilgrims traditionally walk barefoot to the top of the mountain, over sharp and unstable stone tracks, in the process gaining penitence.Read More
Archaeological excavations in Mayo are uncovering new insights into life in Stone Age Ireland, and what they are finding is having an international impact.
Far from being the uncivilised people we assume they were, the people who lived at this place were sophisticated farmers, had well developed tools and even traded internationally. It’s a true eye opener and a must see.Read More
Although no longer strictly an Island since the construction of a road to the mainland, Achill retains the sense of being a place apart.
There are beautiful secluded beaches, good places to stay and eat and many historic places to visit, including a deserted and ruined ‘famine village’.Read More
Knock is famed as the scene of an apparition of the Virgin Mary, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist and draws large numbers to prayer and pilgrimage.
While many people believe earnestly that an apparition took place in Knock, a more skeptical view also exists and some people believe the figures seen were projected onto a wall.Read More
Located on the shore of the remote and lovely Killary Fjord, this busy and popular adventure centre offers, among other things, kayaking, wind surfing, high ropes, a climbing tower, Hobie cat sailing, gorge Walking, a zip wire and, in Winter, snow boarding.
There are also summer camps available for kids.Read More
A branch of the National Museum, which concentrates on clothing, tools, toys and other household items giving an insight into day to day living in Ireland’s past.
There is a year round schedule of events here which makes it an always lively and interesting place to visit. Kids, even those not normally enthused by museums, love this one.Read More
A fairly large and busy town, Castlebar grew up around the de Barry castle and is a popular centre for anglers and walkers.
The town was home to the infamous Lord Lucan, whose house is now a school, and its worth taking a stroll though its streets if only for the excellent sculpture trail that will guide you.Read More