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Why book a cottage in County Mayo?
Situated on the west side of the Republic of Ireland, with its coastline facing the Atlantic Ocean, County Mayo is a beautiful and beguiling region. It has a a number of stunning Blue Flag beaches, valleys, mountains, lakes and charming towns and villages. It is a great cottage holiday destination for anyone who loves the outdoors, with activities on offer including water sports, walking, hiking, riding, cycling, golf and angling - a prime example being the county town of Ballina on the River Moy, with its famous Ridge Pool brimming with salmon.
Places to visit in County Mayo
Visit the old town of Ballinrobe featuring a castle, corn market and beautiful race course. Take a trip to the nearby village of Cong, where John Wayne starred in 'The Quiet Man'. Discover underground caves, go fishing in one of two lakes, or dine out in style at Ashford Castle, once home to the Guinness Family. Explore Westport and its atmospheric tree-lined streets, or climb the religious mountain of Croagh Patrick - the town's magnificent backdrop.
The north of County Mayo is steeped in history and the Céide Fields Visitors' Centre is not-to-be-missed. This site is one of the world's most extensive Stone Age settlements, with houses and tombs preserved in peat amid a rare Neolithic landscape. Or fast forward to the 1850s and onwards at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life.
And don't miss a trip to Achill Island, linked by bridge to the mainland and home to award-winning beaches, spectacular countryside and unrivalled opportunities for every activity imaginable. Add fabulous restaurants, old-fashioned pubs and traditional Irish music and you have all the ingredients for an unforgettable County Mayo cottage holiday.
Types of holiday
Planning a trip with your dog? This collection of pet-friendly holiday homes will be perfect for you and your pooch. You can filter further by selecting properties with an open fire, ideal for warming up after a long day of walking. Perhaps you’d like to explore more or Ireland’s beautiful and extensive coastline? If so, take a look at these coastal cottages.