Considered as the gateway to Ireland’s County Mayo, Ireland West Airport Knock is only 20 minutes drive from the village of the same name. Known internationally for the scared Knock Shrine, County Mayo also offers visitors superb scenery and a warm Irish welcome; perfect for those looking for a quieter break.
County Mayo has so much to see and explore. Enjoy its wild, beautiful and largely unspoilt landscapes with plenty of opportunities to do so by car, foot, bicycle, or even by horseback. The highlight of visiting Mayo – and the west coast of Ireland - is without a doubt the Wild Atlantic. Unearth the soaring cliffs, friendly towns and hidden beaches on your journey along the coastal trail.
In the 340-mile Mayo section of the Wild Atlantic Way, there are two standout attractions. The first one is Downpatrick Head, where Ireland’s patron Saint Patrick is said to have founded a church. The second one is Blue Flag awarded Keem Strand beach. If the weather permits, change into your swimsuit and enjoy the remoteness and natural beauty of this place.
Although undoubtedly you will want to spend a lot of your time out enjoying the beautiful outdoors, ensure you discover a little more about the culture and heritage of this fantastic Irish county. Listen to traditional Irish music in a cosy pub, enjoy the picturesque town of Westport or learn more about rural life in Ireland over the years at National Museum of Ireland – Country Life.
Mayo also gives you great access to the stunning counties of Sligo, Galway and Roscommon, and for those travellers looking to explore a little further, then head to Galway; the West of Ireland’s biggest city which is often considered Ireland’s cultural and artistic hub. At only 90 minutes’ drive south form Knock Airport, Galway is a must visit for musicians, revellers and foodies.