County Mayo is one of the larger counties in Ireland and is a hugely popular tourist destination due to the religious Knock Shrine. In the village of Knock you’ll find a shrine dedicated to the apparitions that occurred here in the 1800’s. The shrine welcomes well over a million visitors a year and was the main reason for the construction of Knock Airport. Its importance to the Catholic Church has been reflected by the visits of Mother Theresa and Pope John Paul II who bestowed upon Knock the Golden Rose, a rare papal token of honour.
Aside from the famous shrine there is plenty to see and do in County Mayo. Its coastal boundaries provide beautiful golden beaches, amazing views of the Atlantic and outlying islands as well as a multitude of water sports such as surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, boating and much more. Off the coast of Mayo you’ll find Achill Island, the largest of Ireland’s islands, which can be accessed by the road bridge connecting it to the mainland. There’s even more scenic beauty and water activities available on the island as well as a cultural experience of a lifetime as the lifestyle on the island is reminiscent of an Ireland from decades ago.
The towns of Westport and Ballina offer a more modern experience compared to the surrounding villages dotted across the land. These towns continue to grow and put a major emphasis on tourism as you’ll find many tour operators based here. There is a vibrant nightlife consisting of a wide range of pubs, clubs and restaurants to suit any mood.