Mayo, Ireland`s third largest county, really is the Ireland of your imagination, a beautiful and inspiring region with breathtaking landscapes and panoramic countryside with many lakes, green and peaceful valleys, and an exciting blend of rugged mountain trails and beautiful beaches set in the Western coastline. Small villages dot the peaceful coastal area yet large towns like Ballina and Westport are modern and vibrant enough to boats a great nightlife.
Mayo also includes Ireland`s largest island, Achill Island, with its magnificent sandy beaches, sea cliffs and warm hospitality. It is the county of Croagh Patrick and Ballintubber Abbey, numerous mediaeval friaries, and the Marian Shrine of Knock. The northern part of Mayo has the greatest concentrations of Stone Age tombs, also known as the megaliths, all over Europe. A trail of permanent sculpture from the Moy Estuary to the Mullet Peninsula has been created to preserve the ancient landscape. Among them is the mysterious 5,000-year-old settlement at Ceide Fields. The remnants of early Christian settlements and colonies are to be found all over the county and the experience of visiting these sites of ancient Irish heritage is fascinating. Mayo provides ideal and diverse habitats for wildlife, especially along its spectacular indented coastline and on offshore islands.
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