Top things to do in County Mayo

Top Choice Beach in Killala

Lackan Strand

Lackan Bay's beach is a stunning and vast expanse of golden sand – it's particularly beautiful as the sun goes down, making it one of Ireland's most gorgeous sights. There's good surf here and plenty of places to ge…
Top Choice Cathedral in Castlebar

Ballintubber Abbey

Established in 1216 next to the site of an earlier church founded by busy St Patrick after he came down from Croagh Patrick, this is the only church in Ireland founded by an Irish king that remains in use. Among the…
Top Choice Archaeological Site in Ballycastle

Céide Fields

This otherwise barren site, 8km northwest of Ballycastle, is considered the world's most extensive Stone Age monument. Stone-walled fields, houses and megalithic tombs – about half a million tonnes of stone – have b…
Top Choice Religious Site in Killala

St Mary's Well

This transfixing place near Rosserk Abbey is an amazing place of pilgrimage, for both Christians and travellers of any persuasion, and is particularly beautiful when the wildflowers are out.The site is near the conf…
Top Choice Museum in Castlebar

National Museum of Country Life

This extensive, engrossing and highly good-looking museum by the Castlebar River delves into Ireland's fascinating rural traditions and skills. Photogenically overlooking a lake in the lush grounds of 19th-century T…
Top Choice Historic Building in Castlebar

Moore Hall

This astonishing and atmospheric ruin is located right by Lough Carra. The imposing but subdued wreck – with its empty windows and engulfed in ivy – was built in the 1790s and burned down in 1923, during the Civil W…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Castlebar

Rua Deli & Cafe

Just off the Mall (the gorgeous green near the heart of town) and near the Courthouse, this gourmet deli and cafe champions artisan, organic produce, Carrowholly cheese, Ballina smoked salmon and luscious prepared f…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Cong

Wilde's at the Lodge

Chef Jonathan Keane and his team forage the mussels, wild herbs and flowers that adorn the dishes at this exquisite restaurant within the vast grounds of Ashford Castle. Produce and meat come from organic local supp…
Top Choice Cafe in Newport

Kelly’s Kitchen

The fare of Sean Kelly's much-loved artisan butcher shop (next door) can be sampled here for breakfast and lunch, or you can stop for a coffee break or for a sandwich, a panini or delicious seafood chowder. The huge…
Top Choice Modern Irish in Westport

Pantry & Corkscrew

The heart of Mayo's slow-food movement is found at this narrow little storefront with a turquoise exterior, its walls crammed with pictures. The kitchen has huge talent as the seasonally changing menu shows, with in…