St Mary's Well

Top choice in County Mayo

St Mary's is one of Ireland's most transfixing holy wells. An apparition of the Virgin Mary has drawn pilgrims here for centuries, and today a tumbledown 18th-century chapel covers the spot. A large thorn tree, garlanded with rosary beads and crucifixes, sprouts from the roof; inside, waters spill from an old stone vault, overseen by a statue of the Virgin.

St Mary's Well is a signed 1km walk from the approach road to Rosserk Abbey, off the R314.

The site, near the confluence of the Rosserk and Moy rivers, is particularly beautiful when the wildflowers are out.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby County Mayo attractions

1. Rosserk Abbey


Dipping its toes into the River Rosserk, this sublime Franciscan abbey dates from the mid-15th century. An eye-catching double piscina (perforated stone…

2. Belleek Castle

2.48 MILES

Take a fascinating tour of this restored castle, built between 1825 and 1831 on the site of a medieval abbey. The castle was bought in the 1960s by fossil…

3. Enniscrone Beach

3.52 MILES

This gorgeous 5km stretch of sand is the real reason to visit Enniscrone, especially as the sun goes down. Cars can drive straight on to the beach; a…

4. Jackie Clarke Collection

3.78 MILES

Starting when he was 12 in 1939, the late Jackie Clarke was a businessman who amassed an extraordinary collection of 100,000 items covering 400 years of…

5. Round Tower

4.29 MILES

Right at the centre of things and at the heart of Killala, the town's gorgeous 12th-century limestone round tower is perfectly preserved, although it was…

6. Lackan Strand

8.54 MILES

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…

7. Easkey Castle

11.42 MILES

This 63ft-high 12th-century tower near the water's edge is a ruined, though formidable, stronghold. The uppermost level is known as the Sailor's Bed.

8. Titanic Memorial Park

11.88 MILES

With the bow of the RMS Titanic cast in bronze and statues of several of the 14 local passengers who were on the ship when it went down, this memorial…