Bord Fáilte Approved Holiday
Carracastle is within easy reach of Knock Shrine, Castlebar, Ballina, Westport, Roscommon, Boyle, Sligo and Enniscrone on the Atlantic Coast, while Galway and Donegal are just over a one hour drive away.
A day trip to Westport by car offers a fantastic variety of destinations for all tastes.
Clew Bay and Louisburgh just outside the west Mayo town offer a multitude of beautiful, jaw-dropping scenery, while the 42km Greenway is the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland.
The Greenway traverses Ireland’s Atlantic coast between Westport town and Achill Island and visits the picturesque villages of Newport and Mulranny (Mallaranny). t passes by some of the West of Ireland’s most dramatic mountains and offers magnificent views of Clew Bay and its many islands
There are a variety of historical and cultural sites including Croagh Patrick, Westport House (Which has lots of attractions for kids) the Ceide Fields, Ballintubber and Kylemore Abbeys, Knock Shrine, Rockfleet Castle, Foxford Woollen Mills, the National Famine Monument at Murrisk.
This is a an area of living history: rich in Stone, Bronze and Iron Age antiquities, as well as early Christian sites. There is also a high concentration of ancient burial monuments around the county.
The scenery becomes ever more spectacular as you explore. Drive towards Newport and Mulranny or Louisburgh and Doolough.
The Céide Fields of Mayo have exposed 2,000 acres of stone walled fields built over hills and valleys with a unique interpretative centre.
There are mountains, lakes and sea, even islands as Achill is connected to the mainland. Wet day or dry day, you'll find plenty to do.
Carracastle has at least 20 Pre-historic Forts in the area. Stone and Earthen Forts are noted in a book on Carracastle published by the late local historian Vincent Coleman.
On Lough Gara there are Crannogs dotted along the Lough - these are man-made stone islands built over 3,000 years ago.
Places To Visit
- Knock Shrine / Museum
- Céide Fields
- Croagh Patrick / Westport
- Foxford Woollen Mills
- Museum of Country Life, Castlebar
- Achill Island
- Ballintubber Abbey
- Clare Island
- Moygara Castle
- The Four Altars
- Douglas Hyde Centre
- Lough Key Forest Park
- Ox Mountains
- Boyle Abbey
- Keash Caves
- Ashford Castle
- Cong (The Quiet Man)
- Westport House
- Galway Bay
- Yeats Country, Sligo
- Strokestown House / Famine Museum
- Seaweed Baths, Enniscrone