Mayo West Video Travel Guides


Take a long and slow trip through Co. Mayo and marvel at the variety of scenery, lakes, mountains, islands and rivers and enjoy some craic with the local people.

Best Places and Things to see in Mayo West

Mayo Clew Bay

Clew Bay, is the bay that separates Mayo North and South. There are hundreds of small islands in the bay close to Westport. at the head of the bay lies Clare Island, which is worth a visit.

Beaches in Ireland

Some of the finest beaches in Ireland are in County Mayo. Silver Strand lies below Mweelrea Mountain the sentinel to Killary Harbour. Achill Island and Clare Islands have some fine beaches.

Great Western Green Way

Is a 42km off road cycle way from Westport to Achill Island, passing through the Newport and Mulranny villages. While cycling the route, you will see some dramatic sea and mountain scapes across Clew Bay - weather permitting of course.

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Killary to Westport

Follow the R335 road from Killary Harbour, through Delphi Valley, past Lough Doo and on though Lousburgh and around the head of Clew Bay, passing Croagh Patrick and on to Westport.

Killary Harbour

Killary to Westport

Along the road north, just a short distance from Leenane you enter the county of Mayo.

West Mayo has equally impressive scenery to Galway and is well worth continuing the drive north.

The waterfall just beyond Leenane has been immortalized by the film and play The Field.

The play was written by Kerry playwright John B Keane and the film was produced by Jim Sheridan. Richard Harris played the lead role.

The waters of Killary are ideal for mussel farming. The bay produces over 2500 tonnes of mussels a year. The mussels fix themselves to ropes dangling from the overhead buoys and feed on the naturally occurring planktons.

Delphi Valley

Killary to Westport

Delphi Valley is set between Ben Gorm ( Blue mountain ) on the east and Mweelrea on the west, the valley is a haven of tranquility and though beautifully stunning is less frequented than Connemara.

Beyond Delphi the valley broadens out into Doo Lough. A wind swept and bleak area even on the finest days.

Doo Lough

is a fitting and bleak area to commemorated the famine tragedy when hundreds of the poor and destitute were left to starve to death as they wandered the roads between Delphi and Louisburgh in the hopes of obtaining state assistance.

Doo Lough

Killary to Westport

On the way from Killary Harbour to Louisburg, after passing Finn Lough at the head of Delphi Valley, the vista opens again as the road passes through a mountain gap. Doo Lough or Black Lake lies ahead. This is one of Ireland's deepest lakes.


Killary to Westport

Lousiburgh is a quiet town on the edge of the scenic area and ideal as a base for exploring the mountains and nearby islands. The town dates back to 1795, when it was developed by James Browne (Marquess of Sligo ). He named the town Louisburgh in honour of his uncle who fought and died at the battle of Louisburgh on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada. The town is only a few kilometres from Roonagh Pier, from which you can catch a ferry to Clare Island.

Croagh Patrick

Killary to Westport

Croagh Patrick about 8km west of Westport is the third highest mountain in County Mayo.

The mountain has been and continues to be a site of pilgrimage. Every year thousands climb the mountain trails regardless of the weather.

Some of the pilgrims even take to the rugged rocky path in bare feet, something which is currently frowned on by the event organisers. On the top of the mountain there is a tiny church which can be seen from the roads below.

Below the mountain there are two villages Murrisk and Lecanvey - a path past the villages will take you up the mountain There is a visitor centre and large car park in Murrisk.


Killary to Westport

The town of Westport dates back to the around 1780. it lies on the shores of Clew Bay and is over looked by Croagh Patrick. The River Carrow which flows through the town adds charm and appeal as it passes under stoned arched bridges. Every year, pilgrims set off from Westport an much further afield to climb Croagh Patrick, some in their bare feet. Westport House which is open to the public is close by. The house was built about 50 years prior to the town. Westport town has a lot of charm and is highly regarded as a lace to visit.

Further Reading on Wikipedia : Killary Harbour

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South West Coast

Between Roonagh and Silver strand there are a number of fine sandy beaches.

Roonagh Clare Island Ferry

South West Coast

From the tiny pier at Roonagh about 10km from Louisburgh the ferries go to Clare Island and Inisturk. The journey time is about 20 to 30 minutes.

Cross Beach

South West Coast

The beach at Cross is about 10km from Louisburgh. The beach is backed by a wide flat grassy open space. A small lake Lough Roonagh is just a short distance from the sea. The river flowing from the lake into the sea can be dangerous for swimming as rip tides form close to it's outlet.

Sunset over Clare Island

South West Coast

Cross Beach is about 6km across the water from Clare Island. On clear nights the island forms a good backdrop to the setting sun.

Silver Strand

South West Coast

Almost at the south westerly tip off Mayo, over looking north Galway and close to the entrance to Killary harbour lies Silver Strand over looked by the dominant Mweelree mountain.

The beach is a great place to spend time on a god day though care must be taken in the water due to currents.

Road to Silver Strand

South West Coast

The R378 runs from Louisburgh to Silver Strand. Along the way it passes a number of communities. The small lanes on the west side often connect to the coast and the fine beaches. Many of the beaches are sign posted.

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Heading North West along the Wild Atlantic Way from Westport, the first village you come to is Newport.



Newport is a small picturesque town just north of Westport and overlooking Clew Bay.The River Black Oak flows through the town as it completes its final journey into the bay. During the early to mid 18th century the town had a prosperous linen industry. Today the town is a dormitory town of Westport though has a tourism economy. The off road cycle track between Newport and Mulranny is very popular.

Rockfleet Castle


Carrickahowley Castle or Rockfleet Castle is a tower house dating back to the 16th century and is reputed to have been associated with the pirate queen Gráinne O'Malley. The castle is built right on the waters edge and is difficult to access at high tide.

Further Reading on Wikipedia : Newport County Mayo

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