The Céide Fields

The Céide Fields, the largest Stone-Age monument in the world, with field systems, dwellings and tombs almost 6,000 years old

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Knock

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Kylemore Abbey and gardens

Built in 1867 as a romantic gift Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Gardens in Connemara, County Galway is one of the top tourist attractions in the West of Ireland.

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Achill beaches

Achill island, a 45 minute drive from Westport has five great Blue Flag beaches, adding to Achill’s attraction as a day trip from Westport

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The Achill landscape, plants and animals

Achill island occupies an area of about 57 square miles. Its geography includes glacial and coastal features and the climatic effects of the Gulf Stream create a distinctive combination of flora and fauna

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Achill history

Achill island has seen the arrival of Christianity, the power of Granuaile, plantations from Ulster, great rows between Protestants and Catholics and the disappearance of the ancient booleying way of life

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Ballycroy National Park

Ballycroy National Park is Ireland’s sixth National Park and comprises 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountains, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range

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National Museum of Ireland – Country Life

The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is home to the national collection of objects representing the traditional way of life in Ireland since 1850

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Deserted village at Slievemore

At the foot of the south-facing slope of Slievemore mountain is a deserted village, inhabited from 5,000 years ago to 100 years ago, in three different periods.

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Westport House, a history

Westport House is one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes and enjoys a superb parkland setting with lake, terraces, wonderful gardens and magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.

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Kildavnet castle

Kildavnet Castle, on Achill Island, was Granuaile’s fortress guarding the entrance to Achill Sound, linking Clew Bay to the south and Blacksod Bay to the north.

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Granuaile’s Castle, Clare Island

On a rocky headland at the harbour on Clare Island is the square tower which served as Granuaile’s (Grace O’Malley’s) castle. It is said that the Pirate Queen’s head is buried near this castle.

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Burrishoole Abbey

The beautiful Burrishoole Abbey, founded by Richard de Burgo 1469, on the shores of Clew Bay near Newport

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Rockfleet Castle

Rockfleet Castle, a 16th-century fortified tower house, is best known for its association with Granuaile, the O’Malley chieftain and infamous pirate queen.

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Ballintubber

Ballintubber has several of the most important historic sites in central Mayo, including Ballintubber Abbey and St. Patrick’s well.

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