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About County Mayo

Rugged County Mayo is a fascinating place to explore, ideal for fishing, golf and hiking, cycling or driving along the famed Wild Atlantic Way. The area’s growing popularity means that there is a broad range of accommodation available, from lovely country house hotels to cosy B&Bs catering to a whole host of budgets. Many of the best places to stay in County Mayo are tucked amidst spectacular coastal or riverside scenery, perfect for couples or families looking to make the most of the great outdoors.

Too-often overlooked in favour of Ireland’s most well-known destinations, County Mayo is brimming with beautiful landscapes and heaps of adventurous activities — largely without the crowds. The biggest attraction is the Wild Atlantic Way, which you can wind along by bicycle, on foot or by car. There are heaps of walking and biking trails to follow, with panoramic ocean views, rocky headlands and haunting ruins to admire. Venture inland to see Ballycroy National Park, clamber up Croagh Patrick Mountain for impressive vistas, or cycle the 25-mile Westport-to-Achill railway line on the Great Western Greenway.

Achill Island, the largest of Ireland’s offshore islands, is also well worth visiting. You’ll find five Blue Flag beaches, Slievemore Mountain, quiet villages and lively bars to grab a pint and simply relax. There’s climbing, hiking, sea-kayaking and surfing to try, too. Stay on the island itself, or come for the day and return to your countryside hideaway on the mainland.

The region’s towns are also appealing holiday bases. Seaside Westport, for instance, has been voted one of the best places to live in Ireland, and is hugely charming. Its pretty harbour and lively streets lined with Georgian edifices make for wonderful summer strolls, and there’s good food and live music on offer in characterful pubs and gourmet eateries. Head out to the surfing beaches, try sailing and boat trips, or amble around beautiful Clew Bay to marvel at the hundreds of islands. Castlebar is also interesting for a day trip, whilst there’s lots to see in the fishing hotspot of Ballina, perched at the mouth of the River Moy to the north.

With pirate tales, windswept islands and Stone Age secrets to uncover, County Mayo is an enchanting Irish destination for romantic couples looking to unwind, or active families keen to try everything from kayaking to falconry. Book a room in one of the best places to stay in County Mayo and set off on foot, on two wheels or on horseback to discover the myriad wonders of this craggy wilderness, before returning for cosy evenings at the spa, or savouring delicious dishes by the fire.

The Best Places to Stay in County Mayo

For a country house hotel

  • The Lodge at Ashford Castle is a luxuriously-appointed country house with opulent interiors, a lively bar and views over the rugged landscape. Wilde’s serves delicious gourmet fare. With everything from golf to fishing, riding to kayaking and paddle boarding on the lake, this is a top pick for an active couple or family. Also perfect for weddings!
  • Delphi Lodge promises a classic countryside escape with antique-filled rooms in a gorgeous ivy-clad house. Spend your days hiking, cycling and fishing before eating in splendour in the grand dining room. The setting, alongside Fin Lough in the Delphi Valley, is enchanting. Choose this hotel for a calm, grown-up feel.
  • Mount Falcon Estate, set in 100 acres of beautiful grounds, offers an elegant stay in a romantic Victorian manor house. With individual lodges as well as rooms in the main house, there’s lots of space for families or big groups. Try salmon fishing on the River Moy, falconry, cycling and golf, before unwinding at the spa. The award-winning restaurant is a sure-fire hit, too. Choose this hotel for the facilites and activities.
  • Stella Maris Country House is an ideal choice for a soothing seaside retreat in an old coastguard house and former convent. The 11 rooms are comfortable and traditional, with ornately carved wooden beds, and the huge conservatory boasts striking Wild Atlantic Way views. A restful escape.
  • Enniscoe House is a pretty pink Georgian building hidden away in the countryside. Stay here for traditional charm, with patterned wallpaper, cosy quilts and antiques aplenty. Well-placed for fishing, golf and countryside rambles. Great for quiet, laid-back couples or families.

For a spa

  • Knockranny House Hotel & Spa is a sophisticated retreat set between Westport and the craggy mountains. With elegant rooms and suites, a mouth-watering menu and a superb spa, this is an indulgent, grown-up choice. Try the therapeutic Spa Salveo Signature Massage for total bliss.
  • Ice House Hotel & Spa is a restful riverside hideaway in Ballina. Chic rooms and suites are nestled in an old salmon ice house. Pick this place for fishing, golf, locally-sourced food and a wonderful riverside spa. Relax in an outdoor hot tub before treating yourself to the Warm Pebbles of Enniscrone massage. A stylish couples’ haven with impressive views of the Wild Atlantic Way.

For a boutique island escape

  • Clare Island Lighthouse offers five cosy rooms in a striking nineteenth-century lighthouse with dramatic Atlantic Ocean views. The rooms are bright and spacious, with cast-iron beds and lovely wood-burning stoves, and there are attractive communal areas for guests to share. A super-secluded boutique hideaway.

For great value

  • Wyatt Hotel is a charming seaside spot in buzzing Westport. Great-value rooms are cosy and contemporary, the two eateries and the Cobbler’s Bar are wonderfully lively, and the location is ideal for strolling around town. Live music nights are a big draw! Fun for couples or families.
  • Teach Cruachan B&B is a bright and modern six room B&B on Achill Island. A very reasonable Wild Atlantic Way base for the whole family, rooms are spacious and bathrooms very smart. There are bikes of all sizes to hire, and hearty breakfasts to kick off days of exploring the island. Lovely!

For an apartment or cottage

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Dublin International Airport, or take the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin if travelling from the UK. Alternatively, Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC) is just 21 miles from County Mayo and offers regular flights to and from England.
  • Dublin is around 3 hours from County Mayo. Hop aboard a train or drive from the city to your hotel. There are also regular buses, but the journey takes close to 5 hours.
  • This is a beautiful region to explore by road. Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Time your trip between May and September for warmer temperatures and long, bright days. Temperatures peak at around 17°C on average, so bring jumpers and coats!

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Best Hotels in County Mayo

  • Enniscoe House Ballina, County Mayo 6 rooms from £78

    Country Escape  -  A large Georgian house hidden within the forest. A tranquil rural hideaway.
    Fishing  -  The property is ideally placed in the renowned fly fishing and game angling waters of the West of Ireland.
    Great walks  -  Explore the lakes and forest of the surrounding area.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

    An imposing pink Georgian house situated in the glorious countryside of County Mayo. True to its architecture the property is filled with elegant antiques, decorated with softly patterned wallpapers and lit with chandeliers. Elegant yet friendly this is a superior country stay. See More

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  • Teach Cruachan B&B Dooagh, County Mayo 4 rooms from £89

    Local exploring  -  An ideal base for explore the rich culture and heritage of Ireland's largest Ireland, rent a bike and work off your own steam.
    Romantic Break  -  Treat yourself to a secluded and remote romantic break on Irelands stunning west coast.
    Sights nearby  -  Franciscan Monastery, Kildamhnait Castle and Kildownet Castle are all within ten miles.
    Great walks  -  There are a multitude of stunning walks around the area and along the nearby Keem Bay.

    A convivial family-run B&B on the beautiful island of Achill, County Mayo. Each room has a homely feel and affords great views either out to sea or of mountains. The perfect launchpad for exploring the stunning coastline line and fascinating heritage of Ireland's largest island. See More

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  • Ice House Hotel & Spa Ballina, County Mayo 32 rooms from £100

    Total relaxation  -  Fabulous spa, fine dining, all ensconced in the rolling green pastures of County Mayo
    Fishing  -  Salmon and seatrout fishing on the River Moy.
    Sights nearby  -  Ballycroy National Park is twenty miles away.
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    Luxurious furnishings and stunning views combine to create the impressive Ice House Hotel. With its deluxe spa overlooking the river Moy, it's the perfect place for a relaxing weekend away. Ideal for fisherman keen to cast their fly for a salmon or seatrout on the Moy. A charming Mayo delight. See More

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  • Wyatt Hotel Westport, County Mayo 52 rooms from £113

    Local exploring  -  Perfect launchpad for exploring the abundant beauty of county Mayo, as well as the sights and sounds of Westport.
    Romantic Break  -  An enchanting and romantic spot for a weekend away in the west of Ireland.
    Fishing  -  Take a sea fishing trip out from Clew Bay to see some of the best views and landscapes in Ireland.
    Great walks  -  If you get a good day, be sure to walk Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holiest mountain.

    Charming hotel in the seaside town of Westport. With comfy rooms, two restaurants and a lively bar, the Wyatt Hotel is a great option for a stay in Mayo. The beautiful surrounding countryside and low-cost rooms makes for a formidable combination. See More

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  • Knockranny House Hotel County Mayo 97 rooms from £120

    Country Escape  -  A luxury hotel set on the edge of County Mayo highlands. An indulgent country escape
    Views  -  Stunning views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay’s islands to the west and the Nephin Mountains to the north,
    Spa  -  Spa Salveo has extensive facilities including Thermal Suite, vitality pool and a serail mud chamber.
    Great walks  -  Lace up your walking boots and explore the trails across the highlands

    A grand hotel occupying an enviable spot overlooking the County Mayo highlands and ocean. Elegant rooms feature antiques, rich textiles, and utterly decadent bathrooms. The restaurant is a sophisticated affair complete with grand-piano and white linen. The spa really tops this property off. See More

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  • Stella Maris Country House County Mayo 11 rooms from £152

    Country Escape  -  Superb local activities, from scuba to art classes in a sensational cliffside location
    Views  -  Stunning views both out over the Atlantic and the County Mayo countryside.
    Fishing  -  Moy Weir is located in Ballina, a short ride from Ballycastle
    Sights nearby  -  Archaeological site of Céide Fields is 5 minutes' drive

    19th century coast guard house turn small coastal hideaway. Lovely guest-rooms feature antique furniture, fireplaces and views. Conservatory lounge and bar. Excellent modern Irish cuisine in the cosy restaurant. Abundance of activities nearby and a truly magnificent location. See More

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  • Mount Falcon Estate Ballina, County Mayo 32 rooms from £165

    Fishing  -  The property is situated on the banks of Ireland’s beautiful River Moy which is famed for its salmon fishing
    Country Escape  -  An elegant setting, superb food and plenty of outdoor pursuits; the perfect rural escape
    Spa  -  The Elemis Spa offers a wide range of treatments and therapies.
    Swimming Pool  -  17 metre indoor heated pool with gorgeous woodland views
    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Great Small Hotels

    A 19th-century castle occupying a beautiful spot along the River Moy. Rooms range from traditional affairs within the main building to smart purpose-built lodges dotted around the grounds providing total seclusion. With plenty of outdoor pursuits on offer, this is an ideal rural escape. See More

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  • Delphi Lodge Co. Galway, County Mayo 13 rooms from £200

    Country Escape  -  Set in the dramatic Connemara countryside this is a luxurious escape to nature
    Fishing  -  The region has been well known for salmon fishing for generations and the hotel is well-equipped to set you on your way
    Great walks  -  The stunning Delphi Valley offers miles of hill-walking trails
    Restrictions on children  -  Adult only

    A luxurious country escape set in a breathtaking setting beside Fin Lough in the Delphi Valley. Ornate rooms are perfectly styled with a choice selection of antiques and matching chintz fabrics. Dinner is an indulgent affair set in the grand dining room while days are spent hiking and fishing. See More

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  • The Lodge at Ashford Castle Cong, County Mayo 50 rooms from £234

    Weddings  -  Offering a bespoke wedding service, stunning interiors and epic views- it's a picturesque spot to get married.
    Country Escape  -  The perfect countryside escape- set amidst the rolling rugged landscape and lakes of Mayo.
    Fishing  -  Excellent trout fishing on the nearby Lough Corrib.
    Sights nearby  -  Seven miles from the historic Raunaskerra Ringfort.
    Recommended by  -  Great Small Hotels , Kiwi Collection

    A picturesque country hotel, overlooking Lough Corrib in Co. Mayo. The splendid rooms are lavishly decorated with beautiful beds and woven carpets. Try your hand at fishing on the lake or enjoy a round of golf before returning for a delicious meal at Wilde's. A great location for weddings. See More

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  • Clare Island Lighthouse County Mayo 5 rooms from £434

    Back to Nature  -  Designed to take in the spectacular surrounds. This island hotel is the perfect place to get back to nature
    Great walks  -  Walking along the numerous hiking trails is one of the best ways to discover the island
    Minimum Stay  -  Two nights minimum stay
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 16s are welcomed

    A converted lighthouse offering secluded and chic accommodation on rugged Clare Island. A handful of rooms are beautifully styled with wood-burning stoves, cast-iron beds, and hardwood floors. Homemade food is fresh and skilfully made. An indulgent rural escape. See More

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