West of Ireland see and do
Knock is a small village in the County of Mayo in the West of Ireland, Knock Shrine is a Catholic Marian Shrine, believed to have been visited by the Virgin Mary, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist. Large numbers of visitors come to Knock Shrine each year.
If you are renting a car at Knock Airport you can drive around and explore the County Mayo area, with lots to be seen and explored such as Croagh Patrick, another area which pilgrims flock to in the Summer months, believed that St Patrick fasted on this mountain and built a church there and today people continue to visit Croagh Patrick. Westport also is a very popular town in County Mayo, at the foot of Croagh Patrick and a short distance to the stunning Clew Bay area. Westport comes alive in the Summer, this heritage town is beautifully laid out and beautifully looked after with its many hanging baskets and interesting shop fronts and streets. Visit Westport House and Country Park also.
The Achill Island off the coast of Mayo, is breath taking all year round, a great place to get away from it all, enjoy driving around the Island, the Atlanctic Drive and meet some of the locals, and soon you will fall in with the slow pace of life. Take a bike with you and cycle around Achill Island or stroll and be sure to take in the Great Western Greenway, which can start at Achill Sound and finish in Westport, a track especially for cyclists or walkers. This lovely area of County Mayo has many Blue Flag wonderful Beaches in Achill such as Keem Bay, Trawmore Strand, The Silver Strand and The Golden Strand.
The Céide Fields in County Mayo is one of the oldest field system which was discovered, a unique Neolithic landscape area of great importance, with field walls, houses and megalithic tombs all there, Irelands History is preserved in this area, something for all history enthusiasts.
The area of Cong in County Mayo is a very scenic area, and you are sure to enjoy some wonderful drives around this area, and it is also home to where the Quiet Man staring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara was filmed.