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Lorna’s Visitor Manual

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Lorna’s Visitor Manual

Sightseeing
One of the most iconic sites in Ireland. Legend has it that St Patrick spent 40 days/nights atop this in the year 441. Pilgrims climb this year round and it is well worth the climb for the views. Located approximately 13km from our home, we can give you all the advice/assistance you may need if you decide to climb.
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Croagh Patrick
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One of the most iconic sites in Ireland. Legend has it that St Patrick spent 40 days/nights atop this in the year 441. Pilgrims climb this year round and it is well worth the climb for the views. Located approximately 13km from our home, we can give you all the advice/assistance you may need if you decide to climb.
Opened in 2010, this 42km cycle from Westport-Newport-Mulranny-Achill along the old railway has proven to be a huge success. As this is on the old railway line, it is predominantly flat, making it suitable for all age groups and cycling abilities. Cycle as much or as little as you wish, in a day or over a few! As Dave worked in bike hire for 10 years, he can help you plan your day as well as giving your bikes a check over to make sure they are good to go! Please ask for Bike Hire recommendations as well if you are not bringing your own!
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Great Western Greenway
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Opened in 2010, this 42km cycle from Westport-Newport-Mulranny-Achill along the old railway has proven to be a huge success. As this is on the old railway line, it is predominantly flat, making it suitable for all age groups and cycling abilities. Cycle as much or as little as you wish, in a day or over a few! As Dave worked in bike hire for 10 years, he can help you plan your day as well as giving your bikes a check over to make sure they are good to go! Please ask for Bike Hire recommendations as well if you are not bringing your own!
A fantastic collection of visual Irish history. This looks at the daily life of typical Irish people from between 1850-1950 with a stunning array of exhibits. A must do when in the region and a great option for a rainy day!
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National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
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A fantastic collection of visual Irish history. This looks at the daily life of typical Irish people from between 1850-1950 with a stunning array of exhibits. A must do when in the region and a great option for a rainy day!
Built in the 18th century, this is the ancestral home of the Browne family and a very popular tourist attraction in the west. The house itself is worth a visit as are the grounds, weather permitting.
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Westport House
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Built in the 18th century, this is the ancestral home of the Browne family and a very popular tourist attraction in the west. The house itself is worth a visit as are the grounds, weather permitting.
A cool and quirky local museum covering the history of Westport and the wider Clew Bay area, local archaeology, Irelands independence and more!
Clew Bay Heritage Centre Ltd
A cool and quirky local museum covering the history of Westport and the wider Clew Bay area, local archaeology, Irelands independence and more!
Popular beach about a 25 minute drive from our home. SUP hire and pier jumping (high tide only) available here as well. Parking available and coffee/ice cream shop during summer months.
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Old Head Beach
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Popular beach about a 25 minute drive from our home. SUP hire and pier jumping (high tide only) available here as well. Parking available and coffee/ice cream shop during summer months.
A 40 minute drive from our home, this stunning beach has a backdrop of Clare Island and Inishturk and nice rolling waves, suitbable for all. A long beach that leads up to Silver Strand also makes this perfect for a long walk (please leave no valuables in view in car). Surf Mayo operate from here as well and we would definitely suggest a surf lesson for all ages! Lifeguards are on duty in the summer months. Best to visit when not at full tide as the beach would be 'stony'!
Carrowniskey Beach
A 40 minute drive from our home, this stunning beach has a backdrop of Clare Island and Inishturk and nice rolling waves, suitbable for all. A long beach that leads up to Silver Strand also makes this perfect for a long walk (please leave no valuables in view in car). Surf Mayo operate from here as well and we would definitely suggest a surf lesson for all ages! Lifeguards are on duty in the summer months. Best to visit when not at full tide as the beach would be 'stony'!
A 50 minute drive through stunning scenery, this fantastic location. A stunning stately home built in the 1800s and picturesque grounds holding Ireland's largest walled Victorian Garden. Please check out the website to pre-purchase tickets!
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Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
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A 50 minute drive through stunning scenery, this fantastic location. A stunning stately home built in the 1800s and picturesque grounds holding Ireland's largest walled Victorian Garden. Please check out the website to pre-purchase tickets!
With so many things to do, a day trip to Achill is a must! Visit the deserted famine village at Slievemore, Grace O'Malleys castle, the Valley House and much more. Some of the best beaches in the country with water sports available. Accessible by a land bridge, Achill is the largest island off the coast of Ireland.
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Achill Island
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With so many things to do, a day trip to Achill is a must! Visit the deserted famine village at Slievemore, Grace O'Malleys castle, the Valley House and much more. Some of the best beaches in the country with water sports available. Accessible by a land bridge, Achill is the largest island off the coast of Ireland.
Neighbourhoods
Only up the route, this historic village has a past history involving great influence from St Patrick. Also, the remains of a medieval church and round tower (built between 973-1013). There is a fantastic kids playground located in the village. This was only recently opened in June 2020. There is also a Roman Catholic Church and a local shop (shop/post office/off license).
Aghagower
Only up the route, this historic village has a past history involving great influence from St Patrick. Also, the remains of a medieval church and round tower (built between 973-1013). There is a fantastic kids playground located in the village. This was only recently opened in June 2020. There is also a Roman Catholic Church and a local shop (shop/post office/off license).
Set along the shore of Lough Mask, this beautiful area continues into Finney (Joyce Country), Clonbur, Cong and further afield into Connemara or south Mayo. Stunning scenery and a beautiful drive. Tourmakeady Woods and Waterfall a local favourite. Boat hire and angling available as well. A fantastic spin through untouched landscapes if going from our home into Aughagower and then taking the back road into Tourmakeady.
Toormakeady
Set along the shore of Lough Mask, this beautiful area continues into Finney (Joyce Country), Clonbur, Cong and further afield into Connemara or south Mayo. Stunning scenery and a beautiful drive. Tourmakeady Woods and Waterfall a local favourite. Boat hire and angling available as well. A fantastic spin through untouched landscapes if going from our home into Aughagower and then taking the back road into Tourmakeady.
Doolough (meaning Black Lake) is a stunning scenic drive between the villages of Louisburgh and Leenane along the R335. This stunning drive has Connachts highest peak - Mweelrea - on one side and the Sheefry hills the other. This is the scene of one of the darkest events in Irish Famine history - the Doolough Tragedy - of 1849. Also along this drive are the Aasleagh Falls, made famous in the movie 'The Field' (Leenane village was also the setting for much of this film) starring Richard Harris, Sean Bean, Tom Berenger and Brenda Fricker.
Doolough
Doolough (meaning Black Lake) is a stunning scenic drive between the villages of Louisburgh and Leenane along the R335. This stunning drive has Connachts highest peak - Mweelrea - on one side and the Sheefry hills the other. This is the scene of one of the darkest events in Irish Famine history - the Doolough Tragedy - of 1849. Also along this drive are the Aasleagh Falls, made famous in the movie 'The Field' (Leenane village was also the setting for much of this film) starring Richard Harris, Sean Bean, Tom Berenger and Brenda Fricker.

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Local Restaurants
Due to Covid19, local restaurants are obviously not operating as per usual. However, we would advise that if there is a restaurant you are interested in, please contact them prior to your visit to make a booking to ensure availability. As you can imagine, August is a a very busy month! For more advice, please ask us and we can do all we can to assist!