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  • 1 Atlantic Drive Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    R 319 IRL - Mulrany

    Leaving from Mulrany, Atlantic Drive leads to Achill Island. Once past the bridge and Achill Sound, the road follows the southern coast, where one of Grace O'Malley's dungeons stands. A little before Cashel is the turn-off for Minaun Heights (464m), ..

  • 2 Murrisk Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Westport

    Reached along the R 335 heading west from Wesport; after climbing Ireland's sacred mountain, Croagh Patrick, continue to Roonagh Quay from where ferries cross to Clare Island. Surrounded by 90m-high cliffs, this rock-like island commands access to Cl..

  • 3 Achill Island Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    IRL - Bunacurry

    Linked to the Currane peninsula by a bridge, Ireland's largest island (14 660ha) is a lovely blend of landscapes including Trawmore Strand, Keem Strand and spectacular rock formations culminating in Slievemore (671m) and the Croaghaun (667m). Once po..

  • 4 National Museum: Country Life Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    IRL - Turlough

    The ideal backdrop for some 50 000 items from the national collection devoted to rural life which had hitherto languished in storage, this new museum is one of four sections of the National museum of Ireland and is sited in the restored Victorian Got..

  • 5 Wesport House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Westport Quay IRL - Westport

    This residence is the work of several architects. Richard Castle designed the east front in 1730, Thomas Ivory the south elevation in 1778 and James Wyatt the west front, around 1780. The lake was created during the 18C by damming the Carrowbeg River..

  • 6 Abbey Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    N 84 IRL - Ballintubber

    This abbey is one of the few medieval churches where mass has been celebrated continuously for over 750 years. It is a beautiful example of Western Ireland's Romanesque school. The nave was completely rebuilt in 1295 after being destroyed by fire. Th..

  • 7 Moyne Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    R 314 IRL - Killala

    The ruins which stand near the water are those of a Franciscan friary, founded in the mid-15C. The cloisters date from the end of that period. Although part of the original plan, the six-storey tower was not added until later on. The south side of th..

  • 8 Rosserk Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    R 314 IRL - Killala

    The well-preserved remains by the Rosserk River belong to the first abbey built by a Franciscan community in Ireland (mid-15C). The church is beautifully decorated with its finely carved west door, east window, south transept window and a carved pisc..

  • 9 Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland Interesting

    Religious buildings

    N 17 IRL - Knock

    This huge hexagonal church (4 524m2), which can hold up to 12 000 people was designed by Dáithí P. Hanly and consecrated in 1976. The tower, which houses the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, is crowned with a beautiful slender spire. The external cov..

  • 10 Croagh Patrick Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    R 335 IRL - Murrisk

    It takes 2 hours on foot to reach the summit. According to legend, all the serpents of Ireland plunged to their death when St Patrick rang his bell over the south precipice of Croagh Patrick (763m). Every last Sunday of July (Garland Sunday), a proce..

  • 11 The City Centre Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The Mall IRL - Westport

    The weekly market takes place in a square, the Octagon, around a Doric column which used to be crowned by a statue of George Glendinning, a local banker and philanthropist. From the square the main street descends to the Mall, a magnificent promenade..

  • 12 Errew Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Errew IRL - Crossmolina

    The ruins of the abbey stand on a picturesque and isolated spot, at the end of a peninsula on Lough Conn. Little remains of this building, which was built in 1413 for Augustine canons. The 13C church, with its baths and three-lobed windows, was built..

  • 13 Woollen Mills Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    IRL - Foxford

    The woollen mills were set up by mother Arsenius, a nun who belonged to the order of the Irish Sisters of Charity. In 1890, she settled down in Foxford with a group of nuns and established a thriving mill. Since 1987 the mill has been independent of ..

  • 14 Lough Muckno Leisure Park

    Nature and gardens

    R 315 IRL - Castlebar

    Lough Muckno's island-studded waters are surrounded by a forest park recently laid out with nature trails. The park used to belong to Blaney Castle, better known as Hope Castle after it was bought in the 19C by London banker Thomas Hope. The first ca..

  • 15 Cathedral

    Religious buildings

    R 314 IRL - Killala

    The current Anglican cathedral was built in 1670 by Thomas Ottway, Bishop of Killala, using rubble and stones from the ruined medieval cathedral - south doorway and the eastern gothic window. In the graveyard there is a 12C round church tower (25m hi..

  • 16 Folk Museum

    Museums and art

    N 17 IRL - Knock

    This modern building bearing the shields of the four Irish provinces - Ulster, Connaught, Leinster, Munster - houses a fine exhibition illustrating life in the west of Ireland during the 19C; the development of Knock shrine; the Pope's visit in 1979 ..

  • 17 Connaught Airport

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    N 17 IRL - Knock

    This airport is also known as Horan International Airport in honour of the man whose clear-sightedness and stubbornness made this project possible. In the 1950s it was first planned with a grass runway. However, since Mgr James Horan was convinced th..

  • 18 Folk and Heritage Centre

    Museums and art

    Louisburgh Holiday Cottages IRL - Louisburgh

    The museum displays the O'Malley family tree and retraces the clan's history, its territory and the life of Grace O'Malley, the family's best-known member.

  • 19 Abbey

    Religious buildings

    R 335 IRL - Murrisk

    Thess ruins of the Augustinian friary founded in 1457 by the O'Malleys, dissolved in 1574, stand still by the shore. Defying Dissolution, Theobald the son of Grace O'Malley ordered a chalice to be made for the monastery in 1635.

  • 20 Holy Trinity Church

    Religious buildings

    Newport St. IRL - Westport

    This neo-Gothic church was consecrated in 1872, with a pencil spire above the main gate. Below the hammer roof, the interior is richly decorated with marble mosaic murals depicting scenes from the gospel, the work of Italian artists. Canon James Owen..

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