Aghinish Rocks has many attractions and places available to visit throughout Mayo and the rest of Connemara, including the wonderfully restored Kylemore Abbey, with its magnificent gardens and popular restaurant and craft shop. The old town of Westport is nearby (30 minute drive), and the dynamic city of Galway is convenient (45 minute drive), both of which are packed with traditional Irish shops, pubs, tea rooms and restaurants. There are many beautiful scenic drives, both inland and along the rugged Atlantic Coast 

Kylemore Abbey

Croagh Patrick

Knock Shrine

Westport Town
Ireland National Museum

Lough Nafooey

Foxford Mills

Galway Old City
Galway Races

Louisburgh Beach

Great Western Greenway
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Croagh Patrick, which overlooks Clew Bay in County Mayo, is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland. Croagh Patrick is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honour of Saint Patrick, Ireland's patron saint. It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation 

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Knock, usually named only as the Knock Shrine, is a Roman Catholic pilgrimage site and National Shrine in the village of Knock, Co Mayo, where observers stated that there was an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, Saint John the Evangelist, angels, and Jesus Christ in 1879

The City of Galway (45 minute drive) has something for everyone, from several major brand modern shopping malls, to the bustling old city centre, which is jam packed with traditional Irish pubs and shops. And Galway races are a major attraction when their race meetings are on

The National Museum of Ireland is a fairly new facility, just outside Castlebar (45 minute drive) and provides a fabulous insight into the history, culture and lifestyle of Ireland. Collections include - Irish antiquities, Art, Industry, Folklife and Natural History. The Museum is well worth a visit and, apart from the many exhibits and galleries, there are shops and cafe on site. En route to the Museum, you pass through the busy town of Castlebar, which is the County Town of Co Mayo 


There are many wonderful "Blue Flag" beaches on the west coast of County Mayo's, Atlantic seafront, several of which are in the Louisburgh area (50 minute drive). More information here - 

Lough Nafooey is a unique inland lake (30 minute drive) with its own fabulous pure sand beach. It's a great spot for a picnic and both trout and pike can be fished for in this lake 

Foxford Woollen Mills (45 minute drive) has a large, modern, diverse clothing, craft and furniture shop, packed full of high quality products and has an excellent restaurant in-house. There are also many roadside craft shops, galleries, antique shops and restaurants throughout County Mayo and the Connemara area 

From a starting point of Westport, the Great Western Greenway provides idyllic countryside, walking & cycling trails leading to the wild Atlantic coast, with magnificent views of the West of Ireland en route. For full details of what is on offer check out the website -  

Your host at Aghinish Rocks is Emer - Aghinish Rocks, Aghinish, Ballinrobe, Co Mayo F31 TF66 +353 (0) 87 259 8369

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