Discover Mayo

Discover Mayo


International Students can become part of a gaelic football, hurling, rugby, soccer, basket ball team and other team sports in the area.  The Mayo region offers many outdoor leisure activities such as golf, angling & fishing, cycling, walking & hiking, horse-riding, watersports such as canoeing, kayaking, surfing and sailing.



For those who love music, this is a county anchored in traditional music.  International Students have a wide selection of instrument playing options such as harp, woodwind/reed/brass instruments, bagpipes & uilleann pipes to name but a few.  You can also join the school choir, partake in musicals and perfect your singing potential.  You will be immersed in music of all genres during their stay here.

There are loads of places and attractions to visit in Mayo. We have compiled the list of top attractions as follows:


Linenhall Arts Centre



Here at the Linenhall, we have a brilliant programme of theatre, music, cinema, opera, dance, visual arts and workshops for all in our community. The Linenhall is Mayo’s oldest Arts Centre.


 National Museum of Ireland



Opening hours at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life are:

• Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm
• Sunday 2pm- 5pm
• Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday

Free Admission

Admission to all four sites of the National Museum of Ireland is free.

Shop & Café Opening Hours

Museum shops and cafés are open during Museum opening times, with extended opening for the café from 12pm on Sundays.

Please note the café at National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History is open on Mondays, when the Museum itself is closed.


The Lost Valley



Experience ‘Ireland Naturally’ in the rich heritage of the lost ‘Uggool Valley’

A guided Cultural Adventure through this spectacular valley, suitable for all ages. Duration is 3 hours approximately as the heritage and history of The Lost Valley is recounted and explained, while we make our way at a relaxed, leisurely pace on a well developed trail along the different points of interest in the valley.


Westport House and Gardens



Surrounded by the majestic expanse of Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean and Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick, the origins of Westport House date to the 1500’s when the legendary Pirate Queen of Connacht Grace O’Malley reigned here in one of her many castles. Today visitors can tour 300 years of Irish heritage in this beautiful manor home and enjoy a myriad of attractions throughout the grounds.

Go wild at the Pirate Adventure Park with swashbuckling good fun on rides, slides, bouncy castles and giant swan pedalo boats, or tackle the zip wire, orienteering and archery in our Adventure Activity Centre if you dare! Feel the wind in your hair and cycle the new greenway connecting the Great Western Greenway to Westport Quay or enjoy a guided tour from the comfort of our fully-enclosed Westport Train Tour through Westport House Estate, Westport Quay and the historic town of Westport itself.


Achill Secret Garden



Right by the Atlantic coast, hidden in a small bay on Achill Island, you find the most westerly public garden in Ireland. Achill is situated on the Atlantic coast in County Mayo, due west of Dublin. The island has inspired many artists with its natural beauty and spectacular skies reflecting the special daylight that comes with the ocean.

The 3 acres of gardens belong to Bleanáskill Lodge which is established around 1870. It is a peaceful oasis on Achill Island located on the tranquil shores of Achill Sound, along the Atlantic Drive. The house can be found in a quiet hamlet, two miles from Achill Sound. From here you have a view over to the Curraun Peninsula and the waters of the Sound. The garden is situated at the sea.


Ballintuber Abbey


Ballintuber Abbey Entrance


Ballintubber Abbey and its environs exude an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity that accommodates and integrates into its setting a range of human activity and interests- spiritual, historical, educational. These include retreats, tours, weddings, concerts, liturgical celebrations, Tóchar walks, guided tours and time for quite reflection and prayer.

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