Walk or Cycle Great Western Greenway
The world class Great Western Greenway is a 42km traffic free linear route along a disused railway line. It consists of 3 dedicated walking and cycling routes beginning at Westport, Newport, Mulranny or Achill. It was awarded the European Destination of Excellence award and is part of the National Cycle network. There are walks suitable for people of varying ages and levels of fitness from a short 1km stroll to a more a ambitious 11km hike. Bike hire available at: Mayo Leisure , New Antrim Street, Castlebar: T 0949025220 or Newport Cycle Hire & repairs, Westport Road, Newport: T 0863295277.
Climb Croagh Patrick
Enjoy the spectacular views from the summit of Croagh Patrick 2,510 feet above sea level by taking a day trip to Croagh Patrick only 20 minutes away. Refresh yourself with a shower, a coffee and home baked snacks in Croagh Patrick Information centre at the foot of the mountain who also offer guided tours of the mountain. Take a walk on the beautiful doons on Betra beach just down the road and why not visit the famous famine memorial located just across the road from Croagh Patrick.
Visit Achill Island
The biggest island off the coast of Ireland, with unspoilt Blue Flag beaches and breathtaking scenery. Indulge yourself in some adventurous outdoor activities such as surfing on Achill Island’s magnificent 3km beach at Keel which provides one of the finest surf destinations in Ireland. Dun Mhuire is one hour’s drive to Achill Island.
For a visitor’s guide to the island visit: http://www.achilltourism.com
Visit Ballintubber Abbey
Enjoy a period of quiet reflection among the ancient walls of the Abbey. View the audio visual documenting the history of the abbey and visit the small gift shop. The Celtic Furrow Visitors Centre offers guided tours from June to the end of August tracing 5000 years of Irish culture from Neolithic farmers, to the Celts and early Christians. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org of Tel: 09430709
Visit Turlough Museum
The National Museum of Country Life in Turlough draws big crowds from around the Country as well as abroad. It is home to the national collection of objects representing the traditional way of life in Ireland since 1850. Set in beautiful landscaped gardens located just 8 minutes outside of Castlebar a visit is a must to explore the lives of the Irish people from the mid 19th century to the mid 20th century. A great destination for all the family to view crafts and exhibitions and enjoy delicious food in the cafe or take a stroll in the beautiful surroundings.
Links: To see a full list of events visit: http://www.museum.ie
Visit Knock Basilica
The story of Knock began on the 21st of August 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. From this miraculous apparition Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognised Marian Shrine.
Links: For more information and programme of events visit: http://www.knock-shrine.ie
Set amongst mature chestnut , beech and oak trees , Castlebar Golf Club boasts an 18 hole golf course USGA standard sand based , all weathered greens to an unrivalled standard. Following continuous development, most recently a new course layout designed by Walker Cup Captain , Peter McEvoy the course has achieved a magnificent layout. This has propelled Castlebar into one of the country’s finest parkland courses, indeed into Golf Digest top 100 Irish Golf Courses. A challenging course but fair to all grades of golfer.
Links: For more information check out: http://www.castlebargolfclub.ie/
Take in a concert or a show
The Royal Theatre and Event Centre, just five minutes’ walk from Dun Mhuire is the third largest venue in Ireland capable of accommodating some of the biggest global acts, the most requested artists and the most spectacular shows available. Capacity of 2,000 people standing and 1500 people seated.
Links: See the website for upcoming shows and events: www.theroyal.ie/
Visit the Memorial Peace Park
The Mayo Memorial Peace Park and Garden of Remembrance was officially opened by the President of Ireland Mrs Mary McAleese in October 2008. The park commemorates the men and women of Mayo killed in the world wars of the last century and are definitely worth a visit.
Why come to Castlebar and not discover all the great shops Castlebar has to offer. Whether it’s designer shoes and accessories in Gerry McGuire’s or a stylish, one of a kind dress from the variety of boutiques such as Beverly Hills, Annette Gerald’s or Mi Mi Castlebar is sure to cover it all. As well as home to Elvery Sports and Castlebar also boasts other high street stores such as Awear, Next, Boots, Dorothy Perkins and with all the shopping located so close together there is no excuse to miss anything.
Castlebar has some of the finest walking trails around. There are hill walks, long distance walks, guided walks and woodland trails to discover. Short walks around the Old Ruins of Moore Hall or Ballintubber Abbey are always worth a visit.
Take a relaxing stroll by Lough Lannagh
Lough Lannagh is a place apart with its newly developed walks and breathtaking scenery. Recently Mayo County council have made major physical improvements, such as new bridges, creating a circular walk around the lake, and new walkways offering a taste of the country within walking distance of the town. It is an excellent modern recreational amenity.
Make a fun family afternoon and visit Mayo Roller Bowl: Enjoy some family fun with activities such as 10-Pin Roller Bowling ,Laser World ,Go Karting ,Nokeys Adventure Land ,Mayo Movie World – 4 screen cinema ,Video Games ,Snooker ,Hogs Heaven Pub , Snack Bar/Restaurant all under one roof for your convenience.
Castlebar is a big sporting town and home to newly renovated McHale Park , why not catch the Mayo CAA team in training , or catch local soccer or basketball match. Or take a stroll to the Mall where you never know if a game of cricket or American football is on the cards or for something different why not try equestrian classes in Turlough or fishing on Bilberry Lake.
Do the Pub Trail
Castlebar has some of the finest and most quaint bars in the country, whether it’s a Pint of the Black Stuff in the Front Pub in the TF Royal Hotel, a malt from the top shelf of Johnny Mc Hales Bar or a White Wine Spritzer from Bosh, all your tastes are catered for and all within safe walking distance of each other… And if you want to catch a game on the TV then Mick Byrnes Pub on Main Street is the place to go, where every drink serves up a new sports fact!!!
Salmon, trout, coarse fishing and deep sea angling are all widely available. Boats, Gilles and equipment can be booked locally.
Co. Mayo boasts thirteen blue flag beaches, many within short driving distance.
Being on holiday you may feel like just relaxing form the pressures of everyday life. The life Spa in Breaffy House or Kachina Natural Spa provides you with a pinnacle of relaxation treatments. Why not enjoy the leisure and fitness centre next door at Lough Lannagh Holiday Village.