Stretching from Lough Corrib to Killala Bay, Mayo boasts several attractions including deserted sandy beaches, megalithic tombs, and some of the best salmon and trout fishing in Europe. Nearby are the romantic islands of Inishturk, Achill, and Clare which contribute to Mayo’s 13 blue flag beaches. So for those looking for a true beach holiday, check out Holiday Homes Direct for the wide selection of beautiful Mayo rentals!

Inland, travelers will find themselves engulfed by the beautiful serenity of the lakes and winding hills, a paradise for wildlife enthusiasts. Aside from the scenery, Mayo County acts as the unofficial Catholic capital of Ireland, home to a National Shrine in Knock commemorating the apparition of the Virgin Mary, along with Croagh Patrick mountain where St Patrick is claimed to have fasted for 40 days.

While staying at your Mayo accommodation, be sure to venture to the various towns sprinkled throughout the region to get a real taste for the unparalleled culture. Whether by car, foot, or bike, do not miss heading to Achill Island, the largest island in the county. The island has beautiful blue flag beaches that the whole family will enjoy. Take a day trip from your self catering Mayo home, to Ballina, the renowned fishing town. In July, visit the town’s bustling street festival or take a trip to the Moyne Abbey and Rosserk Friary, both well worth your visit!

For movie buffs, visit the Ashford Castle in Cong, where Pierce Brosnan, AKA James Bond, married Keeley Shaye Smith. And or take the family to the cottage featured in John Ford’s The Quiet Man starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara, which has now been transformed into a museum. Cong is also a popular destination for anglers, as it lies on the banks of Lough Mask, one of Ireland’s largest lakes.

For more history, visit the Stone Age tombs at Ceide Fields, discovered in the 1930s. A day trip here is best paired with a tour of the majestic cliffs at Downpatrick Head before returning to your Mayo rental. For a memorable drive from your Mayo accommodation, venture south of Louisburgh along the coast to see the ruins of 19th century stone famine cottages sinking into the sandy dunes.

For more picturesque views, go to Old Head Beach and walk up the headland to get a view of Clew Bay and its 365 islands. So whatever your reason be for booking your self-catering Mayo home, your expectations are sure to be exceeded. Take a look at our wide selection of Mayo accommodations to book your self catering holiday today!

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