Welcome to the 5 Star Ashford Castle hotel in Mayo, one of the finest luxury Castle hotels in Ireland. Being a Hotel in Mayo allows guests of Ashford Castle access to many great local Mayo attractions and amenities.
Mayo's attractions include delightful uncongested holiday resorts, excellent angling or fishing waters, exciting walking and mountain climbing trails, a good choice of golf courses, opportunities for many other types of activity-holidays, as well as some of the most interesting archaeological and historical sites in Ireland. See for yourself what activities this hotel in Mayo has on offer.
Quiet Man Film Locations – Cong
County Galway has several locations which were used in the making of the film The Quiet Man. Visit the main film locations in an organized tour or join the Quiet Man Fan Club, there are also daily walking tours along the Quiet Man scenes, which lasts 1.5 - 2 hours.
Sheep Dog / Trials
The 21st Century Shepherd: Movie buffs will tell you that Maureen O’ Hara is first seen in “The Quiet Man” herding sheep. But do they know the Connemara’s sheep have been starring in modern-day films, too? Joe Joyce is a third generation sheep farmer and visitors to his farm can learn how pure-bred border collies are trained as sheepdogs before watching the dogs themselves at work. It’s an amazing sight as Joe whistles and shouts, his dog nips and tucks, steering a small bunch of sheep through gaps and gate. Joyce keeps some 200 sheep on the slug-like Ceann Garbh Mountainside, on to which he sometimes sends his dogs in high visibility vest. “It’s like a remote control” he says.
Email:joycecountrysheepdogs.ie or telephone 00353 94 95 48853
Ballintubber Abbey - Claremorris
This 13th century abbey is unique, not only is it the only church in Ireland still in use which was founded by an Irish King, but it is also the one Irish church where for over 781 years Mass has been offered without a break. Its story is graphically told in a video documentary on show at the abbey. Founded in 1216 by the last King of Connaught, Cathal Crovdearg O'Connor, for the Canons Regular of St. Augustine order, the Abbey had large tracts of land in the district until the dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VII. Retreats, pilgrimages and tours are available today. The Celtic Furrow Visitors Centre provides guided tours of the region, tracing 5,000 years of Irish culture and is under 1 hour away from this Mayo hotel.
Croagh Patrick - Westport – Westport
The Pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick is located close to Westport town less than an hour away from this hotel in Mayo. In 441 AD St. Patrick reached the summit of Croagh Patrick and fasted for 40 day. St. Patrick is also noted for banishing the snakes from Ireland. A wonderful experience and challenge on a fine day. Spectacular view of County Mayo. For info on Guided Tours of Croagh Partick
Doon - Archaeological Nature Peninsula – Cong
A designated Area of Scientific Interest Accredited a National Heritage Area. Doon Promontory Fort, on Lough Carra, with sites from Late Bronze Age, enclosed in a spectacular landscape of mountain, lake and woodland, is one of the largest identified site of its type in Ireland. A self-guided Tour along a woodland trail from our earliest ancestors, through Bronze Age (2,000 B.C.), Iron Age (300 B.C.), Early Christian and Norman Times. A town noted for the filming of the Quiet Man, with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Many connections with the Quiet Man are on show. Also the location of Ashford Castle, a high quality hotel with private golf course.
Kiltimagh Museum – Kiltimagh
In the 1980s the Historical Society acquired the old Goods Store of Kiltimagh Railway Station and turned it into a Museum. Two old Railway Carriages were acquired to commemorate the thousands of our people who had had to emigrate, and these were incorporated into the Museum. Now the Museum houses many artifacts from our past, such as the Land League Banner, buried for safety in a bog for forty years, the instruments of the 19th century town band, items from Kiltimagh Lace School, Railway artifacts and many other items reflecting different aspects of our past. Also Kiltimagh is less than an hour away from this 5 star Mayo Hotel.
Michael Davitt Museum – Foxford
The Michael Davitt Museum just an hour away from this Mayo hotel and the adjoining community centre were opened at Straide on 23 April 1984 to honour its native son, 'the father of the Land League' and one of Ireland's greatest patriots. Michael Davitt (1846-1906) was the founder, chief organizer and inspiring genius of the Land League, the biggest mass movement in modern Irish history, which transformed tenant-farmers into owner-occupiers by constitutional means.
Museum of Country Life – Castlebar
Turlough Park is under 45 minutes away from this Hotel in Mayo and had almost 200,000 visitors in first year of business. Complete with restaurant. Here you can immerse yourself in the lives of our rural ancestors from the mid - 19th to the mid - 20th centuries. Lifestyles which were established for several hundred years came to an end well into living memory, and here amidst furniture and fittings, the tools they used to work the land and the clothes and textiles they wore, you can reach out and touch those vanished lives.Turlough Park is the site of the first de Burgo castle and the impressive High Victorian Gothic style house was built in 1865 by the Fitzgeralds, who farmed the surrounding land. Today the museum offers guided tours, an audio - visual exhibition, lectures, workshops, special events, family days, a museum shop & cafe.
The Marian Shrine – Knock
Our Lady's Shrine Knock, is one of the great Marian shrines of the world, attracting over 1,500,000 visitors annually and only 45 minutes from Ashford Castle Hotel in Mayo. It is an oasis of peace, tranquility and deep spirituality where many who come to see, remain to pray and find reconciliation. Knock is the scene of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John on 21 August 1879, witnessed by fifteen local people.
The Tóchar Valley – Westport
A beautiful area of rural communities stretching from Balla to Murrisk, at the foot of Croagh Patrick, "Ireland's Holy Mountain". Steeped in antiquity, the unspoiled countryside is liberally sprinkled with churches, Celtic artifacts and historical sites. The Tóchar Phádraig pilgrim route, which links these townlands and villages for a distance of 55km is the ancient pilgrim pathway to Croagh Patrick and under 1 hour away from this Mayo hotel.
Westport Zoo – Westport
Westport, a tourist town with wildlife park and zoological gardens.
Céide Fields – Ballina
Ballycastle - 8 miles from Ballina. Beneath the wild boglands of North Mayo lies Ceide Fields, the most extensive stone age monument in the world; field systems, dwelling areas and megalithic tombs of 5,000 years ago. In addition, the wild flora of the bog is of international importance and is bounded by some of the most spectacular rock formations and cliffs in Ireland. The Visitor Centre houses displays and exhibitions in English and Irish.
Ashford Castle hotel in Mayo has many more activities on offer. If you would like to hear about more Mayo hotel activities please contact us on +353 94 9546003 or Free Phone: Ireland – 1800 451 351.