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Sitting on the west coast of Ireland, County Mayo is known as one of the most beautiful regions in the country—and that's saying something. With picturesque islands, breathtaking ocean views, and a rich history, County Mayo is a must-visit destination. And there's no better way to take it all in than to stay with Inspirato at the 800-year-old Ashford Castle, Ireland's only Forbes 5-Star hotel. Set on 350 acres, the former home of the Guinness family offers an unforgettable experience.
There's no doubt that Ireland is a breathtakingly beautiful country. Its verdant mountains, rushing rivers, crashing waves, high cliffs, and rainbows everywhere draw millions of visitors each year. And County Mayo, on Ireland's west coast, is the crown jewel. With picturesque islands, breathtaking ocean views, and a rich history, this region is a must-visit destination. Whether exploring by foot, car, or horseback, there are postcard-perfect landscapes around every turn. County Mayo is also known for excellent fishing and diverse wildlife, hiking, and golfing. It's also home to Ireland's oldest established falconry school.
Keel Beach features quintessential, can’t-miss Irish scenery, with rocky cliffs, green hills, and a sandy beach. It's also popular for diving, windsurfing, and other water sports.
For a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, fly a Harris hawk around the grounds of the Ashford Castle during a private, one-hour walk hosted by the oldest falconry school in the country.
Achill Island is one of the more remote areas of County Mayo and the best way to take in the coastline and views is with a drive along one of the local roads along that has been dubbed "Atlantic Drive."
County Mayo is located on the west coast of Ireland and has relatively temperate weather year-round thanks to the Gulf Stream. In the middle of the winter, temperatures average 39–45°F. Summer temperatures are usually within 57–61°F, but can get as warm as high 70s.