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Castlebar is Mayo’s county town and its central location makes it an ideal base from which to explore this breathtaking region. Castlebar is a town which has played a major part in some of the most pivotal events in Irish history, including the 1798 Rising and The Land War.

A bustling market town, Castlebar derived its name from a settlement around the De Barra Castle in the 11th century. There are numerous attractions for visitors to enjoy and the town has received international recognition for both walking and angling. The popular seaside town of Westport, with its varied shops and lively pubs and the cosmopolitan city of Galway are both within easy reach of the town.


We use the Breaffy House Hotel, which offers traditional Irish hospitality and comfort.

Town Centre
There is a large shopping centre which boasts a wide range of stores under one roof. There is also a good selection of restaurants and bars, as well as a leisure centre complete with multi-screen cinema and health club.

County Mayo boasts no less than 14 beaches and all but one are Blue Flag certified. Mulranny beach, at the northern end of Clew Bay, is fringed by Mediterranean Heath, a plant which is restricted to growth in Mayo, whilst the beaches of Bertra and Old Head on the opposite side of the bay offer safe bathing and soft sands.