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Originally a planned town, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, has preserved many of its attractive 18th-century features. The 1st Marquess of Sligo named the town Louisburgh in memory of his uncle Captain Henry Browne, who fought on the British side, against the French in the 1758 battle of Louisburg.
With historic artefacts dating back 6,000 years and extending along a 35km route, Clew Bay in County Mayo is one of Ireland’s most impressive sea inlets. The Clew Bay Trail encompasses 21 archaeological sites, including megalithic rock art and areas associated with Ireland’s pirate queen, Grace O’Malley. Other highlights include the ascent of Croagh Patrick, and a visit to Clare Island, famous for the O’Malley’s exploits.
With miles of beaches and acres of hills, Mayo is a walker’s delight. Grab a map and plan your own route, or follow expert guidance on organised trips. Experienced guides arrange walks for various abilities through Connemara and other spectacular locations, from easy walks to challenging hikes.
Whether you prefer fly fishing, coarse fishing or sea fishing Louisburgh is an angler’s paradise. With the Bunowen River running through the town and the Carrowniskey just 8km away, Louisburgh is an ideal spot for fly fishing for salmon or trout. Sandy beaches nearby offer potential for the shore angler, and Lough Mask is a rich hunting ground for the coarse fisherman looking for a monster pike. With chartered boats available, deep sea fishing is another possibility.
The success of a pop-up venture in 2012, led local artisans to build on their popularity to create a creative showcase for some 3o local artists. Items on offer include jewelry, paintings, woven products from Beth Moran from Clare Island, knitting by Patricia Overton, and collage paintings from Claire Siobhan Walsh.
Louisburgh is an ideal location for bicycles, with three cycle loops in the area: a 19km trip from Roonagh Quay, the 7km Bunowen Loop, and a 26km route from Derrymore. These trips offer varying degrees of difficulty, taking you along craggy cliffs and sandy beaches as well as inland through rugged countryside on back roads and tracks with very little traffic. A wonderful trip from Roonagh Quay takes you by ferry to Clare Island.
Feile Chois Cuain offers a feast of traditional Irish music, song, and dance in Louisburgh during the week of the May bank holiday. Louisburgh’s rich heritage of traditional culture is showcased with both a formal programme of events, and many infamous informal sessions.
Sonas is a children’s festival that takes place in Louisburgh in October. Organised by Louisburgh Community Project, it offers a feast of of activities for youngsters, including workshops, art activities, and storytelling.
Located in the former St. Catherine’s church of Ireland, the Famine Museum preserves folk memories of the Great Famine that decimated rural Ireland - and Mayo in particular - in the 19th century. The Gráinne Uaile Centre showcases the life and times of the legendary pirate queen, Granuaile (Grace O'Malley or Gráinne Uaile).
Carrowmore Strand is a beautiful sandy beach near Louisburgh, among the foothills of Croagh Patrick. Lifeguards patrol here in summer, but swimmers should take care, as the beach is known for strong currents. Walk to the pier at the west end of the beach, where you will often see curraghs moored in the shelter of the pier wall. Carrowmore Strand is a favourite beach for walkers, surfers, kiteboarders, and windsurfers.
Take the 15-minute ferry trip to Clare Island, the largest of the 300-plus islands in Clew Bay. Inhabited for 5,000 years, Clare Island offers spectacular views of the surrounding bay from the dramatic cliffs. It is most commonly associated with the pirate queen, Grace O’Malley, who lived in a castle on the island and is reputedly buried in the O’Malley tomb in the island’s 13th-century Cistercian abbey.
8.7km from Louisburgh
This charming holiday home is set on a stunning elevated site in Westport, County Mayo. The comfortable accommodation includes two delightful bedrooms with oil-fired central heating. For nights out without the kids, a babysitting service is available, and a cot can be provided on request. The holiday home offers outstanding views of Croagh Patrick and the stunningly beautiful Clew Bay.
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3.6km from Louisburgh
Enjoy 3 star accommodation just two minutes' walk from the village of Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, in the West of Ireland.
Of the 10 cottages in this development, the larger, three-bedroom version sleeps up to 7 people. All cottages are nicely decorated and very well furnished, with large living/dining areas and fully fitted kitchens. An old-world feel is created with the use of traditional materials such as weathered slate and white-washed walls.
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This development of comfortable 3-star cottages is just two minutes' walk away from the Mayo village of Louisburgh in the west of Ireland. The two-bedroom cottages sleep up to 5 people. Each cottage takes you back in time with the use of traditional materials such as weathered slate and whitewashed walls, a front porch, and half-door to lean on. The interiors are a blend of the modern and the traditional.
4km from Louisburgh
This stunning cottage is located in a peaceful area close to Louisburgh village, with restaurants, bars, chemists, butchers, launderette, and other facilities. Oil-fired central heating, electricity, bed linen, and towels are all included in the rental rate.
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