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Mayo – Miles and Miles of more Milestones

Mayo too, gets its fair share of scenery and interesting places along the Wild Atlantic Way not to mention 365 islands in Clew Bay.

Mayo’s Sights and Scenery

The Céide Fields on the northern shore are the oldest known field systems in the world dating back some 5000 years, which were both hidden and protected by a blanket until they were discovered by accident in the 1970′s. The pyramid shaped visitor centre is perched on the cliff top offering fantastic sea views as far off as Donegal.

Bellmullet on the western edge of Mayo is the scene of ongoing controversy over the Shell gas line coming ashore, which has become a tug of war between conservation and economy for the locals. Blacksod Bay id beautiful too and the site of a not so pretty, intensive whaling industry in the 19th Century, a dangerous but financially rewarding occupation back then. This is highlighted in an exhibition at the Ballycroy National Park, designated as the only true wilderness experience in Europe where you can literally lose yourself for days on end. There is a short board walk with clear views out as far as Achill Island which is a legend in itself with coveted beaches like Keem, Keel and Dugort, the places to be on sunny days.

Achill also has the highest cliffs in Ireland at Croghaun at 688 metres, twice the height of the Cliffs of Moher if you’re keeping score. Across from Achill you can see Clare Island, another mystical beauty shimmering in the distance, similarly Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain where St Patrick is believed to have fasted for 40 days and nights. There is a little church at the top dedicated to him where mass is celebrated on Reek Sunday when 1000′s of pilgrims climb up in their bare feet.

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Posted: 11 Jun 2014 by Niall McKee | with 0 comments

Tags: Adventure Seekers, Mayo, Wild Atlantic Way

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