Mayo is the 3rd largest county in Ireland and Castlebar (gaelic Caisleán an Bharraigh) is the county town and also the administrative seat for the county. It is a busy bustling Market Town and is one of the fastest growing towns in the country.
Castlebar was originally a garrison town and derives its name from a settlement around the de Barra Castle in the 11th century. A town steeped in history with one of the oldest buildings being Christchurch whose foundation stones were laid in 1739. Since then it has featured in the battles of 1798 and has been the birthplace of many a famous son.
Present day Castlebar is a town with a good infrastructure and with businesses covering a vast spectrum of products and services. The County Library in Castlebar has a wealth of information and resources on matters of local, historical and genealogical interest. Arts, Sports and Leisure are also well catered for with numerous facilities, exhibitions, competitions and festivals which include the world famous International Four Days Walks and the Guinness Castlebar Blues Festival. We also have great accommodation facilities including B&B’s, self-catering accommodation, hotels and hostels.
Most importantly of all is that we pride ourselves in the welcome we give to all our visitors whether here on business, visiting relatives or just here on holidays.
The town is well serviced with good roads including the N5 to the East and North and the N60 & N84 to the South. Iarnrod Eireann provide regular daily railway services both to and from Dublin. We are also linked by regular Bus services to every part of the country. Castlebar is only 28 miles from Ireland West Airport Knock.
Castlebar has numerous attractions for the visitor. It has received international recognition for both walking and angling. It is also centrally located for touring Mayo including Ballintuber Abbey, The Ceide Fields, Croagh Patrick, Foxford Woollen Mills, Moore Hall, Pontoon and the Turlough Round Tower. Annual festivals include the International Four Days Walks, The Blues Festival and The Heritage Day. The range of facilities in Castlebar include, swimming, bowling, golf, pubs, cafes, horse riding tennis and many many more.
SUMMER HERITAGE TOURS
Guided walking tours of historic Castlebar with local historian and Fáilte Ireland Approved Tour Guide Brían Hoban take place each weekend during months of July and August. Tours will start from the Tourist Office, Linenhall Arts Centre on Saturdays at 11a.m. Group tours may be arranged at other times by appointment. For details call Brían at 087 9234504
Co. Mayo is famous for its 42km Great Western Greenway, between Westport, Newport, Mulranny and Achill. But Castlebar now has its own eight kilometre Greenway route along the Castlebar River to the National Museum of Country Life at Turlough, the trail varies between broad green fields, and wooded riverbanks and is the perfect preparation for an encounter with the museum (Ireland’s only national museum outside of Dublin) which is devoted to Irish rural life between 1850 and 1950: a world nostalgic to some and a mystery to others.
There is a feast of great cycling options through a series of scenic routes. There are country roads leading to seaside coves, and to mountain tops. The variety of scenery is almost endless:Islands, lowlands with rural villages and towns, castles, historic sites and parks to visit; highlands with fantastic scenary; and the Atlantic coastline of the County. Rich in breathtaking scenery, the area has been referred to as the cyclist’s paradise.
The choices of terrain on offer range from hill-climbs to flatland so a trip may be planned which will tax the seasoned cyclist’s ability or alternatively will make for a holiday of gentle exercise.
For more information on walks and cycles contact :
Anna Connor, Walking Development Officer, Mayo.
Tel: 094 9047545 E-mail: email@example.com