West Ireland's County Mayo is home to beautiful Claremorris with its rivers, woodlands and lakes nestled among ancient ruins. McMahon Park, Lough Mask, Lough Carra and Clare Lake provide recreational activities complemented by the local landscape. Hundreds of thousands of visitors each year trek to Marian Shrine in Knock. Claremorris is just 20 minutes from Knock Airport.
A walking tour of Claremorris leads visitors down Ballinrobe Road and through the peat bogs, which provide fuel for the area as well as habitat for rare animals and insects. Guided walking tours depart from the Imperial Hotel at Castlebar, and the Claremorris landscape makes for easy exploration. Take in popular destinations such as the Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland, a massive church that can accommodate up to 20,000 people.
Boating on Lough Carra
Lough Carra is a shallow, clear lake with plenty of silvery brown trout. Rent a rowboat or motorboat at Carra Boat Hire and explore the meandering shoreline. Whether you're fishing or looking for a unique photo perspective of the medieval castle ruins surrounding the lake, the seclusion on Lough Carra is sure to capture your imagination. Seventy-three islands dot the lake and make a nice destination for picnicking or stretching your legs.
Carra Boat Hire
Co. Mayo, Ireland
Bicycling in Claremorris
Bike through the country roads and hillsides of County Mayo to explore the area. In fact, several of the area's vacation cottages have bicycles included for guests to use. Imagine cruising past medieval castle ruins, foggy peat bogs and old monasteries and abbeys. For accessories and help finding a local repairman, inquire at Elverys Sports, on Ballandine Road.
Article Written By Lisa Russell
Lisa Russell has been a freelance writer since 1998. She's been published in "Rethinking Everything Magazine," "Playdate" and "Home Educator's Family Times." She has a professional background in education, cosmetology and the restaurant industry. Russell studied early childhood education at Antelope Valley College, and is pursuing a degree in law.