“From the minute we arrived at Claire and Steve's house we just fell in love with the place. The view is spectacular, the sunsets stunning, the house spacious, beautifully finished and kept, but most of all it just has such a lovely ambiance that we felt right at home from the moment we walked in. Communication with Claire was a joy from the outset and Claire's parents were also more than kind and helpful. We enjoyed some great oul chats with them. My kids were delighted to have Sooty the cat and Belle the dog around too. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the house, the area has so much to offer. The walk to the Old Head beach through the woods was lovely. We were blessed with good weather and spent many days on this and other surrounding beaches. The pier jumping at the Old Head was a big hit with my teens. It was well supervised and timed for high tide, and just great fun! The nearby village has a good supermarket and some lovely restaurants. We managed to climb Croagh Patrick on a scorching hot day, phew!, and enjoyed a boat trip and cycle around Clare Island another day, as well as a visit to Westport and other surrounding areas. We went cycling or walking every day ....and to be honest we really didn't want to leave at the end of the week!! There is still so much we want to see next time. Thank you Claire and Steve and your lovely family too for leaving our house so perfectly for our return and delighted you enjoyed your stay so much too. We have been on many many swaps in Ireland and abroad, direct and indirect, over the years, but this one was absolutely the best experience we have ever had. In a year that will stick in our memories for all the wrong reasons, this was an unexpected little piece of heaven! All going well we look forward to swapping with you again in 2021. Take care. Christine XX”
Claire's reviewsAs a host (3)
“We had the most wonderful time in Claire's lovely home. It had everything we could have wished for - lovely views, lots of toys for the children to play with, great choice of films and programmes on their television. It was all very new and modern whilst still being a lovely comfortable family home. We met Claire's extended family who were extremely friendly and welcoming and Claire was brilliant in making sure we had everything we needed and gave us lots of information. There is so much to do in Mayo _we got to do the Greenway, swimming, the cinema, eating out but it was also a lovely relaxing time just staying in Claire's home. We would definitely love to go back and would highly recommend! Thank you Claire and family for a lovely holiday! xx”
“This is an amazing place to stay, location and comfort wise. We truly relaxed whilst staying at the house and there are so many great drives and places of interest nearby. Claire's extended family live nearby and were fabulous and made us feel part of the family. You simply must stay here!”
Where is it?
Origins of Louisburgh
Louisburgh, in the townland of Clooncarrabaun is a wonderful seaside villiage at the foot of Croagh Patrick. It is 20 minute drive to Westport and has fantastic beaches where you can surf, paddle boarding, e joy boat trips while also having wonderful cafes and bars.
Visit Louisburgh for our annual celebration of traditional Irish music and song.
Louisburgh Feile Chois Cuain - April/May
Louisburgh is the focal point of an area some 450 square miles in extent, stretching from Killary Fjord to the South, to the Owenree River to the North, and from the coast to the Erriff valley watershed in the East. All of this landscape is designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Mayo County Development Plan, and calls have been made for its designation as a 'Special Amenity Area'.
It contains over 700 known archaeological monuments, and 20 areas of scientific interest. There are court-tombs at Furmoyle and Aillemore, a megalithic wedge-tomb at Srahwee, abbeys at Kilgeever and Murrisk, a clapperbridge (stone bridge with 37 arches) at Killeen, and numerous other monuments, especially around Killadoon (Cill an Dúin, "church of the fort"). In Killeen graveyard, there is a large standing stone, christianised during the 7th century with a Maltese Cross, enclosed by a double circle. There is also an early Christian slab, inscribed with a main cross at the centre surrounded by four smaller crosses. This type of cross is known as the Cross of the Thieves.
Find out more about The Clew Bay Archaeological Trail in Mayo's Archaeology section.
Open blanket bog drapes this majestic mountainous landscape fringed by the Atlantic coast and Clare Island, standing fortress-like to the West. Climbing Mweelrea (Connaught's highest mountain) on a summer's afternoon to be presented with the panorama of the Twelve Bens to the South, the Sheefry Mountains to the East and Croagh Patrick to the North - one might be in Nepal or Tibet! Sea mist clings to the valley walls while Killary runs horizontally like a blue dagger through a vertical landscape. You are advised to buy the half-inch maps of the area - tourist offices, newsagents, etc. (sheets 10 & 11)
Blue Flag Beaches
Mayo's coastline accounts for 16.8% of the total Irish coast, 16% of Ireland's sandy beaches, and many of Ireland's Blue Flag beaches. Three of these beaches are located in the Louisburgh area... Carramore, Old Head, and Bertra, while beaches at Killadoon have been rated as the best in Europe, i.e. Tallabawn (Silver Strand) and Dooaghtry.
Croagh Patrick is practically staring in your window, and up to 500 people climb all or part of it daily during the summer months. "Reek Sunday" (the last Sunday in July) sees more than 25,000 making the climb.
It should be stressed that this is a dangerous climb as the mountain is often shrouded in mist, and should only be attempted on clear days. Climbers should stay together, and ensure someone is aware of their whereabouts and expected time of arrival back. A breathtaking panoramic view of Clew Bay studded with its 365 islets is experienced on the descent - rewarding after such a strenuous climb!
For scenic drives travel south to Connemara via Doolough and Leenane, north to Achill via Westport and Newport, or to Ballycastle and the Ceide Fields via Castlebar and Pontoon, or east to Tourmakeady and Lough Nafooey via Westport/Tourmakeady and Leenane, or if you fancy leaving the car out the road at Roonagh pier, go west to Clare Island or lnishturk. Knock Shrine outside Charlestown is another important religious site in the area, associated with the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Four of the West's most important developing fisheries are located in the area, Bunowen, Carrowniskey, Delphi and Erriff with deep-sea fishing available from Roonagh, Old Head and Westport.
A visit to the Tourist Office will benefit you in many ways, so do call and you will find a willing and trained staff to help you with your queries.
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