Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is 140 miles (225 kilometers) to the east of Mayo, while Sligo is 45 miles (72 kilometers) to the northeast.
There is no need to limit yourself to the attractions of Mayo because the entire region has been endowed with numerous terrific natural and man-made attractions. Roughly 10 miles (16 kilometers) away is Newport. Head here to visit the Rockfleet Castle and Ballycroy National Park.
When you are ready to head further afield beyond Mayo, why not check out the nearest regional area. Castlebar is 12 miles (19 kilometers) away and features visitor attractions including Ballintubber Abbey, Museum of Country Life and Elmhall Graveyard. Martin Sheridan Monument, Keel Beach and Dugort Beach are also good places to spend some time.
Tourists to Ireland West often head to the area's open-air museums and gardens. Ireland West is home to a number of cathedrals and other holy sites, great places to experience Mayo's gentler side.
Local tours are an excellent way to experience the places the locals love. So why not join one of the guided nature walks. Ireland West boasts a range of gentle pastimes. Spend a few hours bird watching or shore fishing and let your stress melt away.
There's an old saying that goes: that it is far better to see something once than to hear about it many times. With its stunning beauty Ireland West will not disappoint.