Mayo, Ireland’s third largest county, is chock full of beautiful scenery that is unmatched anywhere on the island. The local countryside has been largely untouched by modern development as is the case with most of the west of Ireland. The cultural experience in the many small villages dotted across the county is a throwback to a time surpassed by much of the world. Larger towns such as Ballina and Westport have embraced modern life and have since developed into vibrant towns that stay awake well into the night.
Europcar Knock Airport is conveniently located to set you on your journey around the beautiful landscape of County Mayo. Our location can cater to leisure customers and business customers, availing of the flexible short, medium and long term business fleet management service offered by Europcar and customers renting a van.
Achill Island, which is connected to Mayo via bridge, is the largest of Ireland’s islands and annually attracts huge amounts of tourism. There’s plenty of activities for the entire family on the island that encompass the many beautiful beaches and the meandering hills that cover the island. Watersports, walking, and horseback riding make for a great day out for anyone who makes the trip. If you’ve hired a car why not take the Atlantic Drive which takes you to some of the most remote and scenic areas of Achill Island, which boast some of the most spectacular views of the area.
Water sports are also a huge attraction in Mayo as the many waterways and lavish coastline make it the perfect location. Popular activities include windsurfing, sailing, abseiling, diving and many more. Fishing in Mayo is internationally recognized, especially angling. There are many boat operators that will take you out onto the sea to the Atlantic waters that are considered to be some of the best angling grounds in Europe.
The main attraction in Mayo, and the reason they built Knock Airport, is the religious pilgrimage site Knock. This location is one of the world’s most famous religious sites which sees annual visitor numbers of 1.5 million. The Marian Shrine is famous for the alleged apparitions that took place here in the late 1800’s. The shrine has been visited by the late Pope John Paul II, when it received the golden rose ( a rare papal token of honour), and Mother Teresa of Calcutta.