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Discovery Points

Located at the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way in Mayo, Hotel Newport is the perfect place to stay as you explore the Atlantic coastline and the spectacular natural scenery that lies along it.

In Mayo the Wild Atlantic Way is a 543km coastal drive and there are thirty-one Discovery Points, two of them are indicated as Signature Points, all within driving distance from our hotel. 

SIGNATURE POINTS

Downpatrick Head Downpatrick Head

Downpatrick Head is one of the Signature Point on the Wild Atlantic Way and commands breathing views on the Atlantic. Located 3 miles north of Ballycastle village, standing 126ft above the sea, it’s renowned for it’s fantastic views of the Atlantic, the Staggs of Broadhaven and high cliffs along the shore.
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- GPS: 54.3279908557371, -9.34526219101565      

Keem Beach
Keem Strand

A magnificent rural and sheltered beach on the east of Achill Island. Voted as the number one beach in Ireland, Keem is located in a beautiful horseshoe bay rounded by high cliffs. It is where the wild Atlantic could easily be mistaken for the Med, as the white sands are flanked by velveteen green cliffs. It’s worth the steep drive up and over the cliff tops to reach this Blue Flag strand; while you’re enjoying sinking your toes into it be sure to look up every once in a while – you might just see a basking shark offshore.
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- GPS: 53.9626057406531, -9.99073441139898

DISCOVERY POINTS

Killary Harbour (An Caoláire Rua)
Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only fjord, which forms a natural border between counties Galway and Mayo and extends 16km (10 miles) in from the Atlantic to its head at Aasleagh, below Aasleagh falls.. This is a haven for water-sport enthusiasts.
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- GPS: 53.5992278896706, -9.7410219134033

Doo Lough Famine Memorial
DooLough Pass is a spectacular setting near Doo Lough between Mweelrea Mountain and Sheeffry Hills. A stone memorial adjacent to an informal layby commemorates poor starving local people who walked this road from Louisburgh to Delphi Lodge in March 1849 during the Great Famine in the hope of getting hunger relief. It is said that more than 400 people died here at Doo Lough on their journey. This Discovery Point on The Wild Atlantic Way overlooks the spectacular Doo Lough (meaning 'BlackLake’) from the northside.
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- GPS: 53.666223, -9.7813189,

Silver Strand
Silver Strand is a remote and unspoiled beach located approximately 25km south of Louisburgh on the R378 and located at the mouth of Killary Fjord, on the northern shore. Here you will find a fine sandy beach open to the Atlantic with views out towards Inishturk and Inishbofin. The beach is located in an ecologically important area and in 2016 received the Green Coast Award in recognition of the beach’s clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty. Though off the beaten track, Silver Strand is very popular with families due to the shelter provided by the rocky headlands and high sand dunes. The beach is popular with swimmers, though not lifeguarded, so due care should always be taken. The sunsets here are well known with unforgettable orange and red skies over the Atlantic and the offshore islands.
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- GPS: 53.250939, -9.1247356

Carrownisky Strand
The vast expanse of sand and great waves at Carrownisky Strand has made it both a famous horse racing beach each summer (revived in 2010) and a well known surfing destination. Carrownisky Strand is a very popular surfing beach as it provides one of the only consistent breaks in the area. The beach is a busy spot in the summer with families, walkers, swimmers, horse racers, surfers among many other watersports. Includes one of the first surf schools established in Ireland which is open seven days a week all year round. The existing surfaced car park is in poor condition.
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- GPS: 53.735383, -9.893226

Roonagh Pier
Traditional stone pier which accommodates daily ferry services to both ClareIsland and Inishturk though these are weather dependent and subject to change in inclement weather conditions. In the summer, there are increased ferry sailings to ClareIsland (20 minute sailing), while in winter there are usually just two sailings per day (morning and evening). There is a daily sailing to Inishturk and again increased sailings during the summer months. Visitors to Inishturk should note that on certain days it may be necessary to overnight on the island before catching the ferry back to the mainland the next day. It is always advisable to refer to the ferry company websites for times of sailings as these are subject to change throughout the year. Tickets can be purchased from the relevant ferry operator’s port-a-cabin in the car park prior to departure.
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- GPS: 53.761692, -9.9038798

Old Head
Old Head beach, near Louisburgh, is overlooked by a woodland to the west and Croagh Patrick to the south and east. This beach has a number of rock-pools that are exposed when the tide is out. The beach is sheltered from the south and west. Lifeguards are on duty through the summer months and the beach and toilets are wheelchair accessible. Bigger swells during the winter months also makes this beach a popular destination for surfers and windsurfers. There is a pier at the western end of the beach which provides shelter for a small anchorage point, popular with local sailors and fishermen.
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- GPS: 53.776562, -9.7710353

Croagh Patrick Viewpoint
Croagh Patrick View is located on the south shore of Clew Bay at the base of Croagh Patrick. The viewpoint is immediately adjacent to MurriskCemetery and the ruins of Murrisk Abbey (founded in 1456 by the Augustinian Friars).
- GPS: 53.779411, -9.640141

Dumhach Bheag (Dooghbeg)
Elevated view point which offers open and panoramic views south and south east across Clew Bay against the backdrop of Corraun Hill (524m).', This elevated discovery point offers open and panoramic views south and south east across Clew Bay.  ClewBay (in Irish: Cuan Mó) is the most spectacular bay in Ireland.
- GPS: 53.893402, -9.7970796

Spanish Armada Viewpoint
Small gravel surfaced lay by adjacent to the Clew Bay coastal road against the backdrop of Corraun Hill (524m). Exceptional views south across Clew Bay and south west to Clare Island. Strong historical resonance with the Spanish Armada, five ships of which floundered off the Mayo coast in 1588. These include; the San Nicolas Prodaneli and El Gran Grin, both of which sank at the mouth of Clew Bay.
- GPS: 53.867062, -9.8686168

Cuan na hAisléime (Ashleam Bay)
Elevated viewpoint along the southern coast of Achill Island between Cloughmore and Ashleam overlooking AshleamBay. Offers one of the most breathtaking views on AchillIsland.
- GPS: 53.957327, -9.9970436

Keel Beach
Keel Beach is one of the most popular and magnificent sandy beaches in Ireland. Located on Achill Island, it is a shingle beach backed by sand dunes and is popular with water sports enthusiast, especially surfers.
- GPS: 53.9745642194203, -10.0851978752441

Trá Dhumha Goirt (Dugort Beach)
Dugort Beach, also known as Pollawaddy Strand, is an expansive sandy beach with surrounding hilly terrain. heltered by the magnificent Slievemore mountain the backdrop of the neighbouring Slievemore Mountain (672m).
- GPS: 54.012111, -9.9947959

Dooega
Dooega beach is a small coastal inlet located on the south western side of AchillIsland. It is a small and sheltered beach that is perfect for summer sunbathing due to its south facing location.
- GPS: 53.92482245534, -10.0205587597195

Elly Bay
Elly Bay is an area of great scenic beauty and tranquillity in North West Mayo. This is a fine sandy beach located 9km south of Belmullet in Erris, Co. Mayo. The beach is clean, sheltered and ideal for swimming, sailing, surfing and other water sports.
- GPS: 54.1597942172637, -10.0920643303223

An Fál Mór (Falmore)

Fallmore is a town-land near Belmullet with Blacksod Bay to the south and east, and the Atlantic. Fál Mór is a holy place and has connections to St. Deirbhile and St. Brendan.
- GPS: 54.09554, -10.085653

An Fód Dubh (Blacksod Harbour)
Blacksod Harbour is a working harbour with an accompanying lighthouse which was built in 1864 and is still operational, however, not open to the general public. The approach route to the harbour, offers uninterrupted views of Blacksod Bay. When reaching the harbour views of Achill Island open up to the south.
- GPS: 54.098875, -10.060762

Ceann an Eanaigh (Annagh Head)
Annagh Head is a headland on the western edge of the Mullet Peninsula in Erris, Co. Mayo. Erris was voted by The Irish Times as the best place in Ireland to go wild! This is also one of the most ancient site on the Wild Atlantic Way.
Photo by Raymond Fogarty
- GPS: 54.241494, -10.102216

Dún na mBó (Doonamo Point)
Dún na mBó (Doonamo) is a unique cliff-top place from which one can view the incredible Eagle Island Lighthouse and the wild Atlantic Ocean. A sculpture has been built here around a blowhole, allowing visitors to experience the wild Atlantic waves pushing up through the land! 
- GPS: 54.264572, -10.07531

Ceide Fields
The Céide Fields, near Ballycastle, certainly gives you a unique experience. This is a neolithic site and an associated exhibition centre. The R314, as you approach from either direction, boasts clear uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean. This exposed cliff top site has a number of points of interest, not least the Neolithic site itself and the associated exhibition centre. The well maintained viewing platform, with handrail, allows visitors to experience the sensation of standing right on the very edge of the cliff.
- GPS: 54.308559, -9.4558463

Lacken Bay
Overlooking the low lying flood plain of the Cloonalaghan Rover this Discovery Point offers expansive views over marshland and sandy beaches. Lacken and its bay nestle along the rugged North Mayo coastline, between the towns of Killala and Ballycastle.
- GPS: 54.274154, -9.2574486

Killala Quay (CillAla)
Killala is a picturesque seaside village, 6.5 miles north-west of Ballina. Located just off the R314, the attractive village of Killala boasts attractive views across the inlet of Killala Bay.
- GPS: 54.213245, -9.2192835

Ballina Quay
Ballina Quay is the Mayo’s last Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. With an attractive river setting, Ballina Quay is a key access point for boats to the River Moy famous for Atlantic salmon.
Photo by Alison Crummy  
- GPS: 54.132133, -9.1378596

ISLANDS

Clare Island
Situated at the entrance to Clew Bay, Clare Island is the largest of the Mayo offshore islands. Its spectacular cliffs are home to large numbers of nesting sea birds and its hills, bogs and woodlands make it ideal for hill walking. The largest of the Mayo offshore islands, the Island's complex history can be read through its landscape: from archaeological remains of the Neolithic and Bronze age, to rare medieval wall paintings in the 14th century abbey. One can view the castle and burial place of the famous 'pirate queen' Grace O'Malley's (Grainneuaile). The island population is now around 130, yet everywhere there are traces of past generations, most significantly the 19th century population explosion and subsequent famine when the island's population of 1600 was reduced by half. Old potato ridges, or 'lazy beds' are everywhere: the evening sun reveals them jutting out from the land like the rib cages of some dying beast. Clare Island's scenic beauty, pristine beaches, rare flora and gentle peak of Knockmore (461m) make it an ideal destination for walkers. Offshore, the clear waters surrounding the island are known for their exceptional dive sites. Clare is also known for its lively night life, live music and regular summer festivals. Located off the coast of County Mayo and is accessible by a ferry from Roonagh Pier.
- GPS: 53.8001995398385, -9.95190281604005,

Claggan Island
Claggan is a tiny island off Achill. It is the newest Mayo’s island having only being declared an island in 1991. With a population of just eight people and can be accessed via a sandy causeway.
- GPS: 54.173036, -9.9527711

Inishturk
Inishturk, meaning “Island of the Wild Boar”, is a quaint beautiful island located 14.5km off the coast of Mayo. The island rises boldly from the wild North Atlantic, off the County Mayo Coast, in wall like cliffs to the north west and steep hills to the north on which stands the ruins of the old signal tower 220m above sea level.
- GPS: 53.7024417252861, -10.1163442717911

Inishbiggle
Inishbiggle or Inis Bigil is located between the mainland and AchillIsland. Inishbiggle is a very unique island which to this day hosts a traditional community where small farming and fishing are time worn traditions.
- GPS: 53.99516235, -9.909103423
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