Mayo is one of the western world’s top star-gazing locations and Hotel Newport, situated at the gateway to the International Dark Sky Park, has amazing packages for out of this world holidays.

Stargazing Holiday

With Moonlight tours, access to observation sites, astronomy talks and astrophotography workshops, our packages are tailor made according to the level of expertise in astronomy or designed to suit amateurs with a keen interest in an opportunity to view stunning nightscapes.


Ballycroy National Park and Wild Nephin Wilderness are jointly recognized as Mayo International Dark Sky Park. A Gold tier classification is an honor reserved for the most exceptional of dark skies and stunning nightscapes. The park protects one of the largest expanses of peatland in Europe and supports a diversity of species in a unique habitat; it is especially important in this regard as it is one of the largest remaining examples of a blanket bog habitat remaining in Western Europe.

This is the perfect site to explore the darkest skies in Europe and it is the ideal place for anyone wanting to appreciate the wonders of the universe, with over 7,000 stars and planets visible to the naked eye. 



Our ancestors looked up into the pure dark night skies in wonder, inspired by its magnificence and mysteries. They used it for navigation, agriculture, worship, philosophy, literature, art and of course early scientific discoveries. Now you can take a break away to the west of Ireland to discover what they used to see!

Five Stargazing Tips

  1. Head for the dark – stars are shy; the darker it is, the more the stars will come out
  2. Adjust your eyes – you’ll see 10 times more stars 20 minutes after switching off your torch
  3. Take binoculars – you can see plenty with the naked eye, but a small pair of binoculars will take you to the next level
  4. Use an app – try Google Sky Maps which will tell you exactly what you are seeing in the sky
  5. Wrap up – Irish winter nights are not for the feint-hearted. Layers upon layers and a good pair of gloves are essential, along with hot drinks.

Photo Credits to Brian Wilson and Steve Hanley 
Banner Image © stevephotography


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Stargazing Holiday in Mayo, Ireland

  • Wild Atlantic Way Package *REDUCED JUNE RATES*
    REDUCED FROM €49.50pppn to €34.50pppn ON SELECTED DATES IN JUNE Take a two night break to the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way to explore the discovery points of Mayo. Our most popular package and web exclusive from €69 per person sharing. - 2 Nights’ accommodation for two people - A delicious 2-course evening meal each on the first night - A Carafe of House Wine - Full Irish breakfast each morning - Wild Atlantic Way Driving Route Guide from the Hotel This is a web exclusive deal for two adults. To add children to this package please call the hotel for prices & availability
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  • Greenway Getaway - 2 B&B, 3 Course Meal, Bike Hire from €49.50pppn*
    2 Nights Bed & Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch + Bike Hire for 2 people sharing. This package offer the best value cycling holiday around! Includes: - 2 nights accomodation in our 3* Hotel - Full Irish breakfast each morning - 1 x Full day bike hire for two adults - Packed lunch to take with you & enjoy along the way - 3 course meal on the evening of your choice *From only €99 per person during low season, based on two people sharing in a double or twin room. Price is subject to change and will fluctuate during peak season & at weekends. For single or group rates please call 098-42464
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  • Greenway Family Break 2 B&B,1 Meal, Bike Hire
    2 Nights Bed & Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch + Bike Hire for 2 Adults and 2 Children (under 12yrs) sharing. This package offer the best value family cycling holiday around! Includes: - 2 nights accomodation in a family room - Full Irish breakfast each morning - 1 x Full day bike hire for two adults and two children - Packed lunch to take with you & enjoy along the way - Dinner on the evening of your choice for the whole family From only €134.50 per night, based on two adults and two children (under 12yrs) sharing in a family room - this is our best value package.
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  • Bargain Break - 3 Nights B&B with €20 Dining Credit - €26pppn
    🔥 3 Nights Bed and Breakfast for ONLY €156 per couple 🔥 We're not on the deal sites; so we can guarantee you the best value packages right here! This Amazing Offer Includes… ✔ 3 Nights in a Double or Twin Room ✔ Full Irish Breakfast Each morning ✔ No Weekend Supplement! ✔ €20 dining credit ✔ Available on selected dates in 2019 Book below or call +353(0)9842464 ** Children (under 12) can be added to this package for €15 per night - Subject to availability. Total extra per child €45
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  • Bargain Break - 2 Nights B&B with €20 Dining Credit - €29.50pppn
    🔥 2 Nights Bed and Breakfast for ONLY €98 per couple 🔥 We're not on the deal sites so we can guarantee you the best value packages right here! This Amazing Offer Includes… ✔ 2 Night in a Double or Twin Room ✔ Full Irish Breakfast Each morning ✔ No Weekend Supplement! ✔ €20 Dining Credit ✔ Available on selected dates in 2019 Book below or call +353(0)9842464 ** Children (under 12) can be added to this package for €15 per night - Subject to availability. Total extra per child €30
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  • Bargain Break - 1 Night B&B with €20 Dining Credit - €39 pps
    🔥 1 Nights Bed and Breakfast for ONLY €78 per room 🔥 We're not on the deal sites so we can guarantee you the best value packages right here! This Amazing Offer Includes… ✔ 1 Night in a Double or Twin Room for 1 or 2 people ✔ Full Irish Breakfast Each morning ✔ No Weekend Supplement! ✔ €20 Dining Credit ✔ Available on selected dates in 2019 Book below or call +353(0)9842464 ** Children (under 12) can be added to this package for €15 per night - Subject to availability. Total extra per child €15
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  • Family Holiday Break - 2 nights B&B + Dinner
    A great offer to spend time the school holidays with your family on the West Coast of Ireland. Grab some fresh air and have fun with the kids, whether it's kite flying; wind is a specialty here, cycling; we have The Greenway on our doorstep or just enjoying being on the coast, there's plenty of it, come and enjoy Newport. Package is for 2 Adults and 2 Children (under 12yrs) in one of our spacious Family Rooms. 2 Nights' Bed and Breakfast with a dinner on the night of your choice.
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  • Greenway Escape - 1 B&B, 3 Course Meal, Bike Hire from €49.50pppn*
    1 Nights Bed & Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch + Bike Hire for 2 people sharing. This package offer the best value cycling holiday around! Includes: - 1 nights accomodation in our 3* Hotel - Full Irish breakfast each morning - 1 x Full day bike hire for two adults - Packed lunch to take with you & enjoy along the way - 3 course evening meal *From only €49.50 per person sharing during low season, based on two people sharing in a double or twin room. Price is subject to change and will fluctuate during peak season and at weekends. For single or group rates please call 098-42464
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