Our Foxford Airb&b is set in the midst of the most beautiful countryside anyone could imagine: self-catering accommodation in Ireland:
Knocknarea and beyond!
W.B. Yeats wrote:
“The Host is riding from Knocknarea
And over the grave of Clooth-na-bare;
Caolte tossing his burning hair
And Niamh calling Away, come away:
Empty your heart of its mortal dream.
The winds awaken, the leaves whirl round,
Our cheeks are pale, our hair is unbound,
Our breasts are heaving, our eyes are a-gleam,
Our arms are waving, our lips are apart;
And if any gaze on our rushing band,
We come between him and the deed of his hand,
We come between him and the hope of his heart.
The host is rushing ’twixt night and day,
And where is there hope or deed as fair?
Caolte tossing his burning hair,
And Niamh calling Away, come away”
Knocknarea summit - and the whole area is alive with music
And here is the awesome setting near Ben Bulben for the final tragic scene in the saga of Diarmuid and Grainne: the cave in the cliffs near Benwisken.
Foxford's Lough Conn:
Lough Conn is only 2 Km away from our Foxford airBnB, right next to the charming little Foxford Railway Station: what place could be more beautiful? And you can walk and gather mushrooms in the surrounding Drummin Wood, or hire a boat or go fishing. There's lovely sandy beaches - yes: sandy beaches on the lakeside, for all the family. And also see our Museums page for the wonderful North Mayo Heritage Centre with its many special features and ancient woodland on the shores of Lough Conn.
The Belmullet Peninsular:
Above: There's the utterly beautiful Belmullet Peninsular with its sculpture trail and exalted pure beaches
Achill and Clare islands:
Achill Island, above, is only an hour away
Clare Island, seen from Clew Bay. There's a very good museum. And Grace O'Malley is entombed there. See also one of her fortified Castles.
Your must cycle the Greenway: Newport to Achill Island
The Wild Atlantic Way:
The Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational journey of soaring cliffs and buzzing towns and cities, of hidden beaches and epic bays. So whether you drive it from end-to-end, or dip into it as the mood strikes, it's going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
And here's a video posted on Mayo by Alan Clarke!