South Mayo Tour
The wonderful town of Westport has won the competition for Ireland’s tidiest town on numerous occasions. The town was founded in the 1780’s for the workers on the local estate. It is a beautiful town located on the end of Clew Bay which is said to have 365 islands. The town is dominated by Croagh Patrick, a 765m mountain where St Patrick is said to have fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.
The population of Ireland in the 1840’s was more than 8 million. Many of these people were tenant farmers surviving on the potato crop. In 1845 a blight arrived to damage and ultimately destroy the crop resulting in the Great Famine. Within five years one million people had died and more than one million had emigrated. This artwork captures the horror of the ‘coffin ships’ on which many of the emigrants died.
Located between the Mweelrea Mountains and the Sheefry Hills this beautiful valley was created during the ice age. The deserted valley has two lakes which make it an extremely beautiful landscape. This is one of many opportunities for some great wilderness photos. The valley however has a sad story in which a number of people died of starvation during a journey to look for food during the Great Famine.
Professionally guided tour by Neal Doherty in a top spec Land Rover Discovery classified as a Limo. Expect an interesting and entertaining tour with lots of stories, history and anecdotes that you will remember and take home to your family and friends. Our tours are designated tours but if you have some subject or area in which you are particularly interested please let me know and I will tailor the tour to your needs.