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Wild Atlantic Way

Visit the National Museum of Ireland just off the breathtaking Wild Atlantic Way


The Wild Atlantic Way is an unforgettable coastal touring route spanning 2,500 kilometres along Ireland's windswept and unspoilt west coast. Packed with breathtaking scenery and exceptional experiences, the Mayo section of the Wild Atlantic Way is 543 kilometres long and includes 31 Discovery Points with two unmissable Signature Points.

The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life at Turlough Park, Castlebar, is located just 25 kilometres from the bustling tourism town of Westport on the Wild Atlantic Way’s Bay Coast. It is also within striking distance of the Wild Atlantic Way Signature Discovery Points at Achill Island’s Keem Bay (1.5 hours) and Downpatrick Head (1 hour), on the spectacular Céide Coast.

Castlebar is a perfect gateway location for exploring the Mayo section of the Wild Atlantic Way, with easy access to expansive beaches, dramatic coastal scenery and colourful coastal towns and villages.

At the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, immerse yourself in the unique stories, rich heritage and fascinating cultural traditions of the Wild Atlantic Way region.

Browse four floors of modern exhibition galleries to gain an unrivalled insight into the ingenuity and resourcefulness of our rural ancestors who lived in this Wild Atlantic Way landscape. 

Aasleagh Falls on the Mayo section of the Wild Atlantic Way

Explore basking shark fishing on Achill Island and the history of the traditional thatched cottages that dot the countryside. Discover the roots of the ancient Celtic festivals still celebrated today, and the trades and crafts you will encounter along the way.

Downpatrick Head on the Mayo section of the Wild Atlantic Way

The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is located on the N5 route, eight kilometres east of Castlebar. 

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