Ireland West Airport Knock is the gateway to the untamed west and North West coast of Ireland. Situated in County Mayo, the airport provides easy access to the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s epic 1,500 mile coastal touring route. Whether you choose to travel north to Donegal or follow the Wild Atlantic Way south to Galway, the route is filled with charming villages, stunning coastline, soaring sea cliffs, and craggy countryside. Book cheap flights to Ireland West Airport Knock today, and discover the beauty of the Emerald Isle for yourself.
From Ireland West Airport Knock, head west to the picturesque town of Westport and enjoy the gourmet restaurants, traditional music and outdoor activities. Then make your way north to drive across the road bridge to Achill Island on the edge of the vast Atlantic Ocean. Observe the island’s windswept location which has given way to towering sea-cliffs, exposed mountains and sweeping sandy beaches. For the more adventurous, cycle through the countryside on the Great Western Greenway, a 26-mile cycling trail following the old Westport to Achill railway line. Further up the coast as you drive north along the Wild Atlantic Way, look out for Downpatrick Head, a striking sea stack sitting out in the Atlantic Ocean. Continue your journey along the coast to Sligo, the county that inspired some of Yeats’ greatest work. For the best views in the region, hike to the table top of Ben Bulben.
Back on the coast, stop off at Mullaghmore Head and take in the dramatic coastal views. Soon you’ll reach the remote northwest county of Donegal, home to Bundoran, one of the world’s best surf towns. Surfing isn’t Donegal’s only outdoor activity with salmon fishing, diving, rock-climbing and hiking all available here. This county is a joy to explore with rugged, remote landscapes as well as isolated peninsulas and characterful pubs. Here you’ll also find Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League and one of Ireland’s most spectacular lighthouses at Fanad Head. Drive all the way to Malin Head on the Inishowen Peninsula, the most northerly tip on the island of Ireland – a trip here will certainly blow any cobwebs away! If you’re looking for a real escape then head to the spectacular Glenveagh National Park.
Another way to view the magnificent coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way is to travel south from County Mayo to Galway. Discover the wild and mysterious Derrigimlagh Bog by bicycle, take a day trip to the Aran Islands or explore Liscannor Bay’s secluded spots and hidden caves by kayaking. Exploring the spectacular beauty, legend and folklore of Connemara is also a must. This region offers endless panoramas with gorgeous rust-coloured bogs dotted with grey-blue lakes, dry-stone walls, secluded coves and sandy beaches. One of the best ways to discover the area is to explore the walking and hiking trails around Killary Harbour, one of Ireland’s three majestic fjords. Also, make sure to visit Kylemore Abbey nestled in the heart of Connemara. Here, you can discover the beauty and history of Ireland’s most intriguing estate by visiting the Victorian atmosphere of the Abbey’s restored rooms, miniature gothic church and beautiful gardens.
This area is not all about dramatic coastline as the inland areas are equally as spectacular. North-west of Ireland West Airport Knock is the county of Leitrim. Brimming with lakes and rivers, there is no shortage of water-based activities to enjoy here. For sailing and windsurfing you should head to the picturesque Lough Allen. Alternatively, journey south-west from the airport and explore the ultimate ‘get away from it all destination’, Roscommon. At the heart of the county lies Lough Key, where you can take a tree canopy walk in the surrounding forest. From peat bogs to native woodlands to lakes and marshes, Roscommon’s ever changing scenery will not fail to impress.
A cool, bohemian city with a love of traditional music – Galway is hard to resist. Located only 1.5hrs from Ireland West Airport Knock, Galway is easily accessible and is a great weekend destination. Its glorious seaside setting, medieval architecture and critically acclaimed food scene add to its allure. Galway’s charms are best enjoyed by strolling the city lanes and soaking up the atmosphere. Walk the promenade out to the seaside town of Salthill, stroll over one of the River Corrib’s bridges or catch some tunes at the Crane Bar. With a prime location on the Wild Atlantic Way, Galway is also the gateway to the Burren and the Cliffs of Moher.
You’ll find all this and more little over an hour’s flight away as you can fly directly from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester to Ireland West Airport Knock with Flybe. Buy cheap flights to Ireland today, and start planning your own adventure!
Flybe operates cheap flights from Ireland West Airport Knock to Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh, along with other destinations across Europe. For further information, take a look at our dedicated Flights from Ireland West Airport Knock page.
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