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Ten Things to do in Castlebar this week
By Sandra Hunt
1, Aug 2009 - 10:14

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1.  Eat Well. The Town has Indian, Chinese, Italian and Irish Restaurants and the Carvery in The TF Royal Hotel is known as the Best in the County. Food Served all day from 7.30am. All restaurants located within walking distance off all concert venues. Call into the TF Royal Hotel for recommendations.

Or Why not take a time out and Visit the Mayo Peace Park, cross the road and enjoy Lunch and a Glass of wine in the award winning Harlequin Restaurant in luxury surroundings of the 4* Days Harlequin Hotel

2. Shop. Why come to Castlebar and not discover all the great shops that Castlebar has to offer, whether its Shoes in Gerry Mc Guires or a Glam Dress from Beverly Hills Castlebar is sure to cover it all, as well as home to Elvery Sports and big name brands with all the shopping so close together, there is no excuse to miss anything!!!

3. Play Golf, Set amongst mature Chestnut’s, Beech’s and Oaks, Castlebar Golf Club boasts an 18 Hole Golf course USGA standard sand based, all weather greens to an unrivalled standard. Following continuous development, most recently a new course layout designed by Walker Cup Captain, Peter McEvoy, into the present magnificent layout.  This has propelled Castlebar into one of the Countries finest Parkland Courses, indeed into Golf Digest top 100 Irish Golf Courses, challenging but fair to all grades of Golfer. Their office is open from 9am to 5pm daily and can be contacted 094 9021649

4. Climb Croagh Patrick. Take a day trip to Croagh Patrick only 20 minutes away. The Centre at the base of Croagh Patrick offers guided tours of the mountain. Take a walk on the Beautiful Doons on Beltra Beach just down the road and visit the famine memorial

5. Take a relaxing stroll by Lough Lannagh. Why not pop into Lough Lannagh Holiday Village to organise a Boat Ride or Bicycle Hire and discover the hidden trails of Castlebar or check out the new magnificent premier tennis facilities which are opening this weekend with some of the best Irish tennis players competing in the Connaught Open Championships on 11 courts over the Bank Holiday Weekend

6. Make a fun family afternoon and visit Roller Bowl at the Top of the Town. Family fun with indoor amusements and Mayo Movie World with 7 cinema screens all under the one roof, and for  the Young ones visit Funster Park for endless entertainment.

7.  Sport, Castlebar is a big sporting town and home to the Newly removed Mc Hale Park, why not catch the Mayo GAA Team in training, or catch a local soccer or Basketball match. Or take a stroll to the Mall where you never know if a game of Cricket or American Football is on the cards or for something different why not try equitation in Turlough), or fishing at Lough mask or bilberry lake

8. Visit Turlough Museum, The National Museum of Country Life in Turlough draws big crowds from around the Country as well as abroad. Set in Beautiful Landscaped Gardens it is located just 8 minutes outside of Castlebar and while there why not take a stroll around to Turlough and visit the Round  Tower

9. Do the Pub Trail. Castlebar has some of the finest and most quaint bars in the country, whether it’s a Pint of the Black Stuff in the Front Pub in the TF Royal Hotel, a malt from the top shelf of Johnny Mc Hales Bar or a White Wine Spritzer from Bosh, all your tastes are catered for and all within safe walking distance of each other… And if you want to catch a game on the TV then Mick Byrnes Pub on Main Street is the place to go, where every drink serves up a new sports fact!!!

10. Walk. Castlebar has some of the finest walking trails around. So much so there is a four day Walking festival every year in Castlebar. There are hill walks, Long distance walks, guided walks and woodland trails to discover. Short walks around the Old Ruins of Moore Hall or Ballintubber Abbey are always worth a visit

For details on Events and things to do in the Town or walking trails contact the TF Royal Hotel on 094 90 23111 www.theroyal.ie and the Linenhall Arts Centre on 094 90 23733



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