Booking your vehicle rental online prior to the actual trip is a sound idea for a handful of reasons
- The all-inclusive cost will not be increased
- It guarantees that you drive away in the model of car that you request
- The whole online booking is done at your own pace rather than at the arrival airport where you are likely to be surrounded by a tired partner and a selection of unruly children
- It's quicker at the car hire desk (although you wouldn't believe that if you've been part of the endless queues at Alamo in Miami)
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Knock attracts in excess of one and a half million visitors a year from all over the world. If it hadn’t been for a miraculous apparition that occurred a century ago, the tiny town known locally as Cnoc Mhuire would have escaped the generous attention it receives today. Next to Lourdes and Fatima, Knock is without question one of Europe’s major Roman Catholic shrines and is Ireland’s most visited destination.
The once indistinguishable rural hamlet of Knock (translated from the Irish ‘Cnoc’ meaning Hill) became the focus of religious fervour ever since the 21st August 1879. On that date, the Virgin Mary, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist appeared before a small congregation at Knock’s Church of John the Baptist. Ever since the apparition, Knock has attracted visitors on a pilgrimage from all over the world.
The Basilica of Our Lady, Queen of Ireland was built to cope with the overspill of worshippers and stands side by side with the small church. Next an airport was built to handle what today amounts to over a million pilgrims a year descending upon Knock. It felt appropriate to name the airport after its originator, Monsignor Horan and was called the Horan International Airport in his honour.
Despite its rural location, Knock is so small it can be explored on foot without a problem. However if walking is not ideal, then the local taxi firms will endeavour to assist. A beautiful rural region, Knock offers more than its world-renowned Marian Shrine. It is well situated for exploring the stunning countryside of its neighbours in County Mayo. Situated on the western coast of Ireland, Mayo can offer sumptuous beaches, market towns, mountains, lakes and the highest and most dramatic cliffs for miles.
With lots to do and plenty of opportunity to take advantage of this, County Mayo offers (for those outdoorsy types) some of the best golf courses, fantastic fishing, horse riding and cycling. Easily connected by railway and road to Dublin, Castlebar, the county town of Mayo, is well situated for touring the main towns and cities of the region as well as its rural delights. Once a town of significant military heritage with its eleventh century De Barra Castle which became an English garrison and the scene of ‘The Races of Castlebar’ during the Irish Rebellion in 1789, Castlebar is popular today for its festivals and its walking marathon the International Four Days Walk. If wondering where to start hiking amongst the stunning scenery of Ireland, you would be hard pressed to find anywhere more versatile and offering the best views imaginable than County Mayo’s 170 kilometre route. Taking you through Killary Harbour, along the base of the Ox Mountains and through some of the best countryside that Ireland has to offer.
Tochar Phadraig or Patrick’s Causeway attracts a steady stream of religious visitors every year. The last Sunday of every July, thousands of pilgrims head over to Croagh Patrick to walk in the footsteps of St Patrick, where he was said to have fasted for forty days and nights. Once completed during the night, it is now performed for safety’s sake during the daylight hours. It’s a difficult walk with some attempting the journey in bare feet, attracting many a devout and loyal follower continuing in the ancient tradition. One of the highest peaks in the region, Croagh Patrick summit can be enjoyed from its base where many tourists and sightseers pause for introspection.
For something completely different, you cannot visit this drizzly wetland region without a proper ‘Bog Tour’. At Bellacorick, climb aboard The Bog Train and experience the interesting content of the Bog Tour. You will leave the tour with a detailed knowledge of how bogs are formed and how the peat is harnessed for energy.
A considerably more enjoyable location than the county bogs is Mayo’s seaside resort at Bertra. A recipient of the Blue Flag clean beach award, water-sports are a main feature here, particularly wind surfing and good old bathing.
Art lovers will enjoy the Sculpture Park at Kiltimagh. Offering peace and tranquillity, the Sculpture Park is a fairly recent addition to Mayo’s list of tourist attractions and showcases the results of an eight week sculptors symposium.
Ireland has several nature reserves to its name. County Mayo can offer its visitors Shay Fennelly’s otter watch at Clew Bay which is a site of international scientific importance. If you are fortunate, otters are not the only animals you are likely to encounter at the bay with dolphins and seals making an appearance also. While you are enjoying Clew Bay, why not head over to the Clew Bay Heritage Centre to discover more about the delightful planned town of Westport.
If fishing is what drives you, then you will find yourself in good company in Mayo for this is where the All Ireland Pike Fishing Championships take place. The coarse fishing here attracts Rudd, Tench, Pike and Bream with better opportunities in the larger of the local lakes such as Cuiltybo. Cuiltybo, three miles south of Kiltimagh offers all year round fishing with stocks of Perch, Trout and Pike.
In addition to the scenic outdoor activities available in Mayo, the county is riddled with historical sites and museums such as the Museum of Country Life and five thousand of Irish life at Ceide Fields as well as the Knock Folk Museum.
Not a place that the food critics would head for, Knock provides simple restaurants and cafes with some of the best fare found in the local pubs. In rural Ireland the pleasures are simple and traditional and presented with generous portions of charm and hospitality! For friendliness the people of Ireland are second to none and love nothing better than a new face in their local establishments.
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Horan International Airport (Knock Airport)
Knock Airport is located 16 kilometres from Knock, on the Charlestown Road. If driving, the airport is easily found situated on the N17.
Bus Eireann offers coach services throughout the region - more information on schedules and routes is available on their web site: www.buseireann.ie
The nearest train station is a 22 kilometres journey away from the airport in Ballyhaunis. Claremorris Station is 31 kilometres away. Both train stations can be easily reached by bus or taxi.
The taxi rank is conveniently located outside the terminal. The specially licensed taxi company offers services to destinations in the region at an average rate of 1.30 EUR (GBP 0.88) per mile. Taxi drivers only take cash payments so ensure you have some euros changed up ready for your journey.