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    The west coast of Ireland is brimming with historic attractions and spectacular nature. Hidden and usually not a typical traveller's first choice, this part of Ireland remains off the beaten track in favour of Dublin or Cork.
    However, if the wilderness of the rugged Atlantic coastline and a plethora of myths and legends that surround Western Ireland are appealing to you, a car hire in Knock may be the first step of a lifetime adventure on the Irish West Coast.

    Why Auto Europe? Firstly, our longstanding experience in the car rental industry makes us a reliable partner for your travels. Secondly, thanks to the partnership with all leading national and international car hire suppliers, we can provide you with a superb yet affordable car, ideal for your holiday or a business trip. Make a search on our booking engine on the left and see how our prices differ from other brokers.

    Traffic

    You should feel familiar while driving your car hire in Knock as traffic regulations do not differ much to those in the UK. Driving in Ireland is conducted on the left. Be sure to always wear a seat belt and never use your mobile phone whilst driving or you will incur a hefty fine.
    As far as the traffic in Knock is concerned, due to the compact size of the town, traffic is very orderly compared to traffic in major cities as there are fewer residents and less tourists. This will make your drive a breeze.
    Secondary roads in Ireland are often far more scenic than motorways. These small roads that connect Irish town and villages are a great option as long as you're not in a hurry. However, keep in mind when driving in Knock that rural roads tend to be narrow and winding. You could come across stone walls along these roads and they are often far closer than they seem to be on the side mirror.
    We have put together some helpful tips in our Ireland driving information guide, to help you on your way with your car rental in Knock.

    Parking

    Parking is generally easy to find in Knock as there is not much traffic. As the village is fairly small, there aren't almost any goings-on except for the famous Catholic pilgrimages to the Knock Shrine. During peak hours it can sometimes be harder to find parking or when travellers are in town for pilgrimage.

    City Airport

    After Dublin, Cork and Shannon, the airport in Knock is Ireland's busiest airport and it offers seasonal, charter, and low-cost flights to London, several UK cities, and a few famous Spanish and Portuguese holiday destinations such as Faro, Malaga and Tenerife. Its full name is Ireland West Airport Knock and it is located just a little bit over twelve miles from the village of Knock in Charlestown, County Mayo. From the Airport, head on your car rental in Knock to the N17, turn right onto the N17 and continue straight ahead till you reach Knock.

    Ireland West Airport Knock (NOC)
    Website: Knock Airport
    Address: Charlestown, Co. Mayo, Ireland
    Telephone: +353 94 936 8100

    Must Do

    The village of Knock is famous for its sacred place - a church or a pilgrimage site known as Knock Shrine. Here is an overview of possible activities with a car hire in Knock:

    • Knock Shrine: The story of the famous Knock Shrine has its roots in the late 19th century when a group of locals from the village claimed they had witnessed an apparition of Biblical characters on the church altar. Although the rain was pouring down, the gable where the apparition was remained intact and completely dry for more than two hours. The church is nowadays a famous pilgrimage site with people flocking to the shrine from all over the world. The venue also hosts various religious events such as faith renewal seminars, vigils, and prayer days. You are welcome to book a guided tour that will take you through the Shrine grounds and the main points of interests. The tour will also help you get acquainted with the sociopolitical issues in Ireland at the time of the Apparition.

    • Knock Museum: The only museum in the village of Knock perfectly captures and tells the story of the Apparition. Visit the museum and see the original testimonies written by hand of the fifteen people who had the extraordinary chance to experience this strange one-off phenomenon. The lives of these people and their fellow citizens were changed forever in 1879. The museum also contains a collection of over a thousand letters addressed to leading church officials and accounts of many pilgrims who have visited the Shrine. As one step further from the main theme, the museum occasionally transforms into a venue which hosts various artistic workshops on other topics for children and adults.

    • Café Le Chéile: Complete your visit to Knock with a refreshing delicious meal at Café Le Chéile overlooking the Knock Shrine. The name is rather interesting and it originates from the old Irish word meaning "together". Skilled cooks do their best to make wonderful meals from locally produced meat, fruit and vegetables. Stop over for a filling meal and enjoy a cup of coffee while planning the rest of your trip.

    Day Trips from Knock

    Knock is a small village in Mayo County in Western Ireland. Although not as eventful as bigger Irish cities, it is still an excellent starting point for getting acquainted with Irish heritage and fantastic landscape miraculously carved by the relentless waves of the Atlantic.

    • Cliffs of Moher: The Cliffs of Moher, Ireland's most visited attraction, are overwhelmingly beautiful and have a magnetic draw for millions of visitors. As their unique appearance is simply stunning, devote at least one day to this natural wonder. Dress appropriately (think strong wind and high possibility of rain) and drive down to the south past Galway to Clare. You should arrive at the cliffs in less than two hours.
      If possible, visit the Cliffs of Moher on a sunny day to see them in their full splendour stretching over five miles and vertically tumbling down into the Atlantic. Witness the drama of the never ceasing waves crashing against the rocks and enjoy the spectacular view from one of the three main vantage points or O'Brien Tower. It will take you some time to soak in this amazing vista which will once again remind you of the greatness of nature. Spend the rest of the day on the Cliffs Coastal Walk hiking from the Cliffs of Moher to Hags Head or even to Doolin and back.

    • Croagh Patrick
      The Irish Holy Mountain also popularly called Reek is, alongside the Knock Shrine, another important place for pilgrims in County Mayo. The sacred place is a beloved spot in July when thousands of pilgrims gather at the foot of the mountain and start their pilgrimage hiking towards the highest peak. If you are fit enough and eager to climb Croagh Patrick, you can leave your car at the Information Centre and start walking up from there.

    • The Wild Atlantic Way: What is the Wild Atlantic Way? It's a 1550 mile long coastal road that goes past six regions, each of them boasting a distinctive character of its own. Experience the untamed beauty and the energy on the Wild Atlantic Way driving along the steep rocky Cliff Coast near Knock. Expect to see the famous Burren Nature Sanctuary, a fascinating place with extraordinary limestone terrain and diverse flora and fauna. Make a stop at the Lahinch Beach to fly a kite or surf the waves just like many other keen surfers from all around the world. End your day with a fun event for the whole family - go dolphin watching at Carrigaholt!

    • The Ballycroy National Park: Ireland's sixth national park is one of the many natural spectacles in Mayo County. The park spans over 11,000 hectares of various terrain including bogs, marshes, and mountains. The wildlife at Ballycroy is impressive with the park being one of the last untouched blanket mires in Europe. Much of the area is covered by the active Atlantic bog and in some areas you can also see alpine heath. In addition to versatile flora, the park is home to a rich fauna as well. There are some rare species and dozens of bird, fish and mammal species in the park. Ballycroy National Park welcomes adults and children offering camping and hiking as the main outdoor activities.

    Geographic Information & History

    The village of Knock is located in County Mayo in western Ireland. The typical Irish weather is generally cool and rainy, even in summer, so be sure to pack proper clothing and check weather reports before leaving. The western part of the county is bounded by the Atlantic and, as such, is mostly covered with Atlantic blanket bog making the area less suitable for agriculture. Alongside its diverse terrain including mountains, rocky and sandy beaches as well as numerous islets, County Mayo has not only natural but also a rich cultural heritage.
    The first settlers, mostly nomadic hunters and fishermen, are believed to have arrived in County Mayo seven millennia ago. They were followed by another group of people who brought along pottery, agriculture and farming to the county. Several monuments from the Bronze and Iron Age can still be seen at certain locations in Mayo. During the early Christian period, the most famous figure of early Irish Christianity St. Patrick, who is thought to have converted thousands of Gaels, spent a significant amount of time in Mayo. Starting in the fifth century, a large number of monasteries and similar settlements were built not only in Mayo, but also around the whole country. In the Saxon Era, Mayo grew even more important in terms of religion and Christian faith. Unfortunately, only few monasteries survived the coming of the Vikings in the eighth century.

    The next period was one of the most essential ones concerning Irish development and is marked by the coming of Anglo-Normans. Initially, the Gaelic nobility was oppressed but slowly the conquerors started to marry into native Irish families and were slowly "gaelicised" which can be seen even to this day in last names of Norman descent highly present in Mayo. The catastrophic famine that hit Ireland in the 19th century was particularly severe in Mayo with its population almost entirely depending on potatoes destroyed by the deadly fungus. An estimated one hundred thousand people died and many immigrated to the USA. In the aftermath of this disaster, once the agriculture and the local population recovered, they managed to significantly improve their lifestyle and economic standard as the number of residents dramatically decreased. Not all villages, however, were well-off. Among poor villages was Knock, whose position did change after the famous Apparition took place in 1879.
    The modern day Mayo is developing as a touristic resort offering attractive hiking trails, unpolluted beaches and a wide variety of scenery.

    Public transportation

    Bus Éireann schedules a regular service to Sligo, Westport, Galway, Achill Island, Derry, and Dublin with stops in between. If travelling from the stop in Charlestown, connections are available to Ballina, Belfast and many other destinations. Rail stations in Ballyhaunis and Claremorris are accessible by cab or bus service. Route 440 connects the Knock Airport with Achill Island while Route 64 serves Derry and Galway. Trains run from Dublin to Sligo, Ballina, Westport and Galway. Although many buses drive through Knock and connect it to other villages where you can catch a bus to Dublin and other bigger cities, picking up a car hire at Westport Airport is the most convenient way to travel around Knock. Taxis are also available from the airport.

    Useful links

    Tourist Guide Knock and Mayo County

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