Spanish Armada Viewpoint, Achill Island, Co Mayo, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

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  • Created: September 16, 2015
  • Updated: December 12, 2017
Location: Mayo
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The Spanish Armada viewpoint on the Wild Atlantic Way provides exceptional views south across Clew Bay and south west to Clare Island. In addition to scenery, this Discovery Point also allows visitors to think about the historic significance of the Mayo coast where 5 ships from the Spanish Armada floundered in 1588. In particular, the San Nicolas Prodaneli and El Gran Grin ships both sank here at the mouth of Clew Bay. 

Spanish-armada viewpoint, Co Mayo, Ireland

 
With a backdrop of Corraun Hill (524m) this viewpoint commemorates this loss of life with a plaque to the 26-gun ship San Nicolas Prodaneli, carryng 355 men, and 28 gun ship El Gran Grin, carrying 329 men both of which sank at the mouth of Clew Bay at Toorglass in 1588. It was thought that only sixteen sailors survived and like many other wreck locations along the coast, it is also likely that the survivors were quickly enslaved or killed by locals. 
 

Spanish Armada Viewpoint, Achill Island, Co Mayo, Wild Atlantic Way Map, Discovery Point, Ireland ActiveMe Travel Guide

 

1. Spanish Armada Viewpoint, Achill Island, Co Mayo, Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland

Altitude: 15 m