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Car Hire at Knock Airport opens up the entire west coast of Ireland to your travel plans. Decide when and where you want to go with a quality rental car booked through Nova Car Hire.

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We can arrange car hire for 26,000 locations across the world, so get a quote from us today. It's easy: Simply enter the details of when and where you want to rent a car and we will return a great rate in an instant. You can book that quote online there and then. There is no complicated paperwork to complete, and if there is anything you need to clarify, you can contact us by email or telephone.


About Car Hire at Knock International Airport

Situated 5.6km south-west of Charlestown, County Mayo, Ireland West Airport Knock was built in 1985 to accommodate pilgrims who wanted to visit the nearby Knock Shrine, which commemorates an apparition of the Virgin Mary. Located off the main Galway-Sligo road (N17), it is the west of Ireland's largest airport and serves such western counties as Mayo, Galway, and Sligo.

You will find the car rental desks in the Arrivals Hall on the left as you exit the baggage area. Refer to your Nova Car Hire quotation document for the opening hours of your specific car hire provider. A member of staff will direct you to your vehicle. Familiarise yourself with the vehicle's controls before driving off. Follow the signposts to access the main N17 route. The village of Knock and Knock Shrine are just 13 kilometres from the airport. Enjoy the drive through the delightful County Mayo countryside.


Dublin (203km)

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Sightseeing in Knock

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Probably the easiest and fastest online booking experience I have had since I first booked a car online. Keep up the good work and please don't change your prices!

Sarah Kilpatrick, Mar-2012

Explored the west of Ireland with your car hire from Knock Airport. Enjoyed it a lot, especially at such a great rate too..well done Nova!

Denis Waters, Feb-2012

My wife and i booked a car hire in Knock, Ireland and we were pleasantly surprised. Great value and quality service

Raymond Lee, Feb-2012

Always a pleasure booking with Nova. Just back from our holiday in Ireland and your service for car rental was outstanding

Vincent O'Shea, Feb-2012

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Sightseeing in Knock

Hi! My name is Aoife O'Carroll, and I am a content writer with Nova Car Hire. As a confirmed travel addict, my fantasy holiday of a lifetime would take in the Grand Canyon, Venice, Rio de Janeiro,

Knock may not be one of Ireland’s most famous locations, but it is the perfect gateway to one of Ireland’s best-kept secrets. Mayo and the neighbouring county of Sligo are the overlooked relatives when it comes to Ireland’s family album of scenic lovelies, but, although this region may not be as popular as Killarney or Dublin, its low profile just adds to its charm. Car hire is the best way to get around this part of the world, as public transport, when available, is neither comprehensive nor reliable.


Just over 60km from Knock Airport, the town of Westport is definitely worth a visit. Nestling in the southeast corner of Clew Bay, Westport has an idyllic charm that quickly demonstrates why the town was voted Ireland’s Best Place to Live in 2012. Meander along the tree-lined, flower-filled boulevard known as The Mall, and enjoy dramatic views of the nearby mountain, Croagh Patrick.


You won’t find any bars or restaurants lining the sand; you cannot hire sun umbrellas or loungers; you might not even see any people at all, but the beaches on Achill may be the best in the world. Stunning and secluded, Achill Island’s five Blue Flag beaches are linked to the mainland via a landbridge on mainland Mayo. Achill is home to the Atlantic Drive, a 40km stretch of coastal magic.

The Quiet Man Village in Cong

Now more than 50 years old, John Ford’s 1951 classic The Quiet Man, holds a special place in many people’s lists of favourite films. Starring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, it was set in the iconically traditional village of Cong on the Mayo-Galway border. About a 40-minute drive from Knock, the Quiet Man Cottage Museum is the ideal destination for anybody looking for a total immersion in The Quiet Man experience. Take a look at the cottage’s ground floor: It has been designed as an exact replica of 'White-o-Mornin' Cottage, the home of Maureen O’Hara’s character.

Ballintubber Abbey

Recognised as the only abbey in Ireland founded by a monarch that has been in continuous use for almost eight centuries, Ballintubber Abbey is situated near Lough Carra, south of Castlebar. Ballintubber is part of Tóchar Phádraig, a 35km pilgrimage road that ends at Croagh Patrick. Although the abbey was suppressed and damaged during the Protestant Reformation, Catholics continued to worship there during penal times. The nave, chapter house, and Dorter area have since been re-roofed, in time for 800th year celebrations in 2016. Contemporary outdoor attractions include an abstract Way of the Cross, an underground year-round Crib, and a Rosary Way.

Croagh Patrick

St. Patrick's holy mountain, Croagh Patrick is an ancient pilgrimage site located five miles from Westport. Climb the 764-metre peak, following in the footsteps of Patrick, and discover spectacular views of Clew Bay and south Mayo. The climb is best tackled in summer (April-September), but this is Ireland, so bring rain gear to protect you against frequent showers. Strong shoes are also recommended. If you are reasonably fit, it should take about two hours to climb to the summit, and an hour and a half descend. There are a lot of loose stones to contend with on the way down, so be particularly careful in wet weather.