Just a short drive away from many beautiful natural resources, including blue flag beaches and spectacular mountains, Westport is the perfect base to explore West Mayo. Fill your days with outings or with organised activities right here in the town.The beaches surrounding Westport boast blue flag status and the Greenway allows visitors to take up walking, running, or cycling on a 42 kilometre stretch. Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain is only a few kilometres from Westport.
Westport House is situated in a beautiful estate adjacent to the town of Westport. Several of Clew Bay’s islands are a short ferry ride from Westport, where you can explore the roots of the pirate queen, Grace O’ Malley, at Rockfleet Castle and Clare Island. Rural life and cultural exhibits awaits visitors to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life and the Clew Bay Heritage centre, just half an hour’s drive east of Westport. Knock Shrine attracts pilgrims from all over the world and after a short drive you can step back in time at Burrishoole Abbey.
Have you climbed it yet? No trip to Westport is complete without climbing The Reek. Even thou locals say it only counts if you do it in your bare feet!!!
Westport House & Gardens
First opened to the public is 1960, having been family home to the Browne family for over 300 years, its roots trace back to Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connaught. As you can imagine – this house has some story to tell.
Mayo has a number of pristime beaches, from small sheltered coves to vast expansive strands, showing off the Wild Atlantic Way.
The Céide Fields, the largest Neolithic (Stone Age) monument in the world, with field systems, swelling areas and megalithic tombs almost 6,000 years old.
National Museum of Ireland – Country Life
Home to the National Collection of ojects representing the traditional way of life since 1850. As wel as the Museum Galleries and the 19th Century Victorian Gothic House, the extensive grounds of Turlough Park feature gardens, woodland walks, a river and lake overlooked by an an ancient Round Tower.
Knock Shrine is a major international Catholic site, which attracts over 1 million pilgrims annually. The Virgin mary, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist are said to have appeared on the South gable of the Knock Parish Church on August 21, 1879. Knock Shrine is open all year round.
Clare Island – the jewel in Clew Bay’s crown
The largest of Clew Bay’s Islands, Clare Island, has been inhabited for 5,000 years. It boasts dramatic coastal cliffs and spectacular views of the surrounding bay. Ferry services from Roonagh Pier take 15 minutes. A notable site on the island is Granuaile’s Castle, it is said tat the Pirate Queen’s head is buried near this castle.
Originally built in 1867 as a romantic gift and known as Ireland’s most romantic Castle, located in Connemara it is one of the top attractions in the West of Ireland. Kylemore Abbey is open to visitors all year round.
Clew Bay Hertiage Centre
Prides itself on being a ‘hands on’ experience, one of the few museums where visitors can touch the artefacts on display. Or, are you looking for a family member, they run a Genealogical research Service for Westport and the Clew Bay Area.
Ballycroy National Park
Ballycroy National Park was established in November 1998. It is Ireland’s sixth National Park and comprises of 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin mountain range.
Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only true fjord and extends 16km in from the Atlantic to its head at Aasleagh, below Aasleagh falls. It formds the border between Galway and Mayo and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the West of Ireland.
Clew Bay and the islands
Clew Bay has, according to tradition, 365 islands, one for every day of the year. It’s probably the most beautiful bay in Ireland, and the views of it from Craogh Patrick in particular are fantastic.
Westport Train Tour
Immerse yourself in a fun and fact-filled journey through Westport Town. Suitable for all the family, this trip will start and end at the newly opened Church Lane entrance to Westport House visiting 29 points of interest including Westport Quay and the Octagon and will last 45 minutes.