Westport

Westport

Westport is a town on the edge of an Atlantic inlet, on Ireland’s west coast. In the Georgian town centre, stone bridges link the tree-lined promenade on the banks of the Carrowbeg River. Rockfleet Castle and Burrishoole Abbey, both to the northwest, have ties to the 16th-century pirate queen, Grace O’ Malley. The Great Western Greenway bike and pedestrian trail runs from Westport to Achill Island, in the northwest.
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Westport is possibly the best place to holiday in the country. We are so proud of our little town it offers fabulous picturesque views along with locals that welcomes and embraces all the stories and craic that holidaymakers bring.

Few towns in Ireland can match Westport’s charisma and continental flavour. Night resizeCheerful, multi-coloured shop fronts jostle for attention with an attractive selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. Little wonder it has become one of Ireland’s most popular and cosmopolitan holiday destinations.

A safe haven, Westport kisses the south east shores of the Atlantic inlet of Clew Bay and lies against the backdrop of the protective Croagh Patrick – under the watchful eye of the chapel at its peak.

Westport has won an selection of awards including Irelands Tidiest Large Town 2015, Tidy Towns Gold Medal 2015, Tidy Town County Award 2015, Tidy Towns Sustainability Award for Edible Landscape Project 2015, Purple Flag Award 2015 & 2016, Irish Water Award, European Sports Tourism Award and mostly famously been crowned The Best Place to Live in Ireland in 2012

Things to do, places to visit

There are literally hundreds of things to do in Westport and places to visit nearby.

The award-winning Great Western Greenway, one of Ireland’s most-talked-Greenway about walking and cycling trails starts here. Westport House and Country Estate, one of Ireland’s most recognisable tourist attractions is 5 minutes walk from the centre of town. Ireland’s iconic pilgrimage mountain, Croagh Patrick is just up the road. Lots of sandy blue flag beaches near Westport are just a short drive away, along the shores of Clew Bay, County Mayo.

For an evening’s entertainment, Westport offers plenty of pubs, cafés and restaurants and there’s live music almost every night of the week. Westport also offers the opportunity to take in a live show in the summer months, and there are numerous festivals throughout the year.

A beautiful, flower-filled heritage town

As a designated Heritage Town and three-time overall winner of the National Tidy Towns Competition, the words picturesque and Westport go hand in hand.

The Mall, an enchanting tree-lined boulevard, punctuated with clusters of blooms, features several stone bridges over the serenading waters of the Carrowbeg River; while a network of streets, flanked by flowers give way to an orderly series of neat-fronted shops, restaurants and pubs which have retained the culture and charm typical of Irish towns in days gone by.

The charming Quay area is just a few minutes from Westport’s town centre and possesses a unique character of its own with pubs, restaurants, hotels, shops and galleries now occupying the old coastguard station and warehouses.

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