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Westport, Co Mayo is a special place, a place which captures all of the magic of the West of Ireland and serves it up with great panache, and more than a little charm. The bustling town centre with its colourful traditional shopfronts, and the tree-lined Carrowbeg River which runs so beautifully through it makes Westport is a popular stopping point for any visit to County Mayo.

Westport (meaning ‘The Stone Fort of Beeve’) is one of just a few “planned” Irish towns. It was commissioned by Lord Sligo in 1780 and designed by his gentleman architect James Wyatt. Those were the days when lords and ladies could change the lives of vast numbers of tenant farmers on a mere whim, and such fancies generally brought only misery and hardship. In Westport however the experiment worked, and success and prosperity were followed over time by growth and enterprise. The history of the development of Westport, from the time it was an O Malley stronghold in the 16th century to the present day, is brought alive in the Heritage Centre, located at Westport Quay.

To this day Westport is a highly successful town, and its “planned” status now draws large numbers tourists and seasonal visitors.

And few of its visitors do not fall prey to its great charms, it’s pretty street scenes, and its wonderful night-life. By day it is simply delightful. The dark waters of the Carrowbeg River appear almost black as you stroll along its tree lined avenues while, all the time, its fashionable shopfronts sparkle and entice. And by night Westport comes alive. Restaurants which went unnoticed in the daytime now throw out a new light, and music wafts out through doorways and windows to fascinate all who pass.

Situated on the shores of Clew Bay in the shadow of Croagh Patrick, Westport Golf Club is one of the best parkland golf course in the west of Ireland. Set in 260 acres of rolling parkland, Westport has developed a superb course, and a highly regarded championship venue. Indeed, it has hosted the Irish Amateur Close Championship on three occasions and the Smurfit Irish PGA Championship in recent years.

How to get to Westport

By bus, or car. Bus Eireann Routes 440 provides a service from Knock Airport to Westport. Alternatively follow the N59 scenic route northwards from Connemara to Westport.

Where to stay in Westport

Westport has huge selection of great places to stay including hotels, hostels, self-catering holiday homes, guesthouses and B&B's.

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Westport is surrounded by beautiful coastal towns. Don't miss Newport and Mulranny if you are travelling north, and Croagh Patrick, and Louisburgh, if you are travelling south.

Things to do in Westport

  1. Explore Westport House, one of Ireland’s great period homes. Westport House enjoys a superb parkland setting with lake, terraces, wonderful gardens and magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Achill Island, Clare Island and Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick. It was built, and indeed is still privately owned, by the Browne family who are direct descendants of the 16th century Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley. A wonderfully absorbing tour which should not be missed.
  2. Enjoy an afternoon in the Clew Bay Heritage Centre. Situated in one of Westport’s 19th century Quayside buildings, the Clew Bay Heritage Centre, traces the history of the planned town of Westport from pre-Christian times to the present day. Artefacts, documents and photographs connected with the Westport area provide a basis for the presentation of local history, customs and traditions.

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Augusta Lodge
Augusta Lodge is a beautiful purpose built...
Golf Links Road, Westport
Co. Mayo
Boffin Lodge
Boffin Lodge is a purpose built 10 bedroom...
The Quay, Westport
Co. Mayo
Clew Bay Hotel
Clew Bay Hotel has the perfect location in the...
Westport Town
Co. Mayo
Knockranny House Hotel & Spa
Knockranny House Hotel & Spa is a very...
Westport Town
Co. Mayo
Mill Times Hotel
Mill Times Hotel is a a stylish and comfortable...
Westport Town
Co. Mayo
Quay West Guesthouse
Quay West Guest House is a purpose built,...
Quay Road, Westport
Co. Mayo
The Harbour Mill Apartments
The Harbour Mill combines 4-star self catering...
The Quay, Westport
Co. Mayo
The Old Mill Holiday Hostel
The Old Mill Holiday Hostel, run by the Carr...
Barrack Yard, James Street
The Wyatt Hotel
The Wyatt Hotel is a lovely boutique hotel with...
Westport Town
Co. Mayo
Westport Coast Hotel
Westport Coast Hotel (previously The Carlton...
The Quay, Westport
Co. Mayo
Westport Plaza Hotel
The Westport Plaza Hotel located in the heart...
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Co. Mayo
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Westport Town
Co. Mayo
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Top Attractions of Ireland's North West

If it is a leisurely or action packed holiday you require then you can be guaranteed that the counties of the North West of Ireland including Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Monaghan, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo can provide for your every need. These counties offer you choices of the best accommodation and eateries along with lively evening hotspots to keep you entertained during your visit. The region has excellent sporting amenities with some of Ireland's best golf links courses, along with excellent fishing spots, horse riding, mountaineering, mountain biking, river and sea cruises, famous surfing beaches and much much more.

Visitors are also sure to experience a warm welcome or "céad mile fáilte" from those you meet on your travels in the area along with a strong sense of the Irish heritage and culture in some of the least explored parts of the country.

Ireland's North West is easily accessible from every corner of the world through the regional airports serving the region at Knock or Shannon and you'll find there is a lot to see and plenty to do once you arrive. Below are just some of the main attractions ready to be discovered. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Croagh Patrick in Mayo

Croagh Patrick

Croagh Patrick, one of the highest peaks in the West of Ireland is situated five miles from the picturesque town of Westport in the village of Murrisk, and the mountain’s conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside. More details +
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Glenveagh National Park Donegal

Glenveagh National Park

Glenveagh National Park can be found about 24km north west of Letterkenny in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains. With its pristine lakes, mountains, boglands, moorlands, rivers and wilderness, this remote and peaceful national park is hauntingly beautiful and serene. More details +
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Slieve League Cliffs

Slieve League Cliffs

Towering high above the raging Atlantic Ocean, the Slieve League Cliffs are one of the highest sea-cliff faces in Europe. Their incredibly steep slope to the sea is perhaps even more hair-raising than the Cliffs of Moher with its shear drop. More details +
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The Céide Fields in Mayo

The Céide Fields

The remarkable neolithic site at Céide Fields in County Mayo holds the oldest known stone-walled fields in the world. They date back almost 6,000 years, more than any other early agricultural site to date. More details +
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The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway

The Giant's Causeway’s unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of north Atlantic Ocean. The rugged symmetry of the columns, and their uniform planshape, never fail to intrigue and inspire the curious admirers who come so far to witness them. More details +
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Grianán of Aileach

Grianán of Aileach

The great Grianán of Aileach is believed to have been built in the 1st century AD, on the site of an ancient Iron Age hillfort, and the outline of the original Iron Age fort can still be seen on the hill to this day. More details +
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Doagh Famine Village

Doagh Famine Village

Doagh Famine Village contains a wide selection of full size attractions, including some original dwellings which were still inhabited up to 20 years ago. Some of the buildings of Doagh Famine Village, such as the Orange Hall, Presbyterian Meeting House, Mass Rock and Hedge School and a Republican Safe House, depict the diverse history and culture of this corner of the Inishowen peninsula. More details +

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