7 Reasons... To Visit Westport
The gem of the west, Westport is a town full of charm and charisma that invites you to wander, enchants you to explore and captures your heart to stay.
Nestled on the banks of Clew Bay and overlooked by the famous Croagh Patrick, Westport attracts thousands of people from all walks of life to its beautiful streets every weekend and it’s not difficult to see why.
Ideally located along the Wild Atlantic Way and with a host of activities available and a magnificent backdrop, there is truly something for everyone in this coastal town.
If you’re looking for a family break or a fun weekend away with the girls, then make sure to head west for the ideal trip.
Climb Croagh Patrick
A famous pilgrimage, the mountain of Croagh Patrick, known locally as ‘The Reek’ is about 10km west out of the town. Get your walking shoes on, round up your friends and make a day of it. There’s nothing quite like the satisfying feeling of getting to the top.
Westport House & Gardens
Channel your inner pirate in the stunning surrounds of Westport House & Gardens, famous for once being home to the legendary pirate queen Grace O’Malley back in the 16th century.
The house is one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes and is full of original artefacts and artworks, with a different treasure around every corner. Take a paddle boat out on the water to fully appreciate the views and make time for some Afternoon Tea.
Zorbing and Zipwiring
If there’s one way to get your adrenaline pumping then it’s to head along to adventure activities such as Zorbing, Zipwiring and the High Ropes, all located in the grounds of Westport House & Gardens. If that’s all a bit too hectic for you then why not try your hand at a spot of golf on Westport’s Championship Golf Course and Driving Range.
Cycle the Greenway
The Great Western Greenway is a recent addition to Westport’s many attractions and features 42km of off-road cycling and walking. Pick up your bike from Clew Bike Hire and hit the trails with their superb views of Clew Bay and the surrounding areas.
Dine in style
Westport is all about the food, and no matter where you stop off, there’s sure to be some gorgeous dishes on offer. Try out the seafood which is second to none, and make sure to bag yourself a fabulous cocktail to wash it all down – amazing.
Westport is famous nationwide for its night life and regardless of what time of year you go, there’s always something happening. Head to one of the many late bars or dance your cares away in the night club. Either way, you’re sure to have a brilliant night, with live music in most of the bars too.
Take an evening stroll and watch the sun set over the bay - absolutely stunning.
Sit back and relax
Westport offers some gorgeous places to stay around the area that each offer brilliant service and welcoming and friendly staff who are on hand to help you enjoy every minute of your stay.
We stopped off in Hotel Westport for the weekend and we certainly didn’t want to leave! Take advantage of a luxury spa treatment in one of the many award winning Spas and your weekend will finish in style.
Drive to Achill Island – accessible by bridge – and follow the breathtaking Atlantic Drive trail.
For more information on what to do, where to stay and planning your trip visit Destination Westport's website here.