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Westport (Ireland)

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Westport is in County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland. It is a heritage town and is on the west coast directly under the shadow of the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick.

Get in[edit]

Westport can be reached quite easily by train from Dublin which takes 3 1/2 hours, by car, or by plane to Knock Airport. The train station is located a bit out of the town on the Galway road. The timetables are online [7].

Get around[edit]

Westport is small enough to get around by foot, however most people use Westport as a base, and then you will have to think about getting a car, bike or hiking around by foot. The public transport around Westport is not all that good, so you will need to get a car. It is easy enough to rent via one of the mainstream agencies, or you can try getting a Taxi. Bikes can also be rented quite easily.

If you rent a car, be wary of the centre of the town, particularly when approaching the town clock. The elevation and tight roads make driving through it a test for the uninitiated. If patience is not your strongest suit, stick with a taxi or a bike.

Hitchhiking is also done a lot here and it is quite easy to get a lift up to, for example Achill, or Croagh Patrick.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Croagh Patrick one of Europe's best know places of Pilgrimage, some pilgrims climb barefoot in the memory of St. Patrick, who spent forty days and forty nights fasting on the summit more than 1,500 years ago. Magnificent views of Clew Bay, with an island for every day of the year, provides inspiration for many walkers and visitors throughout the year.
  • Westport House is one of Ireland's top Day Visitor Attractions. It is a Georgian mansion and the home of Lord Sligo and is open from April to September. Admission is charged to enter Westport House but visiting the grounds is free. [8]
  • Clew Bay is a beautiful bay filled with hundreds of small islands. These are actually semi submerged drumlins from the last ice age. The road along the north end of the bay leads to Achill Island, whilst the road along the southern rim goes back to Croagh Patrick and onto Louisburgh, terminating at Roonagh where one can get a ferry to Clare Island.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Golf Westport golf course is a world class 18 hole championship golf course Westport Golf Club [9]. All hotels will be delighted to arrange tee times, caddies, transport and an early breakfast.
  • Fishing Westport is renowned for its deep-sea fishing and there are many courses which show you the way. Local boats are available for hire. The boats are skippered and fully equipped with fishing tackle.
  • Horse Riding Numerous equestrian centres surround the town. Examples below:
    • Croagh Patrick Stables [10]
    • Carrowholly Stables [11]
    • Drummindoo Stud [12]

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Ardmore Country House Hotel & Restaurant is well known for it's excellent cuisine which uses only the best local produce and is especially well known for its preparation of seasonal seafood and beef dishes.
  • The Castlecourt Hotel The Orchard Restaurant Head Chef, Alain Gaulier, brings a continental touch to the Westport cuisine scene. Served here is a mix of Irish and French cooking. There restaurant has room to seat 240 people.
  • The Clock Tavern [13], is a Tudor tavern in the heart of the town (at town's clock) and is well known for its traditional Irish meals. Tourist menus available in German, French, Spanish and Italian. The Clock Tavern we have a mix of live music to suit everyone’s tastes most Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights. A well known family owned premises, offering the highest quality food and a quality pint of Guinness.
  • La Bella Vita is a relaxed and intimate bistro-style restaurant which serves classic Italian food from the home of the chef/owner (Angelo).
  • The Helm [14], family run bar and restaurant located at the Quays overlooking Clew Bay.
  • The Quay Cottage is a tiny waterside cottage that has been gutted and converted into an atmospheric restaurant and bar. There are three dining rooms that can, in total, seat around 80 people. West coast seafood is a speciality, but all manner of vegetarian and meat dishes are also served. Reservations advised.
  • Cronin's Sheebeen, 098 26528, [1]. The Sheebeen is a unique thatched (and highly recommended) waterside pub and restaurant just outside Westport past the harbour. Seafood is a speciality here and there is a large amount of daily specials to choose from.  edit
  • The Creel Restaurant & Coffee House, The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo (On the Quay), 098 26174, [2]. 10:30 - 17:00. Casual dining where we cook a varied selection of daily specials. All our desserts & cakes are home-cooked. Our Seafood Chowder with our freshly-baked traditional brown bread is very popluar. We brew fresh coffee using select beans from the artisan Greenbean roastery. Wine licence.  edit
  • The Creel Cafe, Lime Court, James Street, Westport, Co. Mayo (Half-way down James Strreet, at entrance to James St. car park), 098 50055, [3]. 9:30 - 5:30. The Cafe offers fresh light bites, salads & sandwiches. our homemade soup, dessert bakes and Greenbean coffees, to eat in our cosy cafe or take away.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Anglers Rest
  • The Quays
  • The Asgard is in Westport harbour which is about a 10 minute walk from the center with a nautical theme. it serves barfood and can be pretty busy.
  • Matt Malloys is located centrally, is always busy, and is pretty much well known for its traditionally music and is well worth getting early as it is usually packed. Owned by Matt Molloy of the Chieftains, considered one of the best Irish flute players today.
  • The Clock Tavern,[15], have a mix of live music to suit everyone’s tastes most Friday, Saturday & Sunday nights. As a well known family owned premises offering quality food & drink & a quality pint of Guinness.
  • Geraghtys Bar, The Octogan, Westport, [4]. Geraghtys is a great local spot for all ages with live music at the weekends and during the week in the summer months. This bar is also home to the annual Bluegrass Festival in Westport. It has a good outdoor smoking area and pool table out back.  edit
  • Cozy Joe's A place with live music most nights and a great late night pub.
  • Henehans Another light night pub with live music in the back and other music upfront. Has quite a few bars throughout the place and an area outside for smoking.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Glenderan Bed and Breakfast[16], Bed and Breakfast located at Rosbeg, close to the town of Westport.
  • Westport Woods Hotel stylish hotel.
  • Atlantic Coast Hotel is a stylish 4* hotel, in a tranquil quayside setting. The Blue Wave restaurant - unique top floor location with stunning ocean views and exciting contemporary cuisine.
  • Hotel Westport Is reputed as one of Ireland's finest hotels catering for a variety of holidays. It is a stylish friendly hotel and is perfectly located in the heart of Westport on private parkland grounds. 2 relaxing lounges, swimming pool & leisure centre. Childrens clubs from 0-12 yrs. Wheelchair friendly.
  • Castlecourt Hotel Is perfectly located in the heart of Westport, the tourist haven of Mayo, a genuine welcome and a special warm atmosphere which has been run by the Corcoran family since 1971. The hotel has been completely refurbished and extended to 140 luxurious bedrooms and a superb new Leisure Centre.
  • Ashville House Is a beautiful purpose built guesthouse. Splendid decor throughout. All spacious ensuite rooms with remote control colour TV, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and direct dial phones. Large gardens and private tennis court for guest use. Also large private car park. Close to horse riding, leisure centre and cinema
  • The Old Mill Hostel, James Street, Westport (Just off James Street as you turn into a carpark on the left), + 353 (0) 98 27045, [5]. checkout: 10:00. The Old Mill is a family run hostel in Westport town centre. There are large mixed dormitaries, smaller male and female dorms and private rooms. The prices start from 18.50 per person per night and include breakfast and free wifi from 18.50.  edit
  • Geraghtys Bar and B&B, The Octogan, Westport, [6]. Geraghtys Bar in Westport is a popular local spot for all ages. Live music at the weekends and mid week during the summer, it is also home to the annual Westport Bluegrass Festival. There is a good smoking area and pool table out the back and John (the manager) has a lovely bed and breakfast upstairs.  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Crime is almost unheard of in Westport. Like anywhere in Ireland, give no-one a reason to dislike you and no problems will come your way.

Get out[edit]

  • Castlecourt Hotel the club here is called, originally "the Castle"Create category
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