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Westport Introduction

Awash in history, culture and natural attractions, Westport is a captivating Georgian town that sits close to the southeastern shores of Clew Bay. A 3-time recipient of Ireland's National Tidy Town Award and once named as the best place to live in the country, it's become one of County Mayo's popular tourist attractions. The Carrowbeg River's shimmering waters flow through central Westport, an integral part of the town's charming medieval-inspired urban layout. With rousing live music in pubs and outdoor adventures galore, there's no time for boredom to set in.

Hotels in Westport

You won't find garish 5-star hotels with casinos in Westport, but there's no need to worry if a luxury stay is what you have in mind. There are several 4-star hotels in town that aim to pamper, with terrific amenities that include indoor pools, full-service spas, conference spaces and on-site fine dining. Upscale self-catered apartments are likewise available, featuring spacious rooms, fully equipped kitchens and generous outdoor spaces for al fresco tea. Charming B&Bs are also plentiful in Westport, offering homey, individually decorated guestrooms, homemade and hearty full Irish breakfast and landscaped gardens where guests can relax on a fair day.

Where to stay in Westport

You can't go wrong with the range of lodging options in the town centre. Stroll along the tree-lined boulevard (The Mall) beside the tinkling waters of the Carrowbeg River and cross the pretty flower-adorned stone bridges on your way to colourful shops selling locally produced pottery and knitwear. The Westport Quay area to the west of the town centre is another sought-after area, boasting great restaurants and lively pubs, and offering easy access to the best birdwatching spots on Roman Island. The picturesque village of Murrisk, located approximately 9 kilometres southwest of Westport, is a great base for exploring the area's Blue Flag beaches.

Things to see in Westport

A parkland setting complete with tranquil gardens, a serene lake and gorgeous views of Clew Bay make the Westport House a true sight to behold. This 19th-century residence was built on the grounds of a castle belonging to the legendary 16th-century pirate, Grace O'Malley. The eerie basement dungeons are open to the public. The Browne family, O'Malley's direct descendants and owners of the Westport house for centuries, have made the estate more entertaining by adding a Pirate Adventure Park and fun activities like zorbing. O'Malley also figures prominently on Clare Island, one of hundreds in Clew Bay. She owned another castle on the island, and is said to be entombed in a Cistercian abbey there. About 8 kilometres west of Westport lies the revered Croagh Patrick, also called 'The Reek'. According to legend, Saint Patrick fasted for 40 days at the mountain's summit, and every year on Reek Sunday, thousands of pilgrims ascend its peak to celebrate mass.

How to get to Westport

Travellers flying in will arrive via Ireland West Airport Knock, a regional airport located 60 kilometres away in Charlestown, where you can hire a car from one of the on-site rental agencies or take a taxi in front of the airport. Services by Irish Rail and Bus Éireann are available 7 days a week, with scenic routes to and from many other locations in Ireland. The city of Galway is a 90-minute drive away via the N84 road, while the county town of Sligo can be reached in roughly the same amount of time via the N17 and N5 roads.