Westport (Ireland)

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

Get in[edit]

Westport can be reached quite easily in 3.5h by train from Dublin, by road, or by plane to Knock Airport. The train station is located a bit out of the town on the Galway road and the timetables are on-line.

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 may need to get a car. It's easy enough to rent via one of the mainstream agencies, or you can try getting a Taxi. Bikes can also be rented quite easily.

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]

Matt Molloy's pub
  • 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 one and a half thousand 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. 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.
  • Clew Bay. 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]

  • Golf. Westport golf course is a world class 18 hole championship golf course at Westport Golf Club. 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.
  • Cycling. The Great Western Greenway is a dedicated cycling and walking route that departs Westport to the north, generally following the path of the old Great Western Railway. It connects Westport to Newport, Mulranny and Achill Sound. Bicycles are readily available for hire, and most of the hire companies will drop you to one part of the Greenway and collect you from another.

Eat[edit]

  • Ardmore Country House Hotel & Restaurant. Well known for its 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. Their restaurant has room to seat 240 people.
  • The Clock Tavern. This is a Tudor tavern in the heart of the town (the town's clock) and is well known for its traditional Irish meals. Tourist menus available in German, French, Spanish and Italian. A mix of live music most F-Su nights. A family owned premises, offering the highest quality food and a quality pint of Guinness.
The Clock Tavern
  • La Bella Vita. A relaxed and intimate bistro-style restaurant which serves classic Italian food from the home of the chef/owner (Angelo).
  • The Helm. Family run bar and restaurant located at the Quays overlooking Clew Bay.
  • The Quay Cottage. 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 +353 98 26528. The Sheebeen is a unique thatched waterside pub and restaurant just outside Westport past the harbour. Seafood is a speciality here and there are many daily specials to choose from.
  • The Creel Restaurant & Coffee HouseThe Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo (On the Quay),  +353 98 26174. 10:30-17:00. Casual dining with a varied selection of daily specials and home-cooked desserts & cakes. The Seafood Chowder with freshly-baked traditional brown bread is said to be popular. Wine licence.
  • The Creel CafeLime Court, James Street, Westport, Co. Mayo (Half-way down James St, at entrance to James St car park),  +353 98 50055. 09:30-17:30. The Cafe offers fresh light bites, salads & sandwiches, home-made soup, dessert bakes and Greenbean coffees, to eat in or take away.

Drink[edit]

  • Anglers Rest.
  • The Quays.
  • The Asgard. In Westport harbour which is about a 10 minute walk from the centre with a nautical theme. it serves bar food and can be pretty busy.
  • Matt Malloys. 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.
  • Geraghtys Bar and B&BThe Octogan, Westport. 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. It has a good outdoor smoking area and pool table out back. Also has a B&B where guests can stay.

Sleep[edit]

  • Glenderan Bed and Breakfast. Bed and Breakfast located at Rosbeg, close to the town of Westport.
  • Westport Woods Hotel. Stylish hotel.
  • Atlantic Coast Hotel. 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 located in the heart of Westport on private parkland grounds. 2 relaxing lounges, swimming pool & leisure centre. Children's clubs from 0-12yr. Wheelchair friendly.
  • Castlecourt Hotel. In the heart of Westport, a genuine welcome to a hotel which has been run by the Corcoran family since 1971. The hotel has been completely refurbished and extended to 140 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.
  • The Old Mill HostelJames Street, Westport (Just off James St as you turn into a car park on the left),  +353 98 27045. Check-out: 10:00. Family-owned establishment in Westport town centre. Large mixed dormitories, smaller male and female dorms and private rooms. Free Wi-Fi. From €18.50.

Go next[edit]

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


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