Westport County Mayo Ireland
Westport is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Ireland, and rightly so as the town combines not only heritage and history but also natural beauty and limitless amenities for all tastes, ages and interests. The town itself has recently been awarded the overall winners of the 2001 Irish Tidy Towns competition.
Firstly, one must mention Westport House which is one of Ireland’s stately homes open to the general public. Also on its grounds there is a pitch-and-putt course, camping facilities, many walks, a bar and shops and also the popular boat rides. One may also wish to visit Westport Heritage Centre where visitors can discover the story of Westport town in 3D models and interactive displays.
Croagh Patrick, colloquially called ‘The Reek’ has been a place of pilgrimage for 1500 years. It is renowned for its Partrician Pilgrimage in honour of Irelands national apostle, Saint Patrick. Every year people travel from all over the world to climb to its summit, not only for religious purposes but also to view the splendour of “Clew Bay” .
Westport Town itself has much to offer the visitor the only problem is where to begin! One of the most popular destinations is Westport Golf Course which is an 18 hole championship course considered to be one of the best in Ireland. Plus there is a golf driving range close by.
Westport also has a great selection of top class restaurants where dining out caters for all tastes and pockets. The town is also renowned for its selection of pubs and bars where one can find live music, great atmosphere and bar food. For those who like to shop many of the shops have kept their old world facade giving a unique atmosphere to shop in.
Other amenities in Westport include:
Several Blue Flag Beaches which are only short drives from Westport. 5 swimming pools, road bowling, mountain climbing & hill walking, sea angling & fresh water fishing, sailing and yachting, Murrisk Abbey, Clare Island, Ballintubber Abbey, Ashford Castle, Kylemore Abbey are only a few of the things to do here while on holiday.