TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN WESTPORT
Great Western Greenway
The Greenway traverses Ireland’s Atlantic coast between Westport town and Achill Island and visits the picturesque villages of Newport and Mulranny. It passes by some of the West of Ireland’s most dramatic mountains and offers magnificent views of Clew Bay and its many islands.
More info: www.greenway.ie or for bike hire: http://www.clewbaybikehire.ie/
Croagh Patrick is situated five miles from the picturesque town of Westport and the mountain’s conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside. Magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding south Mayo countryside are to be had from all stages of the ascent of the mountain.
More info: www.croagh-patrick.com
Matt Molloy’s is the best known Westport pub in Japan, Alaska, and probably Timbuctoo. In the course of their innumerable world tours, Matt Molloy and the illustrious Chieftains have brought it’s name to a vast and varied audience, along with a taste of the traditional music that flows from it – dark, deep and unpasteurised, like its pints…
More info: www.mattmolloy.com
Westport Music Festival
Taking place on Saturday June 29th and Sunday June 30th 2013 in Westport House, Westport, Co. Mayo – Westport Music Festival 2013 is an essential date for your calendar! Set amidst a stunning 400 acre site in the heart of Westport town in Mayo, Westport Music Festival is an annual two-day celebration. Embracing the very best local and international rock, folk, celtic and acoustic sounds across multiple stages, Westport Music Festival 2013 is a weekend for all.
More info: www.westportfestival.com
Clew Bay Heritage Centre
Situated in a 19th century building, just 2 kilometres from the centre of the historic town of Westport,
Clew Bay Heritage Centre traces the history of the planned town and the Clew Bay area from pre-Christian times to the present. Artifacts, documents and photographs connected with the general Westport area provide a basis for the presentation of local history, customs and traditions..
More info: www.westportheritage.com
Westport has a wide variety of parkland and links golf courses to suit every level, from professionals and keen enthusiasts to novices.
At Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden, there is so much for all the family to enjoy. Visit the restored rooms of the Abbey and learn about it’s history and tales of tragedy and romance. Explore the 6 acre Victorian Walled Garden with it’s magnificent restored buildings. Discover woodland walks, lake shore walks, nature trails and children’s play trail throughout the 1,000 acre estate.
More info: www.kylemoreabbeytourism.ie
Surfing Ireland’s western coastline is an experience you will not forget! Surfing while the sun sets over Clare Island or sharing waves with dolphins, Mayo is truly an amazing place to surf.
From hillwalking and outdoor activities to fishing and angling, from golf, painting or horse riding to surfing, windsurfing or scuba diving, your visit to Achill can be as active as you like. Or just relax with a coffee or a pint and a view of Achill’s spectacular mountains, cliffs and five Blue Flag beaches.
More info: www.achilltourism.com
Mayo has so much to offer both walking and cycling enthusiasts from its largely unspoilt, clean countryside, varying landscapes, unique scenery and rich heritage and folklore mark it as the ideal walking and cycling destination. Mayo offers all kinds of trails including Mountain, Coastal and Island, Rural and Urban Greenways and National Loop Trails.
More info: www.mayowalks.ie
Clare Island lies off the west coast of Ireland at at the entrance to Clew Bay. The largest of the Mayo offshore islands, it has a varied terrain: spectacular cliffs with large numbers of nesting sea birds and a rich ‘inland’ topography of hills and bogs and small pockets of woodland, making it ideal for hill-walking.
Westport Sea 2 Summit Adventure Race
The Westport Sea2Summit adventure race is a unique event based in the adventure capital of Ireland, Westport. The race will take place on Saturday November 9th and will incorporate all the thrills that Westport has to offer, Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, the Sheaffry Mountains and the new Greenway. Westport Sea2Summit is organised and run by the Westport Plaza & Castlecourt Hotel Resort under the guidance of Race Director, Paul O ‘Brien of Boot Camp West. There will be two separate races with three categories in both which will include a mix of road running, cycling, and a mountain hike. It will finish with a small adventure obstacle course and short sea run which consists of a 100m dash across a shore line. for more info go to: http://www.westportsea2summit.ie/
My Ireland Tours
For tours of Ireland with specific themes check out My Ireland Tour. They are a family run business based in Cork and have been providing tours of Ireland for the past 26 years. For all tour details check their website here: www.myirelandtour.com
Westport Festival kick started by Ballinrobe Band
Ballinrobe band Quality Street opened the Westport Festival of Music and Food, and it’s fair to say, they’re still on a high. The quartet, made up of local musicians Ailíse Burke, Mike Ansbro, Martin Farragher and Gerry Heneghan, took to the main stage on the Saturday of the festival as the first act of the weekend.
The band, who are not yet a year, together played a signature set of eclectic songs, including some crowd-pleasing covers and catchy new material, such as their new song ‘Where to Go’. Speaking to The Mayo News after their set, the band expressed their glee at the opportunity. Singer and guitarist Martin Farragher said ‘it still hasn’t sunk in’.