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
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.