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All About Westport
Under the shadow of Ireland’s most sacred mountain — Croagh Patrick — the city of Westport boasts immaculate, tree-lined streets and old stone bridges decorated with blooming flowers that run over the Carrowbeg River. Ninety minutes from Galway on the County Mayo coast, it is a designated heritage town full of important sites and spectacular Georgian architecture, including the impressive Westport House and Gardens, Rockfleet Castle, and Burrishoole Abbey. Westport is also spoiled with beautiful beaches that are just 10 minutes from town. By the foot of Croagh Patrick, you’ll find Bertra, one of Ireland’s best beaches for birdwatching, as well as kitesurfing and windsurfing. Thirty minutes away is Carrowniskey, a popular surfing beach with a surf school that offers lessons and boards and wetsuits to rent.
The town of Westport is full of colorful shop fronts, traditional pubs, and seafood restaurants that serve local mussels and classics like fish and chips. There’s also a handful of art galleries to explore, luxury spas to pamper yourself, and one of Ireland’s finest championship golf courses.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Westport
County Mayo experiences fickle weather year round, but extremes in temperatures are rare. Summer is a great time to book an accommodation in Westport, when you can expect mostly long warm days with daylight often lasting till 11:00 p.m. in June and July. In spring, the days are mostly mild with wildflowers blooming in the surrounding countryside. Fall also sees mostly mild weather with the chance of rain, but it’s a great time for events in town.
In September, the popular Westport Food Festival celebrates the food of the region with cheese tastings and cooking demonstrations and competitions. In October, the town hosts the Westport Art Festival, which showcases the work of local and international artists, writers, and musicians. In winter, expect colder temperatures and more rain, but this part of Ireland normally enjoys milder winters than most.
Top things to do in Westport
Great Western Greenway
Set off on a scenic journey along Ireland's longest cycling and walking trail, the Great Western Greenway. This 26-mile journey from Westport to Achill cuts along an old railway route, passing coastal mountains, bogs, and rivers and offering sweeping views of County Mayo’s rugged countryside. You’ll also come to lovely villages with pubs and cafes, including the historic village of Newport, where you can stop and re-fuel for the next leg of your journey.
Drive just 15 minutes from town to the foot of Croagh Patrick, where the country’s most famous saint fasted for 40 days and nights. Known as Ireland’s holy mountain, the 2,500-foot climb can take around two hours to reach the summit. From the trail, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the coastline and surrounding area. Make sure you have appropriate footwear and plenty of water before you go.
Regarded as Ireland’s most beautiful home, Westport House is a 16th-century grand Georgian mansion surrounded by acres of sprawling gardens. There are 30 ornate rooms you can explore, along with six permanent exhibitions that offer insight into the house's history. Outside, the beautiful scenery continues with a picturesque lake surrounded by manicured lawns that boast spectacular views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Westport?
Westport has a temperate maritime climate, meaning it's fairly mild all year round. Summers average around 60°F (15°C), with winters dropping to lows of around 40°F (4°C). Rain is common throughout the year, so be sure to pack accordingly.
What are some of the best things to do in Westport?
Visitors can enjoy long leisurely walks along the Great Western Greenway, explore the history-rich Westport House, or soak in the coastal views at the Westport Quay. Shopping and dining in the charming town centre is also a favorite activity.
What is the best time of year to visit Westport?
Many visitors choose to explore Westport in the summer months from June to August, when the weather is milder. Some local events include the Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival in June and the Westport Arts Festival in October.
What are the best places to stay in Westport?
The town centre of Westport, with its array of eateries and shops, is a recommended area to stay. Alternatively, The Quay, a delightful waterfront area, is also a popular choice for visitors.
What are the best places to visit in Westport?
Westport House is an iconic local attraction with heritage and charm. The town centre, with its unique blend of traditional and modern shops, is also worth exploring. For nature lovers, the Westport Quay and Clew Bay offer stunning coastal views.
What are some hiking trails in Westport?
Westport is surrounded by scenic landscapes with hikes for all levels. The Great Western Greenway is a 26-mile (42 km) trail that's often recommended. For a shorter hike, consider the trails around Croagh Patrick, a significant pilgrimage site.
What are some family activities to do in Westport?
Families can enjoy a visit to the Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park, with a variety of engaging activities for children. The Westport Leisure Park is another enjoyable option, providing a swimming pool and other leisure facilities.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Westport?
Frequently suggested day trips from Westport include visiting the beautiful Achill Island, exploring the diverse Ballycroy National Park, or taking a trip to the historic Kylemore Abbey. Each offers unique insights into the rich cultural and natural beauty of County Mayo.
How much does it cost to stay in condo rentals in Westport?
Experience the best of Westport with our condo rentals, starting at about $50 per day, before taxes and fees. Embrace comfort and style while staying within your budget in your home away from home.
Are there vacation rentals with a dedicated workspace in Westport?
Yes! Work meets play with ease at over 20 vacation rentals in Westport featuring dedicated workspaces. Stay connected and productive in your home away from home.