Westport, in Irish ‘Cathair na Mart’
(The Stone Fort of the Beeves), is a Bord Fáilte Heritage Town and one of only two planned towns in Ireland. Westport was designed in the 18th Century by James Wyatt and it has many outstanding features including the beautiful boulevard, the Mall, which runs parallel to the Carrowbeg River. Westport boasts high quality restaurants and shops and lively pubs with traditional music. There are also excellent sporting facilities and swimming pools in the town.
Great Western Greenway
The World Class Great Western Greenway (Westport – Achill) is a 43.5km mainly traffic free cycling and walking facility which primarily follows the line of the famous Great Western Midlands Railway, which closed in 1937. Its development has been made possible by agreement of local landowners who have allowed permissive access to users to pass through their lands.
This route offers gentle gradients and some of the most idyllic scenery in the west of Ireland. The route forms part of the National Cycle Network and it is the longest off road cycling experience in the Country. Check it out here! “Greenway”
The Clew Bay Heritage Centre
Located at Westport Quay, it boasts a proud local history and is home to the Westport Historical Society. Westport Tourist Information Office on James Street is well worth a visit. It also features a heritage centre where you can learn the history of the town from when it was an O’Malley stronghold in the 16th century to the present day. There is a superb collection of photographs, many from the Lawrence Collection. The centrepiece is an interactive scale model of the town with video screens linked to a voiceover in a selection of languages. Choose from English, Irish, French, Italian or German.
Westport House and Country Park
Westport House and Country Park is open to the public from April to September each year. It was built in the 18th century by Richard Cassels and James Wyatt and still retains much of its original features. It is a major attraction to visitors who are interested in Ireland’s history, architecture and works of art. In the Country Park is the Old Farmyard, one of the largest sets of old farmyard buildings in Ireland and also serving food and drink from Gracys Bar. The Shop at the Farmyard specialises in home and garden supplies and Jungle World is an indoor soft play area for children. Also in the extensive parklands are flume rides, a children’s zoo, train rides and a pitch and putt course.
Westport Golf Club
Situated on Golf Links Road just next to the Westport Golf Club. This is a 260 acre, 18-hole Championship course which was designed by the internationally renowned golf architect, Fred Hawtree. The club has hosted the Irish Amateur Close Championship on several occasions and in 2002 hosted the Irish PGA. Here you can play under the shadow of Croagh Patrick guaranteeing challenging golf and scenic splendour. There is also the Clew Bay 9-hole Golf Course at nearby Kilmeena.
Other activities include: clay pigeon shooting, horse-riding, tennis, squash and cycling. Sea angling, hill walking, sailing and adventure sports are among the many other activities on offer to the visitor.
Contact the Westport Tourist Office, James Street, Westport (+353 (0) 98 25711)
Mon. Sat 9.00a.m. 6.00p.m.
Mon. Fri 9.00a.m. 6.00p.m., Sat. 9.00a.m. 1.00p.m.
4 ★★★★ Star Luxury Bed and Breakfast
- Free Safe Car Parking for Guests
- Full Irish Breakfast
- Continental Breakfast
- Ensuite Rooms
- All Major Credit Cards Accepted
- Le Guide du Routard Recommended
- Free WiFi
- Use Of Laptop For Guests
- Discounted Bike Rental
- Guest Living Room & Flat Screen TV
- Fishing Near By
- Trip Advisor Recommended
- Close to Town Centre
- Golf Course Near By
- Landscaped Garden
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