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The beautiful Heritage Town of Westport is located at the south-east corner of Clew Bay in Co Mayo. The town is situated in the shadow of Croagh Patrick and lies on the banks of the Carrowbeg River.

Westport is one of the few “planned towns” in Co Mayo. The town centre was designed by James Wyatt in 1780, in the Georgian architectural style. The work was actually commissioned by Lord Sligo of the nearby stately home, Westport House, as a place for his workers and tenants to live. Of the many attractive design features, perhaps the most notably is the beautiful tree lined boulevard known as The Mall, running parallel to the Carrowbeg River.

Designed by the famous architects Richard Cassels and James Wyatt in the 18th century, Westport House is one of Ireland's most beautiful and historic homes. It is situated in a lush parkland setting with a lake, terraces, gardens and magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Achill, Clare Island and Croagh Patrick. Westport House is open to the public and along with its adjoining Adventure Park it provides a wonderful combination of culture, fun and adventure for all the family.

Over the years, Westport has been growing in popularity as a visitor destination. It has won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition three times in 2001, 2006 and 2008. The town has many fine restaurants, specialising particularly in seafood and a good selection of traditional pubs, all providing a friendly ambience and warm Irish hospitality. The famous Matt Molloy’s pub in the town is owned by renowned flautist Matt Molloy of the Chieftains. The pub is renowned for its nightly traditional music sessions and frequent concerts in the yard bar venue.

The completion of the Great Western Greenway has made Westport an ideal base for the walker and cyclist. This magnificent 42km long traffic free cycling and walking trail follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937. It passes by some of the West of Ireland’s most dramatic mountains and offers magnificent views of Clew Bay and its many islands.

Westport is also a leading sea angling centre . The waters in Clew Bay are some of the best sea angling waters in Europe. Sea angling charter boat trips are available for half or full day hire. The freshwater angler is also well catered for on the many lakes and rivers in the locality.

Westport Golf Club is located at Carrowholly just 5 minutes drive away from the town. It is a magnificent 18 hole parkland course with breathtaking views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay. The 11th, with its Everest-like fairway, the par threre12th and the index one, par four 13th are particularly memorable holes. Westport Golf Club played host to the 2002 Smurfit Irish P.G.A. Championship.

Horse riding and pony trekking are on offer all year round in a number of local equitation centres. Clay pigeon shooting, paintballing, hill walking, sailing and adventure sports are among the many other activities on offer to the visitor.

Westport could be called the festival capital of Mayo with numerous events held throughout the year. The Westport Horse and Pony Show is held on the first weekend in June. The internationally acclaimed Sea Angling Festival is held annually in the third or fourth week in June. The annual Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage is held annually on the last Sunday in July. The Westport Music Festival is held on the August bank holiday weekend. The Westport Arts Festival is held in the first week of October. This is a festival of arts, music and literature. The Westport Seafood Festival is held on the October Bank Holiday weekend.

 

 
 

 

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