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Things to do in Westport

Westport - Top things to do

Welcome to Westport, Co Mayo - Your Ultimate Holiday Destination!

Looking for a place that combines natural beauty, thrilling adventures, and a relaxed atmosphere?  Nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes, Westport's setting promises an unforgettable holiday experience

If you're an adventure enthusiast, Westport has got you covered. Embark on exhilarating activities such as hill-walking, horse riding, and climbing the revered Croagh Patrick, Ireland's holiest mountain. For those who prefer exploring on wheels, cycling along the Great Western Greenway offers a fantastic way to soak in the stunning surroundings.

Prepare to be spoiled for choice with an array of water and land-based activities. Navigate the waters on a thrilling kayaking expedition, or ride the waves while testing your surfing skills. The only challenge you'll face is deciding which exciting activity to dive into first!

After all the excitement, it's time to take a breather and unwind. Westport boasts a collection of pristine blue flag beaches where you can relax and rejuvenate. Immerse yourself in the serene atmosphere, letting the calming waves wash away your worries. Explore the scenic spots along the iconic Wild Atlantic Way, offering perfect settings for moments of tranquility and self-indulgence.

But wait, there's more! Westport hosts a vibrant calendar of music, food, and cultural festivals throughout the year, ensuring there's always something captivating happening. Immerse yourself in the local traditions, savor delicious culinary delights, and tap your feet to the rhythm of lively music. And when the day comes to an end, unwind and soak up the vibrant atmosphere in one of Westport's renowned restaurants or local pubs, where the air is filled with laughter, merriment, and the enchanting sounds of "craic agus ceoil" (fun and music)!
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Westport House

The house itself was built in 1730 on the ruins of the legendary Irish pirate queen, Grace OMalley’s castle, it is now privately owned by the Browne family (descendents of Grace O’Malley) and has 30 rooms on show along with exhibitions, dungeons, original antiques, artwork and architecture with extensive beautifully landscaped gardens which host historical artifacts. Tea Rooms and gift shops are the perfect way to relax after your stroll around the grounds. The pirate adventure park is ideal place to spend a family day. 

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Climb Croagh Patrick

Take on the challenge of Ireland’s holiest mountain, Croagh Patrick. Reach back in time and join a tradition that goes as far back in the realms of history as 3,000 BC. 5 miles from Westport, Croagh Patick’s iconic conical shape soars majestically above the surrounding countryside. Enjoy the magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding south Mayo countryside from a panoramic all encompassing height of 762m above sea level.

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Westport Walking Tours

Westport Walking Tours  - #1 tour and activity in Westport. The tour takes just over an hour with lots of fun on the way! Book online - runs Monday to Friday 10am & 12pm from Westport Town Hall

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Fly fishermen having been coming to this area for generations. The quality of game angling in Ireland's West is quite exceptional. Visitors fishing for salmon and trout in a natural, undisturbed habitat will enjoy a unique experience. With a huge network of rivers and loughs, Ireland is the one of the few last refuges for wild salmon and sea trout attracting anglers back year after year. 



We’re spoiled for choice with Westport Golf Club on our doorstep. Part inland, part seaside, the view it commands and it’s golfing virtues makes it a unique golfing experience. A highly regarded championship venue, it is set in the scenic splendor on the shores of Clew Bay with breathtaking views of Croagh Patrick. 

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Adventure on land and sea

Feel the fresh Atlantic waters while Sea Kayaking or enjoy the invigorating breeze while kitesurfing , make a splash sea trampolining or set sail on a Dinghy in one of Westports many coastal spots. Prefer to keep dry, then Westport boasts some of the best on and off road cycling and running tracks, or you can gallop the countryside by horse. Fancy something different - ride through the air with a zipwire ride or tumble downhill in a giant inflatable bubble.



The serene beaches off Ireland’s western shoreline will set the tranquil tone for your break to Westport. The beaches here have something for everyone whether its water sports, surfing or just building sandcastles, its ideal for family fun days and picnics on the beach..


Ballintubber Abbey

Explore the ancient timeline of the "Abbey that refused to die." Learn about Ireland's most notorious priest hunter, delve into connections between the Abbey and Croagh Patrick. Visit the final resting place of Theobald Bourke, son of Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley, and learn of his ties to Ballintubber. Discover the Abbey's history of survival through attempted destruction and restoration efforts and view sculptures and art by renowned artists such as Imogen Stuart, Dr Joseph McNally, Oísin Kelly, and other notable iconographers. Learn why Ballintubber Abbey is a sought-after wedding venue, drawing attention from celebrities or participate in the Family Discovery Trail and receive a completion certificate.

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Sea Angling

The sea angling grounds of Clew Bay are amongst the best in Europe, while the inshore waters of the bay offer excellent shallow water angling. Boats can be chartered for angling, cruising or exploring some of Clew Bay’s reputed 365 islands. The relatively calm inshore waters among the islands can be fished for ray, bull huss, monkfish, dogfish and occasional tope. Excellent boat fishing over reefs and sand banks is available and the species you can expect to see include cod, coalfish, pollack, ling, whiting and turbot.



Let your creative juices flow in Westport, an ideal spot to create your own reality on canvas with an abundance of unique, picturesque and stunning landscapes. “A picture paints a thousand words”, a maxim certainly true of the innate and never ending opportunity in the region. Stimulate your creativity, create your own personal works, and relax in your own reality with the secluded beaches, the striking coastlines and imposing mountains.