Westport Heritage Town
Few towns in Ireland can match Westport’s charisma and continental flavor. Cheerful, multi-colored shop fronts jostle for attention with an attractive selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. It's now firmly established as one of Ireland’s most popular and cosmopolitan holiday destinations.
A safe haven, Westport kisses the south east shores of the Atlantic inlet of Clew Bay and lies against the backdrop of the protective Croagh Patrick – under the watchful eye of the chapel at its peak.
Westport has picked up numerous awards to include The Best Place to Live in Ireland in 2012, Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town 2012, Ireland’s Best Kept Large Town 2012, the Retail Excellence Best Town in Ireland and the Best Tourism Town 2014 along with many more.
In terms of things to do, there are literally many activities to do while visiting Westport. Don’t believe us? We’ve put them all on a map.
The award-winning Great Western Greenway, one of Ireland’s most-talked-about walking and cycling trails starts here. Westport House and Country Estate, one of Ireland’s most recognizable tourist attractions is 5 minutes walk from the centre of town.
Ireland’s iconic pilgrimage mountain, Croagh Patrick is of close proximity of the town. There are also a number of blue flag beaches located near Westport; these are just a short drive away, along the shores of Clew Bay, County Mayo.
As a designated Heritage Town and three-time overall winner of the National Tidy Towns Competition, the words picturesque and Westport go hand in hand.
The Mall, an enchanting tree-lined boulevard, punctuated with clusters of blooms, features several stone bridges over the serenading waters of the Carrowbeg River; while a network of streets, flanked by flowers give way to an orderly series of neat-fronted shops, restaurants and pubs which have retained the culture and charm typical of Irish towns in days gone by.
The charming Quay area is just a few minutes from Westport’s town centre and possesses a unique character of its own with pubs, restaurants, hotels, shops and galleries now occupying the old coastguard station and warehouses.