Mayo’s jewel hailed as ‘Best Town in Ireland’

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Few towns in Ireland can match Westport’s charisma and continental flavour. Cheerful, multi-coloured 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.

Westport Heritage Town is a safe haven, kissing the south east shores of the Atlantic inlet of Clew Bay and lying against the backdrop of the protective holy mountain of Croagh Patrick.

Westport has picked up numerous awards, including

  • Best Place to Live in Ireland, 2012,
  • Ireland’s Tidiest Large Town 2012,
  • Ireland’s Best Kept Large Town, 2012,
  • Retail Excellence Best Town in Ireland, 2012
  • Best Tourism Town, 2014

There are many things to do while visiting Westport.

  • 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 recognisable tourist attractions is five minutes walk from the centre of town.
  • Ireland’s iconic pilgrimage mountain, Croagh Patrick is close to 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.


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