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Westport station is a little out of town, but is directly connected to Dublin. It may call inself inter-city but it trundles along at a snellzug place - kaing about three and a half hourse.
(usually about 3 trains a day)
Knock International airport is only about 20 miles away, and provides a daily early-morning flight to Dublin. There are also several services to the UK on Ryanair, Easyjet and BMIbaby - see many more deatils on my 'Knock' page.
Written Oct 18, 2005
Portwest is Westport's biggest surfing shop. It's located on on Bridge Street in westport and stocks boards, wetsuits, rashvests and other surfing gear as well as a wide range of other outdoor gear.
Hewitsons is another surf shop in westport - on Bridge Street also. It deals mainly with Fishing gear but it does have wetsuits, bodyboards, surfboards etc.
There's a new surfshop in Louisburg, about 10 miles out of westport. It is a shop solely dedicated to surfing and is owned by one of the surfers in the area. So if you want to know where the best waves are; ask him. The great thing about this shop is that it's open on sundays too - The others don't.
Updated Oct 9, 2006
Address: Bridge Street, Westport
There is a well known legend has it that St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland, well believe it if you like. The story goes that sometime back in the fifth century he stood on the mountain that is now 'Cragh Patrick' (about 10kms from Westport) and used a staff to drive the slimy little things into the sea.
There maybe no snakes in Ireland but - there were probably never any snakes in Ireland.
It has more to do with the vagaries of geography than any little miracles performed by St. Paddy.
Updated Oct 19, 2005
Not really off the beaten path, in the sense that this tip concerns a tarmaced road.
The R330 road runs south from Westport until it joins the main N84 Castlebar-Galway road at Partry.
I have always enjoyed this stretch of road, as with little traffic, a few scattered villages, gently sweeping bends, and terrific scenery it is an open-top driving heaven.
I've enjoyed it immensly in the MG, and even in the battered old rust-bucket I sometimes drive it really makes you feel alive and life is worth living.
Written Oct 17, 2005
Two great beaches not far from the town of Westport: Carrowniskey in Louisburg and Keel in Achill.
Equipment: Gear hire is available at both locations during the Summer. Emmett in the surf shop in Louisburg can provide tuition.
Written Jun 3, 2008