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Westport Highlights

  • Pro
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     Peaceful 

  • Con
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     Can be very windy! 

  • In a nutshell
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     AGAIN A REAL MUST-GO-THERE-AND-SEE! 

Westport Things to Do

  • Westport House

    This is billed as Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park. We didn't see the Pirate Adventure Park and at the end of September, I suspect it was closed for the season. At any rate, you can have a lovely visit of the Westport House without worrying about pirates and noise.We had driven to Achill Island that morning and it rained off and on all day,...

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  • Sailing in Westport

    I went to learn sailing for 1 week in Rosmonney ( Westport). The Adventure Islands is a good company and the instructor "Gillian" is very great. You can learn easily with her. The sea and the wind were perfect. I can back to Italy very happy for this experience. I definitely recommend this course.

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  • Knockranny Spa

    Knockranny Spa within the Knockranny hotel is a beautiful spa on the outskirts of Westport town. It has a freshwater pool surrounded by sandstone paving and muted lighting. There are a number of rooms off the pool including a sauna, steamroom, monsoon shower, brine inhalation room, and aromatherapy room. The best thing about it is that the few...

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  • Wednesday in Westport

    Was at The Legend Of Grainne Mhaol last night (Wed) and it blew me away. This is a musical type show telling the story of Grainne Mhaol, bit like Riverdance but on a smaller scale and I would say from the 2 standing ovations that its a lot more energetic and intimid. Having an interest in the great sea pirate Grace O' Malley this show tells it all....

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  • No1 School Trip destination in Ireland

    Whilst Westport House may bill itself as such a destination, do not be alarmed, the place is not an Irish version of Alton Towers an Irish Disneyland.It has a couple of 'thrill' rides but these are very low key and understated. The giant slide, log flume, giant swans on the lake and indoor play with a mountain of brightly coloured balls are may...

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  • Westport house : other attractions

    Westport house operates a 'passport' system, whereby each of it's attractions can be visted once (or sometimes two or three times) during a visit.The House and grounds are, of course, the main attraction. You will also find a minature railway with dancing monkeys, a smallish water slide, a mini-zoo, pitch and putt, adventure playground and slippery...

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  • Westport house : The swans

    The swans are in fact pedalos (cycle powered plastic rafts) which you can paddle around the lake. Although no mention of the folklaw is given on the website, I am reliably informed that the swans are supposed to bring to mind the Legend of the children of Lir from Celtic mythology. The best account I can find of the tale is from Class 3 of Scoil...

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  • To be a Pilgrim...

    Just 10kms from Westport (and you can clearly see it from the town) lies the mass of Croagh Patrick. the mountain where St Patrick reputedly spent all of one Lent on praying before driving out the snakes and converting all of Ireland into a 'Catholic Home win'.Climbing his mountain takes a couple of hours, and is quite arduous towards the top as...

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  • Surfing School

    Learning to Surf? Check out Surf Mayo. Mayo's number 1 surfing school. They run classes and courses from mid march to mid november, or you can also hire boards and wetsuits if you don't need a lesson.Take the coast road, west out of Westport, continue on to the west road for approx. 10 miles until you come to Louisburgh town. Go straight through...

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  • Sailing Courses

    Glenanns sailing club is on an island called Collanmore off the coast of westport, and the pier where you get the boat out to it is about 5 miles from Westport town.If you want to learn sailing for the week/weekend, I would definitely recommend this place. From about april until october they run sailing courses for all levels. All tuition,...

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  • Surfing

    The Surrounds of westport are amazing for Surfing and Kitesurfing. The current european surfing champion lives in westport and surfs on the beaches nearby. There's a surf school on Carrownisky beach throughout the summer where you can rent boards, get tuition etc. Once school is back though they're only there at weekends (and not in winter). Also,...

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  • National Famine Memorial

    It's quite disturbing when you look at the ship. It's a 'famine' ship and you can see a couple of skeletions! A bit spooky but it shows how bad the famine was in the western part of Ireland. Over 1 million people died and a further 1 million emigrated.

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Westport Restaurants

  • A friendly and fun pub

    We arrived in Westport Harbor on my birthday and after a long day of driving so we asked our B&B hostess if there was a place to eat nearby. We were ready to walk. She directed us to a footpath across the road from the B&B and we headed down into Rosbeg which seems to be a suburb (very small one) of Westport. Right on the water sits Sheebeen's Pub...

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  • Fun French Restaurant in Ireland

    We were spending three days in a B&B just off the Westport Harbor in County Mayo. We asked the B&B owner for recommendations and this was one of two she gave us. (Both were excellent.) The Quay Cottage was so good we returned a second night and enjoyed it just as much. Here are my two Journal entires for the visits. "At 6:00 we drove to the Quay...

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  • All Day Breakfast!

    Dunnings is a great little place for breakfast on a sunday. When your head hurts from a big session in the pubs the night before, and all you can think of is a massive fry-up 'Full Irish' Breakfast, this is the only place I could find open. They do a mini-brekkie which is only 5 euro and is a normal place's big brekkie, and then they do a regular...

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Westport Nightlife

  • Bars and Clubs

    Westport is a great place for lightly entertainment for all tastes and ages. There are more pubs than weeks in the year, and many of them play traditional music with live sessions in the evenings. Two of my favourite are McGings and Matt Molloys (Matt Molloy is a member of the Chieftains www.mattmolloy.com)For those people who aren't too keen on...

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  • Can't remember most of them.....

    I was in Westport recently (Ocober 2005) for a Stag weekend. They seem to be remarkably more tolerant here of the antics of drunken single-sex groups than say, Dublin.We were not refused entry to any venue - they seemed only too welcome, and even gave away free beer in a 'Tiger beer' promotion in the 'Porterhouse' bar, served up by an especially...

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Westport Transportation

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    Thanks to : Charles Marcks' Ireland Railfan Photos

    by sourbugger Written Oct 18, 2005

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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.

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Westport Shopping

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    by AlisonCoghlan Updated Oct 9, 2006

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    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.
    098-51718

    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.

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Westport Warnings and Dangers

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    by sourbugger Updated Oct 19, 2005

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    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.

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Westport Off The Beaten Path

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    A great little bit of road - R330

    by sourbugger Written Oct 17, 2005

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    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.

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Westport Sports & Outdoors

  • by suzr Written Jun 3, 2008

    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.

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Westport Favorites

  • SOME INFO .....

    CROAGH PATRICK info Centre: Murrisk, WestportCONTACT: Gerry & Gabrielle Walshtelephone: (098) 64114email: croaghpatrick@ireland.comThey know everything about climbing this HOLY MOUNTAIN......

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  • YELLOW, OH SO YELLOW THE BROOM.....

    SOME USEFUL INFORMATION....TOURIST informationWestport Tourist OfficeOPEN: daily from 9AM - 6PMDuring the summer season extended hours!!Tel.: (098) 25711Fax: (098) 26709www.visitmayo.com TRAVELLING AROUND: on foot, by bike, by car.....

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