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.more
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...more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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,...more
Croagh Patrick is the Holy mountain of Ireland, situated on the south of Clew bay, near the towns of Westport and Castlebar.If you are into walking up mountains then go for it. A bit of history:The national apostle, St. Patrick, is said to have spent forty days and nights on the summit of Croagh Patrick, fasting and praying for the people of...more
Castlebar Street, Westport, Ireland
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Westport Quay, Westport, Western Ireland, Ireland
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Mill Street, Town Centre, Westport, Western Ireland, Ireland
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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...more
Member of the Ciao Italia - Worldwide association of the real Italian Restaurant, il Vulcao is a really laid back restaurant with an open kitchen serving great food and a lovely choice of wines from italy. The staff are attentive but not overly so, and the ambiance is nice - as it's somewhere you could go with friends, or where families would also...more
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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...more
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...more
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.