Westport House is one of the biggest attractions in Mayo and one the best places to enjoy a day out for the family in Westport. Designed by the famous architects Richard Cassels and James Wyatt in the 18th century, Westport House is located west of the Shannon and is considered one of Ireland’s most beautiful historic homes open to the public. Westport House also has a Pirate Adventure Park with a Pirate Ship thrill ride, Pirates’ Plunge flume ride, mini Railway, white swan pedal boats, cannon-ball run slippery slide, Pirate’s Den indoor soft play area, dungeons, Pirate’s Playground, pitch and putt, fishing, Gracy’s Bar and Cafe and a large Caravan and Camping Park set in secluded woodland.
The Greenway Westport
The Greenway traverses Ireland’s Atlantic coast between Westport town and Achill Island and visits the picturesque villages of Newport and Mulranny (Mallaranny). It passes by some of the West of Ireland’s most dramatic mountains and offers magnificent views of Clew Bay and its many islands.
It is an off-road trail intended for use by cyclists and walkers. It follows the route of the former Achill extension of the Westport railway line, which was constructed in the 1890s and closed in 1937.An estimated 300 people cycle and walk the trail each day, which was constructed at a cost of €3 million. The first section, from Newport to Mulranny, was opened in April 2010. It was named as the 2011 Irish winner of the European Destinations of Excellence award.
Croagh Patrick is one of Europe’s best know places of Pilgrimage. It is traditional to climb to the summit on Reek Sunday, the last Sunday in July, in memory of St. Patrick, who spent forty days and forty nights fasting there in 441 AD. A small church at the summit of the mountain welcomes penitents. It is always worth the climb for the magnificent view of Clew Bay, with its 365 islands. A Celtic hillfort encircles the summit of the mountain indicating Croagh Patrick’s importance also in the pre-Christian Era. The Croagh Patrick Information Centre is situated in Murrisk on the Pilgrim’s Path at the foot of Croagh Patrick and opposite the National Famine Monument.
Other Great Experiences
Right beside McCarthy’s, you’ll find Paddy & Nelly bike hire. Paddy & Nelly Bike is the newest addition to Westport and is the top rated outdoor experience on TripAdvisor. Those who stay in McCarthy’s frequently hire a bike and take it out around Westport and the surrounding area. You’ll be able to book your bike hire for Summer 2021 in advance right here on stayinwestport.ie.
Take a short trip down to the Westport Quays and take a boat cruise out around Clew Bay. The famous Westport Cruises offers unparalleled views and an unmatched experience. See the 365 islands (one for every day of the year you’ll hear), experience the seal colony and look out for John Lennon’s island (yes, Westport even had a Beatle!). This one’s not to be missed.
Hiking & More
If you’re the kind that needs to get out and experience the great outdoors yourself, we recommend taking a hiking trip. There’s so much to see and do, but none more so than Craogh Patrick! Get started early, and see the sights for yourself. You’ll be spoiled for choice when you get to the town, so plan early and ask us for the best places to walk and see.