Top 10 things to do in Westport


1. Climb Croagh Patrick
 Croagh Patrick Irelands most famous Holy Mountain stands at 764m (2,507ft) and is best known for its association with Saint Patrick, who is said to have fasted for 40 days at the summit. In its entirety, the route is a 7km long round-trip but there are viewing points along the route that allow the less active to enjoy stunning views of Clew Bay without the strenuous climb.  

2. Cycle the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill  
Escape the bustle of urban life on the longest off-road cycling and walking trail in Ireland. Cycle along the old Westport to Achill railway line which closed in 1937, this 42 km almost entirely traffic free route is ideal for getting out on a bike for a spin and is perfect for a day of family fun. www.greenway.ie/

3. Visit Westport House & Adventure Park 
There has been a ‘big house’ on this site since the 1500’s, when Grace O Malley, the famous Pirate Queen, built one of her many castles here.  The current House – built in 1730 by the same family who still own and operate it today - has an abundance of artefacts, artwork and treasures that will fascinate all culture-vultures!   The Pirate Adventure Park – perfectly suited to children under 12 - will leave the kids screaming for more with rides, slides, boats and trains.  And the more adventurous can enjoy everything from archery to zorbing!  www.westporthouse.ie/

4. Westport Walking Tours 
Westport Walking Tours offers a casual walk around the heart of Westport town for approximately 1 hour, whilst listening to some interesting stories of how the town was shaped. Hear stories ranging from how the Ice Age shaped Clew bay and Irelands holiest mountain Croagh Patrick, right up to today when Westport is consistently being voted Irelands tidiest town and even the best place to live in Ireland. Discover how Westport House was built on the grounds of Grainne Mhoals castle or how Westport town came to be designed around the beautiful Carrowbeg river or how the now famous greenway cycle way came about as a result of a number of unfortunate events.
All this and enjoy a free cup of tea or regular coffee after your walk and all for only €5.00 per person. www.westportwalkingtours.ie

5. Sea Kayaking in Clew Bay 
Westport has lots of options for kayaking. A sea kayak allows you to experience Clew Bay in a completely different way to any other boat. The maneuverability and quietness of the sea kayak means that you can slowly traverse the coastal islands seeing wildlife and birds up close, explore cliffs and caves near Westport and visit places no other boat can reach, and if you get lucky, a dolphin swimming alongside. Amidst this marine environment and stunning scenery, you can learn a new skill for life.

6. Clew Bay Cruises
This cruise lasts just over 90 minutes through the Islands of Clew Bay (365 – one for every day of the year). Enjoy live on board commentary and hot drinks and snacks in this all weather enclosed vessel that has an indoor lounge and toilets on board. You will see: the Inisgort Lighthouse, Dornish Island – which was once owned by John Lennon, secluded beachesb and wildlife such as seals, otters, dolphins and a wide variety of sea birds. www.clewbaycruises.com

7. Visit Ireland’s largest Island- Achill Island                                                    
Achill is one of Ireland’s most spectacular and unique places. Its rugged landscape
features dramatic cliffs, soaring mountains, remote lakes and secluded beaches. Explore one of the Wild Atlantic Way signature discovery points at Keem and tryout some water based activities at our newly established Blueway location.

8. Visit Downpatrick Head and the Céide Fields 
The Fields are the oldest known field systems in the world - they’re even older than Egypt’s pyramids. The remnants of the ancient settlements and megalithic tombs have been preserved thanks to a protective bog environment. Here you can indulge yourself in a vast prehistoric landscape, a natural wild ecology of blanket bog, dramatic cliffs and coastline and of course the majestic Downpatrick Head, one of the signature points on the Wild Atlantic Way.  www.ceidefields.com/

9. Visit the National Museum of Ireland Country life
Visit the Museum of Country Life situated in the stunning grounds of Turlough Park, Turlough, and Castlebar.  The Museum comprises the estate’s original house which has been fully restored as well as a purpose build Exhibition Gallery. 
The innovative exhibits on show at the Museum tell the story of Irish country life between 1850 and1950.  www.museum.ie/Country-Life 

10. Visit to Knock Ireland’s Holy Shrine
Visit Knock Shrine, the site of an Apparition of Our Lady, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist, in 1879. , Knock is just one of just nine Marian Apparition sites worldwide officially approved by the Church. It has been described as the “spiritual heart of Roman Catholic Church”.  Knock Shrine is revered by Catholics around the world as a special place of prayer and pilgrimage, healing and hope.  
In 1979, St John Paul II described Knock Shrine as “the goal of my journey to Ireland" .www.knockshrine.ie/