Just a short drive away from many beautiful natural resources, including blue flag beaches and spectacular mountains, Westport is the perfect base to explore West Mayo. Fill your days with outings or with organised activities right here in the town.The beaches surrounding Westport boast blue flag status and the Greenway allows visitors to take up walking, running, or cycling on a 42 kilometre stretch. Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain is only a few kilometres from Westport.
Westport House is situated in a beautiful estate adjacent to the town of Westport. Several of Clew Bay’s islands are a short ferry ride from Westport, where you can explore the roots of the pirate queen, Grace O’ Malley, at Rockfleet Castle and Clare Island. Rural life and cultural exhibits awaits visitors to the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life and the Clew Bay Heritage centre, just half an hour’s drive east of Westport. Knock Shrine attracts pilgrims from all over the world and after a short drive you can step back in time at Burrishoole Abbey.
Home to the National Collection of ojects representing the traditional way of life since 1850. As wel as the Museum Galleries and the 19th Century Victorian Gothic House, the extensive grounds of Turlough Park feature gardens, woodland walks, a river and lake overlooked by an an ancient Round Tower.
Knock Shrine is a major international Catholic site, which attracts over 1 million pilgrims annually. The Virgin mary, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist are said to have appeared on the South gable of the Knock Parish Church on August 21, 1879. Knock Shrine is open all year round.
The largest of Clew Bay’s Islands, Clare Island, has been inhabited for 5,000 years. It boasts dramatic coastal cliffs and spectacular views of the surrounding bay. Ferry services from Roonagh Pier take 15 minutes. A notable site on the island is Granuaile’s Castle, it is said tat the Pirate Queen’s head is buried near this castle.
Ballycroy National Park was established in November 1998. It is Ireland’s sixth National Park and comprises of 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin mountain range.
Immerse yourself in a fun and fact-filled journey through Westport Town. Suitable for all the family, this trip will start and end at the newly opened Church Lane entrance to Westport House visiting 29 points of interest including Westport Quay and the Octagon and will last 45 minutes.
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