Westport and Clew Bay gives you the chance to enjoy stand-up paddle boarding, a fast-growing sport which combines a surfboard and a long one-handed paddle
Westport has lots of options for kayaking, with plenty of rivers and lakes to explore for more experienced paddlers. The most popular option is sea kayaking in Clew Bay
Clew Bay’s sheltered waters and easy access to the open Atlantic gives the sailor plenty to do in Westport. Combined that with the consistent winds that Mayo experiences, opportunities for learning to sail in Westport are plentiful.
Achill island, a 45 minute drive from Westport has five great Blue Flag beaches, adding to Achill’s attraction as a day trip from Westport
Explore County Mayo, Ireland in your car, following routes that show you the best of the county.
West Mayo Cycle Network and the National Coastal Trail – four cycle routes through the breathtaking countryside of County Mayo
Kildavnet Castle, on Achill Island, was Granuaile’s fortress guarding the entrance to Achill Sound, linking Clew Bay to the south and Blacksod Bay to the north.
On a rocky headland at the harbour on Clare Island is the square tower which served as Granuaile’s (Grace O’Malley’s) castle. It is said that the Pirate Queen’s head is buried near this castle.
Fearless leader by land and by sea, the “most notorious woman in all the coasts of Ireland” Granuaile was the Pirate Queen of Connaught and head of the O’Malley clan.
The beautiful Burrishoole Abbey, founded by Richard de Burgo 1469, on the shores of Clew Bay near Newport
Rockfleet Castle, a 16th-century fortified tower house, is best known for its association with Granuaile, the O’Malley chieftain and infamous pirate queen.
Perched above a Blue Flag beach and boating pier, Mulranny is a natural stop on the Great Western Greenway and overlooks Clew Bay, with the Nephin Beg range towering above it to the north.
Newport is a third of the way along the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill. Its beautiful viaduct over the Black Oak river and majestic church beguile the eye.
Louisburgh is a beautiful small town in the midst an area of immense natural beauty, with award-winning beaches and mountains close at hand.
Overlooking Clew Bay at the bottom of Croagh Patrick, Murrisk village has scenic views in all directions and a rich history.