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Day Trips

There are some wonderful day trips you can take from Westport. Spend an entire day taking a climb of Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain. Louisburg is a neighbouring town where some of the best surfing beaches and loop walks exist. Achill Island, which is a 45 minute drive from Westport, is also connected by the Greenway, where you can cycle to and from. Achill is home to Keel beach, a surf haven and one of the five Blue Flag beaches, and houses the famous ‘Deserted Village’ Leenane village is less than an hour’s drive and here you can soak up the vista at the largest Fjord in Europe in Killary Harbour. Clare Island is one of the largest islands in Clew Bay and has been inhabited for 5,000 years where Grace O’ Malleys castle sits.

Explore Six Stunning Drives from Westport

Okay, sometimes it rains. We’ll admit it. But you don’t need to wait for rain for a guilt-free excuse to take the car for a spin. The most amazing scenery lies within easy reach of Westport, and for many, the only way to get to see it is behind the wheel.

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Achill Island – Ireland’s largest island

Lashed by the Ocean, carved by the wind and swept by the rain, Achill is one of Irelands most spectacular and beautiful places. It makes a fantastic day trip from Westport.

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Louisburgh is a beautiful small town, 21Km outside Westport, with lots of character and the surrounding area is packed full of history and charm.

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Killary Harbour – Ireland’s only fjord

Killary Harbour is Ireland’s only true fjord and extends 16km in from the Atlantic to its head at Aasleagh, below Aasleagh falls. It forms the border between Galway and Mayo.

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A little over a hal-hour’s drive South of Westport, the beautiful village of Leenane, at the head of Killary Harbour, is often described as the Gateway to Connemara.

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Cong – The Quiet Man

Only an hours drive from Westport, Cong is a small village famous for its 12th century Abbey, the magnificent Ashford Castle and most populary, its association with the John Wayne classic, The Quite Man.

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The Great Western Greenway

The world class Great Western Greenway is the longest off-raod walking and cycling trail in Ireland. This 42km trail is traffic free and follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill Railway which closed in 1937.

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