6 Ways to Maximise Your Westport Summer
1. RESERVE TRANSPORT AHEAD OF TIME
When planning a trip to Westport, keep in mind there are three ways to get here. You can fly to Knock Ireland West Airport, take the train directly from Dublin, and then, of course, you can always drive.
We highly recommend booking a reservation ahead of time if you are taking the train. There are on average five trains per day with weekend trains often selling out. So book today!
If you are driving try to avoid peak times which are Friday evenings from 4 pm. There can often be some traffic delays.
For more details on how to get here,see this blog post.
2. BOOK YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN ADVANCE
Since the pandemic Irish folk is staying closer to home, avoiding airport queues, and exploring what's on our doorstep a lot more. This means accommodation is filling up faster than usual. In fact, lots of hotels are telling us they are almost full for this 2022 summer season. So to avoid disappointment and stress, book your accommodation as far in advance as you can.
Top tip, if the place you want to stay is already booked out, phone the hotel and ask to be placed on their cancellation list. Some properties often don't list all of their availability online.
For a list of Westport accommodations, check out this page.
3. BOOK YOUR CAMPSITE AHEAD OF TIME
For those of you looking to embrace your wild side, Westport has an incredible campsite on the grounds of Westport House Estate just a short stroll from the town centre. However, because the camping season is short-lived, the campsite tends to book up, especially on bank holiday weekends.
A word of warning, if you have an RV and plan on parking around town or at the harbour you will be moved on. To avoid this, we advise on booking ahead into the RV park at Westport House. They also do glamping!
To book direct,check out this page.
4. VISIT ON A WEEKDAY
We promise weekday activities are just as fun as weekend activities! So if your travel dates are flexible, consider visiting Westport during the week to beat the crowds. Also, all the major attractions, restaurants, and popular tours are open and running during the week, so you don’t need to worry about missing anything if visiting mid-week.
Top Tip, most hotels are offering amazing mid-week summer rates so shop around and book direct with the hotel.
5. DON’T FORGET TO PACK YOUR RAIN GEAR
They don't call it The Wild Atlantic Way for nothing! No matter what the weather you're going to love it here as long as you pack the right gear. So we'd like to remind people to pack warm layers and rain gear (coats and umbrellas), even in the summer months. Don’t let the wet weather stop your adventures - such as a camping trip on Clare Island, Exploring Clew Bay, Climbing Croagh Patrick, and cycling the great western greenway. If you need some tips on what to do if it rains – checks out 'Six things to do on a Rainy Day'.
6. PLAN YOUR FOOD ADVENTURE
Westport is well known for its top-quality restaurants serving up the best of our local fair. The most popular (Sage, Port Mor, The Towers, Arnos Bistro to name but a few) can often fill up weeks in advance. So, book online or over the phone to grab a table while you can.
Top Tip, if you fancy being more flexible hotel restaurants are often overlooked and have more dining availability. Trust us, their menus can be just as exciting and tasty!