Itinerary - Embrace Storm Season in Westport
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Itinerary - Embrace Storm Season in Westport

To experience the community and the rugged authenticity that makes Westport so unique, you've got to visit in the winter.

We are talking about small-town hospitality mixed with wind blowing, salt spraying, wave crashing, treasure finding good times!

People who live in Westport will often tell you that winter is their favourite time here. It's when life slows down, people come together in the town's cosy eateries and pubs while Mother Nature provides the entertainment outside. Everyone thinks about visiting the beach in the summertime, but if that's the only time you're thinking of coming to Westport…you're missing out.

Storm Watching: Windswept Vistas

To fully immerse yourself in the drama of Westport's winter storms, wrap up and seek out some of these windswept yet picturesque locations. Please use extreme caution near the water, and stay well back from the water’s edge during storms. Stay safe, and if in doubt, don't go out!

The Point

The nearest place to Westport town to watch the storms roll in over the sea is down at Westport Quay. Take a stroll (or drive) along the peninsula there known as Roman Island. The car park at the end, known locally as The Point, is a great spot for capturing whatever Mother Nature throws at you. You’re bound to meet others doing the same thing from the comfort of their cars!

Old Head

Old Head Beach near Louisburgh offers amazing views to the west and out to Clare Island. Park along the pier and embrace the sea spray and photo-bombing seabirds. Or get your togs on and hop into the stationary Wild Atlantic Sauna and watch the drama unfold from their very cosy picture window.

Roonagh Pier

During large sea swells and high tides, Roonagh Pier loves putting on a show. Ferries to Clare Island and Inishturk leave from here year round where you can meet hardy sea-fairing locals coming to and from the islands.

📸 by @lookuponmayo via IG at Roonagh Pier

Storm Watching: Cosy Eats


Westport's newest panoramic restaurant LuSeas sits pretty atop the Westport Coast Hotel at The Quay. Settle down to breathtaking views across Clew Bay to Croagh Patrick and watch the operatic skies dance as you settle into their beautifully locally sourced menu.

The Sheebeen

Nestled along the picturesque waterfront, just beyond the quay, this charming local gastro pub never fails to delight. Settle into a cozy spot beside the inviting cast-iron stove, immersing yourself in the authentic essence of the West of Ireland. As you await the arrival of hearty, home-cooked dishes, the quaint cottage-style windows offer captivating glimpses of the untamed beauty of the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

Knockranny House Hotel

If it’s Westport's finest dining you’re after pull up a pew at Knockranny’s La Fougère Restaurant or Brehon Bar, with views across Westport that are distractingly beautiful. On a fine day, Croagh Patrick is visible in the background, and on stormy days, watch the winds whip up without fear of being blown away.

View of Clew Bay from Knockranny House Hotel

Storm Watching: Cosy Retreats

Westport boasts a range of accommodations providing safety and warmth during the stormy season along with amazing off-season rates. Family-run hotels with open fires and exceptional service are what the town does best. Most hotels are centrally located with easy access to storm-watching spots, all with their own unique offerings. Find your stormwatching digs here.

The Wyatt Hotel Westport

As winter storms paint Westport's skies with dramatic hues, embracing the season becomes a unique experience for adventure seekers and storm enthusiasts. Whether perched on a windswept beach, indulging in local cuisine, or nestled in a snug hotel, the winter season in Westport promises an unforgettable encounter with the raw power and unparalleled beauty of the West of Ireland.