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Towns and villages near Westport

 

The towns and villages near Westport offer endless opportunities for day-trips during your stay.

Murrisk Abbey with Croagh Patrick behind

Murrisk Abbey and Croagh Patrick

Murrisk, only 9.5km (6 miles) west of Westport, is best known as the starting point of the most popular climbing route up Croagh Patrick. 15th-century Murrisk Abbey, with its connections to Granuaile, the Pirate Queen, and the Famine Memorial sculpture feature in the town. There are two pubs that also serve food.

Louisburgh, 21km (13 miles) west of Westport, is well-known for the spectacular surrounding landscape and the fine Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches that are nearby. In the town itself, the Granuaile Centre offers a multimedia presentation on the Pirate Queen of Connacht, catering for all ages. Pubs and restaurants in the village offer refreshment.

The railway viaduct in Newport

Newport’s seven-arched bridge

Newport, a short 12 km (7.5 mile) drive or cycle north of Westport, is at the heart of the Great Western Greenway, the walking and cycle trail that runs from Westport to Achill Sound. Newport is a gem for the eye, with its elegant 7-arch viaduct and charming harbour in the estuary of the Black Oak river. Nearby are Burrishoole Abbey and Rockfleet Castle, associated with Granuaile, the Pirate Queen, like so many others around Clew Bay. There are a number of pubs, several of which serve food.

Mulranny, 18km (11 miles) west of Newport, is the next town on the Great Western Greenway and boasts a Blue Flag beach, as well as outdoor activities such as golf, sea kayaking and fishing. There are several restaurants and pubs, as well.

Leenane village at Killary Harbour

Killary Harbour, with Leenane in the distance

Leenane, 30km (18.6 miles) south of Westport, is at the head of spectacular Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord. Known as the Gateway to Connemara, Leenane has excellent access to hillwalking and fishing. It is also famous as the location for the film adaptation of The Field, starring the late Richard Harris, among others. Pubs, restaurants and shops in the village offer refreshment to the visitor.

Cong, within an hour’s drive of Westport (43km, 26.7 miles), is best known as the location for the filming of The Quiet Man, starring John Wayne – the Quiet Man Cottage Museum recreates a portion of the set among its exhibits. But Cong’s history goes back much farther, with the ruin of 12th-century Cong Abbey and its grounds prominent in the townscape, leading to the charming Cong Forest Nature Trail.

Ballintubber Abbey

Ballintubber, 19km (12 miles) east of Westport, like Murrisk, is closely associated with St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. St. Patrick’s well is on the grounds of 13th-century Ballintubber Abbey, still in use today, and the ancient pilgrimage route to Croagh Patrick, known as the Tóchar Phádraig, passes through the village.

 

 

 

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