Of the many the things to do in Mayo, walking is one of the most popular, and for good reason. The views you’ll get of the unspoilt countryside are breathtaking and the invigorating pure sea air direct from the Atlantic is an added bonus.
A huge community effort in recent years has developed a very wide variety of marked trails within easy reach of Westport. Care has been taken to build trails with everyone in mind, from families with children to adventure sports enthusiasts.
The trails range from short strolls around Westport town and the Westport Greenway to walks on spectacular Blue Flag and Green Coast beaches, loop walks by the sea, in the hills and in the wood and forests around Clew Bay, to the spectacular Great Western Greenway and the more adventurous long-distance walks of the Western Way, Bangor Trail and Tóchar Phádraig.
Westport Walking Week
3 nights B&B in Westport town centre in a choice of hotels –with 3 gourmet dinners and entertainment, 2 days guided walks, packed lunch provided on walking days and transport available from hotels to starting point of walks.
Mill Times Hotel
call 098 29200
Clew Bay Hotel
call 098 28088
call 098 25027
Perhaps the most famous of all the walks around Westport is the ascent of Ireland’s Holy Mountain,Croagh Patrick, known locally as ‘The Reek’. A pilgrimage mountain since prehistoric times, thousands descend on Westport on Reek Sunday in the hope of atoning for their sins, many in their bare feet.
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.
+353 98 24 818
+353 86 088 0882
Westport Walking Tours
Westport Walking Tours are a FREE walking tour which runs Monday to Friday at 10am and 12pm, from April to September. Departing from The Town Hall Theatre at The Octagon, Westport Walking Tours offers a casual walk around the heart of Westport town for approximately 1 hour, whilst listening to some interesting stories of how the town was shaped. Hear stories ranging from how the Ice Age shaped Clew Bay and Irelands holiest mountain Croagh Patrick, right up to today when Westport is consistently being voted Irelands Tidiest Town and even the Best Place to Live in Ireland!
This is a must do tour and is now rated the No.1 tour in Westport on Trip Advisor. Westport Pub Tours also run on Tuesday afternoons and a Westport Food Tour on Thursday afternoon.
+353 87 410 1363
Get even more information on walks all over the county from Mayo Trails and Mayo Walks