Westport on the west coast of Ireland

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Westport House from the boating lake © Laurel Lodged

Westport House from the boating lake © Laurel Lodged

Westport is a town in County Mayo in Ireland. It is at the south-east corner of Clew Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast of Ireland. The famous pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick, known locally as “the Reek”, lies some 10 km west of the town near the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey. The mountain offers a striking backdrop to the town. The church on the summit can just be made out with the naked eye from Westport.

The town centre was designed by James Wyatt in 1780, in the Georgian architectural style. Its layout follows the medieval principles of urban design introduced by the Normans in the 13th century. The design for the town was commissioned by the Lord Sligo of the nearby stately home, Westport House, as a place for his workers and tenants to live. A particular feature is the incorporation of the river into the composition, contained for two blocks by low stone walls producing, on each side of the river, attractive tree lined promenades (The Mall) with several stone bridges over the river Carrow Beg. The layout further includes several tree lined streets, addressed by the narrow fronted commercial buildings typical of Irish towns, though with many here remaining of a singular refinement and charm. Some modern interventions, such as the Garda station, are less successful in maintaining the original continuity of the urban fabric. It was the home of the pirate chief Grace O’Malley in the mid-to-late 16th century.

Westport is a popular tourist destination and scores highly for Quality of Life. It has also won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition three times in 2001, 2006 and 2008; in 2012 it also won the Best Place to Live in Ireland competition run by The Irish Times.

Shop Street, with the statue of Saint Patrick on the top of the Octagon in the background © Andreas F Borchert/cc-by-sa-3.0 Matt Molloy's Pub © Maelor James Street © Andreas F Borchert/cc-by-sa-3.0 Clock Tower on High Street © Andreas F Borchert/cc-by-sa-3.0 Bridge Street © Andreas F Borchert/cc-by-sa-3.0 Westport House from the boating lake © Laurel Lodged
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Shop Street, with the statue of Saint Patrick on the top of the Octagon in the background © Andreas F Borchert/cc-by-sa-3.0
Westport is County Mayo’s premier tourist destination, popular with holiday makers from all over the World and Ireland, it is considered one of the liveliest and most charming towns in the West of Ireland.

Visitors visit Westport for several reasons: the scenery; the pubs and restaurants in the town; blue flag beaches; and Croagh Patrick. Its proximity to Connemara, Achill, Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick, and its hotels and guest houses, make it a base for holidaymakers to tour the region.

Westport is also well known for sea-angling, and freshwater fishing is popular on nearby Loughs Mask and Carra, and on the Eriff river. Westport House and its Pirate Adventure Park attracts families, many of whom stay at the caravan and camping park which belongs to Westport House. Westport has an 18-hole golf course. A nearby 9-hole course has an attached guest accommodation.

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