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Westport, Co. Mayo

Westport (Irish: Cathair na Mart, literally 'the city of the Beef') is a town located on at the south-east corner of Clew Bay, on an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean in County Mayo. The town of Westport is one of the few architecturally planned towns in Ireland and offers a wide range of craft and woolen shops, traditional pubs with live music and superb restaurants, many specialising in seafood. Among the most picturesque features of the town is its tree-lined, flower decorated, promenade (The Mall) and little stone bridges along the river Carrow Beg.

The famous pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick, known locally as "the Reek" lies some 10km west of the town near the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey. The mountain presents a striking backdrop to the town. The church on the summit can just be made out with the naked eye from Westport.

Westport is an ideal base for touring Connemara, Sligo, Galway and Donegal, all of which are within easy driving distance. It is also within easy reach of many superb Sandy Beaches.

The town is well known as a sea fishing centre and its annual festival attracts many visitors. There is bathing at many nearby beaches and a championship golf course (18). 2km (1 mile) from the town is West port House, home of the Marquess of Sligo. It is a fine Georgian mansion designed by Richard Castle with additions by James Wyatt, and the contents include English and Irish pictures, silver, Waterford glass, and exhibits of historical interest. The house is open from mid-May to mid-September. In the woods is a late English style church with a beautiful interior.

5km (Three miles) north of Westport is the sailing centre at Glenans, Rosmoney. The Clew Bay Heritage Centre depicts the maritime history of the area and local history and traditions. It also provides a genealogical service.

Gardens

Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden - Letterfrack Connemara County Galway Ireland
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Letterfrack, Co. Galway
With a loughside setting under the wooded lee of the Twelve Bens in Connemara, Kylemore looks for all the world like a moody Victorian painting and the 19th century castle has a story to match. Built as a romantic indulgence by Liverpool merchant ...
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Golf

Castlebar Golf Club - Castlebar County Mayo Ireland
Castlebar Golf Club
Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Course Type: Parkland
Castlebar Golf Club boasts one of the finest golf courses in Ireland. Recently redesigned and remodelled, Castlebar Golf Club offers a stern challenge to golfers of all abilities. With stunning background scenery, Castlebar Golf Club will pro ...
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Self Catering

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Delphi Lodge - Boat House Cottages & Wren Cottage
Leenane, Co. Galway
Boathouse Cottages, Delphi A courtyard of four charming little cottages in the sensational Delphi Valley. Stunning scenery, old pine furtniture, stone floors, big open fires, lots of atmosphere. Two of the two-storey cottages – Nos. 1 ...
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Foxford Woollen Mills Market - Co Mayo - Saturdays
Foxford Woollen Mills Market - Every Saturday - 10am to 2pm

Woollen Mills, Foxford, Co Mayo

Contact: Joe Queenan 094 925 6756
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Tourist Attractions

Westport House, Gardens & Pirate Adventure Park - Westport County Mayo Ireland
Westport House, Gardens & Pirate Adventure Park
Westport, Co. Mayo
18th Century Westport House is privately owned and operated by Jeremy Browne (the 11th Marquess of Sligo) and his family, who are direct descendants of Grace O’ Malley, the famous 16th Century Pirate Queen of Connaught, it provides a full d ...
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Wedding Venues

Ashford Castle - Wedding Venue Cong County Mayo Ireland
Ashford Castle
Cong, Co. Mayo
Ireland’s grandest castle hotel, with a history going back to the early 13th century, Ashford is set in 350 acres of manicured gardens and beautiful parkland and - if a stunning setting, grandeur and tranquillity are among the criteria - it ...
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