Westport town was designed by James Wyatt in 1780, in a Georgian Architectural Style. The town layout follows medieval principles of 13th century urban design featuring landmarks of the Carrowbeg River, tree lined malls, pretty colourful streets, iconic monuments of the Clock and the Octagon as well as the nearby historic Westport House.
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 holy mountain offers a striking backdrop to the town, and is associated with St.Patrick, who spent forty days fasting on the summit. The church on the summit, dating back to the early 20th century, can just be made out with the naked eye from Westport.
Clew Bay is a natural ocean bay and is Ireland's best example of sunken drumlins. The bay is overlooked by Croagh Patrick and also the Nephin Range mountains of North Mayo. Westport Cruises offer a magical 90 minute tour of Clew Bay's 365 islands from May - October.
The Great Western Geenway features 42km of an off road cycling and walking trail which captures some of the most breathtaking views of Clew Bay and dramatic mountain scenery along the renowned Westport to Achill railway which was closed in 1937. The Greenway passes through picturesque villages of Newport and Mulranny where services and collection points area available. More information can be found at www.greenway.ie
Westport House & Gardens was once was home to the pirate chief Grace O'Malley, in the mid-to-late 16th century. The House has an abundance of original artefacts, artwork and treasures that will fascinate all culture-vultures with a total of 30 rooms on show. The story of the people behind the house is equally fascinating as the house itself with a history of pirates, slave emancipators and pioneers. The Westport Estate is also home to The Pirate Adventure Park which offers rides, slides, boats, trains and much more.
Live music has long been associated with Cobbler’s Bar, which is part of The Wyatt Hotel. The famous Sunday Night Session runs weekly with Laoise, Dan, Johnny & friends from 8:30pm. Thursday night music will also be running from March 16th - October 12th.
The Blueway is a network of water trails where you can try a variety of water sports! Activities include, kayaking, snorkeling, paddle-boarding etc.
Westport Town Hall Theatre is is just across from The Wyatt Hotel and hosts excellent plays, comedy shows and music! Check out their events here.
Just five minutes’ drive from the town, Westport Golf Club is one of Ireland’s finest parkland courses. It is set in the scenic splendour of 260 acres of undulating parklands on the shores of Clew Bay with breathtaking views of Croagh Patrick. Click here for more information.
Guests at The Wyatt Hotel have free access to Westport Leisure Park, which is just a 2 minute walk from the hotel. It features a 25m indoor swimming pool, toddler pool, sauna, steamroom, plunge Pool, and a fully air-conditioned gym
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