THINGS TO DO IN THE WESTPORT AREA
The Great Western Greenway
The Great Western Greenway commences500m from Rosmo House at the Quay and is 42km, off-road walking and cycling route.
It’s a traffic-free route along a disused railway line between Westport and Achill. It has a gentle gradient not greater than 1.6%as well as magnificent views of Croagh Patric and Clew Bay. www.greenway.ie
Ideal day out for parents with young children. Set in one of Irreland’s most historic homes and park land, you and the children can enjoy viewing the animals and birds plus have a go on a large number of attractions including train rides, swan pedalos (boats), Supabounce, Jungle World, Pitch and Put, slippery dip, rowing boats and much more! www.westporthouse.ie
Westport Leisure Park
A great destination for all the family, especially for rainy days. You can “Pay and Play” as you go. There’s a children’s playground adjacent to the Leisure Centre and a Cineplex for those rainy days. The Leisure Centre caters for people with disabilities or special needs and there is no charge for carers.
Swimming: Kids and toddlers will love the childrens pool area. Exercise in the 35m swimming pool, use the Sauna and plunge pool, relax in the Jacuzzi.
Fitness Suite: State of the art techno-gym system.
Health & Beauty Treatments: Massage, Acupuncture, Beauty Salon.
Cruises on the Killary, Connemara – Ireland’s only Fjord
You can board the all-weather luxury catamaran in Leenane Village, about 40 minutes drive from Westport. Four Sailings daily. No matter what the weather you can enjoy the beautiful rugged scenery that is unique to this part of the world. Look out for the wild dolphins! Full bar and food available on board. www.killaryfjord.com
Visit Clare Island
Clare Island was home to Grainne Uaile, Ireland’s 16th Century Lady sea pirate. You can take a ferry to Clare Island from Roonagh Pier, outside of Louisburgh, about a 30 minute drive from Westport. Frequent daily sailings. Visit the remains of Grainne Uaile’s castle and explore the many walks around the island. www.clareisland.ie
Croagh Patrick – Ireland’s Holy MountianJust three miles/5kms from Rosmo House. Enjoy the spectacular views from the summit of Croagh Patrick 2,510 feet above sea level. The pilgrim path has been carved by thousands of pilgrims over hundreds of years. Refresh yourself with a shower, a coffee and home baked snacks in Croagh Patrick Information Centre at the foot of the Mountain. www.museumofmayo.com/croaghpatrick.htm
Surf Mayo operates on Carrownisky Beach, near Louisburgh (14 miles from Westport). Catering for surfboarding enthusiasts, groups are catered for and instruction on technique is available.
Knock Basilica – Marian Shrine
The Story of Knock began on the 21st August 1879 when Our Lady, St. Joseph and St. John the Evangelist appeared at the south gable of Knock Parish Church. The apparition was witnessed by fifteen people, young and old. From this miraculous Apparition Knock has grown to the status of an internationally recognised Marian Shrine. For information and programme of events visit www.knock-shrine.ie
National Musuem of Ireland – Country Life, Castlebar
The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is home to the national collection of objects representing the traditional way of life in Ireland since 1850. A visit is a must to explore the lives of the Irish people from the mid 19th to the mid 20th Century. A great destination for all the family, view crafts and exhibitions and enjoy delicious food in the Cafe. To see full list of events visit: www.museum.ie
For the outdoor cycling enthusiast, there are a number of Bicycle Providers who offer a wide choice of bicycles for the fit and not-so-fit plus trail information.
There are a number of stables & equitation centres including Carrowholly and Drumindoo offering scenic treks on horse back for all ages and abilities. All have qualified instructors.
Westport prides itself on the 18 hole championship golf course. The course has recently been upgraded to include significant water features. Course provides some of the best views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick; the signature hole (15th) is a long par 5, with initial drive over the sea!! Visitors are welcome.
There is a plethora of superb restaurants to choose from, open all year, catering for all tastes from seafood specialities and fine dining to pub grub. Most of our restaurants are child friendly and offer ‘early bird’ specials to suit family requirements.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Located in Connemara and aproximately 45 mins scenic drive from Westport. The magnificant Baronial Castle and grounds are home to the nuns of the Benedictine Order. One can go for a stroll in the magnificant gardens or spend time in the Craft & Design Shop or visit the Diner for Coffee, lunch or afternoon tea.
ENNISCOE GENEALOGY & HERITAGE CENTRE
Here the Family History unit has a complete database of all major genealogical resources relating to North Mayo. Records for the remaining parishes of County Mayo are kept at the South Mayo Family History Centre in Ballinrobe.