County Mayo

is one the largest counties in Ireland, with the longest Atlantic coast line and a dramatic topography of mountains, rivers and lakelands. At its heart is Wild Nephin National Park and a number of habitats under SAC / SPA EU Habitat protection.

Traditionally County Mayo has suffered from economic migration and low density population. In recent years and most notably since the opening of the Wild Atlantic Way coastal tour route, the county is now developing its tourism potential.

However, striking a balance between the sustainable development of tourism in the region and the protection and enhancement of the natural assets of the region is a fundamental challenge.

Transport and access routes are still dominated by cars, although Westport has a regular train service route running across the country to Dublin. Regional bus services are somewhat limited, although this has improved over recent years. Cycle routes are also in development and Mayo led the country in the last decade with the opening of the Great Western Greenway (a 42 km cycle route established on a disused rail line).

Tourism is a significant sector for employment in the region, however, this has largely been a seasonal offering. Steps are being taken to close the seasonal employment gap and Wild Nephin National Park contributes to this with the Mayo Dark Sky Park offering a winter schedule of tourism events, supporting local businesses with off-peak events.

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is a safe and friendly heritage town, offering a truly extraordinary meeting place in which you can enjoy nature, history, culture and outdoor recreation all from one destination.

The Mayo town competed against more than 500 other entrants in the Irish Times “Best Place to Live in Ireland” competition to be crowned the best in in the country.

Westport has boasted many awards including Best Kept town, European Sports Tourism Award, Water Quality and Green Flag destination.

Sited in the shadow of the Reek (Croagh Patrick Mountain), Westport is a picturesque town with tree-lined boulevards and stone bridges over the Carrowbeg River. With multi-coloured shopfronts, charismatic cafés, pubs and unique restaurants, it is little wonder that this Clew Bay town has become one of Ireland’s most popular towns.

With spectacular scenery, an unusually mild climate and rapid changes in light over Clew Bay, Westport is a bewitching place of intense beauty for landscape photography. For those that want an adventure experience, it has easy access to hiking, sailing, cycling and of course easy access to the Connemara National Park, Wild Nephin National Park/ Mayo Dark Sky Park.

Experiences in Westport

1.Cycle the Greenway

Cycle (or walk) the Great Western Greenway, Ireland’s longest off-road cycling and walking trail.

2. Climb Croagh Patrick

Ireland’s best loved mountain, incredible views all the way from sea to summit!

3. Pamper Yourself

Westport has an impressive selection of luxury spa and leisure centres for a day of indulgence.

4. Go Trekking

Go horseriding in the unspoilt countryside, from beach treks to fast-paced woodland canters.

5. Westport Walking Tours

Explore the town with a guided experience of its history, stories & architecture.

6. Theatre Night

Westport Town Hall presents a year round programme of theatre, performing arts and events.

7. Traditional Music

Enjoy traditional Irish music in Matt Molloy’s (Chieftains flautist) pub in the heart of town.

8. Arts and Crafts

Visit Westport’s many arts and craft shops or beautiful galleries featuring local artists.