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Westport Bikes 4 Hire - is located in Westport, County Mayo. It is a family owned and run business providing high quality hybrid bicycles for hire. Drop off and collection services are available free of charge from all hotels in Westport. T. +353(0)86 0880882

Clew Bay Bike Hire - can provide all the bikes and accessories you need to experience Westport and the Clew Bay Region as well as the off-road 42km Great Western Greenway which runs from Westport to Achill Sound. We also offer a shuttle bus. “So cycle one way and we bring you back”!  We have Bike depots located along the Greenway in Westport, Newport, Mulranny and Achill Sound! Westport.  T: +353(0)9837675

Great Western Greenway - The world-class Great Western Greenway in County Mayo is a 42km traffic-free cycling and walking facility.

Westport Cycle Hub- Linear Cycle Routes - The Westport community has been to the fore in developing the Westport Cycle Hub, three relatively short trails around the town, accessible to any cyclist. T. +353(0)9825711

Achill Cycle Hub - 3 looped routes on Achill Island in lengths of 1km, 28km and 44km.
Louisburgh Cycle Hub - 3 looped routes from Louisburgh Village in lengths of 7km, 19km and 26km.

Westport Cycle Hub - 3 looped routes from Westport Town Centre in lengths of 8km, 14km and 24km

Angling - Pristine waters, a wealth of fish and thousands of kilometres of coastline, riverbank and lakeshore, it’s a dream holiday for devotees of rod and line!  The West is home to some of the finest game, coarse and sea angling the country has to offer.

Food & Culinary - From gourmet dining to great value meals, the West of Ireland has many tasty choices for all palates and pockets.  We serve up a feast of seafood, with many restaurants having signature dishes based on fresh ‘catch of the day’.  Local artisan food products can be found in abundance with restaurants serving up locally sourced food, to farmers’ market bringing producers and food enthusiasts together.  Cafés can be found dotted throughout Westport town and the surrounding areas, fill up on freshly-brewed tea or coffee, or treat yourself with freshly baked goodies straight from the oven.  For a full listing locally visit the Discover Ireland Centre, Bridge Street. Tel. 098  25711

Dining Out - Regarded as the culinary capital of Mayo, the restaurants of Westport provide the diner with an experience never to be forgotten. Eating houses are dotted
around the town as well as at the Quay; leaving the punter with plenty of choice for dinner or just a casual bite at any time of the day.

Farmers Market - Take time to experience the atmosphere of our farmers' markets.  Browse and sample the local and organic produce including farmhouse cheeses, salmon, meats and a wide range of organic fruit and vegetables.

Westport Country Market, James Street, every Thursday 8.30am to 1pm

Westport Food & Craft Market,  the Mall, every Sat. 9am-5pm (March to Dec)

Pubs - A visit to any of the town’s numerous pubs is a must for the visitor. The town is home to both traditional and modern hostelries with many of them also serving top quality bar food.

Walking... www.mayowalks.ie
The Western Way (Mayo) - Long Distance Way Marked Ways - The route of the Mayo section of the Western Way is a linear 150 km walking route from Leenaun to the village of Ballycastle.

Slí na Sláinte walking route - Westport - Linear Walks - Mayo has four Slí na Sláinte walking routes - Ballina, Belmullet, Ceathru Thaidgh (Carrowtigue) & Westport. Slí na Sláinte translates to 'path to health'.
   Developed by the Irish Heart Foundation the routes are marked by bright colourful signposts.

Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail - A 61km linear walking route that extends from the village of Balla to the village of Murrisk.  The route follows parts of an old pilgrim route as it wanders through the rural landscape of west Mayo.

Woodland Walks - Tourmakeady Loop is a great walk for all the family, it’s relatively easy and the bonus has to be the waterfall.  Cong Loope Walks give an excellent view over the village.  Other excellent woodland walks in Co. Mayo include Brackloon (near Westport) and Letterkeen (near Newport).  Rehin Woods Walks - A series of newly developed forest walks on an 81 acre site located approx. 4km outside Castlebar Town on the Newport Road.

Golfing - Golf is often a way of life here in the West.  A diverse range of links and parkland courses reflect all the great traditions of the game.  The main season runs from April to October, but the exhilaration of winter sun is a special experience.

Equestrian - The West’s beautiful scenery lends itself so well to horse riding, so why not get out there and experience it for yourself on horseback!
Westport House
The house is the most significant historical home in the West of Ireland and is one of the most visited tourist sites in the province. Built in 1730 on the ruins of a previous castle of the legendary Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley, and complete with original architecture, antiques, and dungeons, wax work displays and exhibitions, it is home to her direct descendants, the 11th Marques of Sligo and his family.  Stunning scenery, architectural magnificence, beautifully manicured gardens and a Pirate Adventure Park combine with a remarkable history to provide a treasure trove of memorable experiences for all ages. Westport House and Pirate’s Adventure Park is located off the main Westport to Louisburgh road.  For opening times see www.westporthouse.ie

Murrisk Abbey - This iconic fourteenth century Augustinian Abbey is located at the foot of Croagh Patrick and is within walking distance of the Famine Monument
Ballintubber Abbey - Founded in 1216 by the King of Connaught, Cathal O’Connor, Ballintubber Abbey is 17km from the town of Westport. Immensely popular as a venue for weddings because of its spectacular setting, the Abbey is also the starting point for the Tochar Phadraig, the ancient pilgrim’s path which runs from the Abbey right through Aughagower to its finishing point at Croagh Patrick.  Guided tours are available by contacting 094-9030018

The Great Western Greenway - Following the old Westport to Achill railway line, this 42km traffic-free route is the longest off-road cycling and walking trail in Ireland.  It is ideal for getting out on a leisurely cycle or stretching your legs.  Along with take in the fresh country air, you will get to marvel at the spectacular Nephin Mountains to the North and the iconic Croagh Patrick across Clew Bay to the South.  Historical sites along the way include the seven-arch bridge over the Black Oak and Bunnahoona rivers, Grace O'Malley's Rockfleet Castle and a 15th century Dominican Abbey.  If you don’t have
your own bike then not to worry as there are plenty of options for bike hire in the towns and villages along the route.  For those who don’t wish to complete the return leg of the route, then bike hire with a drop-off and collection service is also available. For a more detail information pack on any of the walking and cycling routes throughout the county please visit  the Discover Ireland Centre, Bridge Street, Westport.  Telephone: +353 98 25711

Croagh Patrick - The mountain provides the most beautiful of backdrops to the town. Legend has it that St Patrick prayed on the mountain for forty days of Lent in 441 AD. Upwards of 30,000 people climb the mountain every July as part of the national pilgrimage.

Clare Island - Most famous as the home of Grainne Uaile, the island has a population of close on two hundred people. Extremely popular as a holiday destination, it can be accessed by ferries that operate from Roonagh Harbour, Louisburgh.

The Mall - A visit to the town is not complete without a stroll along the tree lined boulevard that runs right through the town centre. At Christmas time, the Mall is particularly attractive with the trees lit up, providing a spectacular centre piece at a special time of year.

Major John McBride Memorial - Located on the South Mall, opposite St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, the memorial commemorates Major John McBride, the Boer War Veteran and executed leader of the 1916 Rising.

Clew Bay Heritage Centre - The Museum and Genealogical Centre is located at Westport Quay, adjacent to the Westport Sea Angling Centre.  The building is open all year round.

Aughagower - This historical village is 7 km from Westport town. It is home to a national monument, a 12th century Round Tower and a 13th century church along with several Patrician relics.
The Atlantic Ocean to the North and West, counties Sligo, Roscommon and Galway to the South and East, Mayo boasts a beautiful unspoilt environment and offers a magical attraction for visitors.  Mayo's spectacular natural scenery lies along the Wild Atlantic Way. Some of Mayo’s highlights include The Great Western Greenway (longest off-road cycling and walking trail in Ireland), Croagh Patrick with spectacular views of Clew Bay and its many islands from the summit. History comes to life at the world famous Céide Fields in North Mayo where
imprint on the land dates back 5,000 years, whilst the extensive Jackie Clarke Collection (one of the most important collections of Irish artifacts in the world) can be found in the town of Ballina.  Foxford Woollen Mills offers the visitor a glimpse of the county's industrial past while the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life (outside Castlebar), houses the national folk life collection depicting day to day life in Ireland from the 1850s to the 1950s. Other places in Mayo well worth visiting include Achill Island, Ballina, Ballinrobe, Belmullet, Castlebar, Cong,
Claremorris, Foxford, Knock Village, Louisburgh - for more detailed information on everything listed on this map visit www.discoverireland.ie or visit the Discover Ireland Centre,
Bridge Street, Westport.  
T. +353 98 25711

Westport was voted the best place in Ireland to live recently, and offers plenty for the visitors to experience, such as Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park, which is popular with families.   This delightfully laid out town boasts elegant Georgian streetscapes and effortlessly friendly
character making it an authentic but lively holiday base.  The Westport area offers a wide range of sporting and outdoor activities including golf, sailing, angling, walking, cycling and horse riding.  In nearby Murrisk, Croagh Patrick provides an arresting backdrop to the town and has its pilgrim climb on the last Sunday of July each year.