Winner of the prestigious Irish Times 'Best Place to Live in Ireland' award in 2012, this bustling town offers a slice of rural Irish life, with a contemporary twist.
Indulge in fresh, local food and a pint of Guinness while listening to the sounds of traditional Irish music in the host of pubs and gourmet restaurants a short stroll from Woodbine Cottage.
During your stay, Kathleen and Tom are on hand to offer advice on places to eat, activities and places of interest. Family favourites for a bite to eat include local Artisian dining, An Port Mór, foodies favourite, Sage and the number one lunchtime spot in Westport, The Creel (don't leave without tasting the lemon meringue!). Westport is dotted with pubs none more famous than Matt Molloys, owned by Matt – a Grammy winning member of The Chieftans – who you can often find nursing a pint and bewitching the crowds with this magical music. For an intimate, local pub experience, we recommend Blousers once featured in a Guineess ad and McGings, a hub of upcoming musical talent.
Woodbine Cottage is centrally located close to all amenities including tennis, fishing, walking, cycling, sailing and an 18-hole championship golf course with spectacular scenery.
There are many ways to spend your time in this coastal town, here are a few of our favourites...
The Wild Atlantic Way
Explore the rugged, breath taking scenery of Ireland along the longest coastal driving route in the world –just follow the blue zig-zag signposts! The epic journey takes you on a 1,500-mile journey from Ireland's most northern point, Malin Head, to the quaint town of Kinsale in south Co. Cork. Stop off in Westport on this roadtrip of a lifetime.
Hop on a bicycle or stretch out those legs along this scenic route, which runs for 42k off road from Westport town all the way to Achill Island. A number of local businesses offer daily rentals and a pick up service for those who prefer a four-wheel return to a two.
Towering over Westport, this holy mountain locally known as 'The Reek' is famous as the location that St Patrick choose to fast for 40 days and nights all the way back in 441AD. Today, visitors flock to the summit, some paying homage to Ireland's patron saint, others simply to soak in the gorgeous views of Clew Bay from the peak.
Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park
Descendants of the famous Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley, welcome you to their 18th century home and estate. Activities range from tours of this historic home to pitch and putt and a pirates den – truly something for everyone!
Festivals in Westport
June 8–15 Westport Get Out There Festival
June 13-15 Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival
June 18-22 Westport Sea Angling Festival
June 28–29 Westport Festival of Food and Music with Bryan Adams and Sinead O'Connor
August 16 Gaelforce West
September Westport Arts Festival
November 4 Westport Sea2Summit Adeventure Race