Westport: Travel Guide

I spent the weekend in Mayo’s finest town, Westport. Surprisingly, not many people are familiar with the area, especially those living in the East, so I’m here to enlighten you about this amazing little town. It was my second time visiting, as I’d previously been in February 2018, but fell in love and insisted on returning. It’s the perfect spot to visit with both family and friends. The ideal peaceful getaway!

Where We Stayed

The Westport Coast Hotel

We stayed in The Westport Coast Hotel, simply because on our last visit, they were extremely accommodating and serve the most incredible breakfasts, which are all apart of the amazing package. If you’re a Midweek goer, this hotel are extremely generous with offers! But if you’re like me and enjoy a cheeky weekend away, depending on the weekend, it’s a little bit pricier, but absolutely incredible for what you get! Some offers include wine, chocolates, dinner and breakfast included, and the standard is incredible!

This hotel is located on Westport harbour which overlooks the bay, giving you unbelievable views of both Croagh Patrick and Westport House, two of the biggest landmarks in Westport town. If you’re lucky to get the weather, walk along the pier and dine in the local restaurants. If not, luckily enough there’s a reasonably priced spa located in the hotel. All packages include free access to the spa’s pool, sauna and thermo suite! Facials and massages cost a bit extra, but are worth the money if you’re needing a quiet break away!

I highly recommend this spot, and having stayed here twice, I can promise I’ll be back. The staff were really accommodating to us!

Where To Eat

The Helm Restaurant & Bar

The Towers

The Creel

Westport Coast Hotel & Bar

J.J O’Malleys

Cupan Tae

What To Do

Westport House: This landmark is full of history. Not only is the estate itself massive, but it also includes boat rides, theme parks and go karting which is unreal for those with families, or perhaps for friends spending a weekend away together. The landmark is huge with public access, and a separate admission fee for anyone interested in seeing the inside of the house. The house was lived in by Grace O’Malley (pirate queen) which I think is pretttty damn cool.

Croagh Patrick: This is one of the most popular mountain sites in Ireland to climb. If you’ve got a love for mountaineering and adventuring, this venture might be right up your street! But if you’re like me, you’ll take photographs from Westport harbour and pretend that you’ll trek it later..

Westport Cruises: During the Summer, cruising through Westport quays is relatively popular. To our dismay, the tide was out on both occasions we visited, but once the Summer months pick up, it should be in full swing again! The cruise will give you glorious views of Croagh Patrick and the stunning landscape of County Mayo!

Walk Westport Harbour and Town: As I stated previously, walk the beautiful harbour if you have the weather. Westport town is also quite the treat, and has been known to win tidy towns quite a bit, so you’ll find it to be extremely clean (even though I didn’t spot one bin in sight).. All of that being said, it’s well worth the visit, and you’ll be introduced to beautiful boutiques on your walk!

I highly recommend this amazing little town if you’re looking for somewhere a little serene to spend your weekend! It’s a lovely spot for couples, family retreats and even for friends. This little cultured town is full of live music and entertainment on the weekends, so may be right up your street!