Local Activities At the Westport Country Lodge Hotel
The Westport Country Lodge Hotel lies within the breathtaking countryside of Mayo and visitors to our hotel get the chance to enjoy a relaxing stay with uninterrupted views of Croagh Patrick and the Westport landscape. Westport is located along the route of the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest coastal touring route in the world which spans the Atlantic Coast from Donegal to West Cork. The breathtaking scenery coupled with the warmth and hospitality of the locals has made Co. Mayo a key destination for those wishing to experience the beautiful landscapes, unique culture and stunning scenery this route has to offer.
Local Fishing In Westport
Fishing licenses are available at the hotel reception and expert gillies are also available throughout the week to assist any fisherman.
Game and coarse fishing are widely available to the enthusiast in the lakes and rivers around the town. Boats, ghillies and equipment can be booked locally. There are eleven coarse fishing lakes within a leisurely drive of Westport town, all holding Bream, Roach, Rudd, Perch, Eel, Pike and Roach/Bream hybrids. Licenses are essential for Trout and Salmon fishing, let us know in advance and we will be delighted to organise this for you.
The Great Western Lakes of Galway and Mayo are recognised as some of the greatest wild Brown Trout fishing in the world. Loughs Corrib, Mask, Carra and Conn are within easy drive of Westport town. The quality of game angling in the region is quite exceptional. Visitors fishing for Salmon and Trout in a natural, undisturbed habitat will enjoy a unique experience.
For the amateur, the Carrowbeg River, which runs through the centre of Westport, is stocked every year thereby assisting the luck of those who just want to try their hand. Westport Harbour hosts the Westport International Sea Angling Festival, one of the oldest competitions on the Sea Angling calendar in Ireland.
Several purpose-built boats are available for hire by groups or individuals and leave the harbour daily, bound for the rich fishing waters of Clew Bay. The relatively calm inshore waters among the islands can be fished for Ray, Bull Huss, Monkfish, Dogfish and occasional Tope. Excellent boat fishing over reefs and sand banks are available and the species you can expect to see include Cod, Coalfish, Pollack, Ling, Whiting and Turbot. For further general information visit:
For sea fishing in Westport contact:
Vincent Keogh t: 098 26398 e: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reg Roynon t: 098 26514 m: 087 764 7789 e: email@example.com
Padraic Conlon t: 098 26899
For fishing wear & tackle hire/purchase:
Portwest t: 098 25177
Fresh Water Angling
The fresh water angler is also well catered for with several productive rivers and lakes within easy reach of Westport. Salmon, Sea Trout and Brown Trout can be found in most rivers, while the larger lakes such as Lough Mask are capable of producing Ferox Trout and very big Pike. There is free fishing for children on the Carrowbeg River which flows through the town. For further information visit Western Regional Fisheries Board website http://www.fisheriesireland.ie http://www.fishinginireland.info
Local Hunting In Westport
Nearby there are thousands of woodcock and wild game that hunters will have access to throughout the hunting season. We provide a strong room when required and expert gullies with plenty of local knowledge.
Horseriding In Westport
Drummindoo Stud & Equitation Centre is located in Knockranny and is run by the Foy Family who have been serving the Irish Horse Industry for a long time. Since 1990 the stud has played host to Westport Horse and Pony Show and other prestigious equestrian events. The business specialises in horse riding and also offers other services. Carrowholly Stables and Trekking Centre offer guided scenic and coastal treks with stunning views of Clew Bay catering for individuals, families and groups. They offer training and tuition for beginners.
The village of Murrisk has quite an outstanding location – between the shores of Clew Bay and the majestic mountain of Croagh Patrick, known locally as ‘The Reek’.
Overlooking the sea is the dramatic National Famine Monument, a sculpture depicting a skeleton strung ‘coffin ship’. Long & sandy Bertra Beach beside the village has been awarded the EU Blue Flag.Croagh Patrick is 5 miles from Westport town. Magnificent views of Clew Bay and the surrounding south Mayo countryside are spectacular from all stages of the ascent of the mountain.If you’re feeling energetic, why not climb Ireland’s famous holy mountain.
Clew Bay Islands
Westport is a perfect base to explore County Mayo. It is the essence of Ireland's magical West with so much to do during your holidays. It has won numerous awards including Ireland's Tidiest Largest Town in 2012, Ireland's Best Kept Large Town and the Retail Excellence Best Town in Ireland. Westport nestles safe at the foot of the towering Croagh Patrick, known locally as 'The Reek'. It overlooks Clew Bay and its 365 enchanting islands and weaves its spell around everyone it meets. There are scenic and coastal drives from the Atlantic Drive in Achill Island or explore the Wilds of Connemara.
The lovely historic village of
Aughagower is dominated by the striking tenth century round tower and a medieval church, both partly restored. One of the monuments still in existence is the 'Leaba Phadraig' (St Patrick's Bed) where the saint is reputed to have slept. Pilgrims performed stations between the bed and the holy well, Tobair na nDeachan (the well of the deacons) which has now dried up.
Westport House enjoys superb parkland setting with lake, terraces, wonderful gardens and magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Achill, Clare Island and Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick. It was built and is still privately owned by the Browne family who are direct descendants of the 16th century Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley. A visit to Westport house is one of Irelands premiere experiences.
Nestled at the foot of the Partry Mountains is the ancient, picturesque village of Ballintubber. Ballintubber and its surrounding area is rich in history and historical sites, the most notable being Ballintubber Abbey, on the shores of Lough Carra, built by King Cathal O’Conor in 1216. Ballintubber Abbey has been painstakingly and lovingly restored over the years and the abbey church is the only church in Ireland, still operating, that was founded by an Irish King. Ballintubber Abbey - 'the Abbey that refused to die' - has in recent years, become a popular wedding venue for couples seeking a distinctive and historic setting. The Abbey has seen many ‘celebrity weddings’ including the marriage of actor Pierce Brosnan to Keely Shaye Smith and Westlife lead singer Shane Filan to Gillian Walsh. Ballintubber also boasts a challenging 9 hole golf course.
Museum of Country Life
The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life is set in modern exhibition galleries in the spectacular grounds of Turlough Park House and surrounded by magnificent gardens and lake. The Museum opening hours are: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pmSunday 2pm-5pm Closed Mondays (including Bank Holidays), Christmas Day and Good Friday
Admission to the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life is FREE.
Check the website www.museum.ie
Phone: 094 90 31773
Ballycroy National Park
Ballycroy National Park was established in November 1998, it is Ireland’s sixth National Park and is located on the Western seaboard in northwest Mayo. It comprises of 11,000 hectares of Atlantic blanket bog and mountainous terrain, covering a vast uninhabited and unspoilt wilderness dominated by the Nephin Beg mountain range. Between Nephin beg and Slieve Carr, at 721metres above sea level, the highest mountain in the range, lie the Scardaun Loughs.
Known as Ireland’s most romantic castle is the No.1 tourist attraction in the West of Ireland. Perfect for a family day out, Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden offers visitors scenic photographic opportunities as well as woodland walks, garden tours, fascinating history, beautiful architecture, ample shopping in the craft shop
and tempting homemade delights in the restaurant and tea rooms. The story of Kylemore – both Castle and Abbey – is a truly remarkable one. The twists of fate which have marked its history at crucial moments from its beginning to the present day combine to create a colourful and moving history. Kylemore is located in Connemara, in the west of Ireland and its greatest attraction is its walled gardens.
Here in Westport, with our central location for the west coast, there are endless opportunities for scenic drives around the county and surrounding areas. The following are some chosen destination routes:
Achill Island is the largest island in the Country and is accessible from the mainland by bridge. Its magnificent sandy beaches, sea cliffs and warm hospitality bring visitors back again and
again for holidays. Visit the beautiful villages of Dooagh and Dooega, the high cliffs at Slievemore and Minaun, the magnificent beaches at Keel and Keem, under the Achill Head. The famous Atlantic Drive takes you on a journey of scenic splendour, a must for all visitors to Achill. The Atlantic Drive comprises over 40km of breathtaking coastal scenery that is ideal for touring in a car, and even better by bicycle! On route for the Atlantic Drive is the Tower at Kildavnet, the remains of a 16th century Irish tower house that was used by the legendary pirate queen Granuaile (Grace O'Malley).
The Deserted Village at Slievemore
Is a haunting reminder of times past. Comprising some 80 stone cottages located at the foot of the majestic Slievemore Mountain, the Deserted Village offers a fascinating insight into life on Achill in former centuries.
Ballycastle is a small but thriving community which has much to offer visitors. Myth, legend, history and folklore all thrive in this ancient place.It is home to the Ceide fields a popular tourist attraction. The Céide Fields Interpretative Centre is built at the site of the most extensive Stone Age Monument in the world. Preserved beneath the wild blanket bog is a 5000 year old landscape of
stone-walled fields, dwellings and megalithic tombs. The people who lived here were peaceful farmers tending their livestock. There is no evidence that they wereunder threat of attack. The Interpretative Centre explains not only the archaeology but also the botany, geology, and zoology of the site. Journey time is : 1.5 hours.
It is a busy bustling Market Town and is one of the fastest growing towns in the country. Present day Castlebar is a town with a good infrastructure and with businesses covering a vast spectrum of products and services perfect for shoppers. Arts, Sports and Leisure are also well catered for with numerous facilities, exhibitions, competitions and festivals which include the world famous International Four Days Walks and the Guinness Castlebar Blues Festival.
Situated at the entrance to Clew Bay, Clare Island is the largest of the Mayo offshore islands. Located off the West Coast, Clare Island is 3.5 miles from the mainland and is also the largest of the 365 islands in Clew Bay - it is 5 miles long and 3 miles wide. With its varied landscape of spectacular cliffs and inland mountain terrain, Clare Island is an ideal destination for hill-walkers and nature
lovers who will enjoy exploring large colonies of sea birds, alpine flora and neolithic and bronze-age archaeology. Boasting a rich topography of hills, bogs and woodland on the inner parts of the island,
it is an ideal holiday destination for hill-walking, cycling and sight-seeing. The island is full of amazing scenery and visitors can explore it on foot, by bike (bike hire nearby) or by taxi. the island has a number of B&B's, one hotel with a bar and one shop and post office. Clare Island is approx four miles off the nearest mainland point - Roonagh Pier (near Louisburgh) - the ferry crossing to the island takes 20 minutes. There is a frequent ferry service all year round with extra demand during the summer months when there is a steady tourist season.
Ballinrobe Race Course
Race Course at Ballinrobe (28 kms). Great facilities and always a great atmosphere
Delphi Adventure Centre
t: 095 42208
Killary Adventure Centre
t: 095 43411
Westport Golf Club(championship)
T: 098 28262
Westport House & Country Estate(pitch & putt)
T: 098 27766
From gentle strolls to more challenging mountain climbs, Westport has some magnificent walking trails.
There are five fun assigned walks for the Westport area. From the every day resident to the adventurous tourist, one can take a walk around the historic town and take in the sights of the elegant tree-lined Mall with its stately Georgian buildings along the Carrowbeg River. Cross over the bridge and veer up Bridge Street and you’ll come across a collection of shops and pubs with a friendly environment.
Westport is uniquely set-up in a way that makes walking a pleasure. Besides walking within the town itself, one can walk the more challenging Croagh Patrick Mountain, which offers the reward of a truly stunning view over Clew Bay and the numerous islands that lie therein. Guaranteed to fill the lungs with sea air from the Atlantic coast, the nearby Bertra Beach has a long strand where walking is a true pleasure. Newport and Old Head Wood also offer excellent walks and the opportunity to see native wildlife, such as badgers, otters, pine martins and stoats. For further information on walking trails check:
www.everytrail.com or www.mayowalks.ie