Westport lies at the south-east corner of Clew Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean. The town centre was designed by James Wyatt in 1780, in the Georgian architectural style. Its layout follows a medieval principle of urban design which was introduced by the Normans in the 13th century.

The design for the town was commissioned by the Lord Sligo of the nearby stately home, Westport House, as a place for his workers and tenants to live. The Carrow Beg river was diverted to run through The Mall and is contained for two blocks by low stone walls producing, on each side of the river, attractive tree lined streets with several stone bridges over the river. The Mall is an enchanting tree-lined boulevard lined with clusters of flowers and blooms. It features several stone bridges over the diverted waters of the Carrowbeg River. There Westport Mallis a network of streets, that give way to an orderly series of multi coloured shops, restaurants and bars. While modern, they have managed to retain the culture and charm typical of Irish towns and villages of a past era.

The captivating Quay area is just a short distance from the town centre and has a unique character of its own with bars, restaurants, hotels, shops and various galleries which now occupy what once were an old coastguard station and warehouses.

Westport is a designated Heritage Town and many timeoverall winner of Ireland's National Tidy Towns Competition.

 

Clare Island

Clare Island lies off the coast of Westport in Clew Bay. The island is closely associated with the famous 16th century pirate queen, "Granuaile" (Grace O'Malley), who lived in a castle on the island during the course of her life as a chief commander and director of thieves and murderers at sea, according to contemporaneous accounts. She is reputedly buried in the O'Malley tomb in the island's 13th century Cistercian Abbey.

 

Croagh Patrick

The famous pilgrimage mountain of Croagh Patrick, known locally as "the Reek", lies about 10 km west of the town near the village of Murrisk. The mountain offers a striking backdrop to the town. There is a small church on the summit and it can just about be seen on a clear day with the naked eye from Westport.

Murrisk is a small village at the foot of Croagh Patrick and the haunting and eerie bronze sculpture which is the "National Famine Memorial".

"I called Jim at Ireland West Tours looking specifically for a day touring around Galway to do photography. The minute I mentioned this to Jim, he started talking about light and times of day and I knew I was on to the right person! I trusted Jim with the places he recommended and he did not let me down!"

Jan M., Drogheda, Ireland

 

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Satisfying the customer 

Over the years we have had several compliments on our drivers from many of our satisfied customers. Click on the link to "Tripadvisor" below to read, in full, the reviews of some of our many happy customers.

"We got recommended to contact Jim to take us to all the beautiful places this region has to offer. Well, that was the best piece of advice we could have gotten. He not only will drive you around, but also will teach, explain, comment and inform you about many, many different issues."

Alfrdo G., The Hague, Netherlands

 

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