CORONA VIRUS      COVID 19

During this difficult time for us all we have decided to continue providing Tour Services as long as possible during the current outbreak of The Corona Virus.

Our vehicles are always regularly serviced and cleaned but we will be taking extra precautions during The Corona Virus outbreak.  All the vehicle door handles, seat belts and other points of contact are being sanitized before, during and after each tour.  Sanitized wipes will be provided for you in our vehicles.

We understand, and appreciate, that many people will have justifiable reservations about booking a tour and yet want to be able to tour with us on arrival in Ireland so we are making temporary changes to our booking arrangements.  We are only taking a deposit of €75 regardless of the size of the vehicle or the duration of the tour. For bookings made on or after March 19th, 2020 that subsequently need to cancel because of Corona Virus we will refund 90% of the deposit provided we receive a minimum of 72 hours notice of cancellation. We will make a refund to you, or at your discretion hold the full deposit against a future booking.

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".

"We toured Ireland West Tours and are so glad we did. Jim suggested that we see the Cliffs of Moher from the water, and it was a wonderful experience. Thanks so much for a wonderful day."

Barbara, Georgia, USA

 

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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.

"Jim was very informative. I was driven to many out of the way places and the scenery was spectacular. I can highly recommend Jim's tour, his driving, his professionalism and the way he goes about understanding what it is you want to see and experience."

AnnMarie D., Melbourne, Australia

 

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