What to see in Westport

If you are visiting and you don’t know what to see, this might help you a little big . Here are the top places you need to check out if you ever visit Westport in Ireland!

In Town
#1 -The local church – Holy Trinity Church Of Ireland
It’s free for charge and it’s quite nice, check it out it only takes a few minutes. And from time to time they have some exhibitions.

Holy Trinity Church Of Ireland

Holy Trinity Church of Ireland

#2 -Westport bridge – continue walk towards the center and take some photos on the bridge. It’s beautiful when the sun hits and you can see the colors from the flowers perfectly.

Doris Brothers Brigde

Doris Brother’s Bridge

#4 -Westport House. If you don’t want to spend money don’t worry you can get in and see at least the gardens and the landscape. It’s really pretty and you can take great photos.

Westport house

Westport House

#5 – The Quay – perfect to spend the afternoon chilling, reading a book and play sports for a while.

The Quay

The Quay

#6 – The Greenway (& Skate Park)The Greenway (& Skate Park)
Go for a walk or even a run on the greenway has an amazing view of the forest

#7 – Pub’s
I don’t think I need to give you a reason to check the pubs. Once in Ireland…

#8 – Enrica’s Cafe, it’s a little cupcake shop in Westport. You can walk there from the town center, it’s a 30min walk. They have the best cupcakes ever and the staff is really nice. They are attached to a garden shop so it makes everything even more pretty and cozy. #Instagram

Just enjoy, there is not that much to see, so a couple of days in Westport will be enough for you to see everything 🙂 Of course check out the shops in town, especially the souvenir ones and the charity ones.

Surroundings
– Croagh Patrick – check out a previous post about it here.
– Clare Island – check out a previous post about it here.
– Castlebar – for 4€ catch the bus and check one of the closest towns.
– Achill Island – you have some companies that can take you there and you can comeback by bicycle trough the Greenway.

 

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The Great Western Greenway

The Great Western Greenway is a greenway rail trail in County Mayo, Ireland. It is 42 kilometers long and begins in Westport and ends in Achill, passing through the towns of Newport and Mulranny as it runs along the coast of Clew Bay.

Check their Website: http://www.greenway.ie/

Personally, I think this is a great idea, it’s perfect for long walks, runs, and cycling. It was amazing views of the Irish nature , and amazing landscapes. We walked from Westport to Newport (+10k – yeah it’s kinda crazy I know) and we took almost 3hours because we did the longest way. Everyone does it by bike, and only takes an hour and a half but we don’t really have the legs to cycle so we walked, and besides being really far, we saw some amazing landscapes. This part of the greenway does not have the best views but we liked it anyway.

You have around 3 shops were you can rent a bike for 15€ a day. They also make some routes from Westport to Achill Island. Check it out:
http://www.clewbaybikehire.ie
http://westportbikes4hire.com
http://greenwaybicyclehire.com
http://www.achillbikes.com
http://www.westportbikeshop.ie

Useful Cycling Tips!

· Give way to pedestrians
• Remember that some people are hard of hearing or visually impaired. Don’t assume they can see or hear you.
• Where there are wheelchair users or horse riders, please give way
• Take special care at junctions, when cycling downhill and on loose surfaces
• Look all around before carrying out any maneuver to make sure it is safe to do so.
• Give clear hand signals and in good time when you intend to carry out maneuvers.
• Cycle in single file on narrow or busy roads and when overtaking.
• Use cycle tracks where they are provided.
• Ring a bell or politely call out to warn of your approach; acknowledge people who give way to you
• Respect countryside activities, such as farming and forestry
• Keep your bike roadworthy; use lights in poor visibility
• In remote areas carry food, repair kit, map, mobile phone and waterproofs
• Wear a helmet and high visibility clothing

Walk Checklist

  1. Up to date Map & Guide
  2. Weather Check
  3. Clothing & Equipment – Sturdy walking Boots / Shoes, Waterproof Jacket, warm clothes, hat & Cloves, Water/Liquid & Snack, Mobile Phone.
  4. Tell someone about your plans.
  5. Emergency Telephone Numbers & Local Taxi Numbers etc.
  6. Accommodation Plans – if planning a multi-day hike.

Read more about here.
Most important: Take your camera, register the adventure and enjoy yourself 🙂

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Go explore Clare Island…

This is another amazing place you should visit if you ever come to Westport or somewhere around. Clare Island is a mountainous island guarding the entrance to Clew Bay in County Mayo where less than 150 people live. If you are looking for a place to rest with an amazing beach, then this is the place. Check it out:

How to get there
From Westport you have nothing, there are no buses that way. At leat that’s what the site told us, so we decided to get a lift again. The destination is Roonagh Pier near Louisburgh.
Then you have to catch the ferry, from one of the two companies set there. A small tip? just go inside the first one you see, they will fight for you. The prices are exactly the same so don’t wonder, 15€ go and return, 12€ for students and you get also a map of the island.

I walked a lot but you can do it by bicycle or taxi, there is a bicycle rent shop and a taxi company. You have places to sleep and eat if you like, check some useful websites: clareisland.info, goexplorehostel.ie and clareisland.ie. Just don’t get scared if you cross some sheep or horses, they’re used to people as long as you don’t mess with them you’re fine.

You can also do a lot of activities like surf, football (yes they have a field), horse riding, yoga, coasteering, raft building, snorkelling and much more.

It’s a perfect place to spend a good sunny afternoon 🙂

 

 

Up we go, Croagh Patrick Mountain

If you are looking for a challenge and an amazing view of Irland than you have to climb the Holy mountain located in Murrisk, County Mayo Ireland with 764 meters (2,507 ft) – 12th highest mountain in Ireland. I climb it last weekend and let me tell you is not an easy thing to do, my legs are still in pain, but I guarantee you it’s super worth it. What I didn’t know is that last weekend was the Reek Sunday, the annual day of pilgrimage in Ireland. So with that said…..it was super crowded as you can imagine.

Here are some facts about Iris Holy Mountain Croagh Patrick, aka The Reek:
“The tradition of pilgrimage to this holy mountain stretches back over 5,000 years from the Stone Age to the present day without interruption. Its religious significance dates back to the time of the pagans when people are thought to have gathered here to celebrate the beginning of harvest season.  Croagh Patrick is renowned for its Patrician Pilgrimage in honor of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint. It was on the summit of the mountain that Saint Patrick fasted for forty days in 441 AD and the custom has been faithfully handed down from generation to generation.”- croagh-patrick.com

Location
It is 8 kilometers from Westport, above the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey.

Tips
Parking: They have  car parks, around three, near the entrance. There’s no way you miss them because it’s everything in the same straight road. The prices don’t change from park to park, all of them have the same price of 5€ per day.

Stick: You probably wonder by now, if you are not a regular climber like me, why do you need one. It’s actually a great helper especially when you’re coming down. There are some guys selling (3€) and renting sticks (1,50€) down in the road. To rent you have to give 3€ and when you give it back you receive half. I did that, but when I finish the guy wasn’t there anymore and it was only 16p.m. I got a bit mad.

Food: Take a small backpack with a bottle of water and something light to eat or some chocolate bars, you gonna need the energy to climb. Take some money too, up there there’s a small tent selling sandwiches, chocolate bars, fruit, hot tea, refrigerants, juice, and water.

Clothes: Wear something comfortable, if you have something to protect you from the rain take it too, believe me you never know it can start raining anytime there. Also, it’s very important to take comfortable shoes. The path is all loose rocks so be careful always.

Weather: Well just try to go on a sunny day, without clouds. It was cloudy when I went and up there you don’t see a thing. But it was only cloudy on the top so half way I was still able to get an amazing view.

Toilets: Halfway and up there you have some toilets you can use so don’t worry about it.

That’s about it, what you need to know and what you will expect. The last important tip is DON’T FORGET THE CAMERA. You will definitely want to register the beautiful landscape that the mountain gives you. And finally, enjoy!!!!

 

 

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St. Patrick Statue

 

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View of the Clew Bay from the Summit – by A. Piechorowska

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