Cheap Hotels in Westport
Enjoy an ideal Westport location and authentic Irish hospitality at Altamont House, County Mayo. Just five minute’s walk from the heritage town’s lively pubs, renowned restaurants and the Victorian mansion Westport House, guests are assured an enjoyable and relaxing stay. Highly recommended by the Rough Guide and Let’s Go travel series. Guests are welcomed with complimentary tea/coffee on arrival.
Rosmo House Hotel
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Hotels in Westport
Set in County Mayo on the western coast of Ireland, Westport hotels are based in an elegant town and surrounded by natural beauty – from the peak of Croagh Patrick to the shores of Clew Bay.
Although the area surrounding Westport has traces of human settlement reaching back to prehistory, the English architect James Wyatt designed the majority of the town in the 18th century. Wyatt was also responsible for building the Westport House, a large country house that was the ancestral seat of the Marquesses of Sligo up to 2014. The house is a fantastic example of 18th-century architecture and well worth a visit if you're travelling to Westport. The house was built on the site of an O'Malley castle. During the 16th century the castle was home to Grace O'Malley, or Granuaile, the Pirate Queen of Connaught who ruled the seas around County Mayo. The dungeons of the original castle survive as part of Westport House.
Close to Westport is the mountain Croagh Patrick, nicknamed Reek. The mountain is an important site of pilgrimage due to its associated with Saint Patrick who supposedly fasted on the summit for forty days. Pilgrims still make their way up the mountain on Reek Sunday, the last Sunday in July. At the top is a small chapel, dating from 1905. Croagh Patrick is the third highest mountain in County Mayo and the peak offers breathtaking views of the surrounding area.
Westport's position makes it an ideal base for exploring Clew Bay. One of the best ways to discover the bay's rich heritage is to follow the Clew Bay Archaeological Trail. This 35km trail is best broken into small sections and the total length encompasses 6,000 years of history. Some of the highlights along the trail include: Clare Island – the home of the Pirate Queen Grace O'Malley. St Bridget's Abbey is set on the south side of Clare Island and dates from between the 13th and 15th century. Granuaile's Castle survives from the 16th century, when the O'Malley clan built it. In total the trail takes in 21 different archaeological and heritage sites.
Head to Westport harbour and you'll find a colourful collection of boats on the water alongside a selection of restaurants, cafés and pubs on the shore. The harbour is a fantastic starting point to exploring Westport and the local area. There are boat cruises on the water, shops selling fish and chips, and a number of companies offering a chance to try your hand at water sports, including kayaking and fishing.
Greenway and Blueway
The Great Western Greenway stems out from Westport and covers a space of 42km, making it an ideal choice for walking and cycling in the countryside around the town. There are plenty of places to rent bikes in the middle of town or along the harbour. The Blueway is a similar network of paths but on the water, encompassing snorkel trails, kayak trails and a number of beaches, such as the Blue Flag-awarded Old Head beach.
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