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Activities & Adventures
There are so many things to do in and around Westport! So much, that you could never get bored. It’s no wonder that Westport is fast becoming known as “the adventure capital of Ireland”. From hiking & walking trails, to cycling routes, scenic drives, indoor activities and various water sports, there is always something to do here.
Fishing & Boatings
Fishing and boating is very popular in Mayo, especially Westport being located beside the wild beach-laden coastline. Mayo also offers some of the best salmon, brown trout and sea angling in Europe.
1. Clew bay Cruises – Located at Westport Harbour just 2km from town centre. Clew Bay is home to hundreds of harbour seal and other wildlife. The cruise boasts “panoramic” views of Croagh Patrick and some of the Clew Bay Islands while they sail only metres away from the Seal Colony. Learn more about times and directions from http://westportcruises.com/the-cruise.html
2. Fishing – Westport is one of the few places in Ireland that offer a luxury base for world class deep-sea fishing, game and course angling. Game and coarse fishing are widely available to the enthusiast in the lakes and rivers around the town. The sea angleling grounds of Clew Bay are also among the best in Europe. See https://www.destinationwestport.com/things-to-do-page/activities/fishing-angling to learn more.
3. Sailing – See http://mayosailingclub.com/ to learn all about the thriving Mayo Sailing Club located in Clew Bay.
Hiking & Walking Routes
Westport is home to many picturesque views seen from many hiking and walking routes. From mountainous hiking trails like Croagh Patrick to local walking trails through the old railway and even walking tours to discover all the history, culture and beauty the charming town of Westport has to offer, you will never be short of something to do. Learn more about various hiking, walking and equestrian trekking trails from the following websites:
Bike Hire & Cycling Routes
There’s a cycling route for everyone in Westport, whether you’re a beginner looking for a view, or an experienced cyclist looking for a challenge! And, don’t worry if you don’t have a bike yourself, Westport has 3 bike hire shops to help you get to know the area and its amazing cycling routes. Each of the following bike hire sites have full descriptions of cycling routes:
1. Westport Bike Hire – https://westportbikehire.com/ – also see the useful links page for links on travel, pubs, clubs and restaurants.
2. Westport Bike Shop – https://westportbikeshop.ie/
3. Clew Bay Bike Hire – https://www.clewbaybikehire.ie/
The Great Western Greenway
Escape the bustle of urban life on the 42km Great Western Greenway, Ireland’s longest off-road walking and cycling trail which forms part of the National Cycle Network.
The Greenway has been designed for shared use by leisure walkers and cyclists and is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness. The route is mainly traffic-free and off-road with a solid surface, either tarred or compacted and can be used to commute to and from school or work. The Greenway is way-marked with a National Cycle Network symbol and white directional arrows. Learn more from http://www.greenway.ie/
Blue Flag Beaches & Beautiful Scenic Drives
The beaches surrounding Westport are famous for their captivating beauty, as well as their popularity for various water sports. Not only are the scenic drives to and from the beaches breath taking, but there are also three driving loops:
1. WESTPORT – LOUISBURGH – LEENANE – KYLEMORE ABBEY – Duration: Half Day/Day Tour
This tour will take you through some of the most varied and scenic landscapes in Ireland.
2. WESTPORT-LOUISBURGH-CLARE ISLAND – Duration: Day Tour
3. WESTPORT-NEWPORT-MULRANNY-ACHILL ISLAND – Duration: Half Day
See https://westporttourism.com/scenic-drives/ to download maps of the above driving loops.
Blue Flag Beaches surrounding Westport:
• LOUISBURGH: Carrawmore Beach
• ACHILL: Keem Beach, Keel Beach, Dugort Beach, Golden Strand, Dooega Beach
• KILLALA: Ross Strand
• BELMULLET: Mullaghroe Beach, Elly Bay Beach
• CLARE ISLAND
• MURRISK: Bertra Beach
• MULRANNY: Mulranny Beach
The Adventure Islands
The Adventure Islands is an adventure company which offers a number of activities at different locations around Westport and on the beautiful Island of Collanmore in the heart of Clew Bay.
Land: Archery, Laser Clay, Combat Games, High Ropes, Zipwire, Archery Tag, Bike Hire, Climbing, Horse Trekking, Zorbing, Clay Pigeon Shooting
Water: Kayaking, SUP Boarding, Sailing, Snorkeling, Sea Trampolines, Sea Safari, Surfing, Wakeboarding, Raft Building, Water Skiing
THE BLUEWAY IS A NETWORK OF WATER TRAILS AT WHICH YOU CAN TO EXPERIENCE A VARIETY OF WATER BASED ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING KAYAKING AND SNORKELLING, IN A SAFE CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENT.
The snorkel trail starts at the beach west of the pier wall and continues north for about ½ km to the western headland. Some of the return journey can be completed on foot along the beach. The western shoreline has a wide variety of underwater life that can be explored and enjoyed at high tide. With your mask and snorkel you can hover and watch the sea life go about its business as it has done for years. Keep an eye out for anemones, shoals of fish and shore crab.
The kayak trail is accessible either from the beach or the slipway on the east wall of the harbour. The 5.5 km trail will bring you along the shore from Old Head to Lecanvey pier passing a number of small beaches and short sections of cliff along the way. Only the start of this trail in the vicinity of Old Head itself is suitable for beginners.
Old Head is a Blue Flag Beach located approx. 3.5km east of Louisburgh village. The beach has a small harbour, an attractive and popular sandy beach and a woodland walk while the nearby village has a number of shops, pubs and dining outlets. Old Head is a safe area for swimming, with lifeguards on duty during the summer months. A more exposed trail extends west from Old Head harbour to the beach at Calla passing caves along the way. At just under 5 km, this trail has no easy exit points and should only be undertaken by experienced kayakers in good weather conditions.