The Great Western Greenway is longest off-road walking and cycling route in Ireland. It follows the path of the railway lines that have been closed in 1937. This stunning trail takes you through some remote and beautiful areas on the Western coast of Ireland. By visiting the pretty villages of Mulranny and Newport you get a real feel for the West of Ireland.
In the heart of Westport lies the historic Westport House. It is one of Ireland’s most popular heritage sites and is still family owned until today. It was originally built by Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connaught in the 1500s and opened to the public in 1960. The beautiful manor offers amazing views of 30 rooms and 6 permanent exhibitions.
On top of that, if you ever wanted to feel like a Lord or a Lady, you can book a delicious Afternoon Tea Time in the formal Drawing Room, where you will be served by Victorian maids. You get to enjoy the exquisite combination of a historic experience and amazing Irish food.
Further, the Westport House & Grounds offer an astonishing Birds of Prey show for a group of 15 people or more or a private hawl walk, where you will have a falcon fly close by you and land on your arm.
If you are looking for some family adventure fun, the Pirate Adventure Park right on the grounds of the Westport House is the ideal hiking break for families with children under the age of 12. The park offers lots of fun activities such as a mini zipline, a mini ferris wheel, Ireland’s ONLY log flume ride and so much more. There’s something fun for everyone and your kids will surely get a good night sleep after spending time at the Pirate Adventure Park. The park also offers various special events throughout the year such as Easter Egg hunts, Halloween Fest and Winter Wonderland.
Croagh Patrick, also known as the Holy Mountain, which overlooks Clew Bay is situated around 10 km west of Westport in County Mayo. Clew Bay spoils visitors with the most beautiful beaches along the Western coast of Ireland and is also the starting point if you feel like doing an extra hike up to Croagh Patrick. Its pilgrimage dates back to the Stone Age and remains very popular until today. The Reek, as it is also known as, is one of the highest peaks of Ireland with 750 metres (2,500 feet), providing visitors with spectacular views from all stages when ascending the mountain.