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“Westport---a little "gem" in County Mayo”
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Oconomowoc, WI
Level 6 Contributor
271 reviews
126 helpful votes
“Westport---a little "gem" in County Mayo”
Reviewed November 27, 2010

Not knowing much about Westport when we arrived, we were quite surprised with this lovely, small town and surrounding area.

Plougastel House, was the perfect introduction to Ireland B & B's. Walking distance to the main street was a plus. Westport has many lovely shops and some of the best restaurants we found in Ireland, including Mango's and Torrino's. Matt Malloy's Pub had some of the best music. We were impressed with the mix of ages in the pub all enjoying the music together.

There is so much to do in the surrounding area that 3 days was not enough time. Westport House and Gardens, The Westport Herritage Center, Achill Island, and the fabulous Nephin Drive were all we had time to do. All three of these were very good for photos and just wandering around.

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Worcester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
359 reviews
188 helpful votes
“Quaint little town by the sea”
Reviewed October 27, 2010

I rented a cottage just outside of Westport in the spring of 2010. However, I spent a lot of time in an out of Westport and the surrounding areas. For those who like the fresh air a trip to Croagh Patrick is a must. However, you need your walking boots and plenty of energy, especially for the top half up to the summit as the incline is about 45 degrees. There are also other little walks in the locality for those who don't have that much energy.

As for the town itself, it looks like one of those small fishing villages full of Irish Fayre and local pubs. We found a beautiful looking pub with a thatched roof just along from the harbour. There are others too overlooking the bay with locally caught produce for the discerning palate. Interesting sights in the area include Westport House, while those who like to do shopping should drive a little further north and check out Newport.

There is also a local swimming bath and separate hotel complex complete with pool and Sauna. However, you will need a swimming cap for both as they have an EU certificate for cleanliness and want to keep it that way. the tourist information office is situated on the main thoroughfare down by the stream that runs through the centre of town. The only thing the place really lacks is shopping. Getting children's here clothes is a little difficult.

As for the locals, it's just like everywhere else in Ireland. Friendly, sociable, a great atmosphere and people who do what they can to assist. Some pubs in the town also have live music most evening. For those who have cars, there's a great drive south from Westport down to County Galway, stopping on route at various places on interest. Fantastic scenery too, as you drive through the Connemara National Park towards Clifton.

Overall, definitely a place to visit

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 helpful votes
“Wish I planned to stay in Westport longer--”
Reviewed October 7, 2010

Not oft on the list of "must sees" for Ireland, but when I go back, I would spend a week here. Aug. 2010, we stayed only one night and found the town charming in its geography/architecture, good food (The Helm), friendly and comfortable lodging (The Boulevard Guesthouse), great music (Matt Malloy's Pub) and lots of opportunity for hikes, bikes, fishing and the like that would keep one busy and active for a week.

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Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
26 helpful votes
“A great place on the West Coast of Ireland”
Reviewed September 26, 2010

Every year, I travel to Ireland. As part of my journey, I climb Croagh Patrick or part of the Holy Mountain and then I visit Campbell's Pub at the foot of the mountain. The former owner, Owen Campbell died not long ago and the place has been taken over by his nephew, Padraig Fitzpatrick. I think there is no better hospitality from a pub owner, in person, in all of Ireland than one can find at Campbell's Pub on the Westport-Louisburgh Road, overlooking Clew Bay. The scenery is spectacular. The Holy Mountain is an experience difficult to understand unless one has completed it. The Irish Famine Monument is gorgeous and a little spooky. But the very best is the experience at Campbell's Pub. The local's give a hearty welcome to strangers. They even help with car repairs. There is the loan of a good walking stick for people who will climb "the Reek". The parking is easy. And then, and then there are the people. The people at Campbell's are so exceptional, so warm, so sincere, so interested in the traveler, so accommodating that everyone will enjoy this experience. And the food is out of this world good. Thank you all at Campbell's Pub!!

Thank caseyboys
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Level 1 Contributor
1 review
1 helpful vote
“Westport a great little town”
Reviewed September 21, 2009

Westport is a great town for food, drink and adventure activities.

1 Thank mcging
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