Westport is a charming little port town in Mayo County. Colourful streets, lively squares and cosy Irish pubs are the order of the day. You will immediately fall under the spell of this human-sized, young, dynamic and particularly festive town. Westport is also the place where many festivals and other cultural events are held.
Westport takes its name from the Gaelic Cathair na Mart which means “City of Oxen” in connection with its agricultural past, and its specialisation in cattle breeding. Situated south of Clew Bay, (a truly beautiful bay), the town is strategically located close to many other tourist attractions, making it a delight for visitors wishing to explore the surrounding area it has to travel too many miles. Among the nearest sites we can count :
With its location and nearby tourist attractions, Westport enjoys an excellent reputation with tourists. It’s a great place to spend a few days. It officially has a population of only 5,000 people, which makes it a fairly modest town, which has been able to preserve its warmth and authenticity: the Irish are welcoming and warm and do not hesitate to play the game with tourists.
Westport is above all situated at the foot of a bay, and therefore benefits from a charming little fishing port, where you can naturally go for a walk. The place is charming and will make you want to go out to sea. But the city does not stop there, and also offers to its visitors Irish Pubs where music reigns supreme: it will not be rare to come across music groups playing in these pubs, in a good-natured atmosphere, a pint on the table in front of them. Don’t miss Matt Molloy’s, a legendary pub owned by Matt Molloy, one of the members of the Chieftains.
On the accommodation side, the town is full of B&Bs and hotels in good locations. Accommodation options range from very economical to very expensive. In any case, we advise you to book in advance: reservations are in high demand in this tourist city!
Westport is also a city on the move, with many festivals throughout the year, ranging from simple music festivals to horse races and seafood tastings!