Westport, one of our favourite places to unwind, this gem is a fantastic stopover on a tour of Ireland. It’s one of Ireland’s loveliest towns, offering scenes that look like they’ve been plucked straight out of a postcard. Pretty streets with multi-coloured buildings, flower-lined bridges and a charming market square set the scene. But one of the biggest reasons to add Westport to your West Ireland tour is the outstanding food and drink.
Tantalise your taste buds during an overnight stay, and enjoy authentic Irish cooking with local craft beers whilst watching live traditional Irish music acts. You’ll be sure to have a top night out or family meal here.
The Doris Brothers’ Bridge is named after the two brothers who founded Mayo News in 1892, and is one of the most iconic bridges to visit in the town. Be sure to bring a camera to take photos of the flowers in spring.
Photo: Pat O’Malley
Westport House is perhaps the town’s most well-known landmark and tourist attraction. This Georgian-era estate features a beautiful garden, a mini railway and a lake with pedalos.
Photo: Douglas Pfeiffer Cardoso
The nearby Lost Valley, part of the famous Famine Trail, is one of the most significant and stunning stretches of land. It’s an active working farm with animal feeding for kids, sheep dog demonstrations, sheep shearing and more.
Photo: Randy Durrum
Cycling on the Great Western Greenway Trail is great way to escape the bustle of city life if you’ve got time.
Photo: Tim Sackton
Matt Molloy’s Bar is the place to go for anyone spending the evening here. It’s a well-known spot for locals and tourists, with traditional music seven nights a week.
They say that Westport is fast becoming Ireland’s ‘adventure capital’, and it’s easy to see why with the choice of watersports and activities available on the shores of Clew Bay. There’s also a total of 365 islands nearby – that’s an island for every day of the year! The biggest island is Clare Island, which boasts a must-visit Blue Flag beach and a quay with cafes and restaurants. Other islands worth a ferry ride are Collanmore Island, Stony Island and Cahernaran Island.
Back on dry land, the town of Westport is one of the best places to enjoy a walking tour. The banks of the River Carrowbeg, which runs through it, are known as The Mall. All along here, you will find a good walking path and plenty of benches to take in the views.
The main High Street is an excellent area for shopping. Use the Clock Tower as your meeting point, and spend the day exploring the town centre. You’ll find some great boutiques and independent shops for picking up souvenirs. The buildings are very colourful, so even if you’re just window shopping you’ll have so much fun.
Westport’s beautiful bridges are not to be missed during your stroll and when you’re ready to sit down and refuel, there’ll be plenty of coffee shops to choose from. For foodies, the town is also one of the top culinary destinations in County Mayo.
The restaurant scene is thriving, so turn up hungry. As it’s a coastal town, you can expect the seafood to be excellent. But the options are also ample for meat lovers and veggies too. From the freshest mussels and the tastiest Hake fish to classic Irish Dexter beef and the heartiest soda breads, your taste buds will be taken on a gastronomical journey. And with so many cosy pubs and music bars to choose from, the nightlife will not disappoint.
Like so many of our favourite destinations in Ireland, the warmer months can be a good time to visit. June has highs of 17°C, whilst July and August see highs of 19°C or higher. During the peak season, lows rarely go below 10°C so you won’t have to worry about packing any woollens (just a few layers for the evenings).
The summer is very popular with the promise of better weather, but that certainly doesn’t mean that winter is a write-off. Towns like Westport have a great atmosphere during the festive season. Christmas Markets are a major attraction in County Mayo, and traditional lights decorate Westport town centre.
Other events throughout the year in Westport include the arts and culture celebratory event of Mayo Day (May), the Mayo Choral Festival (May), the Westport Sea Angling Festival (June), the Westport Food Festival (June), Westport Arts Festival (September), and Oktober Fest West at Westport House (October). No matter what time of year you decide to visit, there’s always something going on.
Photo: Sean Rowe
Most of our featured tours include a walking tour of Westport town centre, a guided tour of Westport House, and an overnight stay in stylish accommodation hand-picked by our team. You can explore the whole of Ireland’s Wild West and beyond, including tourist hotspots such as Galway, The Cliffs of Moher, Connemara National Park, the Aran Islands, Sligo, Ardara and Donegal.
You can also combine your Westport tour with a visit to Londonderry and the Giant’s Causeway in the North, or embark on our Ultimate Tour for a 10 day adventure around the entire Irish coastline.
Alternatively, you can create your own bespoke holiday itinerary, combining a stopover in Westport with any other destination you desire.
Join us as we visit many of Ireland’s best loved landmarks and off the beaten track hidden gems.
Overland Jewel is a relaxed style tour that focuses on authentic experiences that capture the real Ireland.
Think castles, picture perfect villages, epic scenery and allow us to introduce you to our friends and partners throughout the country.
Enjoy very light activity including walking tours and kayaking (which is optional). Jewel Tours are perfect for going at a smoother pace.
This is Ireland unfiltered!
Welcome to Ireland’s wilder side!
Put a bit of zing into your Ireland adventure with Overland Zest.
This is for those who want the perfect mix of a relaxed style tour with some activities included to bring up the thrill factor.
Our activities range from hiking, kayaking, surfing, biking and much more.
In fact, if there is something that we have not listed but you would love to do just let us know and we can organise from there.
Relax… we’ve got the adventure covered.
There are fewer towns as picturesque as Westport, with such a great atmosphere and friendly locals to make you feel welcome. That’s why it’s one of our top places to stay overnight, and we love taking our guests here for amazing food and drink. If you’re looking for an authentic Irish experience with a beautiful bay and plenty of outdoor fun, make sure you include Westport in your next tour.
It’s also conveniently close to some of the nation’s famous attractions such as Connemara, The Famine Trail, and the Great Western Greenway. Making it the perfect base to go exploring. Book a tour with us or create your own bespoke travel itinerary and get in touch today.
Where do I start? We traveled as a small private group along the coast of Ireland. Marie, our guide, and Tony (our driver) were absolutely amazing. They were accommodating and were quick to fill space and adjust plans as weather permitted. They became family by the end of our trip.
They brought us to the perfect spot to visit the Cliffs of Moher. It was unique because it felt more like we were locals taking in the picturesque view while other tour buses were crammed by the visiting drop off. This impressed me because it proved they knew what they were doing.
One of my favorite stops was a food tour that Marie suggested adding because we had time. They were great at keeping the group timely and managed without making it feel rushed our overly controlling.
I’ve traveled to Ireland several times but definitely saw the most on this trip. We made 4-5 stops in over a week’s time and never once did I feel exhausted from traveling. If you are thinking about a visit- I’d highly recommend Overland Tours.
Tiffany – TripAdvisor Review
I can’t say enough good things about Overland Ireland. Our guides Ryan and Marie were great, and left us with memories of Ireland that will last a lifetime (and I cannot overlook Clodagh, who answered all of my questions thoroughly before our trip). I would rank this particular trip as one of the finest vacations of our lives, and recommend it to just about anyone.
Sean – TripAdvisor Review