Westport Break

CORK 3Whether you’re looking for a relaxing short break in the Irish countryside or a weekend shopping trip, myholidayireland.ie can help you make the right choice.

The following itinerary can be tailored to suit your specific needs.  We can offer activities such as golfing, water sports, shopping, sight seeing and horse riding to name a few.

The price does not include car hire.  It is also possible to book additional nights etc…  Please advise us of any requests you may have and we will endeavour to fulfil your wishes.

Westport is County Mayo’s premier tourist destination, popular with holiday makers from all over the world and Ireland, it is considered one of the liveliest and most charming towns in the west of Ireland.

Westport is also well known for sea-angling, and freshwater fishing is popular on nearby Loughs Mask and Carra, and on the Eriff river. Westport House and its Pirate Adventure Park attracts families, many of whom stay at the caravan and camping park which belongs to Westport House. Westport has an 18-hole golf course. A nearby 9-hole course has an attached guest accommodation.

 Day 1:   Westport House and Gardens       

Westport House & Grounds, first opened to the public is 1960, is one of Ireland’s best loved heritage attractions.  Having been family home to the Browne family for over 300 years, its roots trace back to Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connaught.  As you can imagine – this house has some story to tell.

Designed by the famous architects Richard Cassels James Wyatt and Thomas Ivory in the 18th Century, it is located west of the Shannon and is one of Irelands’ most beautiful historic homes open to the public.  It enjoys a superb parkland setting with lake, terraces, wonderful gardens and magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Clare Island and Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick. It was built and is still privately owned by the Browne family who are direct descendants of the 16th century Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley.

Overnight in Westport

Day 2:   Green Way Cycle / Achill              

The Great Western Greenway is a 42km long track for cyclists, walkers and runners which follows the route of the former Achill to Westport railway line. The Achill end of the Greenway starts at Achill Sound. In 2011 the Great Western Greenway was awarded the EDEN European Destination of Excellence Award for Sustainable Tourism.

Achill is a fantastic place for cycling. The island has three looped trails in the Achill Cycle Hub. It is also at one end of the magnificent new Great Western Greenway, a world-class 42km off-road cycle and walking trail that follows the route of the former Achill-Westport railway line. The Greenway starts/ends at Achill Sound.

Overnight in Westport

Day 3:   Killary Fjord / Kylemore Abbey    CORK2

Killary Harbour (An Caoláire Rua in Irish), located in Leenane, Connemara, Co. Galway, is Ireland’s only fjord. It forms a partial border between counties Galway and Mayo. It is 16 kilometres long and in the centre it is over 45 metres deep.

On its northern shore lies the mountain of Mweelrea, 817 metres high. Directly opposite, on the southern, Galway side and near the mouth of the fjord, lies the hamlet of Rossroe and the former An Óige youth hostel, now disused. This building was itself converted and extended for the purpose and was formerly a modest house which was used by Ludwig Wittgenstein, the famous philosopher, as a quiet place to write shortly after World War II. A plaque to this effect was unveiled by President Mary Robinson in 1993. Nearby lies the so-called Green Road, a rough road running along the side of the fjord back east towards Leenane at the head of the fjord. It stretches for approximately nine kilometres and was part of the famine relief program during the 19th century. Aquaculture is important locally with a salmon farm based at Rossroe while mussel rafts are a common sight more to the east.

Kylemore Abbey is the ideal destination for a day out in majestic Connemara at any time of year. Located about an hour’s drive from Galway City, a visit to Kylemore will rank as an unforgettable memory.

The dramatic landscape and iconic image of a gothic castle reflected in a Connemara lake has made Kylemore Abbey world-famous and it is now the largest tourist attraction in the west of Ireland.

Overnight in Westport

Price includes Accommodation for 3 nights, Breakfast Sightseeing as stated.

High season Prices from:

B&B accommodation       from €247.00 per person sharing a twin/double room.

3* Hotels                              from €366.00 per person sharing a twin/double room.

4* Hotels                               from €429.00 per person sharing a twin/double room.

5* Hotels                              from €571.00 per person sharing a twin/double room.

Single room rates available upon request.