About Westport Town
Westport is a bustling town, largish by local standards, yet countryside can be seen at the end of all its streets. The town is one of the few planned settlements in Ireland, built in 1780 for Peter Browne, second Earl of Altamont, as an adjunct to Westport House. It still benefits from a certain 18th century dignity and style. Bridge Street and James Street lead to The Mall, attractively lined with lime trees, which follows both banks of the canalised river Carrowbeg through town.
There is much to see and do both in and around Westport and its surrounding areas. One of the more popular sites is the black conical hill Croagh Patrick. The hill is one of Ireland’s most sacred sites. It is widely believed that St. Patrick climbed to the summit and spent the whole 40 days of Lent in the year AD441. For the adventurous, there is a path that ascends to the summit to boast a magnificent view.
For those wishing to take in a leisurely game of golf, there is nearby Clew Bay Golf Course. The course is located in an outstanding scenic area with magnificent views of Clew Bay, its islands and Croagh Patrick.