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1. THE GREENWAY – A FEAST FOR THE EYES

THE GREENWAY – A FEAST FOR THE EYES

The Great Western Greenway is an old disused train line which was converted to an off road cycling track and officially opened in 2011. It starts in our favourite place to live, Westport, and ends in Achill Island. It passes through two small towns, Newport and Mulranny and the whole journey is without a doubt a feast for the eyes. Each section of the track offers it’s own unique landscape. From Westport to Newport you pass over rivers and bridges and it has a slightly woodland feel about it while as you move onto the Newport to Muranny section it is wide open fields and greenery as far as the eyes can see. Finally as you get closer to the Achill Island you reach the coastal part of the journey, overlooking the Wild Atlantic as you finish up in Achill. Now were not going to lie, it’s one heck of a cycle, 42km is still a decent ride so be prepared.

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2. CROAGH PATRICK – WHERE YOUR CERTAIN TO FEEL…

CROAGH PATRICK – WHERE YOUR CERTAIN TO FEEL BLESSED!

Croagh Patrick (AKA the Reek) is a 764 metre (2507ft) Mountain. It is considered the holiest mountain in Ireland and is well known for its annual pilgrimage in honour of St. Patrick on the last Sunday in July. It was on the summit of the mountain that St. Patrick fasted for 40 days in 441 AD and the custom of climbing the “Reek” has been passed from generation to generation ever since. It is a tough climb and can be very dangerous particularly towards the top, where it’s very steep so if you are adding this one to your must-do-list we highly recommend, wearing the right clothing and footwear, bring someone with you and take your time. However when you get to the top it is simply breath-taking, you are not only filled with a sense of achievement but on a good day the views from the top overlook all of Clew Bay is simply exceptional and well worth the climb.

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3. CLEW BAY HERITAGE CENTRE – EMBRACE OUR HERITAGE

CLEW BAY HERITAGE CENTRE – EMBRACE OUR HERITAGE

The Clew Bay heritage centre is located at the Quay in Westport in a 19th century building. The centre traces the history of the planned town from Pre-Christian times to Present. It is filled with local artefacts, documents and old photographs of Westport and the surrounding towns and villages, through the years. My personal favourite is the school section with books dating back to the 1890’s.

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4. WESTPORT HOUSE

WESTPORT HOUSE

Westport House simply has something for everyone, it’s located in Westport Town and set in 40acres of stunning gardens . The House itself dates back to the 1500’s when the Pirate Queen of Connacht, Grace O’Malley reigned here in one of her many castles. The house tours are usually delivered by Biddy, she is simply a wealth of knowledge on the house and it’s history. The grounds of Westport house are stunning, manicured gardens are free to the public for a stroll or a wander, the camping facilities are second to none and the activities including the Pirate Adventure park, Westport train tour, birds of prey centre and the gardens, ensure you are never at a loose end!! It will take you a day to take it all in, so clear your schedule folks your in for a good time!

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5. STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING – BELLY FULL OF…

STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING – BELLY FULL OF LAUGHS

Living on the coast, trying all sorts of water activities (when the weather permits) is a must! So Paddle boarding was on our agenda for a while so when the sun shone, we simply had to try it, I will admit I haven’t fully mastered it… yet, but I’ve had a belly full of laughs giving it try. It’s a brilliant day out and one of our favourite activities to do in the town.

We hope you enjoy our top picks and your stay in Westport don’t forget to pop into us here at the towers we would love to see you on your visit to our favourite place to live!