Visiting Ireland – Plan for Westport
If you have decided to come to Ireland for your holidays you will be faced with the job of planning what you want to see and do while in Ireland. Some tourists want to see all of Ireland in the time-frame of the one week they have, which also includes the 2 days travel coming to and leaving Ireland, so for the most they have 5 days to see it all. On the other hand, if you have the 10 days or the full two weeks your plan will end up visiting places for a few days here and there and having a better time than the rushed experience of others.
Living in one of the most beautiful places in Ireland on the West coast in the town of Westport which has been voted the best place to live in Ireland I would like to welcome you to spend a few days of your holidays in our region taking in the beautiful scenery and relaxing in Westport.
Probably you will land at Dublin airport rent a car and take off or spend a few days seeing the capital city, my advice, leave this until you are going home so you have the car handed back and not having to pay for the extra days hire or expensive parking around the capital city and you are not far from the airport on the last day.
So, head for the country. There are lots of places there that are termed hotspots, must-see.
Beauty abounds, from Giants causeway in Antrim, to Slieve Leigue in Donegal, the highest cliffs you can see from your car (the highest Sea Cliffs in Ireland are in our region on Achill Island) to Yeats’ grave in Sligo, onto Mayo.
Day Trips in the Westport Area
Stay in the historic town of Westport for a few days as it is a central location and an ideal base for visiting this popular town, Achill Island and the cliffs and all the natural beauty of the area, a full day trip which ends up in Keem Bay.
Another day trip is the beaches out to Louisburgh taking in the Delphi Valley, the Lost Valley, onto Leenaune where the film “The Field” was made onto Connemara via Ashleagh Falls, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara National Park, all within a half-hour to an hour from Westport. Beautiful country plenty of scenery take your time, eat on the road in lots of watering holes and cafés
In Westport you have Croagh Patrick to climb, Irelands holy mountain 5 to 6 hours for those used to climbing, Westport House to visit, championship golf course to play, Matt Molloy’s of Chieftain fame to visit for a pint and lots of fantastic restaurants/pubs to dine and have a drink in you will often bump into Matt himself playing on the flute at the bar while staying at Glenderan BB.
The Great Western Greenway
The Great Western Greenway, Irelands first safe off-road cycleway/walkway all 42 km to Achill Island. Leave your car in our car park at the bed and Breakfast hire a bike, (it can be delivered to our door), joining the greenway 600 meters from the BB and cycle from Westport Quay to as far as you like, renting a bike in Westport Town if you wish and arrange a pickup with them in either Newport, Mulranny, Achill, or Keem bay if you cannot cycle the return journey. Plenty of places to stop off and snack, eat or have a pint on the way. All the time you are not rushing but having a relaxing time.
Plenty of Spas in the hotels of Westport to soothe the body, and while you stay at Glenderan BB you have free access to the Leisure Centre at the Beech Club sauna, Gym, Swimming pool etc. Loads of localised walks to do before or after breakfast taking in the coast and the sea on your way.
Another suggestion is half a day 14 miles to our National museum at Turlough House 4, floors showing old heritage and the old way of life in Ireland. On to Horkan’s garden centre where you can have lunch and a stroll around the plants and then onto the Foxford Woollen Mills to see how they make their fabulous woollen rugs and scarves.
There are lots of other things to do and see in our area from Fishing, both Deep Sea from Westport Harbour 700 meters walk from our BB, to river fishing on the many rivers in the area. Or you can enjoy Sailing or Wind Surfing, or visit one of our offshore islands Clare Island home to the Pirate Queen, boats twice a day to and from leaving from Roonagh Pier beyond Louisburgh or Innis Boffin.
Another day trip of note is to visit North Mayo where you will find the world-renown Ceide fields, Ballycroy National Park,
All in all, you will not be disappointed if you spend a few days or longer in Westport, one of the nicest parts of Ireland. Ring us or e-mail and we will help you make your itinerary there are not many parts of Ireland the are not known to us here in Glenderan BB.
While you are a guest at our BB you will sleep on deeper quilted orthopaedic RESPA mattresses giving you a more comfortable restful sleep. Get up in the morning and have an invigorating shower, tuck into a freshly cooked Irish or Continental breakfast which will set you up for the day ahead. Check your e-mails on our free wi-fi and head off on whatever journey you have planned for that day. Enjoy.