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The magnetic draw of Westport and the surrounding area can be ascribed to the sheer range of attractions, activities and different types of holiday which are on offer from the one central location on County Mayo’s gorgeous west coast – and rest assured the range of accommodation on offer perfectly reflects the multiplicity of different visitor interests.
Whether you’re primarily interested in surfing or boating, international-class cuisine, cosy bars or hiking to the top of Croagh Patrick – or a combination of all these pleasures – a hotel is sure to be available to suit your individual requirements.
Some of the most modern and sophisticated hotels in Westport cluster in the historic centre, where the Carrowbeg River flows through this friendly town – these are worth seeking out by visitors who want to be at the heart of the action for dining, drinking, music, shopping and nightlife.
That said, the options of staying a little way out of town or down towards Westport House and the Quay area will still leave you with easy access to the centre, as Westport was built on a very human scale.
A good percentage of accommodation is to be found towards the trendy Quay area, dotted with desirable restaurants and shops, where the views out over Clew Bay are certain to make your stay a memorable one.
Former mill buildings on the bay-front parade have been converted into luxury accommodation, and several hotels offering an array of pampering and fitness amenities – gyms, saunas and spas, even swimming pools – at just a little over the average cost of a room. Overlooking the Bay, hilltop country house hotel accommodation will suit those visiting Westport for a carefree, laid-back holiday.
Leading from the old town to the front, Quay Road boasts an impressive choice of guesthouses, B&Bs and trusted chain hotels. This one road alone can cater for every price range, within easy reach of the centre for those seeking out luxury, comfort and culture, while younger visitors and families drawn to town for the Blue Flag beaches, water sports and surfing will find simpler accommodation that meets their needs.
For those considering when to book a hotel in Westport, it is important to bear in mind the local importance of Reek Sunday – the the last Sunday in July – when tens of thousands of pilgrims from around the world converge on Croagh Patrick, the holy mountain overlooking Clew Bay. Of course, this is equally vital information whether you’re trying to steal a march on the crowds, or neatly avoid them!
May sees Westport host its Traditional Irish Music Festival, while the Clare Island Annual Yacht Race takes place at the beginning of June, simultaneous with the Festival of The Pirate Queen. June brings folk and bluegrass to town, September means Chamber Music and the annual highlight Food Festival – and all year round there are walking, cycling and running events.