WESTPORT iS AN AWARD WINNING TOWN
2001 Ireland's Tidiest Town
2003 Ireland's Best Kept Town
2004 Entente Florale Gold Medal
2005 Ireland's Best Kept Town
2006 Ireland's Tidiest Town
2007 Pride of Place Award/Communities in Bloom International Award
2008 Ireland's Tidiest Town
2009 Winner of Green Destination and Winner of Five Blooms
2012 Ireland's Tidiest Town
2012 Irish Times – Best Place to Live
2012 Winner of Retail Excellence Award
Irelands Tidiest Large Town 2015
Tidy Towns Gold Medal 2015
Tidy Town County Award 2015
Tidy Towns Sustainability Award for Edible Landscape Project 2015
Purple Flag Award 2015 & 2016, Irish Water Award, European Sports Tourism Award
WESTPORT TO CELEBRATE ITS 250TH BIRTHDAY IN 2017
The design for the Westport was commissioned in the 1780s by the John Browne of the nearby stately home, Westport House, as a place for his workers and tenants to live. The village of Westport originally consisted of thatched cabins and was situated on the front lawn of Westport House with a high street and little alleys leading down to the Carrowbeg River and a population of around 700. In the mid 18th century Sir John Browne decided to relocate the village 1500m inland to its current position and contracted the architect William Leeson to plan the town. A proposal announcing the new town of Westport appeared in the Dublin Journal, March 1767. Westport originates and gets its name, in Irish, from a 16th-century castle--Cathair na Mart (meaning: The Stone Fort of the Beeves or The City of The Fairs)--and surrounding settlement, belonging to the powerful local seafaring Ó Máille Clan, who controlled the Clew Bay area, then known as Umaill. Westport is designated as a heritage town and is unusual in Ireland in that it is one of only a few planned towns in the country The design of the town is attributed to James Wyatt, an English architect. He also completed Westport House, the stately home of the Marquess of Sligo and designed its dining room. Westport House had originally been built by Richard Cassels, the German architect, in the 1730s, near the site of the original Ó Máille Castle. The most notable feature of James Wyatt's town plan is the tree-lined boulevard, the Mall, built on the Carrowbeg River In January 2008, Westport became Google Earth's first fully 3D town, allowing virtual visitors stroll through the streets whilst sitting at their computers.
Croagh Patrick back drop to Westport
Croagh Patrick (Irish: Cruach Phádraig, meaning "(Saint) Patrick's Stack"),[ nicknamed the Reek,[ is a 764 metres (2,507 ft) mountain and an important site of pilgrimage in County Mayo in Ireland. It is 8 kilometres (5 mi) from Westport, above the villages of Murrisk and Lecanvey. It is the third highest mountain in County Mayo after Mweelrea and Nephin. It is climbed by pilgrims on Reek Sunday every year, which is the last Sunday in July. It forms the southern part of a U-shaped valley created by a glacier flowing into Clew Bay in the last Ice Age. Croagh Patrick is part of a longer east-west ridge; the westernmost peak is called Ben Gorm.
Westport is nestled of Clew Bay
Westport is nestled around the shores of Clew Bay which hosts 365 islands and inlets. Westport is a popular angling centre providing ample opportunities for sea fishing on Clew Bay and game and coarse fishing on numerous nearby loughs and rivers. Clew Bay itself is an internationally recognised sea angling centre hosting many sea fishing competitions each year and it is renowned for being the best venue for common skate fishing in the country and holds the Irish record for a 160 lb white skate. It is also considered one of the best venues for tope, huss and ray
Westport in partnership with The Wild Atlantic Way
From the wind-whipped tip of Malin Head to the safe haven of Kinsale Harbour, wrap yourself in the wilderness of the west coast of Ireland on the world's longest defined coastal touring route. The Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational journey of soaring cliffs and buzzing towns and cities, of hidden beaches and epic bays. So whether you drive it from end-to-end, or dip into it as the mood strikes, it's going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Westport is part of The World Great Western Greenway, in the West of Ireland
Escape the bustle of urban life on the 42km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Westport. The World Class Great Western Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937.