Westport cannot be beaten for family activities. For each member of the family there is something to occupy them. Adventure sports, cycling, walking, culture, history, shopping and family fun are all there for you in and around the town. Westport is unique for families as it retains its small town, west of Ireland friendliness with a buzz of activity.
Adventure and the great outdoors:
Westport has become the adventure hub of Ireland and has a magnificent location tucked between mountains and sea to facilitate this. There are numerous adventure providers in Westport town and the surrounding area offering a range of land and water based activities. Activities include rockclimbing, archery, zipwire, kayaking, surfing, snorkelling, windsurfing, coasteering, stand up paddleboarding and others. There is huge choice and so much to do all year round.
Westport House www.westporthouse.ie/adventure-activity
Adventure West www.adventurewest.ie
Adventure Islands www.theadventureislands.com
Killary Adventure Company www.killaryadventure.com
Delphi Adventure Resort www.delphiadventureresort.com
Surf Mayo www.surfmayo.com
Clew Bay SUP www.clewbaysup.com
Summer SUP www.summersup.ie
Other family activities and attractions:
Great Western Greenway
A cycling and walking track between Westport and Achill, a distance of 42km, it meanders through quiet rural areas along the Mayo coast. A number of companies in Westport hire bicycles and offer shuttle bus transfers to and from points along the route.
Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park
Visit the historic house built in 1650 on the ruins of one of Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley’s castles or enjoy family fun at the Pirate Adventure Park with rides, swings, slides and much more. There is also a Birds of Prey Centre and the Train Tour of Westport town. www.westporthouse.ie
Achill is an outdoor activity paradise. It has everything you could want – magnificent beaches (a number of which are Blue Flag), lakes, mountains and soaring cliffs. www.achilltourism.com
Located close to the town centre the Wild West Indoor Play Village is both fun and educational. Parking is free and it is open 7 days a week all year round. www.thewildwest.ie
Horkan’s Garden Centre and Pet Farm
A great family attraction with restaurant and pet store as well as a pet farm open during certain dates in August only. www.horkans.ie
There are beaches to suit every activity in this part of Co Mayo. The closest Blue Flag beach is Bertra which is located at Murrisk, near the pathway to Croagh Patrick. It is ideal for walking or swimming and provides sweeping views of the mountain. Other Blue Flag Beaches are to be found at Carrowmore near Louisburgh (approximately 20 minute drive from Westport) as well as on Clare Island and Achill Island.
The Westport Woods Hotel & Spa’s own horse riding centre offering beach and mountain treks to all levels of rider. Our horses are well-schooled home-bred horses and with our expert guides you will get to discover the foothills of Croagh Patrick and sweeping beaches on the Atlantic coast. .