Westport – A Town For All Seasons
The town of Westport is located on the shores of the Clew Bay, surrounded by incredibly beautiful countryside and the majestic Croagh Patrick. Its origin dates back to 1780 when James Wyatt, commissioned by the Lord Sligo of the nearby stately home, Westport House, designed the town centre in Georgian architectural style, incorporating the Carrowbeg River into its composition.
The Carrowbeg River, canalised by low stone walls, several stone bridges and attractive tree lined promenades (The Mall), remains centre stage of the picturesque and vibrant town of Westport today.
The town nowadays is a busy, cosmopolitan market town with an excellent choice of accommodation, a diverse range of shops, boutiques, gift shops, award winning restaurants and numerous traditional pubs. As one of Ireland’s most popular and holiday destinations, there is a wide variety of attractions and places to visit in Westport for visitors of all ages.
The Heart of Westport is strong vibrant community with a great sense of civic pride and volunteerism. Westport is the recipient of many Environmental Awards, at National and International levels, including Overall Tidy Towns winner in 2001, 2006 and 2008, Entente Florale Gold Medal in 2004, Communities in Bloom International Winner (5 Blooms)2007 and 2009 and Green Hospitality Award – Winner Green Destination 2008.
In 2012, Westport was the recipient of “The Irish Times Best Place to Live in Ireland Award”, chosen because it is “a community of people working together to make the best of the town’s many advantages.”
The town of 5,500 claims a staggering 97 voluntary associations and that community spirit is likewise generously extended to the stranger, who according to psychologist and author Dr. Maureen Gaffney, “would have a tremendous chance of integrating . . .”