Clew Bay is a natural ocean bay situated on the Wild Atlantic Way in County Mayo. It contains many islands, Some say there is one for every day of the year. The bay is overlooked by Croagh Patrick, Ireland's Holy Mountain where St. Patrick spent the forty days of Lent in 441 AD in prayer and fasting for the people of Ireland, and as tradition relates, cast a spell repeatedly down it's slopes to drive out the snakes and other repellent creatures from Ireland forever. Lying just offshore, at the mouth of Clew Bay, is the magnificent clare Island, the stronghold and headquarters of Grainne Uaile (Grace O'Malley), the legandary Irish Pirate queen who terrorised English, Spanish and husbands alike along the west coast of Ireland in the 1500's.
Located at the south-west corner of Clew Bay is the award winning town of Westport which has won the "Irish Tidy Towns Competition" three time in 2001, 2006 and 2008. In 2013 it was deemed the "Best Place To Live In Ireland" and the "Best Large Town" by The Irish Times. It has a gracious town centre in the Georgian Architectural style and is one of the few planned towns in Ireland. The planning of the town by James Wyatt in 1780 was commissioned by Lord Sligo of the stately home Westport House, as a place for his workers and tenants to live. Among the picturesque features of the town are it's tree-lined, flower decorated promenade (The Mall) and several stone bridges over the Carrowbeg River.
SEE AND DO
Clew Bay is a top class activity hub and a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. There are also many places of historical interest in the area. For more information visit : www.destinationwestport.com
HOW TO GET HERE
Distance from Airports
Belfast : 306 kms, 190 miles, 4 hours by car
Dublin : 267 kms, 165 miles, 3 hours and 35 minutes by car
Shannon : 201kms,125 miles, 2 hours by car
Knock : 55 kms, 40 miles, 50 minutes by car
Return Airport Transfers Per Vehicle (up to 8 people)
Dublin : €1200 Shannon : €750 Knock : €250
Train from Dublin (Heuston) direct to Westport. Visit: www.irishrail.ie
Bus from Dublin, Shannon, Knock. Visit: www.buseireann.ie
Free pickup and drop off from Westport Train Station and Bus Depot