Westport Tourism

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Westport is located to the south-east of Clew Bay in Ireland. Westport-known as ‘Cathair na Mart’in Irish means "stone fort of the beeves". The town’s layout was designed by James Wyatt in the late 1800s with Georgian architectural influences. The original town was situated to the west of its present location.

Westport’s layout belongs to the urban designs introduced by the Normans in the 13th century. The incorporation of the River Carrow within the town is one of the features which distinguishes the town’s layout from any other place in Ireland.

Interestingly enough, the town was also home to the infamous pirate chief Grace O’Malley during the 16th century.

Westport is known for its historic attractions. The famous pilgrimage of the Croagh Patrick lies almost 10 kilometres west of the town and is known for its summit where St. Patrick fasted for 40 days in 441 AD.

Traditionally, Westport inhabitants were known as ‘Coveys’- referring to the covey dialect which was exclusive to the town some decades ago. Calling Westport habitants ‘coveys’ today,however, is not preferred.

The 21st century Westport is vibrant with vivid distinction shown in its architecture, culture, lifestyle and beliefs. Today, the town has an active sport pulse and is best known for maintaining an old-world charm that somehow merges seamlessly with the changing times.

Tourists travelling to Westport will love the town for its sheer amiable vibe, history and popular annual festivals.

Westport Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Westport tips for your visit

  • When travelling to Westport, do try the Great Western Greenway Trail.
  • The town is not well-connected by busses. Do rent a car/ bike/bicycle to explore the town well.
  • Try the famous seafood dishes here, which is a signature dish in almost any restaurant in Westport.
  • The town has many family spots like museums, trails, horse-riding stables which are a must-visit.
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Facts and Stats for Westport*

  • Westport: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Westport for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Westport.

    • Burglary and Theft 37.5 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Car Stealing 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 25 (Low)
    • Attacks 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 62.5 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 62.5 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 62.5 (High)
  • Living in Westport - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 70.31 (High)
    • Climate Index 87.57 (Very High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 20 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 19.44 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Westport

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Westport

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.41 USD
    • International Movie per seat 9.92 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 41.1 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 91 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 62.62 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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