“What a wonderful exchange we did with Caroline and Kieran's house! Westport where the house is located is a really great place to visit Connemara, one of the famous location in Ireland. So many many things to see and to do with or without children (on foot, on bike, by car). We were so happy to visit the great green island and ... to rest at Caroline and Kieran's house which is so cosy! It has a wonderful view on Groagh Patrick mountain and the Westport bay. Everything is in this house, very well maintained! Caroline, Kieran and the children are so kind. And this is a very important point. This family is so welcoming; we met at the beginning of the holidays, we talk many times with pleasure. Caroline wrote all recommendations we need to have a great time around Westport, it was perfect. We warmly recommend exchanging with Caroline and Kieran. Don't hesitate, Ireland is a wonderful country with wonderful people. Thank you all to do such a great exchange with us.”
West coast of Ireland. Panoramic views!
West coast of Ireland. Panoramic views!
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The town of Westport is a seaside town and is situated at the foot of Ireland's holy mountain, Croagh Patrick. It is one of the most popular tourist towns in Ireland. It is a very beautiful place with a population of 4000 people and has the prestigious title of "Ireland's tidiest town" and winner of the gold medal in the European Entente Florale Competition to its credit. In 2012, Westport was winner of the Irish Times "Best Place to Live".
There are 5 blue flag beaches within 10 miles of the town. These beaches are ideal for all outdoor enthusiasts with many opportunities for surfing, sailing and kayaking. The nearest beach has fabulous dunes which are great for those interested in running and keeping fit!
There are numerous good restaurants and 6 recommended hotels, many of which have spa resorts, in the town. The night-life in Westport is excellent as there are lots of good pubs, many of which have free nightly entertainment. There is also a cinema, with 4 screens, and a large leisure centre.
Westport House is a stately house open to the public. There are activities for all ages here. An Adventure Centre based here can organise many water-based activities for those anxious to try their hand at windsurfing, surfing, etc. All equipment will be provided. Check out their website http://www.westporthouse.ie/
Westport is an ideal base from which to discover the West of Ireland. 30 mins to Achill Island, 15 mins to Croagh Patrick, 10 mins to award winning blue flag beach, 5 mins to Championship Golf Course, 1hr boat trip to Clare Island, 1hr to Galway City, 1hr to Clifden. Also nearby is Ashford Castle (a 40min drive) where many wealthy and famous people stay. A falconry school here is well worth a visit.
There are numerous walks and trails around the area. The Greenway (an off-road walk/cycle way) connects Westport with Achill (http://www.greenway.ie). This is a lovely family activity for all sports enthusiasts. Climbing Croagh Patrick is also a must!
For those interested in golf, there are several courses and links nearby. Feel free to use our golf clubs!
Knock airport is a 45 min drive away. It is a small airport, but is served by Ryanair, with many cheap flights from European destinations. Alternatively, Shannon airport is a 2.5 hour drive, or Dublin Airport, a 3.5 hour drive.
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