The Harbour - Westport - County Mayo
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Westport, County Mayo

Westport is special; the essence of Ireland’s magical west. Nestling safe at the foot of towering Croagh Patrick, overlooking Clew Bay and its enchanting islands, the town weaves its spell around everyone it meets.

Westport, located at the south-east corner of Clew Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean on the west coast of Ireland in County Mayo, designed in the 18th Century by James Wyatt was one of the few planned towns in Ireland. Once commissioned by Lord Sligo of the stately Westport House, as a place for his workers and tenants to live, today Westport is one of Ireland's major tourist destinations. The town has many picturesque features, most notably its tree-lined, flower decorated, boulevard known as The Mall with several stone bridges over the Carrowbeg river.

The famous mountain Croagh Patrick, one of Europe's best known places of Pilgrimage, presents a striking backdrop to the town. This mountain, 10 km west of the town, provides a tough ascent for thousands of pilgrims each year, many of whom climbbarefoot in memory of St. Patrick, who spent forty days and fortynights fasting on the summit more than 1,500 years ago. There is a smallchurch at the summit of the mountain and climbers can enjoy magnificent views of Clew Bay, with its enchanting islands - reputedly one for every day of theweek. Westport was awarded the coveted title of Ireland's Tidiest Town in 2001, 2006, and 2008.

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