Westport has been listed in Condé Nast Traveler’s list of top Irish destinations.
The West Mayo town makes it into the Top 12 at No 11, with the prestigious travel magazine describing the town as “handsome” with “cheerfully painted buildings” and “drenched in flowers”.
“With its neat planned Georgian streets and octagonal marketplace, Westport seems to have been designed with ambitious growth in mind. Luckily, it remains pint-sized in scale, with a mini-grid layout that’s defined by the Carrowbeg River. Handsome, cheerfully painted buildings, drenched in flowers, lure visitors to a number of fine-dining options, or to experience the traditional music scene at Matt Molloy’s pub.
“Westport is the trailhead for the Great Western Greenway – an ocean-view walking and cycling trail that links the town to magnificent Achill Island.”
Stating that each of their chosen picks is “as remarkable for their setting as their character”, places all across Ireland were mentioned in the list. Here’s what the travel experts at Condé Nast had to say:
“Ireland’s beautiful villages and small towns, with their clusters of whitewashed cottages, mossy churchyards and low-rafter pubs that still sell groceries along with a pint of stout, are living time capsules of the past.”
Claiming that places are often discovered “around the bend of a road over a high plain or at the foot of a hilly lane”, the top 12 is as follows:
- Kinsale, Co Cork
- Roundstone, Co Galway
- Inistioge, Co Kilkenny
- Doolin, Co Clare
- Adare, Co Limerick
- Baltimore, Co Cork
- Dalkey, Co Dublin
- Dingle, Co Kerry
- Cashel, Co Tipperary
- Dunmore East, Co Waterford
- Westport, Co Mayo
- Birr, Co Offaly