The phrase “hidden treasure” crops up frequently when talking about travel destinations. And who doesn’t dream of finding a hitherto undiscovered gem, in part just to be able to enjoy the sense of smug satisfaction about having unearthed somewhere special when sharing your discovery with others.
While it might be an over-used cliché there are many cases where it’s true, in fact I think Ireland has many hidden travel treasures that don’t make it on to the main tourist trails yet are well worth a visit. Of course the big advantage of hidden treasures is that they’re generally not swamped with tourists. And West Mayo is a case in point. This part of Mayo is extensive in its range of scenery, and breathtaking landscapes, as well as immense in its warm, welcoming hospitality to all visitors. This remote corner of Ireland with its Wild Atlantic coastline, Dark Skies, Majestic mountains and meandering rivers has an unparalleled splendour and natural beauty all its own.
Newport is a picturesque village on the shores of Clew Bay with many amenities and attractions for the visitor. Situated on the banks of the Black Oak river, Newport is only one hour’s drive from Ireland West Airport Knock. Only one hour’s drive from Ireland West Airport Knock, Newport is approx 15kms from Westport and Castlebar and has many visitor amenities and attractions. The area surrounding Newport is rich in history and archaeology with many places of visitor interest including the 15th century Burrishoole Abbey, Rockfleet Castle, once home to the legendary Gráinne Uaile (Grace O’Malley), and the ruins of the ancestral home of the late Princess Grace of Monaco just 3 miles outside Newport, overlooking the tranquil ‘Leg of Mutton’ lake.
Facilities in Newport include B&B and self-catering accommodation, coffee shops, restaurants, hotel and fast-food takeaway. Savour the atmosphere of traditional Irish music in some of the pubs in Newport at the weekends. The 42km Great Western Greenway from Westport through Newport to Achill is Irelands’ longest off road cycling and walking facility. Golf, fishing, sea-angling, hill-walking and numerous Blue Flag beaches are all within a short drive away.