Get away from it all in Westport
By Maria Daly
Everyone knows the Westport of hen parties, traditional music, and general good craic. With its idyllic coastal location and that sense that you are a little bit off the beaten track, the Mayo town has always been a haven for those looking to escape for a weekend, forget about work and life, and indulge.
There are plenty of great hotels to stay in while exploring the west, but if you are looking for a holiday that allows you flexibility, comfort, and amazing views, then the Croagh Patrick Holidays Village is the best option. Offering newly built luxury homes right at the foot of Croagh Patrick, the holiday village makes for the perfect getaway whether you are looking for a family holiday, an adventure weekend, or even a hen party with a difference.
This self-catering accommodation in the picturesque village of Murrisk, just 10 minutes from Westport town, contains five holiday cottages. Situated between the foot of Croagh Patrick and the shores of Clew Bay, visitors are guaranteed a tranquil stay in luxury cottages in easy reach of the bustling town of Westport.
Murrisk is a self sufficient village and there are plenty of eating out and entertainment options around Croagh Patrick including the family run Tavern Bar and Restaurant which is a five-minute walk from the cottages. Run by Myles and Ruth O’Brien, the pub and restaurant is a mixture of fine dining and a friendly pub atmosphere that will have you coming back for more.
The food and service are exceptional, with friendly and accommodating staff offering delicious food whether you are looking for lunch, an early dinner, or something a little bit special from the á la carte menu.
If you are looking to embrace local seafood specialities the Tavern has a wide selection of fresh fish and shellfish including mouthwatering scallops, monkfish, sea bass, lobster, and prawns. They also have plenty of other mains available including steak, duck, chicken, and a variety of vegetarian pasta dishes, as well as delicious desserts and wines on the menu.
The bar menu is also extensive, with plenty of child friendly options and a decent range of sandwiches, lighter options, and hearty mains available.
The Tavern can create a special menu for you and your group and also offers outside catering if you don’t feel like playing chef on holidays.
Of course a holiday isn’t just about eating, drinking, and relaxing. For the more adventurous of you there’s no real excuse for not conquering Croagh Patrick while staying so close.
If climbing a mountain isn’t your thing there are plenty of other options on the west cost, many water-based. Try catching some waves with Surf Mayo (www.surf mayo.com), head west to Louisburgh and beyond and you’ll find some amazing beaches for long walks, swimming, or just generally looking at.
Of course, we are not all into climbing and swimming, and sometimes a holiday means relaxing as much as possible. If that’s your style look no further than Spa Sula at the Castlecourt Hotel in the heart of Westport. This luxury spa is the ultimate in indulgence; with plenty of luxury treatments, relaxation rooms, and state-of-the-art thermal suites Spa Sula allows you to escape from the world outside, leaving you feeling totally pampered and cared for.
Of course a weekend away in Mayo is not complete without a night of craic and ceol. There are plenty of pubs and clubs to choose from, including the famous Matt Molloy’s. But if you are looking for a pub that caters for all tastes, including great live music, DJs, and delicious cocktails, pop over to Henehan’s for a great night out.
For more information on The Tavern Bar and Restaurant call (098) 64060, or visit www.tavernmurrisk.com