Ireland’s Best Kept Secret

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In all the times I have been to Ireland, how did I never go to Westport before?
A gem of a town that reminds me of Newport Rhode Island, Kennebunkport, Maine and cute towns everywhere. Terrific food, great shopping, beautiful scenery and world class pubs with world class pints. We stayed in Westport on Thursday and Friday nite, before our weeklong stay in Clifden in the west.
We stayed at the Westport Coast Hotel and I would rate it a solid 4.5 on a 5 point scale, with 5 being highest. The location is out of this world. The hotel sits on the old quay in Westport, and has a number of cafés, shops and restaurants around within walking distance. Most people walk or drive back into town. It is also about 3 miles from Croagh Patrick, the holy mountain.
Beds great, hot, power showers, electric kettles, big thick duvets, all great. Rooms over car park …not so much. Satisfying and well cooked hot breakfast for hotel guests in the top floor restaurant, with panoramic views of the mountain and the sea. And it has THE best brown bread I have ever had!. I will be requesting the recipe, and on the final morning when I asked if I could buy a loaf, I was gifted one, no charge…my only directive was to enjoy the bread!

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Six degrees of separation for me and Westport.. My maternal great grandfather once walked all the way from his house to the quay to get a boat that would bring him to Cobh (Cove)and a ship to America. It is easily a 40 mike journey. The pier he left from, is the same quay the Westport hotel sits on today.


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