Get walking this winter.
As the calendar flips to a new year, there’s no better time to embrace the crisp January air and embark on a refreshing stroll through the beautiful grounds of Westport House.
With its unique blend of history, nature, and enchantment, here’s five things to keep an eye out for during your walk of the grounds at Westport House:
1. The Lake
Starting your walk of the grounds via Hotel Westport?
One of the first things you’ll encounter is the serene, manmade lake.
At one point in time, the waves of the Atlantic Ocean would gently lap against the very doors of Westport House itself. To ingeniously manage this natural force, the picturesque lake was crafted, diverting the water and transforming the landscape.
The glimmer of winter sun reflecting off the lake during a January walk of the grounds is truly a beautiful sight.
2. Fairy Houses
As you continue your walk through the grounds, you may spot some charming miniature houses and doors whimsically gracing our trees and scenery.
These enchanting habitats are fairy houses where all sorts of magical winged things live and frolic!
In Irish folklore, fairies, are mystical beings deeply woven into the fabric of Celtic mythology thought to possess magical powers and a profound connection to nature.
3. Grace O’Malley Statue
Pause and pay homage to the legendary Grace O’Malley, the fearless pirate queen whose spirit resonates through Westport House.
The bronze Grace O’Malley statue that stands proudly on the walkway towards the House is a great tribute to one of our leading female figures on the Estate.
The statue stands tall, capturing the essence of her strength and determination.
4. The Oak Door
Continue your leisurely stroll and make a delightful pit stop at The Oak Door, where you can savour more than just a cup of coffee.
The Oak Door is also famous for it’s gourmet, sourdough toasties. From our classic 3 cheese to a slow cooked beef brisket or a traditional ham and cheese, our expertly crafted toasties have been luxuriously designed with fresh sourdough, gooey melted cheese, the finest meat cuts and masterfully chosen sauces and relishes.
Plus all toasties are served with skin-on-fries – that’s lunch sorted!
5. New Adventure Park
As you amble along, you’ll likely catch sight of vibrant green hoarding concealing intriguing structures, offering a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come during your stroll.
This space is on the brink of a thrilling transformation into the future home of our brand-new outdoor Adventure Park. Anticipate an adrenaline-packed experience featuring ziplines, aerial trekking, a giant swing, slides, and Ireland’s largest Net Park.
Set against the picturesque backdrop of our quarry and historical Estate, our upcoming Adventure Park is is set to become one of the best in Mayo!
Opening in spring 2024, there’s no long to wait for the opening of this amazing Adventure Park – keep an eye on our socials for the latest updates.
Walk The Grounds of Westport House
A January stroll through Westport House grounds promises a refreshing start to the year, blending nature’s beauty, historical intrigue and a healthy dose of exercise.
Top-Tip: Always check out opening hours page for the most up-to-date Estate hours.
Looking for something fun to do with the kids over the holidays?