Westport House enjoys a superb parkland setting.
Westport House’s setting includes a lake, terraces, wonderful gardens and magnificent views overlooking Clew Bay, the Atlantic Ocean, Clare Island and Ireland’s holy mountain Croagh Patrick. It was built and is still privately owned by the Browne family who are direct descendants of the 16th century Pirate Queen, Grace O’Malley.
Covering over 480 acres in total, the estate grounds require a team of 10 gardeners and maintenance folks to maintain them during the height of the summer season. All of this hard work pays great dividends as the gardens are naturally beautiful in full bloom, well manicured and overall, very well maintained.
A walk of the grounds will reward and delight. We have detailed a couple of options below but feel free to step off the beaten path and discover the natural beauty of the estate for yourself.
The Looped Riverside walk – 1.5km – starts at Westport House and follows along the river beside the front lawn. After crossing the red bridge and turning left, you loop back along by the river enjoying super views of the House with Croagh Patrick in the background. The walk finishes up at the old stone bridge beside the Swan Pedaloe boat jetty.
The Tree Trail which is detailed on the back of our site map (this can be obtained at the Ticket Office or the Checkpoint) provides the opportunity to enjoy all the various trees to be found throughout the estate on the various meandering paths – a lovely afternoon’s activity for young and old alike.