ACTIVITIES I GOLF I FESTIVALS I TRANSPORT I TOURISM ADVICE
Westport Sea 2 Summit Adventure Race is a unique event based in the adventure capital of Ireland and directed by the Castlecourt Hotel. The race incorporates all the thrills that Westport has to offer, Croagh Patrick, Clew Bay, the Sheaffry Mountains and the new Greenway. There are 2 race categories S2S Supreme 56.5km and S2S Spirit 27.5km. Visit Westport Sea 2 Summit website.
Achill Island is the largest island off the coast of Ireland and boasts stunning scenery and 5 Blue Flag beaches. With its Atlantic location, it provides an unrivalled arena for outdoor activities and watersports of all types. Visit Achill Tourism website.
Achill Roar is an outdoor multi-sport adventure race. The categories for the Achill Roar are: Expert Solo, Sports Solo and Expert Relay. The expert solo course is either a 800m swim or 2400m kayak in Keel Lough, followed by a 15km beach and mountain run, taking in the summit of Minaun (662m) and then a 45km cycle including the famous Atlantic Drive coastal route. Visit Achill Roar website.
Achill Half Marathon is hosting its sixth half marathon and up to 2000 participants are expected. The race starts at 11am and the route is challenging but the scenery is worth the challenge. There will be activities & entertainment available on the day. Visit Achill Half Marathon website.
Adventure Islands encourages you to experience the fun, exhilaration and camaraderie of their adventure activity programs which includes water sports, horse or bike trekking and much more. Visit Adventure Islands website.
Castlebar International 4 Day Walks Festival involves four days of walking, talking, rambling, music, song and dance. There are 10km, 20km, 30km and 40km walks as well as a 6 hour ramble. The Festival has been running for over 40 years. Visit Castlebar 4 Day Walks website.
Clare Island Ferries offers a year round ferry service to the beautiful Clare Island which is the largest island in Clew Bay. Visit Clare Island Ferries website.
Clew Bay Outdoors is a new bike hire company in Westport boasting over 90 brand new Giant Hybrid and Mountain bikes. They offer a free shuttle to Newport for guests of the hotel to enjoy the Great Western Greenway. Visit Clew Bay Outdoors website.
Connemara Adventure Challenge is 31km in total and is open to racers of all levels. There will be 3 disciplines: trail/mountain running, kayaking and cycling. Visit Connemara Adventure Challenge website.
Connemara International Marathon has been described as the most scenic half marathon in the world. It encompasses an Ultra 39.9 mile, Full 26.6 mile and Half 13.3 mile distance. Visit Connemarathon website.
Connemara Rough Diamond is an Adventure Race with a mix of biking, hiking and running with quirky obstacles thrown in for good measure. The race starts on Lettergesh Beach in Renvyle. Visit Connemara Rough Diamond website.
The Connemara 100 is a 100 mile road run on a measured and certified course. The course starts and finishes in Clifden and takes participants around the beautiful scenery of Connemara. Visit Connemara 100 website.
Connemara Walking Tours offer a truly unique experience with walking tours around the beautiful Connemara landscape and Inishturk, Inishbofin & Clare Islands. Visit Connemara Walking Tours website.
Croagh Patrick 7 Day in a Row Challenge was set up by parents in Mayo to raise funds for children with Autism. The challenge is to climb Croagh Patrick “The Reek” 7 days in a row. Many people take on the challenge for the full 7 days while many others support by climbing one or more days. Visit Croagh Patrick Challenge website.
Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage – Reek Sunday takes place on Croagh Patrick located six miles west of Westport. The mountain overlooks Clew Bay and the entire Western coastline. In 441AD, Saint Patrick is said to have spent 40 days and nights praying and fasting on its slopes. Over 60,000 people make the ascent on this day, starting at Murrisk Abbey. Visit Croagh Patrick Pilgrimage website.
Dan O Hara Homestead is located 5 miles from Clifden, the capital of Connemara. It offers a unique insight into the history and heritage of the area. Visit Dan O Hara Homestead website.
Delphi Mountain Resort is the perfect place to experience the great outdoors. They offer many different activities & water sports and are located in Leenane set within 400 acres of magical Connemara forest. Visit Delphi Mountain Resort website.
Drummindoo Stud & Equitation Centre is located in Knockranny, a short distance from the hotel. It is a family run business specialising in horse riding and also offering other services. Visit Drummindoo Stud website.
Electric Escapes offer cycling adventures exploring the most scenic corners of Co Mayo on environmentally friendly electric bikes. They offer various tours to ensure you immerse yourself in the culture and natural beauty of the West. Visit Electric Escapes website.
Focus Four Peaks Challenge hosts teams of between 3 and 5 walkers who climb the highest mountain in each of the four provinces over one weekend; Carrauntoohil (Kerry), Mweelrea (Mayo), Slieve Donard (Down) and Lugnaquilla (Wicklow). Visit Four Peaks Challenge website.
Gael Force West is the largest one-day adventure race of its kind in the world. It is a multi-sport adventure race involving cycling, running and kayaking. The course of approximately 65km stretches from the stunning Glassilaun beach, south-west of Killary Harbour to Westport with some significant obstacles to cross, including Killary Fjord itself and the famous holy mountain of Croagh Patrick. Visit Gaelforce West website.
Killary Adventure Co. is situated on the main Leenane/Clifden road with spectacular views out over Killary Harbour to Inishturk Island. They cater for all requirements when it comes to adventure and sports. Visit Killary Adventure Co. website.
Killary Cruises offer trips with uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenery of Killary Fjord. The nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland and Killary Cruises purpose built cruise ship is the perfect way to explore this. Visit Killary Cruises website.
Kylemore Abbey is known as Ireland’s most romantic castle and is located in the picturesque surrounds of Connemara. The Abbey offers visitors scenic photographic opportunities as well as woodland walks, garden tours, fascinating history and beautiful architecture. Visit Kylemore Abbey website.
Mayo Pink Ribbon Cycle is a 100km cycle through towns and villages in Mayo starting from the TF Royal Castlebar to raise funds to fight breast cancer. Visit Mayo Pink Ribbon Cycle website.
Mayoyo – Up & Down is a Bank Holiday weekend for hill walking and mountain enthusiasts. Based in Westport, hike a different Mayo mountain each day for four days straight. Visit Mayoyo – Up & Down website.
Museums of Mayo is a website which combines museums, heritage centres, abbeys, interpretative centres and other heritage related projects in the county. Mayo has some of the most interesting archeological and historical sites in Ireland. Visit Museums of Mayo website.
Pikapotandpaint is a paint your own pottery studio with over 100 pottery pieces. It is an excellent activity to keep the children entertained or for groups and hen parties. The studio is located on James Street. Visit pikapotandpaint website.
Surf Mayo is a surfing school located in Louisburgh. Mayo boasts many excellent surfing beaches all of which are a short drive from the hotel. Visit Surf Mayo website.
Tri-Burgh is a standard Olympic-distance triathlon; swim 1500m, bike 40kms and run 10 kms. The course is varied and includes challenges specific to the course and the geography of west Mayo. It is based in Louisburgh. Visit Tri-Burgh website.
Westport War Games is an exhilarating outdoor military style Paintballing course located on the Leenane Road. Visit Westport War Games website.