Water sports in Clew Bay
Westport’s perfect position on the shores of Clew Bay means that there are literally hundreds of options for the water sports enthusiast. Surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, sailing, swimming, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking and RIB tours are all just minutes away from Westport.
The west of Ireland is renowned for having some of the best waves in the world, and County Mayo, with its intricate shorelines jutting into the North Atlantic Ocean along the west coast of Ireland, giving surfers ample opportunities to catch a wave.
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Kitesurfing, the world’s fastest growing adventure sport and the most exciting development in wind board sports, has seen a dramatic rise in Mayo in recent years. It combines the glide of surfing, the speed of wind surfing, the all-over workout of stand up paddle boarding and more adrenaline-pumping excitement than all three!
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Mayo has lots of options for kayaking. There are plenty of rivers and lakes to explore around the county for more experienced paddlers, but by far the most popular option is sea kayaking in Clew Bay and beyond. The maneuverability and quietness of the sea kayak means that you can slowly traverse the coastal islands seeing wildlife and birds up close, explore cliffs and caves near Westport and visit places no other boat can reach.
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Clew Bay’s sheltered waters yet easy access to the open Atlantic plus the hundreds of islands dotted around the bay and beyond gives the sailor plenty to do in Westport. Combined that with the consistent winds that Mayo experiences, opportunities for learning to sail in Westport are plentiful.
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Stand-up paddle boarding is a fast-growing sport which combines a surfboard and a long one-handed paddle. It’s a traditional Hawaiian sport which promotes balance, strength and general fitness. Westport and Clew Bay gives you the chance to enjoy this exhilarating sport in a variety of ways, be it on a lake or in the surf.
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Mayo’s outstanding Blue Flag beaches and other popular bathing areas attract people in their thousands to the waters of Mayo each year especially during the summer months. The beaches, recognised as being among the best in Europe, and each has a comprehensive information panel, giving full details of amenities, flora and fauna. Mayo has an excellent record for the safety of its bathing areas and it’s lifeguarding service ranks among the best in Ireland.
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What’s the best way to experience Clew Bay? On a sea safari! The Adventure Islands provides sea tours that let you get up close and personal with the best sites along the shore of the bay. Their professional guides have spent years exploring Clew Bay, its islands, coves, beaches and watching its wildlife including seals, to ensure that their guests get to experience everything that Clew Bay has to offer.
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Explore the rugged West Coast of Ireland like never before. Coasteering is a brand new adventure activity combing adventure swimming, cliff jumping and rock scrambling all into one action packed session. Adventure West’s experienced and qualified instructors will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable adventure.
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Snorkelling is a perfect way to discover the underwater world of Clew Bay, without the expense and training needed to scuba dive. It’s great fun, easy to learn and an excellent way to build confidence in the water. Adventure West are excited to be offering Snorkelling this year.
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Clew Bay Eco-tours operates from Old head pier. You can explore the islands and sheltered waters of Clew Bay in an 8-metre all-weather RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat). Life jackets and waterproof suits are provided.