When driving along the roads in and around Westport, my interest was aroused by the brown "Clew Bay Archaeological Trail" sign-posts dotted along the roadsides. A visit to the tourist office in Westport and a talk with a very helpful lady made all things clear.
The trail consists of 21 sites along 35km from Westport through Murrisk, Louisburg and beyond to Clare Island. From megalithic tombs and stone alignments to a ruined medieval abbey, plus the moving and stunning National Famine Monument at Murrisk and the infamous lady sea-captain's castle on Clare Island, there is something to capture everyone's imagination.
A book containing maps, extremely clear directions and information on all the sites is available to purchase at the tourist office and various retail outlets in and around Westport. I paid €9.95 for a copy - well worth it and a nice souvenir.
During our week-long stay near Louisburg, we visited 12 of the sites and would have achieved more if the weather had been kinder.
My favourite places: Clare Island Abbey; Kilgeever Abbey; the Clapperbridge; the National Famine Monument.
Recommendation: wear a comfortable pair of waterproof walking shoes or boots.
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