Flights to Westport
Heading to Westport along Ireland’s scenic coastline is a joy that awaits those who have booked a flight to Ireland West Airport at Knock, which is just 39 miles inland in beautiful County Mayo. A flight to Ireland West ensures you’ll arrive as soon as possible at Westport, with the option to continue your journey via handy bus or by cab and train.
Either way, you’ll soon be enjoying the terrific range of bars, restaurants and independent shops in Westport’s historic centre – and so on to explore Croagh Patrick and the Mayo coast’s wealth of sights and activities.
Flights to and from Ireland West Airport – Knock
As the number one international gateway to the west coasts of Ireland, Ireland West serves over 20 destinations domestically, across the UK and further afield. These include Bristol, East Midlands, Liverpool, London Luton, London Gatwick, London Stansted and Manchester.
Ireland West is now established as the country’s fourth international airport with all the excellent facilities you would expect in the way of bars and restaurants, shops, currency exchange and ATM machines – plus a prayer room and shop devoted to the local shrine.
Getting to Westport After Your flight
If you are thinking of car hire to go roving further out from Westport, why not book ahead with Expedia so it is ready to pick up directly after your flight – which may save you time and gain peace of mind. And you may save money by booking in advance!
Alternatively, the closest rail station to Ireland West Airport Knock is at Claremorris, 9 miles away, which is easy to reach by airport taxi or by bus. It’s also worth checking the timetable for a Bus Eireann number 440 service direct to Westport, which stops right outside the terminal building. Devoted taxis licensed by the airport are available for hire immediately outside the terminal.
When to Book a Flight to Westport
If you are thinking of visiting Westport for the famous ‘Reek Sunday’ celebrations in the last Sunday in July, it’s worth booking a flight well in advance, along with car hire and accommodation. An incredible 25,000 pilgrims from every continent make the trip to Ireland’s holiest mountain at this time of year, where mass is celebrated in a chapel atop Croagh Patrick overlooking Westport and the wonderful Atlantic coast.
Croagh Patrick and Knock Shrine
Whether you are visiting Westport on Reek Sunday or at any other time of the year, Croagh Patrick is a must-see attraction. Likewise of potential interest to pilgrims as well as visitors in search of relaxation, history and culture, the Westport area’s other popular shrine is situated in Knock, and if your flight times permit, may make a perfect final sightseeing stop.
Upon your flight’s initial arrival, be sure to check out the Knock Shrine Office at Ireland West Airport, which offers information on the Knock Marian Shrine and pilgrimages. The shrine is at the chapel site of an apparition of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, John the Evangelist and angels in 1879.