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Louisburgh is a sleepy little Irish town, which is really more of a village nestled at the foot of Croagh Patrick. It is an ideal location from which to base oneself for exploring the rural west of Ireland in peace and tranquility. Louisburgh is a mere 21 kilometers from the popular town of Westport which is full of pubs and resaurants as well as shops for tourists. This makes it an ideal place to see Westport, while remaining slightly more rural and getting the benefit of exploring the beaches of Louisburgh as well as the scenic drives.
Louisburgh may best be described as a small hamlet, the people are very friendly and welcoming, there are plenty of small pubs to choose from for an evening drink and some nice restaurants too. Gaffney's provides some Itlalian cuisine aswell as some nice local specialties, Hudson's pantry offers fine Louisburgh dinning. There is also a Ming's chineese and the West View Hotel. All offer good food at reasonable prices.
An ideal location for families with small children who want to visit the local beaches of which there is an abundance to choose from. Old Head beach, is always a favourite with tourists. It is within a small cove in clew bay and is one of the most sheltered beaches in the area. However it is popular with locals and tourist alike, in summer parking tends to be a problem and visitors may find it too crowded.
Carramore beach, Louisburgh, is a lovely long sandy beach with a Blue Flag. Although a bit more exposed than Old Head, it is often quieter and more peaceful. It is a long sandy beach which also has a small pier and sheltered area. Quite good for surfing waves during the summer. A great place for a picnic with the kids.
There are also some really nice beaches out west past Louisburgh on the road out toward Killeen, Cross and Carrownisky beaches are favourites with the surfers, they are also a great spot for an afternoon walk. Silver Strand and White strand are two beaches of outstanding natural beauty, further out past Killeen village and definetly worth a drive out with fabulous unspoilt scenery.
Louisburgh is also a great place to base yourself if you want to go and climb the holy mountain, Croagh Patrick, which is situated close by in the village of Murrisk. Croagh Patrick is 764 meters high and offers fabulous views of Clew Bay. The car park at the start of the Croagh Patrick ascent in Murrisk is only 12.5km away from Louisburgh town. Croagh Patrick offers a tough but achievable climb, travellers should really bring a hiking shoes, plenty of water, some food. A stick also makes the climb a lot easier as the peak is loose shale and can be a bit of a challenge. Sticks can usually be purchased or rented at the base of the mountain. There is a small church at the summit of Croagh Patrick which is open during the summer months. Reek Sunday, the annual pilgrimage where people come from all over the world to climb Croagh Patrick takes place on the last Sunday of July. Travelers should be aware that the mountain is very busy on that day as between 20000 and 30000 people climb the mountain to commemorate Saint Patrick.
The islands of Clare Island and Inisturk Island can be explored from Louisburgh. The ferries for the Islands leave from Roonagh Pier, both the Clare Island Ferry Company and the O'Malley Ferry Company operate daily boat services. The Islands are true gems of Clew Bay. Both Islands are populated and locals are always very welcoming to tourists.
Louisburgh is also a great place from which to take a scenic drive to Doolough Valley, Ashley Falls, Leenane and Killary Fjord. You can take a cruise on Killary Fjord nestled beside Mweelrea, Connaughts highest mountain standing at 814 meters. There are adventure centers in the area with both Delphi Adventure Center and Killary Adventure center offering accomodation and day activities such as surfing, kayaking, climbing to be tried out. A little further of a drive but very achievable is the Connemara National Park - a great place for an afternoon walk.