There is a games room with pool table and darts board which guests are welcome to use
Clew Bay is an ideal place for kayaking and Rosturk is a great place to start an adventure.
See here for more details about hiring kayaks.
Side roads through nearby villages and along coastal roads provide plenty of interesting routes but in the high seas the roads are busy and can be challenging for the nervous cyclist. The Western Greenway is designed for cycling providing a traffic free path from Westport to Achill Island which is easily accessed from Rosturk Woods.
Bikes can be hired locally, delivered and collected from the houses. Click here for more details.
See the following link for more information: http://www.greenway.ie
With direct, private access to the water when the tide is in swimming in the clean waters of Clew Bay is only a short walk. Although the water nearest the house is shallow, it is fun and refreshing. Deeper water and good body boarding conditions are located at the nearby golf links beach.
There are many walks available from the house on the beach and on the mountain range north of the house. This now includes access to the Western Greenway - a converted Railway line that is now a walking and cycling path stretching from Westport, through Mulranny, to Achill Island. This provides a hard clean walking path with spectacular views across Clew Bay and is a short walk from Rosturk Woods. Map available from the house.
Boat trips on Clew bay are available by prior arrangement. Explore the bay’s marine life, look for birds, otters, seals and sometimes dolphins and learn about the bay’s heritage with a knowledgeable guide. Ideal for child friendly mackerel fishing outings.
Contact Darragh McGee for more information.
We can offer guests the use of a full size, hard surface tennis court at Rosturk Woods.
Sailing & Windsurfing
There is an ideal, gently shelving beach for beginner windsurfers at the front of the house. More challenging conditions for the experienced boarder or sailor are available at nearby locations.
Activities in the Surrounding Area
Child Friendly pony trekking and on site riding is available at the nearby Carramore Stables (15 minutes from Rosturk Woods). See their Facebook for more information.
Westport Woods Riding Centre, located outside Westport, will organise two hour treks along the beach as well as mountainside trails.This is only suitable for those who have riding experience and will be much enjoyed if you do. http://www.westportwoodshotel.com/horse-riding-westport.html
A wide selection of areas, sites and buildings of historical, scientific and archeological interest exist in the surrounding area from the Megalithic remains on Slievemore in Achill to the new visitors centre at the Céide Fields in North Mayo which show how the 5,000 year old settlement was found and how people lived at the time. Other places of interest include the Foxford Woollen Mills Visitor Centre which show how the mills came to be, founded in 1892 by a Mother Agnes Morrogh Bernard. The Deserted Village at Slievemore on Achill Island and the spectacular view from the Minaun Heights are always worth visiting.
In Westport there is a good selection of quality shops including the Foxford Woollen Mills shop, the Carraig Donn shop and many other smaller establishments that sell an impressive range of top quality Irish made items including knitwear, glassware and ceramics.
Westport also has a good selection of shops including a good book store called Duffy’s, a good sports shop called Elvery’s, an outdoor and sports clothing shop stocking hiking boots, wet suits, fleeces, and waterproofs called Portwest to name a few. It is a great way to spend a day when you need a few things and want to be able to enjoy your shopping.
There are also some interesting craft shops on Achill Island including a good mix of high quality items kept in the Beehive coffee and tea shop in Keel. Well worth a visit
Nearby Mulranny has a 9 hole links seaside course which is much enjoyed by anyone who has played there. Part of its charm is that fact you can drive up and play having posted your green fee through a door in a mobile home which is the course's club house. www.mulrannygolfclub.com
Westport offers an 18 hole Championship course set in 260 acres of parkland for a more serious game. Booking essential. www.westportgolfclub.ie
For a special game it is worth the drive to Carne Golf Links (about an hour). the course is situated in magnificent unspoiled sand dunes overlooking Blacksod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. It was the last links course to be designed by the late Eddie Hackett and is now believed by many who have played it to be his greatest challenge. www.carnegolflinks.com
The Gourmet Greenway showcases the best in local produce - see more information here.
The nearest food shop to Rosturk Woods is Doherty’s supermarket in Mulranny ( 3 miles). It has a reasonable selection of everything including daily and Sunday papers. It also has a fresh bakery section. It is also a pub and has petrol pumps.
Newport is the next closest option. It has a good Centra supermarket called Sheridans and an excellent butchers called Kelly’s who sells prize winning sausages and black pudding as well as free range chickens, eggs, wine and vegetables. There is a second excellent butchers called Keane’s who are friendly and efficient. There is a newsagents called Chambers who will order any paper you require and who also have a cuisine de france bakery and an ice cream machine.
Gerry and Julie Hassett run Keem Bay Fish Products where you can source the most delicious smoked salmon. They will deliver your order to Rosturk Woods by arrangement.
Westport's largest local supermarket is O’Connors which is located in the middle of the town with a car park behind the supermarket. They have a really good fish and shellfish counter as well as a good wine section. They also stock Keem Bay Fish Products, as well as other items from the Gourmet Greenway selection. There is also a Tesco’s which you will find slightly out of town on the Galway road, just before the train station. There is a Boots chemist close to Tesco’s. There is an excellent Health Food shop in Westport called Ylang Ylang who are well stocked and have very helpful staff. There are also three banks located in the town and numerous ATMs.
There is also a great range of pubs in Westport include the famous Matt Mulloy’s which will allow you a taste of traditional Irish music in a traditional pub setting. Be prepared to stand and drink lots of thirst quenching Guinness. There are a selection of singing pubs as well as pubs doing good pub food so ask for a recommendation.
Castlebar is the largest ‘local’ town supporting most of the county’s industry including the local government offices. It has a large Tesco’s, a Dunnes Stores, an Aldi, a Lidl and numerous other chain stores including Woodies.
Good choice of high quality river and lake fishing for salmon, seatrout and brown trout in the nearby lakes of Furnace, Feeagh and Beltra. Permits and Ghillies by arrangement. Notice is required to book lake boats and ghillies.
Easily accessible shore fishing sites from nearby rocks and beaches.
Clew Bay has some of the best deep sea angling in Europe for tope, ray, skate, conger and shark.
Mulranny Park Inn has the most up to date information about what is on offer locally. Find that information here.
Westport offers a wide choice of alternative health treatments including Reiki, Massage, Indian Head Massages to name but a few.
We can also arrange for an excellent masseuse to call to the house if you can provide her with a minimum of four massages to do.
One top recommendation is a day trip to Enniscrone (about an hour) for a trip to the Edwardian Seaweed Baths. It is a lovely day out and a revitalising sauna and seaweed bath makes the drive well worthwhile.
There is a five screen cinema called Mayo Movie World in Castlebar which runs all the latest releases. They advertise their programmes in the local newspaper The Mayo News or you can find their current programmes on line.