Blue cloudless skies, glistening waters and the hot sun beating down on my inappropriate tights, boots and dress. Where the hell am I?

My weekend in Westport in Ireland was hawwwt. A quick Google weather search reveals it was pushing 23 degrees – practically tropical temperatures for a Brit like me. Whether I was buying some last-minute sunglasses in The Bargain Store, calling a taxi to save my wedding outfit from the danger of a sweaty walk or buying a cooling drink at the hotel bar all anyone could talk about was, “ah but what about the weather we’re having?” (read in a thick Irish accent for the full effect) 

The normal temperature for Westport – a little town in the west of Ireland – is around 10 degrees. It seemed we’d found ourselves in a heat wave, perfect for the wedding of two of my best friends. There was a lot to pack into our weekend in Westport with our stay at the Mill Times Hotel, the wedding and catching up with my friends who’d all ventured out there, but in these 15 photos I’ve tried to capture the essence of a beautiful, fun and definitely unforgettable weekend in Westport to hopefully encourage you to check out this brilliant little pocket of Ireland.

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Outside the church – amazing blue skies!

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Westport is an hour from the airport – beautiful views along the way

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Westport is surrounded by green mountains and vast fields

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It’s not called the Emerald Isle for nothing…

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The bridge over the river running through Westport

Bridge in Westport Ireland

I wouldn’t want to swim in it, but the greenery reflected in the river looked nice

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Enjoying a few drinks outside The Towers pub down on the quay

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Crazy and brilliant night out at Molloy’s – these guys were brilliant singers

Matt Molloy's

You MUST check out this pub if ever you’re in Westport

The Quay in Westport

Just a 20-minute walk from town The Quay is a beautiful part of Westport

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Got a bit confused as to whether I was in Ireland or Cuba here…

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The Octagon – the centre of Westport Town – was filled with cafes and pubs

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Important man on a plinth in Westport – no idea who, oops

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The clock tower in the centre of Westport

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