Knock return fares range from £88 to £156 with a special £77 fare for the over 60s. There are also RyanAir flights to Knock from Birmingham, Coventry and Leeds/ Bradford. RyanAir also offer regular flights to the smaller Galway airport. Prices range from £99-f190 return. Contact RyanAir on 071 435 7101 or at 150 New Bond Street, London WI Y OA Q.
Food and drink: Westport is very cosmopolitan with excellent and not too expensive seafood at the Quay Cottage Restaurant and The Moorings (bookings advisable), cheap and cheerful fare at Cafolla on Bridge St, and old world charm at The Olde Railway Hotel.
Galway has more of the air of a large city Quay Street is full of restaurants and bars ranging from the distinctly bohemian Quay Street Wine Bar to _the exotic charms of the Forbidden City, a solitary Chinese restaurant.
I stayed at Sea River House, a cosy B and B just outside Westport (098 26536), run by Agnes Cox and her family, The Irish Tourist Board, 150 New Bond St, London WI Y OAQ (071 493 3201) can provide a list of similar modestly priced establishments.