Escape the bustle of urban life on the Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road cycling and walking trail in Ireland. Meandering along the old Westport / Achill railway line which closed in1937, this 42km traffic-free route is ideal for getting out on a bike for a spin or stretching your legs.
The first 14km stage of the Greenway opened in 2010 while the eagerly awaited extension opened on 18 June 2011 lenghtening the route to 42km, all off-road.
Travelling this greenway, you’ll be surrounded by idyllic countryside. This is a chance to drink in the view of the spectacular Nephin Mountains and across Clew Bay to Croagh Patrick. You could even stop off for a hike on the Lettermaghera Loop walk.
Or if you’re a history buff you can visit fascinating gems like the seven-arch bridge over the Black Oak and Bunnahoona rivers, Grace O'Malley's Rockfleet Castle and a 15th century Dominican Abbey.
Bike hire is available in each town and village along the route so even if you don’t have your own bike there’s no excuse. If the 42km ride back is too much to contemplate then bike hire with a drop-off and collection service is now also available all along the route!
And if your appetite is whetted you can also explore the six looped cycling routes around Achill and Westport. Read more