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Cycle the Great Western Greenway
Saddle up for the Great Western Greenway in Mayo.
The Great Western Greenway has transformed the 49 km long old rail route between Westport and Acaill (Achill Island) in County Mayo. Ireland’s longest greenway provides a chance for cyclists and walkers of all abilities to get off the beaten track and soak up the stunning views and scenery that the west of Ireland is famous for.

Get on your bike or strap on some walking shoes and get to know this coastal greenway.

Get away from it all

One of the biggest advantages of the Great Western Greenway is that it allows you to get out into the countryside without having to tackle dirt tracks or negotiate uneven country lanes. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Mayo without the noise and traffic of a main road.

Rent a bike for the day at Westport Bike Hire or Clew Bay Bike Hire and peddle along the smooth, level track. Take advantage of drop off points and a free shuttle service at different locations along the greenway so you don’t have to commit to doing the whole trip in one go.

Two cyclists taking a break on the Great Western Greenway in County Mayo
Take in beautiful views along the Great Western Greenway in Co. Mayo

Four great cycles

Westport to Newport (12.5km)

This section of the route starts off in the charming town of Westport, which has no shortage of boutique shops, great eateries and excellent pubs. This portion of the greenway route takes in some stunning Atlantic seascapes and you can look out over Clew Bay, which is dotted with small islands.

Finish up in the lively heritage town of Newport on the shores of Clew Bay, which is a renowned fishing spot. It takes between an hour and 1.5 hours to cycle this trail and you can walk it in three or four hours.

Bright flowers in a square in Westport, Mayo
Start your cycle in the beautiful town of Westport.

Newport to Mulranny (18km)

The next section takes you on to Mulranny and you’ll get to see impressive views of Clew Bay, Clare Island and the rugged Nephin Beg mountain range. One unique feature on this section is the eye-catching Mulranny Causeway, a narrow bridge that crosses Trawoughter Bay and links the village to Mulranny’s blue flag beach. Dip into the refreshing water and relax on the serene beach on sunny days.   

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for the town’s famous old Irish goats. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of these rare, big-horned locals as you pass through these parts.  

Cyclists can cover this section in between two and 2.5 hours while walkers can expect to take between five and 5.5 hours.

Cycle on a red bridge the Great Western Greenway in County Mayo
Cycle the Great Western Greenway in Co Mayo

Mulranny to Achill Sound (13km)

This section will take you from Mulranny to Acaill Sound, the first village you encounter when you cross on to the beautiful Acaill (Achill Island) from the mainland. Prepare to enjoy some spectacular island sights and some of the country’s most dramatic coastal scenery when you get there. Make sure your phone is charged as you’ll definitely want to grab some photos along the way. Soaring sea cliffs, breathtaking views and a friendly island welcome await you when you complete your trip. Celebrate with a pint or a coffee, kick up your feet and relax. 

This section can be cycled in between one and 1.5 hours and it will take between three and 3.5 hours to walk. Whether you start in Westport or Acaill, you’re in for a treat. This is a chance to get away from it all and explore the old railway route at your own pace.  

Looking out at a sunset across a field towards the ocean in Mayo on Achill Island
Finish your cycle on the incredible Acaill.

Achill Sound to Cashel (5km)

Recently unveiled to the public, this brand-new 5km stretch connects Achill Sound to the village of Cashel at the heart of the island. With all types of travellers in mind, there are amenities available along this section of the route, including a children's playground, toilets and campervan spaces. 

Whether you fancy a relaxed stroll or a scenic cycle, explore the new 400m sustainably-built boardwalk that traverses portions of blanket bog. Let the kids roam free in the playground while you chill out on the benches that line the boardwalk. 

This section of the greenway takes roughly 1 hour to cycle and 1.5 hours on foot; reward yourself for a job well done at one of the island's cosy restaurants and pubs. 

Finish up your cycle on Acaill and take in the peaks of Slievemore and Croaghaun.
Finish up your cycle on Acaill and take in the peaks of Slievemore and Croaghaun.
Start planning your trip to Mayo now

Need to refuel your tank after your journey along the greenway? Check out the great food scene in Mayo and indulge in some incredible treats. 

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