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Cycle the Great Western Greenway
A couple cycling along the Great Western Greenway in Mayo
The Great Western Greenway has transformed the 43.5km long old rail route between Westport and Achill. Ireland’s longest greenway is a chance for cyclists and walkers of all abilities to get off the beaten track and soak up the stunning views and exceptional scenery that the west of Ireland is famous for.

It's the perfect activity to plan a short getaway to Mayo around.

Get away from it all

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

The smooth, level track is ideal for cycling and it’s easy to rent a bike for the day at Westport Bike Hire or Clew Bay Bike Hire. You can also 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.

Cycle the Great Western Greenway in County Mayo
Take in beautiful views along the Great Western Greenway in Co. Mayo

3 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. This serene beach is a great spot for a dip on a good day.   

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 Achill Sound, the first village you encounter when you cross on to the beautiful 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 or just relax and soak up some of the island’s natural charms.

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 Achill, you’re in for a treat. This is a chance to get away from it all and explore the old railway route under your own steam and 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 Achill Island.
Start planning your trip to Mayo now

Not only will you come away from The Great Western Greenway with a real sense of achievement, but you’ll also be able to look back on a journey that you’ll never forget. Use our Mayo destination page to discover great places to eat and refuel after your cycle.

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