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Great Western Greenway
WestportCo. Mayo
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Discover the Great Western Greenway, an off-road cycling and walking trail. It follows the route of the historic Great Midlands Railway and takes in some spectacular scenery.

Make a plan to cycle or walk the Great Western Greenway and see some of the best views in Ireland. Pass by the pretty village of Mulranny, look out for the dramatic cliffs of Clare Island and soak up the peaceful atmosphere of Achill Sound.

To cycle the 42km route takes between three to four hours and it's between six and eight hours to walk the entire length of the greenway from Westport to Achill. Enjoy magnificent views of Clew Bay while the rugged Nephin Beg mountains loom high above in the distance.

The Great Western Greenway is part of the National Cycle Network and has become a hugely popular attraction in recent years. You can rent a bike in the nearby towns and villages including Westport, Newport, Mulranny and Dooagh. Make sure you're wearing a helmet if you plan to cycle the route and bring your mobile phone, snacks, and water for the journey.

Tips from locals

If you have time, stop off in Newport to see the Céide Fields, one of the oldest field systems in the world. This archaeological site dates back to the Neolithic period.

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