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Great Western Greenway - Castlebar to Turlough
Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Free to visit
Enjoy a tranquil walk or cycle through riverside scenery and native woodlands on this easy grade 9.6km greenway linking Lough Lannagh in Castlebar to the National Museum of Ireland at Turlough Village, County Mayo.

Largely following the placid Castlebar River, this pleasant linear route connects the county town of Castlebar in County Mayo, to the pictorial gardens of Turlough Park, home to the Country Life branch of the National Museum of Ireland.

Classed as easy to moderate, this 9.6km trail is set along the serene Castlebar river valley and takes about two hours to walk (one way) or 60 minutes to cycle. Shared by cyclists and walkers alike, the greenway follows surfaced and forest tracks through open countryside, quiet by-roads and native woodland before reaching the lush Turlough Park demesne. A mainly flat route, there is one steep hill and a number of quaint bridges.

In both Castlebar and Turlough you’ll find plenty of places to stop and enjoy a cup of coffee after walking or cycling this charming riverside trail.

Trail details

Easy trail
Linear trail
    Time:1.5 hours
Why we like it
  • The Castlebar side of this trail connects via bridge to beautiful parkland at Lough Lannagh, a stroll around this idyllic lake is recommended.
Tips from locals

Make it a full day excursion by combining a round trip cycle with a visit to the National Museum of Ireland exhibition galleries or the impressively well preserved 11th century round tower overlooking Turlough Village.

Contact details
1 Springfield, Gorteendrunagh, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23 XD77, Ireland
Leave no trace
  • Plan ahead and prepare
  • Be considerate of others
  • Respect farm animals and wildlife
  • Travel and camp responsibly
  • Leave what you find
  • Dispose of waste properly
  • Protect nature from fire
More to discover at Great Western Greenway - Castlebar to Turlough
Houses and gardensTurlough Park

A small demesne in Turlough Village, County Mayo, Turlough Park is home to The National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. The Victorian gardens feature terraces and a man-made lake and islands. There is also an ornamental glasshouse.

Synge & Byrne Café

Synge & Byrne Café in the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life. Located 8kms from Castlebar, on the N5 in Turlough village, County Mayo. The café provides a wide variety of tasty and seasonal meals and snacks.

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