The Great Western Greenway, Co Mayo (Ireland)
Welcome to The Great Western Greenway, Co Mayo
The Great Western Greenway cycle trail skirts the rugged Atlantic coast of Co. Mayo in Western Ireland. It offers stunning panoramic views over the vast seascape of Clew Bay, its archipelago of drowned drumlin islands, the vast Nephin mountain range and Bellacragher Bay. You can enjoy a wide range of activities when visiting Westport, Newport, Mulranny and Achill Island, such as: walking, golf, sea kayaking on the blue flag beaches, shore and sea angling, fine dining and excellent leisure facilities. The 42 km Great Western Greenway offers an exhilarating and safe cycling experience for all the family with gentle gradients, through some of the most spectacular landscapes and seascapes in Europe.
Regeneration and revival
A decade of community led regeneration was to undo a century of decline when the region’s decaying built railway heritage was sensitively renewed for future generations to enjoy. The former Mulranny railway hotel was reopened in 2005 inspiring a community led initiative to redevelop the Mulranny Causeway and the Victorian walking trails into a high amenity loop walk accessing three European designated Natura 2000 sites. Finally, 73 years after closure, the Great Western Railway Line re-emerged into the Great Western Greenway cycling trail, linking Mulranny and Newport to the Westport and Achill cycle hubs, creating a unique cycling friendly destination.
- visit the Atlantic Drive & Secret Garden Achill, the most westerly public garden in Ireland
- make an environmentally friendly electric cycle tour with Electric Escapes ‘cycling for softies’
- Participate in an art class to practice painting, glass bead making or many other crafts