Great Western Greenway
County Mayo, West of Ireland
The 42km Great Western Greenway, from Westport to Achill is Ireland's longest (traffic free) walking/cycling trail. This scenic trail, developed by Mayo County Council with the co-operation of local landowners, follows the route of the old Westport to Achill railway line which closed in 1937. It forms part of the National Cycle network and was awarded the 'European Destination of Excellence' in July 2011.
The Greenway is an excellent, modern recreational amenity and is suitable for people with moderate levels of fitness. It consists of three dedicated walking/cycling routes, any or all of which can be explored, beginning from either Westport, Newport, Mulranny or Achill. The Westport to Newport trail is 11km; Newport to Mulranny 18km; Mulranny to Achill Island is 13km.
The route offers an exciting and safe outdoor experience for all the family, with beautiful woodlands coupled with wonderful views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick along the way. Original hand-cut stone bridges - from the old railway line, dating back to the late 1800's - adorn the route.