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Westport-Achill Greenway

Please note that hybrid bikes are recommended on this facility.

Great Western Greenway Overview
The World Class Great Western Greenway (Westport - Achill) is a 43.5km mainly traffic free cycling and walking facility which primarily follows the line of the famous Great Western Midlands Railway, which closed in 1937.  Its development has been made possible by agreement of local landowners who have allowed permissive access to users to pass through their lands.

This route offers gentle gradients and some of the most idyllic scenery in the west of Ireland. The route forms part of the National Cycle Network and it is the longest off road cycling experience in the Country.

Section 01 Westport - Newport
Start/ Trailhead:
In Westport an official access point is located to the right just off the N59 traveling in the direction of Newport approximately 500m from Westport town centre.  Follow the directional fingerpost signs on to the Greenway.  In Newport an official access point is located to the left just off the N59 traveling in the direction of Westport located approximately 2km from Newport town.
Distance: 12.5 km
Estimated Time: 1-1.30 Hours Cycling, 3-3.30 Hours Walking
Terrain: Greenway off road cycle and walking trail.
Waymarking: Trail is waymarked using the National Cycle Network symbol and a white directional travel arrow.
To Suit: Suitable for people with moderate levels of fitness.
Minimum Gear: Helmet, Bike, Mobile Phone, Snacks, Fluid and waterproofs.
Services: Services available Westport and Newport.

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Section 02 Newport – Mallaranny
Start/ Trailhead: In Newport an official access point is located to the left just off the N59 travelling to Mallaranny. In Mallaranny an official access point is located to the right just off the N59 travelling to Bangor. Access point is also located to the rear of the Mulranny Park Hotel.
Distance: 18 km
Estimated Time: 2-2.30 Hours Cycling, 5-5.30 Hours Walking
Ascent: 82m
Terrain: Greenway off road cycle and walking trail.
Waymarking: Trail is waymarked using the National Cycle Network symbol and a white directional travel arrow.
To Suit: Suitable for people with moderate levels of fitness.
Minimum Gear: Helmet, Bike, Mobile Phone, Snacks, Fluid and waterproofs.
Services: Services available at Newport, Mallaranny and Tiernaur.

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Section 03  Mallaranny - Achill
Start/ Trailhead:
  In Mallaranny an official access point is located to the right just off the N59 travelling to Bangor. An access point is also located to the rear of the Mulranny Park Hotel.  On Achill Sound an official access point is located at Óstán Oileán Acla / Achill Island Hotel at the gateway to Achill Island,  Follow finger post signage onto Greenway
Distance: 13 km
Estimated Time: 1-1.30 Hours Cycling, 4-4.30 Hours Walking
Terrain: Greenway off road cycle and walking trail.
Waymarking: Trail is waymarked using the National Cycle Network symbol and a white directional travel arrow.
To Suit: Suitable for people with moderate levels of fitness.
Minimum Gear: Helmet, Bike, Mobile Phone, Snacks, Fluid and waterproofs.
Services: Services available on Achill Island and Mallaranny.

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For additional information such as accommodation, interactive maps etc click on the following www.greenway.ie

Greenway Map

 

Great Western Greenway (Newport - Mulranny) Cycling & Walking Trail

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