Cycle Mayo – Westport to Ballina Directions
0 to 10km
Leaving the train station, turn left and cycle towards the town centre. At the roundabout turn right beside the small green and go down the short hill and continue straight, along the right side of the river. At the end of the road turn right at the t-junction.
Follow the main road as it bends left and leaves the town. Soon you will see signs for the Great Western Greenway, which runs beside the main road all the way to Newport, with numerous entry and exit points. Follow the signs [5km marker] to Newport.
10 – 20km
When you reach the town you cross a bridge in the centre of it. Continue on the main road all the way through it.
Follow the N59 through the town and out the other side. After going down a hill the road bends right and then left and leaves the town. There is a sign to return to the Greenway but you will not be on it for long. After the road bends left there are two right turns.
Ignore the first right turn and take the second, which leaves the road at a shallow angle, opposite an estate with a small stone wall. After 200m you can see a forest running beside the road, and a mountain behind it.
###Optional detour to Burrsihoole Abbey###
Burrishoole Abbey is 1.5km away from this turnoff if you go along the main road and take the second left. Return the same way.
Continue on [15km marker] as the countryside becomes very barren.
You soon see Furnace Lough in the distance on the left. When you go over a small rise and down to the shore you have reached Lough Feeagh.
Ride beside Lough Feeagh for 3.5km.
20 – 30km
Then you continue into exceptionally remote territory. You [25km marker] climb uphill in stages for several kilometres.
30 – 40km
The road rises above 200m and you descend the other side to a vast, empty plain with mountains on either side. From the top it is 5.0km [35km marker] to the R312. Turn right at the crossroads.
Stay on the main road all the way. You pass Drumleen Lough on your left.
40 – 50km
You pass the hill of Tristia beside Drumleen Lough, and ride towards Mount Nephin. The R316 is on the left, signed Crossmolina.
Take the first right turn after 1.8km down a narrow road. This runs close by Mount Nephin, parallel to the main road. At a t-junction keep left [45km marker]. Keep straight at the junction with the first left turn.
Ignore the next 2 left turns and a right and keep straight until the road forks. The main road goes left and a right turn goes downhill. Keep left here.
50 – 60km
After this, keep straight and go left when you reach a t-junction.
After a few hundred metres you reach the R316 again. Turn right at the crossroads here. After 2.0km you reach a t-junction. Turn left on the R315 and the [55km marker] entrance to Enniscoe House is around two corners, on the right.
Continue in the direction that you were going and follow the main road into Crossmolina. Turn right on the N59 when you get to the t-junction with Main Street.
The road widens as you leave the village and you pass a football pitch on your left. Ignore the two right turns just after this and continue on to the next one.
60 – 72km
2.0km from the town centre and 1.0km from the football pitch, turn right at a turnoff which has a stone signed Grange at it. It is opposite a church.
Turn right when you reach a t-junction, and you pass a large ruin. Go through the next two crossroads in quick succession, both of which are staggered. After [65km marker] 1.2km, ignore a track turning left beside 2 houses but 800m after that, take the first left down a narrow road.
Turn right when this brings you on to the N59 at a t-junction, and take the second exit at the roundabout you soon reach.
Ignore the immediate turnoff. Go over the rise and down the hill into the town. Keep going straight all the way through the town and you will reach the river.