Great Western Greenway Cycle
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The Great Western Greenway is the most popular cycle route in the country and the centerpiece of Westport’s bid to become a major cycling hub.
The flat 42km off-road cycling and walking route goes through beautiful scenery.
You get magnificent views over Clew Bay from the Great Western Greenway. The finish at Achill Sound offers the opportunity to continue on to beautiful Achill Island.
Part of the track is gravel and part of it is tarred backroads. The signage from beginning to end is excellent – you won’t get lost.
Which way should you ride the Great Western Greenway? Starting in Westport has the advantage of ever-improving scenery, but starting in Achill makes it more likely that you will have a tailwind.
Burrishoole Abbey is a short distance off the route.
Great Western Greenway Useful Info
The track runs beside or close to the main road for the length of the trip, with numerous entrances. There are several bike hire companies in the area, and if you rent a bike with them you can get a ride with them one way to avoid needing to cycle back the same way.
Irish Rail has several trains a day from Dublin (Heuston) and Athlone to Westport.
Bus Eireann has the following services, each running several times per day: Dublin, Athlone, Ireland West Airport (Knock), Ballina, Castlebar, Galway, Limerick and Cork.