The Great Western Greenway, Westport

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Discover Ireland's western coastline on The Great Western Greenway, the country's longest off-road trail, intended for cyclists and walkers of all ages and fitness levels. The trail runs for about 42 km (26 mi), following the coastline from Westport to Achill. Free of motorized traffic for most of its length, this scenic trail runs along the route once used by a major railway line that was constructed in the 1890s and closed in 1937. The trail meanders through a scenic countryside that includes rugged mountain ranges, tranquil bays, rocky islands, and sandy beaches. Bike rental services are available all along the route, so you can rent a bike in one town and drop off in another when you finish your ride. Add The Great Western Greenway and other attractions to your Westport trip itinerary using our Westport visit planner .
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  • From Westport to Achill Island, the track is laid out for bikes (except of very short city crossings): something wonderful to discover the coast and the countryside. Tip: take into account the wind, which often comes from the West, it is better to take the road to Achill Island and ride to Westport with the wind in the back! Our very friendly bikes rental: Westport Bikes 4 Hire
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  • Absolutely fantastic facility, very much a must do. Really lovely way to see the beautiful countryside. However some of the hills are extremely steep, a moderate level of fitness is needed!!!  more »
  • Even though the sun wasn't shining had a super fun day. Cycled with Greenway Bikes Newport from Achill to Newport stopping off in Mulranny for lunch. Very competitive family, racing each other to fini...  more »

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Where to stay in Westport

Many tourists visit Westport for the nightlife or to use it as a base for travel around County Mayo. Though you will most likely spend your time at cafes, pubs, or touring the surrounding countryside, reserve a spot to stay in town in the convenient, historical Quay district. Here you'll find a range of hotels, guesthouses, and bed and breakfasts. If traveling on a budget, look outside the city center for lodging options. Those wanting a more luxurious vacation spot should check out one of the city's many scenic spa destinations.
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