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Walking Achill’s Island Greenway

Westport to Achill Sound

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Walking The Great Western Greenway from Westport in Mayo to Achill Island is a fantastic short break, not too strenuous or taxing for anyone of moderate fitness. This route on the Wild Atlantic Way is a nice walking tour ideal for families or people looking for a relaxing holiday with short activity days. The 42km long Great Western Greenway, is the longest traffic free off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland to Achill Island. This stunning trail allows you explore this history rich area of Mayo, with human settlement in the area dating back over 5,000 years.

On this route you will follow the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937 from Westport to Achill, along the way you will pass through Newport with its famous seven arched viaduct crossing the Black Oak river and on the way to Mulranny you can find the 16th century tower house of Rockfleet Castle before finishing up at Achill Island. The Great Western Greenway has won several awards including European Destination of Excellence.

Walking the Great Western Greenway is ideal for families, parents can walk the trail while children can cycle it, we offer a selection of bikes to suit all ages and abilities, including an option to upgrade to an electric bike and even tandems.

VIEW OUR TOUR OPTIONS

  • Walking the Great Western Greenway to Achill Island – Short Break:
    • 4 days/3 nights. Walking the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Mulranny, staying in our selected accommodation.
  • Walking the Great Western Greenway to Achill Island – Standard:
    • 5 days/4 nights. Walking the Great Western Greenway from Westport to Achill Sound, staying in our selected accommodation.

Trip highlights

  • Visit the ruins of Burrishoole Friary built in the 15th century
  • Take a picnic to one of the blue flag beaches and enjoy a swim
  • Walk along a peaceful traffic-free route all the way to Achill Island
  • Soak up the history in Westport, heritage town of Georgian character and charm

1 Westport

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Westport is a designated Heritage Town on the Wild Atlantic Way and three-time overall winner of the National Tidy Towns Competition, the words picturesque and Westport go hand in hand. The town was the creation of James Wyatt and although classically planned, remains picturesque. Developing from a vision laid down in the 1700’s, Wyatt’s carefully considered plans have seamlessly guided Westport Ireland from the past to the present. This busy little town has a lot to offer whether you are looking for historic tours, scenic walks, gastronomy or bars with entertainment that will take you into the small hours of the morning. Ireland’s Holy Mountain, Croagh Patrick is located just a few kilometres outside of Westport town. The mountain is named after St.Patrick and every year pilgrims make the journey to climb this steep mountain with fantastic views of Clew Bay at the summit.

2 Westport to Newport - 11km

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4H  +97m / -115m

After breakfast you begin your walk leaving Westport, making your way to Newport on the Great Western Greenway. The Greenway is 42km long and follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937, along the route you will pass through the villages of Newport and Mulranny before arriving at Achill island Ireland’s largest island.
As you enter Newport you will find it hard to miss the fine cut-stone seven arch railway viaduct which spans the Black Oak river.

3 Newport to Mulranny - 18km

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5H | +140m / -109m

Leaving Newport this morning on your way to Mulranny you will have an option to take a short detour to Burrishoole Friary. Burrishoole Friary was built in 1470, it fell out of use in the 16th century, now only the ruins and graveyard survive, the friary is surprisingly well preserved with examples of late Gothic architecture and relics still on show.

On your route today you will have the Nephin Beg mountain range on your right and Clew Bay on your left as The Great Western Greenway transports you through this beautiful country side. Your accommodation this evening will be in the coastal town of Mulranny. Mulranny has a vibrant social community, offering a wide variety of activities and services on the Wild Atlantic Way.

Mulranny is the end of the ‘Short Break’.

4 Mulranny to Achill Sound staying in Westport - 13km

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5H | +148m / -157m

This morning you will depart Mulranny and continue along the northern coastline in the shadow of Knockletragh (452m) on your left and Claggan mountain (367m) to you right. Following The Wild Atlantic Way to the Michael Davitt Bridge that connects Ireland’s mainland with its largest island Achill. There are a number of restaurants and bars at Achill Sound if you wish to recharge the batteries before your transfer back to Westport.

If you wish to explore Achill Island further you can add an extra night or two or choose to stay tonight in Achill Sound rather than transfer back to Westport.

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After your breakfast your tour with us is over.

Hotels & guest houses have been carefully selected for their location, comfort, character, food, and friendliness of the staff. Accommodation displayed is subject to availability and if the hotel/guest house described is not available, we will provide you with one of the same standard of comfort and price.

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Our first choice hotel is in the centre of town and only a few minutes walk from where you will collect your bike in the morning.

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Your Accommodation this evening in Newport prides itself on their friendly and attentive staff, they will endeavour to ensure that your stay will be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

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Situated on a 42 acre woodland site and recently completely refurbished. Your accommodation this evening now combines the very best from the past, with contemporary comfort and style, while it retains much of the character and charm of the original building.

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Flying IN and OUT

Knock Airport: This is the closest regional airport to Westport. It is serviced by selected airlines from the U.K. and Europe.

 

Dublin Airport: Furthest Airport away, but has the highest number of flights landing from most European and international locations.

 

More information:

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Dublin Airport

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TO and FROM the Airports

TO WESTPORT

Getting to Westport from Ireland West Airport Knock:

Knock Airport to Westport | Bus | Travel time 1H from outside the main terminal, departing every 3 hours | Fare €6 one way.

 

Getting to Westport from Dublin Airport:

Dublin Airport to Westport | Bus | Travel time 4H00, departing every 3 hours roughly, from outside the main terminal,  | Fare €25 one way.

 

Getting to Westport from Dublin City centre:

Dublin Airport to Dublin City | Aircoach or Bus No. 747 | Travel time 0H30 leaving Dublin Airport for O’Connell Street every 15 minutes | Fare €6 one-way.

Dublin City to Westport | Bus | Travel time 5h30 from Dublin Central Bus Station (Busáras) on Store St to Westport (Mill St – Westbound Stop), leaving every 2 and a half hours | Fare €25 one way.

Dublin City to Westport | Train | Travel time 3H00 from Heuston Train Station, Dublin, departing every 3 hours | Fare €35 one way.

 

FROM WESTPORT

Getting back to Ireland West Airport Knock from Westport:

Westport to Knock Airport | Bus | Travel time 1H00, from Westport (Mill St – Westbound Stop), departing every 3 hours | Fare €6 one way.

 

Getting back to Dublin Airport from Westport:

Westport to Dublin City | Bus | Travel time 4H30 approx, from Westport (Mill St – Eastbound Stop), departing Westport every 2 hours | Fare €19 one way.

Westport to Dublin City | Train | Travel time 3H approx, from Westport Train Station to Heuston Dublin every 4 hours | Fare €25 one way.

Dublin City to Dublin Airport | Bus Aircoach or No. 747 | Travel time 0H30, from O’Connell Street every 15-30 minutes | Fare €6 one-way.

 

More information: 

Air Coach – Airport Transfer

Bus Eireann – Intercity Bus

Dublin Bus – Dublin City Bus

Irish Rail – Train