Great Western Greenway

Walk Irelands Atlantic Coast - Self Guided

Trip Style

Off Road Walking Trail

Availability

May to September

Highlight

Achill Island, Newport, Westport

Price from

590 EUR

 

Grade

The Great Western Greenway is longest off-road walking and cycling route in Ireland. It follows the path of the railway lines that have been closed in 1937. This stunning trail takes you through some remote and beautiful areas on the Western coast of Ireland. By visiting the pretty villages of Mulranny and Newport you get a real feel for the West of Ireland.

 

Highlights

 

Westport House & Grounds

 

In the heart of Westport lies the historic Westport House. It is one of Ireland’s most popular heritage sites and is still family owned until today. It was originally built by Grace O’Malley, the Pirate Queen of Connaught in the 1500s and opened to the public in 1960. The beautiful manor offers amazing views of 30 rooms and 6 permanent exhibitions. 

On top of that, if you ever wanted to feel like a Lord or a Lady, you can book a delicious Afternoon Tea Time in the formal Drawing Room, where you will be served by Victorian maids. You get to enjoy the exquisite combination of a historic experience and amazing Irish food. 

Further, the Westport House & Grounds offer an astonishing Birds of Prey show for a group of 15 people or more or a private hawl walk, where you will have a falcon fly close by you and land on your arm.

 

Pirate Adventure Park

 

If you are looking for some family adventure fun, the Pirate Adventure Park right on the grounds of the Westport House is the ideal hiking break for families with children under the age of 12. The park offers lots of fun activities such as a mini zipline, a mini ferris wheel, Ireland’s ONLY log flume ride and so much more. There’s something fun for everyone and your kids will surely get a good night sleep after spending time at the Pirate Adventure Park. The park also offers various special events throughout the year such as Easter Egg hunts, Halloween Fest and Winter Wonderland.

 

Croagh Patrick & Clew Bay

 

Croagh Patrick, also known as the Holy Mountain, which overlooks Clew Bay is situated around 10 km west of Westport in County Mayo. Clew Bay spoils visitors with the most beautiful beaches along the Western coast of Ireland and is also the starting point if you feel like doing an extra hike up to Croagh Patrick. Its pilgrimage dates back to the Stone Age and remains very popular until today. The Reek, as it is also known as, is one of the highest peaks of Ireland with 750 metres (2,500 feet), providing visitors with spectacular views from all stages when ascending the mountain.

PACKAGE DETAILS

Day 1: Achill Island

Céad Míle Fáilte – Achill Island lies just off the coast of Co. Mayo less than 200m from the mainland it is connected via a bridge. Achill is known for its tall sea cliffs and many beaches. Soak up the island atmosphere and enjoy fresh sea-food to set you up nicely for your walk tomorrow.

Day 2: Achill to Mulranny (13kms, 2hr30)

The first official access point is at the gateway of the Achill Island hotel where a fingerpost will point you in the right direction to go. On a designated walking and cycling path you will follow the old railway line round to Mulranny with views out to sea on your left and surrounded by fields of long grass flowing in the wind. Ahead of you in the distance are the mountains of Mayo. Leaving the estuary behind you will sweep round and down towards Tonragee. Shortly after you will feel like you are nowhere near the sea as you cross the Blue Bridge surround in the distance by mountains. Finally arriving down into Mulranny at the Mulranny Park Hotel why not relax with a nice cold drink and some freshly prepared food. Then take some time to explore this small town and be sure to take the Mulranny causeway across Trawoughter Bay to discover the specular coastline.

Day 3: Mulranny to Newport (18kms, 5hr30)

Returning to the Greenway where you left it yesterday, the walk today will be longer than yesterday. Heading out of Mulranny sweeping views over Clew Bay and to Croagh Patrick in the distance will accompany you. Greenfields of every shade will accompany you as you gently climb to sweeping views that make you feel like you are further from civilisation than you actually are. Benches are placed along the route so be sure to stop and enjoy the view from one of these rest spots. Cyclists won’t be the only other things to watch out for today as you pass by open grazing areas for cows, which at times are known to be on the actual way. Watch out for a sign directing you to a local pub and take the diversion to grab a bite to eat or a cup of tea to keep you going. Winding through the countryside then crossing an expanse of water on an old stone bridge you are on the final section of today to Newport. This section follows the main road round to Newport the ancestral home of Princess Grace of Monaco.

Day 4: Newport to Westport (11kms, 3hr30)

This final walking day is a short day and well worth starting out early so you can be in Westport for lunchtime. Leaving Newport by crossing the bridge the way follows the main road to Westport. Eventually, you move away from the main road to be surrounded once again by the countryside on a relatively flat section that winds its way across the land with some bridges helping you across small rivers. Coming back to alongside the road you soon cross over to continue on the far side of the road. This section doesn’t feel so much like you are parallel to the main road as a line of trees and some shrubbery separate your walking path from the main road for a while. Soon the way will slowly move further and further from the main road till you are back in the countryside where tall trees line the way and you will pass under bridges now rather than over. A final gentle ascent then descent will take you to the town centre of Westport. Here you can explore the Georgian town centre, sample some traditional Irish cuisine and enjoy traditional music sessions. What a way to celebrate finishing your walk.

Day 5: Westport – Check Out

Today we say “Slán agus beannacht leat “ unless you would like a few extra nights here to really enjoy this area and maybe tackle Croagh Patrick! If not we hope to see you again soon.

INCLUDED AND NOT

  • 4 nights in a 2* or 3* hotels
  • 4 Breakfasts
  • Roadbook (Guidebook)
  • Luggage Transfer
  • 24/7 Customer Care
  • Bus Tickets
  • Flights/trains
  • Insurance
  • Drinks
  • Transfer from/to airport
  • Extra nights stay

Access

Way in:

From Dublin

Get the train from Dublin Heuston Station to Claremorris.  From Claremorris get the bus to Achill Island.

From London

Fly from Stansted or Luton to Knock with Ryanair, or Gatwick to Knock with Aerlingus.  Then get a bus from Knock to Stephen Garvey Way Castlebar, change and get a bus to Achill Island.

Way out:

To Dublin

Get the train from Westport to Dublin, or the bus which goes via Galway to Dublin.

To London

Get a bus from Westport to Knock airport then fly to Luton or Stansted with Ryanair or Aerlingus to Gatwick.

Information on trains can be found on the following website:

http://www.irishrail.ie/

Information on buses can be found on the following website:

http://www.buseireann.ie/

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