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Greenways > Great Western Greenway

Please note that the Great Western Greenway Westport - Achill will be closed to the public for one day on Thursday 21st February 2013.

Great Western Greenway Overview

The World Class Great Western Greenway (Westport - Achill) is a 43.5km traffic free cycling and walking facility which primarily follows the line of the famous Great Westerb Midlands Railway, which closed in 1937. Its development has been made possible by agreement of local landowners who have allowed permissive access to users to pass through their lands.

This route offers gentle gradients and some of the most idyllic scenery in the west of Ireland. The route forms part of the National Cycle Network and it is the longest off road cycling experience in the Country.

From Greenway – Railway

The Newport / Mallaranny railway formed part of the once famous Westport / Achill Railway. This railway was one of the so-called ‘Balfour Lines’, called after Arthur J. Balfour, Chief Secretary for Ireland During the years 1887-91, who introduced the Light Railways (Ireland) Act which provided state assistance for the construction of narrow gauge lines to disadvantaged areas such as West Mayo. The first station on this extension was Newport which opened in February 1894, followed by Mallaranny in August of the same year. The line to Achill was completed in May 1895.

Individual towns and villages prospered with the arrival of the Great Western and Midland Railway Company. The luxurious Great Western Hotel opened at Mallaranny in 1897 and a combined rail and hotel ticket was available.

The promotors of the line had high hopes for its future and it proved to be a great social and economic asset to West Mayo, however traffic never consistently reached the levels originally anticipated. Development of road traffic in the 1930’s sealed the fate of the line. The last train ran in the Autumn of 1937, a mere 42 years after the line had opened.

Today the section of the line between Newport and Mallaranny with its fine engineering structures, gentle gradients and outstanding scenery has been converted into an off road walking and cycling route – a fitting reminder to the glorious railway era.


Trail Description

Section 01 Westport – Newport

Start/ Trailhead: In Westport an official access point is located to the right just off the N59 traveling in the direction of Newport approximately 500m from Westport town centre. Follow the directional fingerpost signs on to the Greenway. In Newport an official access point is located to the left just off the N59 traveling in the direction of Westport located approximately 2km from Newport town.
Distance: 12.5 km
Estimated Time: 1-1.30 Hours Cycling, 3-3.30 Hours Walking
Terrain: Greenway off road cycle and walking trail.
Waymarking: Trail is waymarked using the National Cycle Network symbol and a white directional travel arrow.
To Suit: Suitable for people with moderate levels of fitness.
Minimum Gear: Helmet, Bike, Mobile Phone, Snacks, Fluid and waterproofs.
Services: Services available Westport and Newport.
 


Section 02 Newport – Mallaranny

Start/ Trailhead: In Newport an official access point is located to the left just off the N59 travelling to Mallaranny. In Mallaranny an official access point is located to the right just off the N59 travelling to Bangor.
Distance: 18 km
Estimated Time: 2-2.30 Hours Cycling, 5-5.30 Hours Walking
Ascent: 82m
Terrain: Greenway off road cycle and walking trail.
Waymarking: Trail is waymarked using the National Cycle Network symbol and a white directional travel arrow.
To Suit: Suitable for people with moderate levels of fitness.
Minimum Gear: Helmet, Bike, Mobile Phone, Snacks, Fluid and waterproofs.
Services: Services available at Newport, Mallaranny and Tiernaur.
Os Discover Map: Sheet No 30 & 31
Emergency Contact No: If you encounter any difficulties, contact the emergency services on 999


Section 03 Mallaranny – Achill Sound

Start/ Trailhead: In Mallaranny an official access point is located to the right just off the N59 travelling to Bangor. An access point is also located to the rear of the Mulranny Park Hotel. On Achill Sound an official access point is located at Óstán Oileán Acla / Achill Island Hotel at the gateway to Achill Island, Follow finger post signage onto Greenway.
Distance: 13 km
Estimated Time: 1-1.30 Hours Cycling, 4-4.30 Hours Walking
Terrain: Greenway off road cycle and walking trail.
Waymarking: Trail is waymarked using the National Cycle Network symbol and a white directional travel arrow.
To Suit: Suitable for people with moderate levels of fitness.
Minimum Gear: Helmet, Bike, Mobile Phone, Snacks, Fluid and waterproofs.
Services: Services available on Achill Island and Mallaranny.
 


Contact Details:

Further information is available by loging onto following websites:


Bike Hire is available from the following outlets:

The Westport Bike Shop
The Paddock
Newport Road
Westport
Co. Mayo
Tel:         00353 (0)98 24966
Web:     wwwwestportbikeshop.ie
Email:    info@westportbikeshop.ie



Mulranny Park Hotel
Mulranny, Westport, Co Mayo
Tel: + 353 98 36 000
Fax: + 353 987 36 899
Email: info@mulrannyparkhotel.ie
Website: www.mulrannyparkhotel.ie

Newport Cycle Hire & Repairs
Westport Road, Newport, Co Mayo
Tel: 098 42900
Mobile: 086 3295277

Clew Bay Bike Hire Ltd
Distillery Road, Westport, Co Mayo
Tel: 085 7030177 / 086 3921428
Email: sales@clewbayoutdoors.ie
Web: www.clewbayoutdoors.com

Mr. Sean Sammon
James Street, Westport, Co Mayo
Tel: 098 25471

Electric Escapes
Westport, Co Mayo
Tel: Paul Harmon 087 745 1155
Website: www.electric escapes.ie

 

Accommodation is available locally from the following providers:

Mallaranny
Mulranny Park Hotel

Mulranny, Westport, Co Mayo
Tel: + 353 98 36 000
Fax: + 353 987 36 899
Email: info@mulrannyparkhotel.ie
Website: www.mulrannyparkhotel.ie

Tiernaur
Nevins Newfield Inn

Newfield, Tiernaur, Mulranny, Co Mayo
Telephone: +353 (0)98 36 959
Fax: +353 (0)98 36 972
Email: jfnevin@eircom.net
Website: www.nevinsinn.com

Newport
Hotel Newport

Main Street, Newport, Co Mayo
Telephone: +353 98 41155
Fax: +353 98 42548
Email: info@hotelnewportmayo.com
Website: www.hotelnewport.com

Newport House Hotel
Newport
Co Mayo
Tel: +353 (0)98 41222
Fax: +353 (0)98 41613
Email: info@newporthouse.ie
Web: www.newporthouse.ie

Campsites

Campsites are available at various locations along the Greenway. Further details available hereunder;

Westport House & Country Estate
Westport
Co Mayo
Tel: 00353 (0)98 27766
Fax: 00353 (0)98 25206
Web: www.westporthouse.ie/caravans-camping

Mulranny Camping & Caravan Park
James Grealis
Cushlecka
Mulranny
Co Mayo
Tel: 00353 (0)98 36127

Achill Island

Achill Mobile Park
Dooniver,
Achill Island,
Co. Mayo.
Contact: Bernadette Finn
Tel: 00353 (0)87 125 6267
Keel Sandybanks Caravan and Camping Park
Keel Sandybanks,
Achill Island,
Co. Mayo.
Reservations: Achill Caravan Holidays Belcarra, Castlebar, Co Mayo.
Tel: 00353 (0)98 43211
Email: info@achillcamping.com
Web site: www.achillcamping.com

Lavelle's Golden Strand Caravan & Camping Park
Golden Strand,
Dugort,
Achill Island,
Co. Mayo.
Contact: Joe Lavelle
Tel: 00353 (0)87 6165840 / 086 2314596
 


Additional information relating to the area can be obtained from: www.achilltourism.com, www.destinationwestport.com and www.mulranny.ie.
 

 

 

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