Ireland’s Greenways and trails are a great way to see some of the most beautiful and unspoilt parts of the country while enjoying the great outdoors.

We’ve hand-picked some of Ireland’s best and most popular trails for you to explore this summer. Whatever your fitness level or location, you’re sure to find a route to suit you and your family.

Great Western Greenway

The Great Western Greenway in county Mayo is a 42km trail which follows the route of the now defunct Achill to Westport railway line and offers breath-taking views of Clew Bay and its surrounding landscape. First opened in 2010, the route is popular with tourists. Thousands of visitors, both international and domestic, travel west to walk or cycle the trail

Great Western Way Mayo

The Great Western Greenway is divided into three sections – Achill to Mulranny, Mulranny to Newport and Newport to Westport – and can be completed in sections or as one whole cycle or walk. We recommend starting the trail from Achill and finishing in Westport, as the trail is easier from the start, however the Greenway can be completed in either direction.

Achill to Mulranny

The first section on your journey starts on Achill Sound, at the Achill Island Hotel, where an official access point is located. Whether you’re on bike or foot, you’ll be able to follow the dedicated signs which mark your way onto the official path.

The first section of the route is relatively flat and is a great way to ease yourself into the adventure. The 13km trail should take about 1.5 hours if cycling and takes in wonderful views of the Mayo countryside.

Cycle over Bridge Great Western Way

Mulranny to Newport

The second stage of Great Western Greenway increases in both difficulty and length. The route stretches over 18km and includes steep climbs and off-road paths. Although your legs might be tired, your eyes will be thrilled with the stunning views over Clew Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, making this section of the Greenway a must-do for visitors.

Newport to Westport

The final stretch of the Mayo Greenway is the shortest, at11km. The route leads you directly through the town of Newport before bringing you into the centre of Westport. Be warned, while this part is the shortest it’s also the toughest, with steep hills and tough climbs waiting for you before the finish line.

Make sure to pack OSi Discover Series Map for your Mayo adventure.

or the Adventure Series maps of the area

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