Westport to Achill – an appraisal of the Great Western Greenway

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When you turn the corner of the peninsula it becomes "less charming"


Looking towards Achill Sound, about a mile from it. This is where I joined the track.

The following are views from the track, heading towards Westport.

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7 comments on “Westport to Achill – an appraisal of the Great Western Greenway”

  1. Kern wrote:

    The scenery of Ireland is always special. It makes cycling worthwhile whatever the condition of the road. We travelled through Westport but headed inland towards Sligo rather than taking the coast. I'd pencil in this route for our next trip.

  2. Garry Lee wrote:

    It's well worth doing and in nice weather Achill Island is gorgeous. In bad weather, horrendous!

  3. Hilary wrote:

    Ireland certainly looks beautiful. Its nice to hear about a cycle track that actually has a decent rideable surface, so many seem to be built on the assumption that everyone rides mountain bikes.

  4. Garry Lee wrote:

    It's not all perfect but I rode it on 23c racing tyres and I'm 15st plus and I had no pinch puncture or anything.

  5. Chris wrote:

    I'm all for cycle routes like this one. I think for beginning cyclists it gives them a nudge, a bit of inspiration perhaps to do something they might otherwise not have thought to plan for themselves. In case you hadn't guessed I'm a big fan of the Big Skies Bike Rides near where I live. In fact, I rode one yesterday when I struggled for motivation to get out. I drove there, so not very green of me, but it gave me a push and I really enjoyed the Sledmere Country from Sledmere ride. Without wanting to sound sniffy, I don't think we're the intended audience for these sorts of short rides, but we can enjoy them all the same 🙂

  6. We have a new bicycle hire business in Achill, which is also the location of a National Cycle Hub with three looped trails, as well as several old bog roads and tracks winding around the island. We can also offer bike and passenger transport if necessary. Happy Cycling on Achill Island!

  7. Irish artist wrote:

    Lovely track, I went there few days ago, highly recommended 🙂

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