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[ Date: September 23, 2017 11:42 pm ]

Cycling

Whether you are a beginner or an avid cyclist Westport has the tracks and trails for you, here are a few that will take you through the picturesque West of Ireland.

 

The World Class Great Western Greenway, in the West of Ireland

Escape the bustle of urban life on the 42km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. The World Class Great Western Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937. For more details go to www.greenway.ie/Greenway-01.html

 

Westport National Coastal Trail

On arrival to Westport the first thing you will experience is the mystical backdrop of Ireland’s most famous mountain, Croagh Patrick (‘the Reek’). The terrain of the National Coastal Trail consists of the designated walking/cycling Greenway and designated cycle /walkway lanes which will take you from Westport  to Westport Quay and onwards to Murrisk and Croagh Patrick.

Trail at a Glance:

Linear Trail: Distance 9.2 km

Start/Trailhead: Westport Town

Estimated Time: 1-1.30 Hours

Terrain: Town Greenway, Footpath, Roads & Cycle & Walkway

To Suit: Suitable for people with moderate levels of fitness.

Minimum Gear: Fluid, Snacks Waterproofs & Mobile Phone. If Cycling       Helmet is required.

Services: Services throughout Westport town and its environs

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For more information go to: http://www.mayowalks.ie/CyclingInMayo/CycleHubs/WestportNationalCoastalTrail/

 

West Mayo Cycle Network

Loop 1

This loop hugs the shore line to the north of the town before cutting inland through Kilmeena and back to Westport. The longest route, it gives incredible views of Croagh Patrick to the south and the Nephin Beg range to the north. Quiet country backroads are what you experience on this loop with the ruined castle at Castleaffy and a round tower ruin on your course. The views of the islands scattered throughout Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick across the bay and the Nephin Beg Range to the north make this a cycle to remember.

Distance: 24 km

Estimated Time: 2-3 hours

Start: Westport

Terrain: Country roads

Traffic: Generally light but can get busy during holiday season

Suitable for: People with medium levels of fitness

Minimum Gear: Helmet, bike, mobile phone, fluid, snacks, waterproofs

For more information go to: http://destinationwestport.com/things-to-do/activities/cycling-ireland-trails/west-mayo-cycle-network/

 

Loop 2

Perfect for those with not a lot of time on their hands. This route encircles Westport town, going out towards Louisburgh on the main road and back along the coast road to Westport Quay. It then goes through the beautiful Westport House estate and around the north of the town before returning.

Distance: 14 km

Estimated Time: 1 to 1.5 hours

Start: Westport


Terrain: Country roads, sections along Westport Greenway


Traffic: Generally light but can get busy during holiday Season

Suitable for: People with medium levels of fitness


Minimum Gear: Helmet, bike, mobile phone, fluid, snacks, waterproofs.

For more information go to: http://destinationwestport.com/things-to-do/activities/cycling-ireland-trails/west-mayo-cycle-network/

 

Loop 3

Although this is a short loop it is an enjoyable one. As usual Croagh Patrick forms the impressive backdrop for this loop which will allow you to experience a small sample of the amazing countryside of the region


Distance: 8 km

Estimated Time: 1 hour

Start: Westport


Terrain: Country roads, sections along Westport Greenway


Traffic: Generally light but can get busy during holiday season

Suitable for: People with medium levels of fitness


Minimum Gear: Helmet, bike, mobile phone, fluid, snacks, waterproofs.

For more information go to: http://destinationwestport.com/things-to-do/activities/cycling-ireland-trails/west-mayo-cycle-network/

 

And if you need to hire a bike here are a few of the many providers in the area:

 

Westport Bikes 4 Hire

Carrabawn, Westport, Co.Mayo

PHONE :+353 (0)86 088 0882

EMAIL :info@westportbikes4hire.com

WEB :www.westportbikes4hire.com

 

Clew Bay Bike Hire, Westport, Newport, Mulranny, Achill, Co Mayo

PHONE :+353 (0)98 24818

EMAIL :info@clewbayoutdoors.ie

WEB :www.clewbayoutdoors.ie

 

Sean Sammon Cycle Hire, Westport, Co Mayo

PHONE :+353 (0)98 25471

 

The Westport Bike Shop

The Paddock, Westport, Co.Mayo

PHONE :+353 98 24966

EMAIL :thewestportbikeshop@gmail.com

 

Greenway Bicycle Hire, Main Street, Newport, Co Mayo

PHONE :+353 (0)86 0382594 / +353 (0)86 0382593

EMAIL :greenwaybicyclehire@gmail.com

WEB :www.greenwaybicyclehire.com

 

Achill Bikes

Dooagh, Achill Island, Co Mayo

PHONE :+353 (0)98 43301

MOBILE :+353 (0)87 2437686

MOBILE :+353 (0)86 1723087

EMAIL :info@achillbikes.com

WEB :www.achillbikes.com