Mulranny & the Great Western Greenway
Selected under the theme ‘Tourism and Regeneration of Physical Sites’, Mulranny and The Great Western Greenway, is in Co Mayo.
The area offers a unique a 42km cycle trail along an old railway line that closed 73 years ago. Cycle here and you’ll be treated to panoramic views over the vast seascape of Clew Bay, its archipelago of drowned drumlin islands, the Nephin mountain range and Bellacragher Bay.
The Greenway offers an exhilarating and safe cycling experience for all the family with gentle gradients. It links Mulranny and Newport to the Westport and Achill cycle hubs. This creates a unique cycling-friendly destination.
And your leisure won’t just be limited to two wheels either. Enjoy a wide range of activities in Mulranny, Westport, Newport and on Achill Island like walking, golfing, sea kayaking and surfing on the blue flag beaches, shore and sea angling, and fine dining.
The creation of the Greenway reflects a decade of community-led regeneration which undid a century of decline. This regeneration saw the region’s decaying railway heritage sensitively renewed for future generations to enjoy.
The former Mulranny railway hotel also reopened in 2005, inspiring a community-led initiative to redevelop the Mulranny Causeway and the Victorian walking trails here into a loop walk accessing three European-designated Natura 2000 sites. Further information visit www.mulranny.ie
Make sure you:
- Visit the Atlantic Drive and Secret Garden Achill, the most westerly public garden in Ireland.
- Take an environmentally friendly electric bike tour with Electric Escapes if you’re looking for a ‘cycling for softies’ experience.
- Participate in a painting, glass bead making or other craft class.