The Great Western Greenway
This exciting 42km traffic-free cycling and walking trail follows the line of the famous Westport to Achill Great Western Midlands Railway. It offers gentle gradients and some of the most idyllic scenery in the west of Ireland. The railway was one of the ‘Balfour Lines’, named for the Chief Secretary for Ireland 1887-91, who introduced the Light Railways (Ireland) Act that provided state assistance for the construction of narrow gauge lines to disadvantaged areas like West Mayo. In 2017 the first stage of the Greenway's extension onto Achill Island will see it finishing in Cashel, in the middle of the island.
Download a larger version of the Greenway map here