The Great Western Greenway
The Great Western Greenway traverses Ireland’s Atlantic coast between Westport town and Achill Island and visits the picturesque villages of Newport and Mulranny. At 42 kilometers, it is the long trail of its kind in Ireland. The Greenway offers spectacular views of Clew Bay and its many islands as well as the iconic Croagh Patrick. Visit www.greenway.ie for more information.
Few towns in Ireland can match Westport’s charisma and continental flavour. Cheerful shop fronts jostle for attention with an attractive selection of shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants. Little wonder it has become one of Ireland’s most popular and cosmopolitan holiday destinations. Visit www.westporttourism.com for more information.
Achill Island, is without doubt one of the most beautiful and spectacular places in Ireland. A trip to Achill will cater for those looking to relax and unwind and for those looking to stay active. Surfing, kayaking, Hillwalking, golf, fishing and more are all available and traditional Irish pubs are scattered throughout the island. Visit www.achilltourism.com for more information.
Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park
Over 4.5 million visitors have experienced the heritage, family-fun, camping and adventure activity offerings of Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park. It offers something for all age groups. Owned by direct descendants of 16th century pirate queen Grace O’Malley (Gráinne Mhaol), Westport House has been open since 1960 and was recently voted one of the Best Family Visitor Attractions in Ireland by Primary Times Magazine.
The village of Mulranny is an idyllic and picturesque place. Situated on an isthmus between Clew Bay and Blacksod Bay, Mulranny is the home of giant fuschias and exotic plants that must be seen to be believed. Mulranny has charming traditional pubs, two beaches a 9 hole golf links and much more. Keep an eye out for the native Old Irish Goats where Mulranny is their last stronghold.
Golf courses are aplenty in and around Mulranny. Mulranny itself offers a challenging 9 hole golf links course with panoramic views of Clew Bay and Croagh Patrick. There is also a 9 hole golf links on the sandybanks in Keel, Achill Island. For those looking to venture further afield, there are two 18 hole courses within driving distance, one in Carrowholly, Westport (30 minute drive) and one in Carne, Belmullet (45 minute drive).
Take to the Sea
The Atlantic Ocean and Clew Bay are not only beautiful locations but they also offer an array of activities. Sailing outings are available from Bellacragher Boat Club near Ballycroy. Learn to sale on traditional crafts or in the latest high tech Catamarans. Those looking for a more hands-on approach can go sightseeing and angling off Clew Bay with Mary Gavin Hughes of Clew Bay Angling. Clew Bay offers the most prolific Sea Angling on the West Coast of Ireland so take a trip and cast a line.
Catch a Wave
Achill is a surfer's paradise. There are various instructors and surfboard hires in Achill. Surf le Tomás (email email@example.com or call 09845085) and Blackfield Surf School are just two and are also members of the Greenway Activities.
Try Something Different
If surfing is not your thing, there are plenty of other watersports to keep you entertained. Kayak with Saoirse na Mara of Westport or Kayak le Tomás (email firstname.lastname@example.org) in Achill. Pure Magic of Achill will teach you the emerging sports of kite surfing and paddle boarding. And if you’re looking for an adrenaline rush, Rock le Tomás will bring you the thrill of rock-climbing and abseiling (email email@example.com or call 09845085).
Walking and Trekking
The rugged beauty of Mulranny is not just breathtaking, but also provides numerous walks, treks and loops. Varying in length and difficulty, you’re sure to find the perfect one for you. Guided walks are provided in both Mulranny (call 0879492583) and Achill (email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 09845085).