Riding a bike along picturesque country roads lined with hedgerows bursting with wild flowers or climbing through challenging high mountain gaps in Ireland can be an incredible experience. The rewards for your physical efforts will be peaceful private viewings of some of the most spectacular scenery on offer. Cycling is an activity very well developed in the West of Ireland, where you will find cyclists of all ages. The bicycle is a very interesting way to discover the countryside, for several reasons, not least being that there are many quiet country roads in Ireland, which gives the cyclist great freedom to explore and exercise at the same time.
For anyone wanting to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life, then taking a cycling holiday through Westport on the World Class Great Western Greenway is the best way to achieve this. Located in the west of Ireland, it is the longest off-road walking and cycling trail, you are literally just around the corner from it here in The Westport Woods Hotel.
Meandering along the old Newport/Mulranny railway, this 18km traffic-free route is ideal for getting out on a bike for a spin. It spans from Westport, through Newport, Mulranny and through to Achill Island
Traveling this greenway, you’ll be surrounded by idyllic countryside. And you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the views as there are no steep hills and the route is well mapped and signed.
You don't need to have the abilities of Sean Kelly either, within Westport we have a company which rents electric bikes Electric Escapes , perfect for those of us who are tourists and not cyclists! These bikes and other tour bikes including childrens' bikes, buggies and trailers, which can be hired for the day or longer if you wish from the Greenway bike hire - The Westport Bike Shop, who also operate a shuttle bus service for all their bike hire customers. If you want you can even bring your own bike and we can give you maps and directions. There are some other bike hire businesses in Westport these are Westport Bikes 4 Hire and Clew Bay Bike Hire .