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West Mayo Safari

West Mayo Safari

Degree of difficulty - A/B

A lesser known part of Ireland but still offering great scenery. The route incorporates the fantastic Greenway cycle that takes us from Achill Island all the way to Westport.

Our Safari starts and finishes in the colourful town of Westport. We set off on our cycle around Lough Conn where fisherman cast off and patiently wait for the days catch. We head to the coast and the Ceide Fields. A unique archeological site of world importance where the remains of stone filled walls, houses and megalithic tombs are preserved beneath a blanket of peat over several square miles. As a field structure of over five and a half millennia, it is the oldest known field system in the world.

We continue our journey cycling along the Atlantic Coast to Ireland's largest island Achill, where we are basing ourselves for two days. Achill is unspoilt by the havoc of the modern day and many of its beaches have been awarded Blue Flag status by the European Union. Dramatic views of towering cliffs, majestic mountains and open moorland - nature at is most beautiful, all immortalized by the paintings of Paul Henry.

Our final days cycle takes us all the way from Achill to Westport on a dedicated cycle / walking path, the famous Great Western Greenway! A fantastic way to finish up this great tour.


On arrival in Westport you should make your way to your accommodation after 2.00pm, and explore the area. 

DAY 2 WESTPORT TO FOXFORD 36 miles / 58 kms
Leaving the town on the Castlebar Road, after a mile you turn onto the Western Way walking route. The route takes you along quiet backroads passing by lakes and bog land to our lunch stop. After lunch there is some nice lakeside cycling around Lough Conn and then onto Lough Cullin, which brings you to our Hotel in Foxford.

DAY 3 FOXFORD TO BALLYCASTLE 30 miles / 38 kms
You start the day by visiting the historic Woollen Mills in Foxford after which you head out on back roads to follow along the eastern shore of Lough Conn before stopping for lunch in a pub. In the afternoon you again follow quiet roads to Ballycastle.

Heading west on the coast road with wonderful views looking out over the Atlantic, you come to the Ceide Fields, site of an ancient 5000-year-old field system. It is the largest Stone Age site in Europe and there is an excellent interpretive centre here that outlines the history of the site. Continuing on from the centre there is a dramatic cycle across open bogland with more wonderful coastal views all the way to the town of Belmullet.

DAY 5 BELMULLET TO ACHILL 45 miles / 72 kms
Today, the cycle is around the Atlantic Coast through a wild barren landscape, past freshly cut fields of peat, to the village of Mulranney and from there cycle onto Achill Island and the night stop.

There are several dramatic cycling routes around Achill, the most impressive being the Atlantic Drive, with its wonderful coastal views and beautiful landscape. You can also head to Keem bay for a swim on its white sandy beach. For those feeling energetic you could climb to the top of the nearby cliffs some of the highest in Europe, where you are rewarded with the most breathtaking views of the week.

DAY 7 Greenway Cycle - ACHILL TO WESTPORT 40 miles / 60 kms
Leaving the Island via the bridge at Achill sound, we continue on the World Class Great Western Greenway (www.greenway.ie). This is a 43.5km traffic free cycling and walking facility which primarily follows the line of the famous Great Western Midlands Railway, which closed in 1937. Its development has been made possible by agreement of local landowners who have allowed permissive access to users to pass through their lands. This route offers gentle gradients and some of the most idyllic scenery in the west of Ireland. The route forms part of the National Cycle Network and it is the longest dedicated cycling path in the Country!

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

€830.00 per person sharing off peak
€865.00 per person sharing in July & August
€255.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others)
€395.00 solo tour supplement (if travelling alone on a self guided tour)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation with breakfast ( mix of small hotels and guesthouses )
- 1 evening meal
- Bike rental including a pannier bag, lock, repair kit, bottle holder
- Guide in a support van (on group tour only)
- Helmet rental (on group tour only)

- Luggage transfer
- Route details and maps
- 24 hour service hotline
- GPS tracks available (on request)

Not included:
Bike rental on self guided tours (on request only) €10

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)


Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tours are available from April to October and can start any day of the week.

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels.
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.


Rosmo House Westport Rosmo House Westport1

Rosmo House

 Waterside Westport  Waterside Westport1

 Waterside B&B 


Mayfly Hotel Foxford Mayfly Hotel Foxford1

The Mayfly Hotel is set on the banks of the River Moy, a popular fishing place.


Keadyville House Ballycastle Keadyville House Ballycastle1

Barbara & Michael Kelly welcome you in Keadyville House

Atlantic View Ballycastle Atlantic View Ballycastle1

Another great accommodation we use is the Atlantic View.


Chez Nous Belmullet

Chez Nous Belmullet1

Chez Nous is a 3 Star approved B&B, 5 minutes walk
from the bustling town of Belmullet

Drom Caoin Belmullet Drom Caoin Belmullet1

A warm welcome awaits you in Drom Caoin B&B  


Bervie House Achill Bervie House Achill1

Bervie guest accommodation is a wonderfully restored
coastguard station on Achill Island

Roskeel House Achill Roskeel House Achill1

Roskeel House offers bright, spacious rooms.

How to get to Westport (Mayo):
It is possible to fly to either Dublin airport, Knock Airport or Shannon airport. 

From Dublin airport: 
Bus service non-direct from the airport to Westport available. Travel time around 5-6 hours.
Check JJKavanagh Coach or GetThere.ie for more information

A better option is to take the Airlink shuttle service into Dublin city (ca. 45 minutes, depending on traffic) and transfer to get direct train to Westport. Train takes approx 3 hours. Details on Irish Rail 

From Knock Airport:
There is a direct bus going from Knock Airport to Westport. The journey takes approx 1 hour. 

From Shannon airport:
There is a bus service to Westport city available,  you need to change buses in Galway. Shannon Airport to Galway takes approx 2 hours, Galway to Westport takes another 2 hours bus journey. 
Check GetThere.ie for information

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

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We enjoyed both tours very much. As usual, the routes were well chosen, scenic, and with good suggestions for places for lunch. The accommodation was great...all the B&B landlords were friendly and welcoming, with the lovely Ivy at Atlantic View in Belmullet deserving a special mention.

Thank you for another great cycling holiday and we look forward to others in the future.

Susan and Colin (West Mayo & Wicklow, 2018)

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