GREAT WESTERN GREENWAY
Escape the hustle and bustle of urban life on the 42km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. Brannens of Newport is the perfect to stay for a cycling or walking break offering accommodation and bike hire package.
The World Class Great Western Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail which follows the coastal route of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way along of the renowned Westport to Achill railway line, which closed in 1937.
Just 3km (2 miles) northwest on the Greenway from Newport, beside a quiet tidal estuary, lies the beautiful ruin of Burrishoole Abbey. Founded by Sir Richard de Burgo for the Dominican order in 1469, who resigned his lordship in and entered the friary, where he remained a friar until his death four years later.
The seven-arched bridge, crossing the Burrishoole channel, was built in the 18th century as part of the roadway between Newport and Mulranny. Then, in 1950, the road was re-routed along the former railway line to the north, located further downstream. The railway line, which ran from Westport to Achill, had been in operation from the 1880s until 1939.
Mulranny Railway Station
The last train ran through the station in Autumn of 1937 and recently it has been magnificently restored to its former glory. It now serves as an Activity Services Centre for Greenway users. Offering bike hike, tour guide services and a kite surfing centre. There are also public toilets, showers and storage facilities with locker room facilities.