Last week we looked at the wonderful routes of the Waterford, Royal Canal and Limerick Greenways (which can be read here), this week we have looked at a mix of one of the country’s most popular routes and some shorter and somewhat underappreciated paths.
Tip: If planning to take in some of the great Irish Greenway Experiences make sure you check hotels along or near the route that accept our Go Anywhere Gift Card. What better way to experience Ireland than to pack light and split your stay between two hotel stays with just the bag on your back and a bicycle. If you’re travelling the shorter routes, make sure to book your bicycle in advance if you’re renting them.
Carlingford to Omeath Greenway
Distance – 7km
Taking in breath-taking views of Carlingford Lough and Slieve Foye, this 7km path, which can be covered by foot in appx 2 hours, runs along the edge of the Cooley Peninsula and starts on the north side of Carlingford town and with the track running to the village of Omeath. Read more about the greenway here: visitingcarlingford.com
Places to Stay:
The Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford offers the perfect break if you’re planning to explore the Carlingford to Omeath Greenway. The Co Louth hotel sits under the shadow of the Cooley Mountains and offers the perfect place to relax with its selection of Luxe Spa treatments. The hotel is also situated within walking distance of the lively Carlingford town. Visit Four Seasons Hotel, Carlingford Here.
Mullingar to Athlone Greenway – “Old Rail Trail”
Distance – 40km
The Old Rail Trail in Westmeath links the River Shannon in Athlone to the Royal Canal Greenway in Mullingar. As the name suggests this route runs along an old rail line and also takes in refurbished station houses as well as impressive stone arch bridges. The track also offers the opportunity to visit the popular Heritage Park attraction, where you can also rest and eat. Read more here: visitwestmeath.ie
Places to Stay:
Mullingar – Bloomfield Hotel. Located just outside Mullingar town, the Bloomfield Hotel offers superb leisure and spa facilities as well tranquil grounds to ramble and a family friendly atmosphere. Visit Bloomfield Hotel Here
Athlone – The Shamrock Lodge Hotel is a family run hotel that sits just a few minutes’ walk from Athlone town and offers a comfortable yet modern feel with private balcony rooms. The Iona Bar provide a traditional country feel with weekly music. Visit Shamrock Lodge Hotel Here
Great Western Greenway – Mayo
Distance – 42km
The Great Western Greenway is one of the most popular Greenway’s in the country and runs along the old Westport to Achill railway line. The route offers a more rugged scenery with views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay as you leave (or arrive in) Westport, while the journey between Newport and Mulranny will run between the Atlantic Ocean and Nephin Beg Mountain before finishing up on much adored Achill Island. Read more Here.
Where to Stay
Westport: The family owned Westport Woods Hotel is perfectly located for exploring. Whether it’s a short sighting seeing visit to Westport House, a scenic visit to the coast, an Atlantic boat trip or indeed if you plan on taking in the full Great Western Greenway track. Onsite spa and gym and a selection of themed breaks on offer Westport Woods Hotel is ideal whatever your reason for visiting Westport. Visit Westport Woods Hotel Here.
Achill: Achill Cliff House Hotel, it would be a crime to visit Achill Island and not stay overnight. Rich in tradition and craic the island can offer a great chance to get away from your busy life. Achill Cliff House Hotel offers comfort and an award winning restaurant that boasts locally sourced ingredients and a welcoming family atmosphere. Visit Achill Cliff House Hotel Here.
Boyne Greenway - Meath
Distance – 2km
The shortest of all our greenways, the Boyne Greenway is only 1.9km in length starting from the Peace Bridge in Drogheda and runs along the River Boyne to the site of the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre at Oldbridge. If you are looking for something longer, there are also a number of parkland walks that branch off this greenway. Read more Here.
( Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre)
Places to Stay:
Drogheda: The Boyne Valley Hotel and Country Club is a 19th century mansion house ideal for any leisure getaway. Whether it’s a golfing trip with a visit to the famous County Louth Golf Club, or for those with an interest in Irish history and the key historical sites close by or even just to explore the town of Drogheda and some of nearby secluded Termokeckin beach, Boyne Valley Hotel is a perfect choice Visit the Boyne Valley Hotel Here.
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