I am thinking of doing "the greenway" from Westport to Achill with my three adult daughters. I would love maybe to go halfway on first day and stay overnight and continue to achill next day and stay overnight before returning. Then, would it be possible to abandon bikes in Achill and return by bus/taxi? Where would you recommend to stay where there would be a bit of life at night? Or is there an alternative way to do this?
I recommend to start the tour in Achill, have lunch in Newfield (Nevin´s Inn, half way between Mallaranny and Newport) or alternatively in Newport (Kelly´s Kitchen) and stay for a night in Westport and enjoy the nightlife there.
Not sure about "nightlife" in Newport or Mallaranny...
Thanks for all your answers. I have discovered "The Mill Harbour Apts" in Westport. They do a 2night package to include shuttle to Achill and cycle back. This seems like a good option as have also discovered there is a Bluegrass festival on in Westport the weekend we are travelling so we can take in the nightlife in Westport on both nights. We will have lunch on cycle back in 1 of restaurants recommended. My girls should be better able for cycle than myself - they are aged 23 & upwards!! Thanks again
Hi, check out bike hire companies in Westport as I understand they will collect bikes and maybee they provide transport back to base. Newport is a nice town to stay overnight but as others said, Westport is the place for the night life. A great town with planty of music in the pubs midweek and at weekends. We discovered McGinns Pub in Westport and they have excellent music but not every night.
...correction: Newport (Nevin´s Inn) is halfway between Achill and Newport...
You might be better starting in Achill and going to Westport. Speak to the bicycle hire company, they may be able to facilitate collecting your bikes from Westport when you are finished with them. Some companies certainly offer services like that. Not sure about towns along the way but there is plenty of nightlife in Westport.
When you say abandon the bikes, do you mean temporarily to return later and pick them up?
It is possible. What are the ages of your three girls? Will they be able to last the pace/distance? Ask your bicycle hire person for where to leave the bicycles when you arrive at your final destination. There is a lovely hotel just as you go onto the island itself. Check on taxi first and ask if there is public transport back to Westport and how frequent. Enjoy
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