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The Great Western Greenway Questions & Answers

Carlow, Ireland

Is it easier to cycle from Achill to Westport or Westport to Achill?

over a year ago Answer

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Dublin, Ireland
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Definitely, Achill to Westport. The prevailing wind is a westerly and will be behind your back pushing you along from Achill to Westport.

The last stretch from Newport to Westport is a bit disappointing compared to the other two stretches. You can stop in Newport and get a lift back to Westport.

over a year ago
Limerick, Ireland
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Hi. I wouldn't say there is a difference either way. We went from Achill thinking it would be easier but guy at bike hire said it's the same and I would agree. I hadn't cycled in a year and found it great, not hard.

over a year ago
Cork, Ireland
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I think its much easier to do Achill to Westport. We completed it two weeks ago. We were also given the advice that the route gets less scenic from Newport to Wesport so we decided to finish our cycle in Newport and get a taxi back into Westport.

over a year ago
Wicklow, Ireland
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It's broadly similar as it starts at sea level and ends at sea level!

over a year ago
Wicklow, Ireland
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It's broadly similar as it starts at sea level and ends at sea level!

over a year ago
New England
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I'd definitely recommend Achill to Westport because of the prevailing winds. And I echo the recommendation to jettison the Newport to Westport stretch if you are limited on time. We got bad advice to skip Achill to Mulranny and just do Mulranny to Westport, but the section from Newport to Westport was really disappointing. We still loved the trip, but there is much better scenery and a much more interesting ride on the northernmost two sections.

over a year ago
Peterborough, Canada
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Definitely go from Achill to Westport, but don't waste your time (and energy) going past Newport...there is not much to see on that stretch and there was road construction when we were there in late June...Achill to Newport is a fantastic ride with gorgeous scenery!!

over a year ago
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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Wind is usually from the West, so starting in Achill makes sense. Check wind direction on the day.

over a year ago
County Dublin, Ireland
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IrelandMarty was pretty on the money. There are a couple of uphill stretches between Achill and Mulranny (and don't forget currently (July 2016) you're on the main road for a km at Achill - can be treacherous unfortunately), but you would tend to have a tail wind.

over a year ago
Galway, Ireland
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In my view it would be easier going from Westport to Achill, as the last portion tends to be more downhill - but try Clew Bay Bike Hire for advice. Enjoy -

over a year ago
Battle, United Kingdom
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I don't think it matters. It's mainly a railway gradient, so pretty flat.

over a year ago
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