Whether you’re an avid cyclist or a lockdown bike enthusiast, a scenic ride along Achill Island is the perfect way to take in Ireland’s beautiful west coast.
The scenic bike trail launched at Clew Bay, Achill Island, is the perfect way for both locals and tourists to get out into Ireland’s great outdoors.
The Clew Bay Bike Trail is a brand new bike and ferry route curving along the stunning coastline. The route loops around the bay and incorporates both Achill Island and Clare Island.
The perfect way to explore the Wild Atlantic Way – a scenic bike ride
The scenic bike trail launched at Clew Bay is overlooked by Croagh Patrick in County Mayo. It also offers unrivalled views out over the mesmerising Clew Bay, the best example of sunken drumlins in Ireland.
The Clew Bay Bike Trail is a joint venture between Mayo County Council and Fáilte Ireland. This new bike trail incorporates a section of segregated cycle paths and local road networks. It also makes use of the popular Great Western Greenway.
To reach the trail, cyclists can use the new ferry sailings that connect Clare Island and Achill Island. Sailings will take place on Wednesdays and weekends throughout July and August.
A fantastic new attraction – attracting visitors to the area
As a land known for its natural beauty, the brand new scenic bike trail launched at Clew Bay will attract more visitors to the west of Ireland.
After an extremely difficult year for Ireland’s hospitality industry, new initiatives should bring life back to Ireland’s tourism industry.
Tourism Development Officer at Mayo County Council said, “This is exactly the type of unique product that will attract visitors from all over the country to Mayo.
“I’m confident that it will develop into another really strong selling point for the west Mayo area and the Wild Atlantic Way.”
Cycle the Wild Atlantic Way – the perfect way to see the sights
Cyclists can join the scenic bike trail launched at Clew Bay at various points, cycling in either direction.
The route makes its way through some of Mayo’s most popular towns, including Westport, Louisburgh, and Mulranny. Thus, riders will have plenty of options to stop for a quick lunch or coffee break.
The cycling route stretches 81 km (50.33 miles) with an optional 10 km (6.21 miles) loop on Clare Island. The route stretches an incredible 105 km (65.24 miles) at its full distance, including ferry travel.
There is also the option to hire bikes from local rental companies. So, you can enjoy the route even if you don’t have a bike of your own.
Ferry tickets cover both journeys and must be pre-booked from either O’Malley Ferries or Clare Island Ferries O’Grady’s.
Find out more about the Clew Bay Bike Trail on here.