Mayo has a number of dedicated cycle hub locations, including the popular destinations of Achill Island and Westport.
Achill is as close to cycling paradise as you’ll find. The island has narrow lanes – so you will encounter few cars – and its roads lead to soaring cliffs, rolling tracts of mountain bog, megalithic tombs, 5,000 year-old forts, a 15th century tower house, 19th chapels, deserted villages and glorious beaches all on a 40km loop. Find out more about why Achill is one of Ireland’s most popular cycling destinations.
Westport is a unique town because of its layout and location. Nestling safe at the foot of towering Croagh Patrick, overlooking Clew Bay and its enchanting islands, the town weaves its spell around everyone it meets. The Westport cycle hub offers three routes varying in distance from 8km to 24km.
The remote back roads of Mayo will take you through a wide variety of glorious landscapes:
- The flat coastal plains of Erris,
- The steep slopes of the Ox Mountains,
- The glacial lake valleys around Lough Mask
Then there is Ireland’s best kept secret - experience soaring cliffs from Ballycastle past Céide Fields to Belderg and all the way across to Carrowteige through an area so remote you might believe that that wolves and dragons still exist there..
Cycle Ireland has a great app which highlights some fantastic Mayo routes- such as :
- The 67km Westport to Doo Lough Loop
- The 105km Mulranny to Céide Fields to Ballina
Also check out this map of established cycling routes in Co. Mayo