If you go
THE BEST WAY TO DUBLIN, IRELAND
From LAX, United, Delta, US Airways, American, British, Lufthansa and Aer Lingus offer connecting service (change of planes) to Dublin. Restricted round-trip fares from $659 to $1,214, including taxes and fees. From Dublin, there's a direct train to Westport. The three-hour trip costs about $45 each way.
WHERE TO STAY
Knockranny House Hotel, Castlebar Road, Westport; 011-353-98-28600, www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie. This elegant hotel, set in a Victorian-like mansion on a hill, is nicely located near bicycle rentals for the start of a greenway ride. Doubles from $90.
Mulranny Park Hotel, Mulranny; 011-353-98-36000, www.mulrannyparkhotel.ie. With stunning views of Clew Bay, this 41-room hotel offers bike storage for cyclists on the Great Western Greenway. Doubles from $90.
Achill Island Hotel, Achill Sound, Achill Island; 011-353-98-45-138, www.achillislandhotel.com. This 26-room hotel, located at the short drawbridge that leads to the island, has free Wi-Fi and a nice in-house restaurant/pub. Doubles from $180.
WHERE TO RENT BICYCLES
Clew Bay Bike Hire, Distillery Road, Westport; 011-353-98-24818, www.clewbaybikehire.ie. The American and Canadian-born owners outfit bikers with helmets and saddlebags and will retrieve the bikes (and riders) at the end of the trail. Bicycle rentals begin at about $30 per day.
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