Mulranny is a hidden treasure sitting on the rugged Atlantic coast of Co. Mayo in the West of Ireland. It offers stunning panoramic views over the vast seascape of Clew Bay, its archipelago of drumlin islands, and the vast Nephin mountain range.
Mulranny is located 25 minutes from Westport and 15 minutes from both Achill Island and Ballycroy National Park. The Great Western Greenway which is a 42km traffic- free cycling and walking facility was opened officially in July 2011. This facility is the longest cycling and walking facility in Ireland. It starts at Westport House and finishes at Achill Sound via Kilmeena, Newport, Burrishoole, Tiernaur, Mulranny and Toonragee. The Great Western Greenway was recently awarded the 2011 European Destination of Excellence. The Great Western Greenway runs along a stretch quite close to this
mountain trail. The Mulranny horse riding Mountain Trail starts adjacent to Nevins Newfield, Traditional Bar and Restaurant in Tiernaur. The trail takes you into the Bangor mountain range, passing by Furnace Lake which is home to the fisheries Ireland Salmon Research Centre. You cross the Salmon Leap Bridge which brings you onto Buckagh mountain range. Here you see the Scotch mountain ewes and lambs grazing freely on the mountain commonage.
A short distance ahead takes you to Treanbeg Village. You then continue on towards Shramore passing by Shramore church which is reputedly the smallest church in Ireland. Wild dramatic landscapes greet you on either side of your trail. If feeling a little tired or weary St. Jamie’s well, known for its medicinal cures, is merely a stone’s throw away on the mountainside. The spectacular Keenagh Woods then greet you with outstretched branches. This terrain of wild beauty changes constantly beneath the ever changing sky. It’s wildness in the real sense, boarded by the Great Western Greenway with the Atlantic Ocean visible in the far distance.
If you wish to gather your thoughts and be utterly immersed in and subjected to the West of Ireland outdoors go trailing on this Mulranny Mountain Trail.
Trails are suitable for experienced riders only.
Available from April- October, riders are on horseback for 3-4hours per day. Packed lunch (not included in price) is eaten on the trail at a time agreed by the riders.