Our last stop on our Mayo adventure was the beautiful little village of Mulranny in Co Mayo. It has a magnificent location on the North West corner of Clew bay. We had come from the North coast of Mayo down towards Mulranny on the N59 and when we reached the town we were greeting by the most amazing scenery looking across to Croagh Patrick. After a few days of fabulous sunshine the heavens opened on our arrival. Perfect timing to check into our hotel for the night- the beautiful Mulranny Park Hotel.
The hotel soars above the beach here and allows stunning views out across the bay. This hotel has it all- an award winning restaurant, a cosy bar, a full leisure centre with a pool and an outdoor hot tub, oh and I forgot to mention- its on the Great Western Greenway! The Greenway is a 42km trail that follows the old Westport to Achill railway line. This makes it an incredibly safe walking and cycling route and takes in the towns of Westport, Newport, Mulranny and Achill Island. There are so may things to do and see along the Greenway, including rock climbing, abseiling, fishing, paddle boarding and much much more.
The hotel itself was also the main hotel along the old railway line and there are plenty of old pictures and bits of history dotted around the hotel. When we visited they were also refurbishing the old railway house and station at the back of the hotel. After we checked into our enormous room we decided to go for a walk. Julie was feeling a bit lazy so she hopped into one of the beds while myself and Mam headed back down to reception to get directions on where to go. It was 5pm at this stage so we knew we only had an hour of daylight left. The receptionist advised us that all we had to do was cross the road and follow the steps down to the causeway.
The rain had stopped and we were just in time to take in the sun setting over Achill Island. The causeway leads you over a few pretty bridges and right down along to the beach. I can’t even begin to explain the beauty of this place. The view over Clew Bay and the vast expanse of beach is just breath taking. We took the short walk down along to the pier and then decided to head back up to the hotel. After all of our walking that day (along Lacken strand, Downpatrick head and the trek down to Mulranny beach) we had certainly worked up an appetite for dinner.
Back up in the hotel, I got the lazy article that was Julie out of bed. We headed down to the bar for something to eat (they have the amazing Nephin Restaurant here also) and we were presented with an extensive bar menu with lots of choice. We had the pasta, the burger and the salmon and I can highly recommend all of them! The staff here were lovely and really took care of us- a special mention to Ann in the bar who was able to tell us about the amazing tourism initiatives in the area. Its great to meet locals who are so passionate about the area they live in. We had our after dinner drinks beside the dying embers of the cosy reception fire before heading up to bed.
After a great nights sleep we were up early the next morning and down to the pool for a swim. We had a lovely soak in the jacuzzi while waiting for the 2 guys who were outside in the hot tub to get out! The minute they came back in to the pool area we were out the door like women possessed. The cold air hit us like a brick in the face after getting out of the jacuzzi so we were delighted when we immersed ourselves in the fabulous bubbles of the out door tub! Now this is what I call heaven- a cold frosty morning with a stunning view over Clew Bay. I would go back in the morning just to get back into this tub! There was a full gym down here too and a pretty impressive weights room also. We decided to give the gym a miss and we headed back upstairs to get ready for our breakfast.
Breakfast was in the Nephin Restaurant and we had the best view in the house. We were presented with our menus and told about the extensive continental buffet on offer. You would swear we hadn’t had a huge dinner the night before but the three of us made our way up to the buffet anyway. There was porridge with honey, lots of breads and local cheeses, a full array of cereals and yogurts to name a few items. We ordered our full Irish breakfast as well! On the breakfast tables they have a really handy place mat of all the destinations on the Greenway and the waitresses were pointing out all the interesting spots to all the diners. The breakfast experience here is really one to remember.
We took our leave of Mulranny after breakfast as we had a long drive back to Cavan ahead of us. I cannot recommend this destination enough. We spotted lots of tourists following the Greenway on our way out of town which was great to see. The Mulranny Park Hotel really was the jewel in the crown of this part of the Wild Atlantic Way. I only wish we could have stayed another night and done some exploring along the Greenway- definitely another trip in the making!
I have attached the link below on the hotel and the Greenway. As always- Happy Galavanting! xx