Riding beside Lough Easky

Ballina to Sligo Cycle

Distance: 77km
Climbing: 670m

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If you want to get away from it all you have come to the right place – magnificent Mayo.

This ride goes through one of the remotest and emptiest parts of the country. Much of it is on almost deserted roads in a part of the country with very few people.

You ride east from Ballina and climb into the Ox Mountains. You ride through them on narrow backroads, passing lovely Easky Lough. You stay on backroads all the way to Ballysadare. After going through there you pass Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery on the way to Sligo Town.

You can make a weekend trip out of this by starting with our Westport to Ballina or Mulranny – Ceide Fields – Ballina cycles.


Primrose Hill Dolmen is just outside Ballina.

There is a clearly signed Mass Rock after around 22km. It is a minute’s walk from the road and was used for secret services in defiance of the authorities over many years.

Easky Lough is a remote lake in Mayo.

Carrowmore Megalithic Cemetery is a large and well-preserved site.

Sligo Abbey is located in the centre of the town.

Ballina to Sligo Cycle Useful Info

You leave Ballina and spend the first 15km on an R road which may not be very busy, but is likely to have some traffic on it. The next 40km are on exceptionally quiet roads.

There are very few services on this route so bring some supplies with you.

Sligo is on the Dublin to Sligo train line. There are around seven trains a day. Irish Rail has times and prices.

Bus Eireann has services to Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Cork, Letterkenny and Derry.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Bus Eireann

Mulranny – Ceide Fields – Ballina

Westport to Ballina



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