Ballyhaunis – Knock Cycle Loop
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This is a trip to the famous Knock Shrine which starts in the town of Ballyhaunis. The route gets off the main road as much as possible, while still keeping the distance down.
It’s not perfectly flat, but there a few short hills. This route is a nice way to see some of the area close-up.
You pass through the small village of Bekan on the way back to Ballyhaunis.
If you are in Westport, we have a Westport to Ballyhaunis ride that takes you through some very remote countryside.
Knock Shrine is where there was a claimed apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1879. There is now a new basilica next to the old church and shrine. It is a place of pilgrimage throughout the year.
Ballyhaunis – Knock Cycle Loop Useful Info
The route switches between the R323 and backroads. But the R323 is only briefly used 3 times, is straight and has excellent visibility.
Ballyhaunis is on the Dublin – Westport rail line. Irish Rail runs several trains per day. Bike spaces are limited to a couple per train, so it is a good idea to book ahead.