Carrick-on-Shannon – Arigna Loop
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This ride goes north from Carrick-on-Shannon before climbing Kilronan Mountain – a long climb but not too steep.
After a great descent you return to the town by quiet country lanes.
This area is remote but scenic and is a great place to ride in. The one climb on this route is long but not particularly difficult.
The Costello Memorial Chapel on Bridge Street in Carrick-on-Shannon is believed to be the second smallest chapel in the world.
Arigna Mines is a popular tourist attraction on the slopes of Kilronan Mountain. It is open all year from 10am to 5pm.
Kilronan Mountain Road gives riders terrific views over Lough Allen.
Carrick-on-Shannon – Arigna Loop Useful Info
The ride is mostly flat, apart from one long climb (and descent!) in the middle. Part of the first half of the route is on R roads, and there are no realistic alternatives. The last two-thirds of the route only hit R roads very briefly. You should be comfortable with road cycling on this route.
There are multiple wind turbines on top of Kilronan Mountain but the views over Lough Allen and the surrounding hills compensate greatly.
This part of Ireland is greatly neglected by tourists and is sparsely populated, both of which make it great for cycling.
Carrick-on-Shannon is on the Dublin – Sligo route railway, with several trains per day. Irish Rail has timetables. Trains leave from Connolly Station in Dublin.