Clonmacnoise approach road

Clonmacnoise Cycle Route Loop

Distance: 56km
Climbing: 184m

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This flat ride south from Athlone takes you to the famous monastery of Clonmacnoise on the banks of the Shannon. After crossing into Roscommon at Shannonbridge, you return north on quiet roads back to where you started.

On the way you get to see sections of bog, complete with railway tracks constructed to transport turf.

Clonmacnoise is one of the finest ruins in Ireland, in a beautiful location.

Attractions

Clonmacnoise is a 1600-year-old monastic settlement on the banks of the Shannon. Many of the High Kings of Tara are buried there.

Shannonbridge – the remarkable bridge here has been in continuous use for over 250 years.

Athlone Castle has been strategically important throughout history.

Clonmacnoise Cycle Loop Useful Info

After leaving Athlone there is a section of a few kilometeres on the N82, before you reach Ballynahown, that is appropriate for experienced cyclists. There is no shoulder on this section of road, but it is only a few kilometres long.

There are around a dozen trains a day to both Galway and Dublin (Heuston Station). Irish RailĀ has times and prices.

Bus Eireann runs buses to Galway, Dublin, Ireland West Airport (Knock) and Westport.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Bus Eireann

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