Cycle Mayo - the townland of Furnace

Cycle Mayo – Westport to Ballina

Distance: 72km
Climbing: 465m

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Cycle Mayo – this route takes you north from Westport through Newport and then into the remote Mayo countryside.

You travel through the townland of Furnace and past Lough Feeagh into a region without services before riding along the foot of the majestic Nephin outside Crossmolina and continuing on to Ballina.

Cycle Mayo – it is one of the most popular areas for cycling in Ireland and this tour will get you very much off the beaten track.

Attractions

Burrishoole Friary is only just off the main route.

806-metre Mount Nephin dominates the surrounding area.

Enniscoe Mueeum and Gardens is well worth a visit.

Gortnor Abbey Pier offers views out over Lough Conn.

Primrose Hill Dolmen is on the edge of Ballina and is in very good condition.

Cycle Mayo – Westport to Ballina Useful Info

A small portion of this route is on R roads, where road cycling experience will be a great help, but most of it is on backroads and part of it is on the Greenway, which is gravel in sections. It runs beside the road, so that can be used if conditions deem it necessary.

Westport is the cycling capital of the West of Ireland. It is hugely popular here. The Great Western Greenway has provided a boost to cycle tourism in the area, and cyclists are made very welcome.

Irish Rail has several trains a day from Dublin (Heuston) and Athlone to Westport.

Bus Eireann has the following services, each running several times per day: Dublin, Athlone, Ireland West Airport (Knock), Ballina, Castlebar, Galway, Limerick and Cork.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Bus Eireann

The Great Western Greenway

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