The climb up Carrowkeel

Cycle Sligo to Carrick-on-Shannon

Distance: 75km
Climbing: 599m

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Cycle Sligo – this is an enjoyable, understated route through a sparsely populated part of the country.

You pass a number of attractions but the highlight is undoubtedly Carrowkeel, which has magnificent views over Lough Arrow and the surrounding area.

The route keeps the climbing to a minimum and takes you through a landscape that is almost perfect for cycling.

You can go on to ride the Carrick-on-Shannon – Arigna Loop to extend your trip.


Sligo Abbey is just off the route in the centre of the town.

Tobernalt Holy Well is a short distance off the road. On the way there you get views of Lough Gill which has a special place in the poetry of WB Yeats.

Sligo Folk Park has recreations of scenes of the past.

Carrowkeel Passage Tomb is reputed to be the resting place of Queen Maeve and sits on an isolated hilltop.

Boyle Abbey is a well-preserved 800-year-old Abbey in the centre of the town.

Lough Key Forest Park is a popular recreational area.

Costello Chapel is said to be the second smallest chapel in the world.

Cycle Sligo to Carrick-on-Shannon Useful Info

The vast majority of this route is on backroads. There are only two significant climbs. It is a great addition to the looped routes in the area if you want to Cycle Sligo.

The last half-kilometre of the road to Carrowkeel mountaintop is unsurfaced but rideable on any kind of bike.

Both Sligo and Carrick-on-Shannon are on the Dublin to Sligo rail line. There are around seven trains per day. Irish Rail has times and prices.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Carrick-on-Shannon – Arigna Loop



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