Cycle Sligo to Enniskillen Directions
0 to 10km
Leave the train station and you are on Lord Edward Street. Turn left and go straight across the N4. Go through the next crossroads onto Wine Street. You cross Hyde Bridge as you reach the town centre.
Follow Markiewicz Road as it bends left along the river, then take the first right turn and turn left on to Holborn Street at the narrow crossroads after a few metres. Then, again after a few metres, go right when the road forks.
You soon reach the top of a hill with views of the mountains ahead.
Go straight through a roundabout where you cross the N16. Stay on this road for 1.4km. Just after passing the edge of town there are two right turns in quick succession. Take the second one, which is on a sharp left hand bend.
At the [5km marker] third crossroads (there is a cluster of houses at the first, the third has a Yield sign) turn left.
You will soon reach a t-junction with the N15 at a park. Turn right here. It is a few hundred metres, with a decent shoulder and great views of Benbulben ahead, to Drumcliffe Parish Church and Yeats’s grave.
Continue north on the N17 and past the small round tower. After a few hundred metres, take the first left, signed for Raghly.
10 – 20km
This takes you 1.9km into the village of Carney. Where the road turns sharply left in the village, take the narrow right turn that leads straight ahead. Views of Benbulben open out on this stretch as you ride parallel to it.
You come to a 5-sided crossroads as you return to the N15. There are two roads ahead – take the one on the right that goes past Henry’s Bar and Restaurant.
After [15km marker] 2.6km you reach a t-junction. Turn left and there is a crossroads after ten metres. Turn right on this. Stay on this road, ignoring numerous left turns for 6.8km.
20 – 30km
Then, the first right turn you reach takes you onto the Gleniff Horseshoe. This right turn is opposite a large building and occurs 100m before a crossroads. This section loops around and returns to the main road at a point just 100m beyond the turnoff. The horseshoe is 9km and 148m of climbing.
After taking the first right to leave the main road it climbs slowly [25km marker] to the formidable cliffs at the end of the valley, beyond a large ruin. The TV mast of Truskmore can be seen ahead.
You soon reach the access road by a closed gate. It is an extra 4km and 396m of climbing on the day’s statistics to the top if you fancy having a go. As always, it’s recommended if you have the energy.
Go downhill from the Truskmore gate.
30 – 40km
The first crossroads you reach is the main road that you left to go on the Gleniff Horseshoe, just 100m away. Go straight through the crossroads, and then through three more [35km marker] , heading to the sea. You then reach the N15. Turn right and Creevykeel Court Tomb is a few yards away. It lies just off the road behind a small car.
Return back to the road you cycled here on. Turn left off the N15 on to it, and then take the first left to carry on going eastwards. When you reach a t-junction, turn right.
40 – 50km
Turn left at the next t-junction.
Go left and follow this road [45km marker] for 7.6km. You will then reach a t-junction with the R280 at the edge of the village of Kinlough. Go left, and then the road bends left. You pass a church on the right, before taking the first right turn on the R281 at The Courthouse Restaurant.
50 – 60km
Lough Melvin can be glimpsed on your left as you climb slowly upward. 4.7km after leaving the town, and after ignoring the first right turn, the second right is unsigned and on a straight stretch of road.
It is narrow and leads into the hills on your right. Take it. As you slowly ascend [55km marker], you get wonderful views over Lough Melvin behind you. The other side of the climb descends down the side of a valley.
60 – 70km
Keep going and take the first left turn, signed Lough Melvin Drive.
You go up a fairly short hill right away. After rounding the hill, you will see Lough Melvin again, and then there will be a steep, narrow turnoff to the right.
Before taking the right turn, you can continue (this is optional and not incuded in the route distance) straight for 2km to the top of the hill for the best views yet of Lough Melvin before returning to this turnoff.
Going down the steep hill, take a left at the first t-junction and then you reach the R281, where you go right [65km marker]. Then turn left at the next t-junction, with the R282, signed for Garrison.
You come close to the shore of Lough Melvin before entering Northern Ireland when you cross a small stone bridge over the River Kilcoo. The road takes you through Garrison and up a short hill on the other side.
When you reach a carpark at the top, take the right turn, signed Derrygonnelly.
70 – 80km
The road climbs slowlly uphill for 5km untill you reach the first crossroads. Take a left, which is signed Forest Drive [75km marker]. The entrance to Lough Navar Forest Drive is 8.7km further on, over a hill.
80 – 90km
It is clearly marked. The entire loop of this forest drive is 11.2km. The one-way route climbs uphill steadily [85km marker]. At the top there are signs for a viewpoint. Keep going to it.
From here you get magnificent views over Lough Erne. When returning from the viewpoint, turn right at the first right turn to continue in the direction you were going downhill all the way to the main road.
90 – 100km
Turn left on the road you travelled earlier and after 2km you pass the entrance to the forest drive again. Keep straight [95km marker]. You reach a crossroads.
###Optional detour to Tully Castle###
If you want to visit Tully Castle, go left, then immediately left again, then the first right, signed for Belleek. You reach the A46. Go left, around a long left hand bend.
Then take the right turn signed Tully Castle. There will be a sign for it on the right side of the road.
Return the way you came, going right at the A46, first right, then left at the t-junction, then take the first right and go straight through the crossroads.
At the crossroads, turn right to follow the sign for Derrygonnelly.
100 – 110km
Then take the first left, after 1.7km. Then take the first right, a narrow road signed for Monea. Stay on this for 6.5km. You go through a crossroads [105km marker], then pass a left turn.
Around the next corner the road forks. Take the right turn and ignore the left signed for Enniskillen. The right will keep you on the backroads a little longer. It’s 3.4km to the A46.