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Glencar Cycle Route Loop Directions


Section 1

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 and cross a bridge, then take the first right turn.


Section 2

10 – 20km

When you reach a t-junction, turn left towards Benbulben, then take the next right. Follow this road [15km marker] for 4.1km, where you reach a t-junction.

Take a left here and soon you reach the shore of Glencar Lake. Continue along the shore until you reach a car park. The short walk to Glencar Waterfall is on the left.

Continue east the way you were going.


Section 3

20 – 30km

Take the first left along a narrow road. This section has some steep parts but is the only alternative to a main road that is particularly unsuited to cycling. Continue along this road for 4.1km past numerous turnoffs until you reach a church at a wide square. Turn right here [25km marker].

This brings you to the N16, where you go left on a good shoulder. After 3.8km take the second right turn on the R286 for Dromahair.


Section 4

30 – 40km

Travel along the R286 and after a while you go uphill. After you go over the top, you pass two left turns together at a junction in Leckaun, the second of which is the R286 itself. Ignore them both.

You pass [35km marker] four left turns in succession – the last one occurs just after passing a small lake. Take the next left after this, which appears a few metres after a right turn.

You go up over a hill and then descend the other side, with fantastic views of Lough Gill. At the bottom go right on the R286 and its only 300m to Parke’s Castle.

Continue west towards Sligo.


Section 5

40 – 51km

When the road leaves the shore, take the first left up a narrow road to get off the R road for a short while. Go up a hill and keep left at the junction you reach and you will return [45km marker] to the R286. Go left towards Sligo.

After 3.8km you are in the town and you reach a large crossroads. Go left here, up Molloway Hill. After 600m the one way system curves right near a church. The road goes right and then you have to take the next left down a hill after passing a car park.

Go down the hill, cross the bridge and go straight on. Take the next right on Castle Street. Go through the next crossroads onto John Street and then take the first right turn onto Adelaide Street.

Turn left at the next crossroads back on the road you were on at the start of the ride, cross the N4 and you are back at the train station.