Glencar Lake

Glencar Cycle Route Loop

Distance: 51km
Climbing: 448m

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Glencar Lake and Waterfall lie east of Sligo Town deep in Yeats Country. It inspired Yeats to write his poem The Stolen Child.

This route goes past Glencar before turning south to Lough Gill and Parkes Castle. It is a gentle ride through extraordinary countryside.

Glencar and the surrounding Yeats Country is a special area quite unlike any other in Ireland and full of romance.


Sligo Abbey can be seen in the centre of the town.

Drumcliffe – See W.B. Yeats’s grave in Drumcliffe cemetery.

Benbulben – Cycle along the foot of this remarkable mountain.

Glencar Waterfall – Though only 15 metres high, it is famed for its beauty.

Parke’s Castle is a plantation-era castle on the shore of the beautiful Lough Gill. Lough Gill also featured in Yeats’s writings – in The Lake Isle of Innisfree.

Glencar Cycle Loop – Useful Info

This route is mostly on backroads but forays briefly onto N roads after Drumcliffe and after Glencar Lake. In both instances there are generous shoulders. The second half of the route is primarily on R roads, and some experience of road cycling would be recomended for this.

Sligo is on the Dublin to Sligo train line. There are around seven trains a day. Irish Rail has times and  prices.

Bus Eireann has services to Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Cork, Letterkenny and Derry.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Bus Eireann



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