Gweedore to Letterkenny Cycle Directions
0 to 10km
At the southern end of Magheraclogher you reach a crossroads where the left turn – the R258 – is signed for Letterkenny. The right is signed Bunbeg House and leads to the harbour. Take the left for Letterkenny.
Travel 4.7km straight on this road and Errigal will come in to view on the way. Go left when you reach the t-junction with the N56 [5km marker].
You pass Lough Meenacung and then take the second right on the R251 (the first is tiny and easily missed) at a wide turnoff, signed Letterkenny.
10 – 20km
It is 5.5km up to a layby and a lovely view of Dunlewey Lough. The road continues to Glenveagh National Park but we return the way we came.
Return downhill [15km marker] the 5.5km to the N56, and turn left at the t-junction, back the way you came.
20 – 30km
Continue straight past the turnoff you joined the N56 from, going south [25km marker]. It is another 3.6km to the petrol station at Crolly.
Go through Crolly, over a bridge and past a bar. Take the immediate right turn uphill on the R259. This twists and turns.
30 – 40km
The road skirts the coastline and when it leaves the coast again you pass through the long row of houses in Mullaghduff Scotch [35km marker].
Turn a corner and you pass a school and a large car park on your left. Opposite the school is a road leading a short way to a nice beach, if you want to stop.
40 – 50km
Otherwise stay on the main road – the R259 – all the way to Burtonport. When you reach the village, there is a sign to the right for the ferry to Arranmore, just before you reach a garage and Spar shop. If not going there, continue straight on [45km marker].
When the main road bends right, take the left turn that goes straight ahead to take the back road to Dungloe. The road bends right and passes a lake. Ignore all turnoffs. You go through a crossroads.
50 – 60km
Then you reach the R259 again at a t-junction and turn left to ride into the village.
When you reach Dungloe the road bends right. Take the second left, at a church and cemetery. This road takes you to a t-junction with the N56, where you turn right. After 3.9km [55km marker], take the left turn on the R252 that heads out into empty countryside and is signed Ballybofey.
60 – 70km
After 8.3km on this road, it winds its way down a short hill to Doochary. Just before the village, turn a very sharp left on the R254 by the lake [65km marker].
It’s 14km to the top of the pass at the edge of Glenveagh National Park. It is never steep and is very remote. The valley is wide and the scenery excellent.
70 – 80km
Keep going on this road [75km marker]. Ignore all turnoffs and stay on the R254 for another 12km after the top.
80 – 90km
Keep riding [85km marker]. When you reach a t-junction with the R251, turn right for Letterkenny.
90 – 102km
Take the second left, which is a very sharp turn, and narrow after 1.6km. The road turns a corner and goes through a crossroads. Stay on this and you climb up a hill [95km marker]. You can see Letterkenny ater crossing the top, where you descend all the way to the R250.
Go left here at the roundabout by the pub. At the next roundabout go right, and then left again at the third roundabout immediately after. Keep straight for 1.1km until you reach the next roundabout.
The bus station is straight ahead of you – take the third exit to reach it.