Gweedore to Letterkenny Cycle
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From Gweedore this route visits mighty Mount Errigal (which you can skip to save 18km on the day) before following the coast south as far as Burtonport, near Arranmore Island.
There are regular ferries out to the island. You then return to Letterkenny passing along the spectacular south side of the Glenveagh National Park.
Gweedore is famous as being one of the most beautiful parts of Donegal, one of the most beautiful counties in Ireland. Letterkenny is reasonably easy to navigate. The two big climbs come towards the end of the route, so keep something in the tank for them.
From Bunbeg Pier you can get a ferry to Gola Island and Tory Island.
The Old Church in Dunlewey is in a beautiful location.
Mount Errigal – You climb part of the shoulder of this famous mountain to the Poisoned Glen Viewpoint, with great views over the valley below.
Mullaghderg Beach is a scenic beach just off the route.
Arranmore Island – There are plenty of ferries here from Burtonport in the summertime and it is well worth a visit.
Glenveagh National Park – You climb a spectacular pass on the R254 which briefly enters the south side of the park.
Gweedore to Letterkenny Useful Info
There is a lack of backroads in the area, and much of this route, particularly between Gweedore and Burtonport, is best done by experienced cyclists. Traffic can be expected to be heavier on sunny weekends and bank holiday weekends.
Gweedore is in the Gaeltacht, so expect some road signs to be in Irish.
Arranmore is reachable by ferry from Burtonport and is worth spending the day on. Arranmore Ferry has times and prices.
Gallaghers runs a bus service to Letterkenny and on to Derry and Belfast. View the Donegal to Belfast timetable. From Letterkenny there are regular buses to Dublin on Bus Eireann.
Combine this ride with the Letterkenny to Gweedore Cycle to create a fantastic two-day adventure.
Gallagher’s Belfast to Donegal timetable