Riding beside Lough Swillly

Inishowen Peninsula – Derry to Malin Head

Distance: 88km
Climbing: 954m

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This trip along the coast of the Inishowen Peninsula is a hilly but scenic ride to the most northerly point of Ireland. It includes the famous Gap of Mamore – the bane of many a cyclist – so bring your lowest gears! It is a great way to see a part of Ireland famous for its scenery.

You pass through Buncrana – a popular coastal tourist town and the main town on the peninsula. You can return to Derry by our Malin Head – Greencastle – Derry route.

Attractions

The Grianan of Aileach is a large ringfort on top of a prominent hill outside Derry.

Fort Dunree is a Napoleonic Fort which is now a museum.

The Gap of Mamore is a short but famously steep and difficult climb.

Five Fingers Strand is a beach in a beautiful location.

Knockamany Bens Viewpoint looks out over Five Fingers Strand and the coast.

The Wee House of Malin is a little way off the route.

Malin Head is Ireland’s most northerly point.

Inishowen Peninsula – Derry to Malin Head Useful Info

This route is an alternative to the Enniskillen to Malin Head Cycle if you are headed north.

You start off on back roads leaving Derry. The 12km approx on the R road from Burnfoot to Buncrana can be busy and the shoulder here is intermittent. After that you are on the main roads very briefly.

Bus Eireann has services to Dublin, Omagh, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Knock, Donegal and Letterkenny.

Translink has trains to Derry from Coleraine, Ballymena, Antrim and Belfast.

Translink also has express buses throughout the day from Belfast.

The Malin Hotel is a few kilometres from Malin Head.

Useful Links

Bus Eireann

Translink

Enniskillen to Malin Head Cycle

Malin Head – Greencastle – Derry

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