Inniskeen Cycle Loop
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This reasonably (apart from one climb) flat tour visits some of the most interesting sites around Dundalk, and crosses into County Monaghan where you journey to the grave of the famous poet Patrick Kavanagh in the small village of Inniskeen.
You pass within metres of the border with Northern Ireland after passing the Hill of Faughart.
There are no signs to mark the border.
Dundalk Train Station has a small museum for waiting passengers.
Proleek Dolmen is a superb example of a dolmen, accessible by a short walk through a golf course.
Hill of Faughart is the site of the Battle of Faughart in 1318 in which Edward Bruce (brother of Robert) was killed and his Scottish forces annihilated. There is a church and graveyards on the hill, which has great views of Dundalk and its surroundings.
St Brigid’s Shrine and Well – Saint Brigid is one of Ireland’s most famous saints and this shrine marks her early life in County Louth.
Patrick Kavanagh’s Grave – Patrick Kavanagh is one of Ireland’s most famous poets and frequently wrote about everyday Irish rural life and grew up in the small Monaghan village of Inniskeen.
Cu Chulainn’s Stone. According to legend he sustained a mortal wound in battle and tied himself to this stone, knowing that as long as he was upright his enemies would be too afraid to approach.
Inniskeen Cycle Loop Useful Info
Apart from the first and last sections leaving and entering Dundalk, this route is entirely on backroads. Dundalk is not a large town anyway so traffic levels should be reasonable.
Dundalk Train Station has a small museum for waiting passengers so get there a few minutes early if you want to see it.
Irish Rail runs trains from Dublin to Belfast every two hours. Bikes travel for free in a wagon on it. Translink has details for starting from Belfast.