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Leenane to Westport Cycle Directions


Section 1

0 to 10km

Stay on the N59 through Leenane and after 3.2km you reach the end of the harbour and take the first left turn, signed Louisburgh. You immediately pass a small waterfall. You travel back west along the north side of the harbour [5km marker]. After 6.6km, the road swerves inland.


Section 2

10 – 20km

It is another 4.0km to Doo Lough, going past a smaller lake first. You will take the first right turn on the lakeshore, signed Liscarney, but if you want to ride alongside the lake it is about 4km to the top of Doo Lough Pass before you return. The turnoff to Liscarney goes along a valley [15km marker].


Section 3

20 – 30km

Keep going and the road will start to climb Sheeffry Pass. Some way up there is a viewing spot overlooking Tawnyard Lough. Descend the other side [25km marker] and ride to the townland of Drummin, where you turn left at a church, following the sign for Louisburgh.


Section 4

30 – 40km

The road climbs very gradually for 6km, only becoming steep at the end, with terrific views of Croagh Patrick and the surrounding area at the top. You then descend [35km marker] 4.2km to a t-junction, where you go right, signed Louisburgh. From here it’s 3.1km to Lecanvey, over a rise.


Section 5

40 – 50km

You descend the other side to the R335, with fine views of Clew Bay. Turn right when you get to the t-junction at the bottom.

Cycle west through Lecanvey on the R335. Keep straight on this road [45km marker] through Murrisk at the foot of Croagh Patrick for 13km (there is a wide cycle lane on the run in to Westport).


Section 6

50 – 56km

Eventually you reach a t-junction with the N59 at the edge of Westport. Go left over a stone bridge, then follow the road right immediately and ride down into the town. Pass the statue at the Obelisk and carry on downhill. Just before you cross the bridge, turn right on the South Mall.

Go through a crossroads and the road bends left by a green. Turn right at this next junction and then immediately left and continue straight uphill. The train station is 500m away on this road.