Letterkenny to Gweedore Cycle Directions
0 to 10km
At the entrance to the bus station, a shopping centre is on your left, and a roundabout on your right. Take the last exit from the roundabout (you can also walk across a pedestrian crossing) and go north. Go left at the first roundabout on De Valera Road.
It is wide, but you will be off it in 500m, and there is a footpath to walk along if it is too busy for you. Go straight through the next roundabout, onto Circular Road. Stay on this and it will take you out of Letterkenny.
The road climbs as you leave the town and you have some great views all around. You are in the countryside after 2.5km. After leaving the town the road bends left and is straight for 2km [5km marker].
At the first crossroads, the main road goes left, but you take a turn which goes straight ahead up a short narrow hill. Go through two crossroads. At the third, there are two houses facing you on either side of the road. Go left here.
10 – 20km
Soon you reach the first crossroads where you go right. Stay on this road as it twists and turns and goes up a small hill. Ignore numerous turnoffs [15km marker] and at the bottom of the other side you join the R251.
Ignore the right turn and go straight (on the left side of the large building at the cross), following the sign for Glenveagh. From here it is 6.3km to the entrance, over a hill with fantastic views. Around halfway, go left at the t-junction you reach to stay on the R251.
Ignore the right turn on a sharp bend. The flat-topped Muckish can be seen in the distance.
20 – 30km
The entrance to Glenveagh is clearly marked on your left. It is about 3.5km to the castle.
Continue west from Glenveagh National Park [25km marker] and take the first right after 2.7km, signed An Foi Carrach. The scenery here is beautiful. Stay on the road as it narrows and climbs over the spectacular Muckish Gap.
30 – 40km
Enjoy the long gradual descent on the on the other side. The first right turn comes after [35km marker] 6.2km. Ignore it, but take the next right (the very narrow L5183, where you pass a house on your right immediately) soon after it, just before the main road bends left.
The L5183 winds its way (ignore all turnoffs) to a crossroads with the N56, where you go right towards Horn Head.
40 – 50km
After numerous bends, the road rises a little and reaches a long straight flat section. Take the first right turn here (this is the third right since joining the N56), in the direction of Muckish. It is unsigned, and will get you off the N road for a while.
The road bends left [45km marker] and after a while you reach a t-junction. Go left and you soon see Dunfanaghy as you descend to it. At the t-junction you reach in the village, turn right down Pound Street, then go left at the t-junction on Main Street.
The right turn at the end of Main Street is signed Horn Head.
50 – 60km
Once the climb begins it is a steep drag up to the spectacular viewpoint, but it’s worth it. It loops around in a circle [55km marker] and on the way back, there is a right turn for the actual Horn Head. It’s 1.2km plus a few hundred metres walk to the abandoned lookout tower.
On the way back down the hill, keep left to return to the road you came on. Go right at the bottom of the steep hill.
60 – 70km
You will reach [65km marker] the N56, where you turn right. Alternatively, you can return the way you came, or follow the N56 south, which is the route that we take. It is 5.5km to the turnoff where you left the main road.
70 – 80km
Continue on the N56 [75km marker] for 7.7km through some fantastic coastal scenery to reach Gortnahork.
Go straight through the town and on the other side is a right turn for the R257, signed The Coast Road. Take it.
90 – 101km
You reach Bloody Foreland (a hill the road goes around) after about 10km. There are great views back to the Derryveagh Mountains.
The road turns south [95km marker] and you eventually go through the village of Derrybeg before reaching Magheraclogher.
Here you pass the Seaview Hotel on your left. The next crossroads has a right turn that leads to the ferry for Tory Island. This is the end of the ride.