Letterkenny to Muckish road

Letterkenny to Gweedore Cycle

Distance: 101km
Climbing: 1047m

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From Letterkenny you ride east on quiet roads to the famous Glenveagh National Park before climbing the shoulder of Muckish for great views of the area.

You take in the beautiful Fanad Peninsula (although you can shorten the trip by skipping this part if you need to) before turning south to reach the Gaeltacht in Gweedore – one of the most popular spots in Donegal. Towards the end of the ride Bloody Foreland offers a beautiful coastal ride.

Letterkenny is easy to get out of and very quickly you are in the famous Donegal countryside.


Glenveagh National Park is a rugged wilderness in the Derryveagh Mountains and one of the highlights of the area.

Muckish Gap is a quiet road pass going over the shoulder of the distinctive Muckish Mountain.

Horn Head has high cliffs and great views. The climb up to it is steep but you are rewarded with excellent views out over the Atlantic.

From Bunbeg Pier you can get a ferry to Gola Island and Tory Island.

Letterkenny to Gweedore Useful Info

Parts of this route are on main roads (there are no reasonable alternatives) and would be recommended only for experienced cyclists. Nevertheless, traffic levels are variable and can be expected to be heavier on weekends and bank holidays and when there is sunny weather – it is a popular tourist region.

Gallaghers runs a bus service from Letterkenny to Gweedore. From Letterkenny there are regular buses to Dublin on Bus Eireann. The Lough Swilly Bus Company also has routes to Letterkenny and Donegal.

Combine this route with the Gweedore to Letterkenny Cycle for an exhilirating and adaptable two-day trip showcasing one of the most beautiful parts of Donegal.

Useful Links

Gallagher’s Belfast to Donegal timetable

Bus Eireann

The Lough Swilly Bus Company

Gweedore to Letterkenny Cycle



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