The road to Donoughmore

Macroom to Limerick Cycle

Distance: 110km
Climbing: 641m

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The first half of this route is quite scenic and you pass several attractions in the area around Kilmallock and a little further on at Lough Gur.

You cycle north from Macroom through rolling hills in North Cork with some nice views. You pass through a couple of villages on the way to Mallow.

After reaching Kilmallock the route flattens and you have an easy run-in to Limerick.

This is day two of our Mizen to Malin route. The five days are Mizen Head to Macroom, Macroom to Limerick, Limerick to Athlone, Athlone to Enniskillen and Enniskillen to Malin Head. It’s a very direct route, one of the shortest possible, combining R roads with quieter backroads.


Kilmallock Friary is over 700 years old and has been occupied on and off by Dominican Monks since then.

Kilmallock Collegiate Church was built in 1251 and remains in very good condition.

Lough Gur is a beautiful lake in an area that has been inhabited for thousands of years. It is just a short way off the main route.

Grange Stone Circle is the largest on Ireland, containing 113 stones.

Macroom to Limerick Cycle Useful Info

Most of the route until you reach Kilmallock is on quiet backroads. After that the majority is on R Roads.

Macroom is on the main Cork to Killarney road, and on the bus route from Rosslare through Waterford/Cork/Killarney and Tralee. Bus Eireann runs buses.

Useful Links

Bus Eireann

Mizen Head to Macroom

Macroom to Limerick

Limerick to Athlone

Athlone to Enniskillen

Enniskillen to Malin Head



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