Cycling beside Lough Foyle

Malin Head – Greencastle – Derry Cycle

Distance: 77km
Climbing: 865m

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From Malin Head, you hug the north coast of the Inishowen Peninsula, going up and down into numerous small coves. After a long descent into Greencastle, you have a mostly flat 30km run into Derry.

It’s a neat addition to a Mizen to Malin cycle, if you have the time. Or you can make a two-day trip by doing the Derry to Malin Head cycle first.

It’s not the shortest way back but it is a different way and a great idea to make the most of your visit to that part of the world. If you want to set off across Northern Ireland, there is a useful ferry at Greencastle.


Malin Head is Ireland’s most northerly point.

The Wee House of Malin is a cave behind a ruined church. Reputedly it can never fill up no matter how many people enter it.

Kinnagoe Bay is a beautiful little bay with a roadside memorial to the Spanish Armada.

Malin Head – Greencastle – Derry Cycle Useful Info

The first 40km of this route (as far as Greencastle) is on very quiet backroads. After that you spend some time on the main road to Derry, before leaving it again for the last run into the city. You need road cycling experience to be comfortable on this road.

At Greencastle, there is a ferry across Lough Foyle, if you want to avoid cycling through Derry.

From Derry you can get a train to Belfast. Translink has all the details.

Bus Eireann has bus services to Sligo, Galway, Limerick, Cork, Dublin, Dublin Airport, Omagh, Knock, Donegal and Letterkenny. View their Intercity timetables.

Useful Links


Bus Eireann

Bus Eireann Intercity timetables

Mizen to Malin

Derry to Malin Head



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