Carlingford Lough from Clermont Carn

Slieve Gullion Cycle Loop

Distance: 66km
Climbing: 1226m

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This short but tough tour takes in fantastic views of Carlingford Lough before climbing to the highest point of the Cooley Peninsula. You then travel up and around the magnificent Slieve Gullion.

But its not over – there are still a couple of hills to cross on the way back to Newry.

On most of the 66km route you are either climbing or descending but before you tackle Slieve Gullion you can choose to skip around 26km of the route and almost half of the total climbing.  It’s a brilliant bailout point so there is no reason not to give this one a go.


Carlingford Lough – The quiet Flagstaff Road offers fantastic views over the lough and as far as the Mourne Mountains.

Clermont Carn is the highest road in the region.

Slieve Gullion has a scenic drive with superb views to the west.

Newry – Slieve Gullion Cycle Loop Useful Info

Most of this route is on backroads and you don’t even need to go into the centre of Newry – it is a small town anyway.

Almost a quarter of the route lies within the Republic. You cross into it once and return to Northern Ireland once.

Irish Rail and Translink run a service every two hours from Dublin to Belfast.  Bikes are carried for free in a wagon at the end of the train. Newry Train Station is on a hill outside the town.

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