Tag Archives: Sligo

Ballina to Sligo Cycle

Riding beside Lough Easky

If you want to get away from it all you have come to the right place – magnificent Mayo.

This ride goes through one of the remotest and emptiest parts of the country.

Distance: 77km
Climbing: 670m
Difficulty: average

Benbulben Cycle Route Loop

Iconic Benbulben

This ride heads north from Sligo towards the magnificent Benbulben. It hugs the north side of the Dartry mountains before turning south and returning to Sligo past the beautiful Glencar Waterfall.

There is an optional 9km trip along the Gleniff Horseshoe, which is well worth a look.

Distance: 71km
Climbing: 559m
Difficulty: average

Cycle Sligo to Carrick-on-Shannon

The climb up Carrowkeel

Cycle Sligo – this is an enjoyable, understated route through a sparsely populated part of the country.

You pass a number of attractions but the highlight is undoubtedly Carrowkeel, which has magnificent views over Lough Arrow and the surrounding area.

Distance: 75km
Climbing: 599m
Difficulty: hard

Cycle Sligo to Enniskillen

The Cliffs of Annacoona on the Gleniff Horseshoe

Cycle Sligo – this amazing ride takes you north past the beautiful Dartry Mountains. The Gleniff Horseshoe is optional but probably the highlight of the trip.

You visit Creevykeel Court Tomb before you continue west over a low mountain pass and then on to Lough Navar Forest with its famous viewpoint over Lough Erne.

Distance: 115km
Climbing: 1130m
Difficulty: hard

Cycle Sligo – Strandhill Loop

Looking west from Carrowmore

Cycle Sligo – this short tour takes in a most of sights around Sligo Town, with a beautiful view of Lough Gill before visiting Tobernalt Holy Well.

You go on to Carrowmore and Knocknarea, which will need plenty of time to explore properly.

Strandhill is a great place to stop off for a while before the short ride back to Sligo.

Distance: 29km
Climbing: 324m
Difficulty: easy

Glencar Cycle Route Loop

Glencar Lake

Glencar Lake and Waterfall lie east of Sligo Town deep in Yeats Country. It inspired Yeats to write his poem ‘The Stolen Child’.

This route goes past Glencar before turning south to Lough Gill and Parkes Castle. It is a gentle ride through extraordinary countryside.

Distance: 51km
Climbing: 448m
Difficulty: average