Westport Mayo to Ballyhaunis Cycle Directions
0 to 10km
On leaving the train station, turn right on the R330 and leave town. Stay on this road [5km marker]. After reaching Mace Crossroads after 6.6km of the ride, go around three corners and take the next left, signed Castlebar.
10 – 20km
Stay on this quiet, narrow road through numerous corners and ignore all turnoffs until you [15km marker] reach a t-junction with the N84, where you turn left into Ballyhean.
Take the first right turn in the village. Stay on this narrow road for 4km until the road bends right where you ignore a left turn.
20 – 30km
You then reach a t-junction with a much wider road. Turn right here onto the main road and ignore the other right turn at the junction. Stay on this main road all the way to Belcarra.
Take the left which you reach at the edge of the village. It is very narrow and is signed Eviction Cottage. The cottage is 750m up this road. Return the same way and continue towards the village.
Ignore the left turn in the village (and the left turn beside a barn just after it) and take the next left as you leave the village, between two low stone walls [25km marker].
Keep left on this road as you pass a cemetery. Go around a couple of corners and take the third left on a long straight.
30 – 40km
Take the first right turn up a narrow road – if you miss it you reach a railway crossing just after. Turn left at the next t-junction. Go left again at the next t-junction on a wider road.
You ride past a church to a t-junction with the N60 at the edge of the village of Balla, where you turn right [35km marker]. Take the second right turn down a narrow road.
When the road forks, keep left. After a sharp bend you return to the N60. Go straight through the crossroads here. When this road bends sharply left, take the right turn at the corner that leads up a hill.
Go through a crossroads.
40 – 50km
Pass two right turns and then follow this road around a sharp left bend, ignoring the turnoff leading straight ahead. After several more corners turn right at a t-junction.
You reach another t-junction with the R320 and a minor road. Turn left on the main road [45km marker].
When you reach a crossroads, turn right on the R324, signed Kiltimagh. When you get to the village turn right on the main street by Langan’s Bar on the R323. Go around the corner and you will see an entrance to the sculpture park by a low stone wall on your left.
Take the right turn a few metres later down a narrow road.
50 – 60km
Turn right at the t-junction you reach. Ignore a right turn and then this road brings you to a t-junction with the R323, where you turn right again.
Head towards Knock [55km marker], cross the N17 and turn right at the next roundabout. This takes you past Knock Shrine. Take the first left turn after it.
60 – 74km
At the second crossroads, turn right. After you pass a church [65km marker], take the first left. You pass Bekan Cemetery. When the road forks, turn left. After two sharp left turns, stay on this road as it goes right at the next corner. Take the next left turn.
Go up a small hill and take the first right. The road bends left at a junction and you reach the R323. Take a right here for Ballyhaunis and ride into the town.
When you reach the main crossroads go straight through it. The road bends left and when it goes under the railway tracks take the left up a short rise to the train station.