The road to Ballinlough

Westport Mayo to Ballyhaunis Cycle

Distance: 74km
Climbing: 311m

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You won’t pass incredible coastal scenery or amazing UNESCO sites on this trip.

But you will enjoy a relaxed and scenic ride along exceptionally quiet roads in a part of the country overlooked by tourists who flock to Westport.

This route is your way to get away from it all.

Attractions

Eviction Cottage – This cottage in Belcarra saw the last 19th Century eviction in Belcarra and has been carefully restored.

Kiltimagh Museum has the unusual setting of an abandoned rail platform and is open from 14:00 to 18:00 from June to September. It is still worth a look when closed as you can still walk around the site.

Knock Shrine is the most famous pilgrimage site in Ireland and is where the Virgin Mary is reported to have appeared to 15 people in 1879.

Westport Mayo to Ballyhaunis Cycle Useful Info

After the first 7km, most of this route is on very quiet and narrow backroads which are perfect for cycling.

Ballyhaunis is on the Dublin – Westport rail line. Irish Rail runs several trains per day. Bike spaces are limited to a couple per train, so it is a good idea to book ahead.

Bus Eireann has the following services, each running several times per day: Dublin, Athlone, Ireland West Airport (Knock), Ballina, Castlebar, Galway, Limerick and Cork.

Westport is the most important cycling hub in the region and boasts The Great Western Greenway. This is a great alternative to the routes used by everyone else.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Bus Eireann

The Great Western Greenway

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