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Northwest Ireland

Introduction

This sparsely populated territory straddling the south west of Ulster and the North East of Connaught is one of Ireland’s real gems - an unspoiled landscape of lakes and rivers, steep-sided gorges, forest-clothed mountains and atmospheric moorland. William Butler Yeats, Ireland’s most celebrated poet, took the inspiration for many of his best-known works from the region.

Towering cliffs, deserted beaches and rocky headlands abound along the rugged coast of Donegal, a county which incorporates some of Ireland’s wildest scenery. To the south Sligo, steeped in prehistory and Celtic myth has a wonderful legacy of ancient monuments and natural beauty. Sligo’s finest landscapes are found inland where lakes lie in the hollows of brooding mountains. Here you can enjoy real peace and tranquillity, far away from the hustle and bustle of modern everyday life. The Shannon-Erne waterway stretches the length of the county.

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Map of the Region

You may find it helpful to view and print off a copy of the regional map and cross reference with the description.

Northwest Ireland Biking Routes

Northwest Ireland Biking Routes

Route
Start
Finish
Route options
En route
A*^
BOYLE
Rosses Point
 
Boyle Abbey; Lough Arrow; Dromahair; Parkes Castle; Creevelea Friary
B*
Rosses Point
Belleek
   
Glencar Lough; Drumcliffe; Ben Bulben; Gleniff Horseshoe; Mullaghmore
C
Belleek
Belleek
 
Belleek Pottery; Donegal Castle; Lough Eske; The Pullens
D
Belleek
Belcoo
 
Lough Navar Forest; Lough Macnean; Moneygashel
E
Belcoo
Belcoo
 
Cuilcagh; Florence Court; Marble Arch Caves
F*
Belcoo
BOYLE
   
Lough Allen; Drumshanbo; Arigna; Lough Key Forest Park
G*
Rosses Point
Ballyshannon
   
Glencar Lough; Drumcliffe; Ben Bulben; Gleniff Horseshoe; Mullaghmore
H*
Ballyshannon
Ardara
 
Rossnowlagh; Donegal Castle; Lough Eske
I
Ardara
Ardara
 
Glengesh Pass; Slieve League Cliffs; Glencolmcille; Maghera Caves
J
Ardara
Glenties
 
Crohy Head; The Rosses; Dunglow
K
Glenties
Ballybofey
   
Blue Stack Mountains; Finn Valley
L
Ballybofey
Belleek
   
The Pullens; Lough Derg; Belleek Pottery

Note:

Towns above in CAPITALS are Trailhead towns.

^ = Public transport option available for part or all of route

* = Route can be divided into two shorter options (with an additional overnight)