Every time we run a race in Donegal, we get the same feedback: “Is Donegal just hills? It seems to be uphill all the way!” Well we want to share some Donegal Cycling Routes to help you get your legs ready for those hills. You will be flying it for Gaelforce North on September 21st.
Inis Eoghain Cycleway - 55km
The Inis Eoghain Cycleway is a 55km loop connecting The River Foyle in Derry to Lough Swilly in Donegal. The big appeal of this cycle is that more than one third of the route is traffic free. The views are also something special overlooking Lough Swilly, Inch Island, the Inis Eoghain Peninsula and the Sperrin Mountains.
Length: 55km lap
Surface: On public road
Ardara/Glenties Loop - 75km
Fancy a longer spin with a few hills!! Exit Ted’s Bike shop and turn left onto the Killybegs Road, cycle approximately 10km and turn Right signposted Ardara. Follow along this road for 16k until you enter the popular town of Ardara. The area boasts a thriving tourist trade and social scene, and is known as “The Festival capital of Donegal”.
We recommend you stop in the famous pub, Nancy’s for a bite of lunch. There are also numerous craft and tweed shops to browse around. At the top of the hill in Ardara take the road signposted Portnoo/Narin, follow the road and the signs for Glenties. Cycle through Glenties following the signpost for Donegal Town.
Elevation Gain: 550m
Surface: On Public Road
Cycle at Gaelforce North - From Errigal to Bunbeg
Glenveagh to Bunbeg
Anybody familiar with Gaelforce North will know this one. You will cycle along the old Burtonport Railway from Cresslough to the Falcarragh station. This 6.8 km route to the Falcarragh station passes along Lough Agher and cuts through rocky outcrops showing some of the engineering feats involved in the construction of the original railway. From cuttings to embankments and stone bridges, to spectacular views of unspoiled terrain, the trail is simply beautiful and not to mention the back drop of Muckish Mountain.
Length: 27km on way
Elevation Gain: 274m
Surface: On Public Road
Tip: Head for a dip in the sea in Bunbeg to freshen up and maybe you have in in your legs to cycle the whole way back
Bonus: If you fancy taking the mountain bike for a spin…
West Donegal 70k
This route starts and finishes at the foot of Muckish Mountain. On this route you will ride through Dunlewey over the mountain to Gortahork on to Falcaragh before the last climb back to the starting point. This route has some hard climbs but they are all worth it.This route contains road sections with small sections along and crossing main roads.
Length: 70km Loop
Elevation Gain: 916m
Surface: Mixed, Off-Roa
Tip: After you cycle you might want to swing by Dunfanaghy for some amazing pizza in the Rusty Oven!
Well there you have lots of routes to explore and take in the stunning scenery of Donegal! Do you have another cycle that you would like to add?
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