Hidden Gems of Sligo and Leitrim — Itinerary
Day 1:Arrive Sligo
Arrive in the lively town of Sligo, known as the “Gateway to the North West”, and forever associated with poet W. B. Yeats. Sligo has easy transport connections from Dublin Airport and from Ireland West Airport (in Knock.) Explore the town with its many pubs and restaurants. Here you will also find a great choice of music venues.
Day 2: Sligo to Mullaghmore. Approx 35 km (21 miles)
Leave Sligo and cycle under Benbulben to the beautiful spot where Yeats is buried at Drumcliffe. The churchyard lies on the site of an old monastery and is well worth a visit for its high cross and round tower alone. Further along Drumcliffe Bay you will find impressive Lissadell House, where Yeats often stayed. Continue under the mountain to your overnight destination in Mullaghmore — overlooking a pretty harbour and beautiful golden beach.
Day 3: Mullaghmore to Manorhamilton. Approx 30 km (18 miles)
One of the least known but best cycling areas in Ireland. Quiet roads take you through tranquil and stunningly beautiful Glenade Valley. Cycle along roads that you will have largely to yourself. You will pass Eagles Rock and Glenade lake – two of Ireland’s unspoilt and rarely visited gems. Your overnight destination is Manorhamilton overlooked by its castle.
Day 4: Manorhamilton to Sligo. Approx 26 km (16 miles)
Glencar Valley, Lake and Waterfall are rightly renowned for their beauty. Cycle from Manorhamilton through the valley. Stop at the waterfall, immortalised by Yeats in his poem, The Stolen Child; “Where the wandering water gushes/ From the hills above Glencar/ In pools among the rushes/ That scarce could bathe a star,”. Glencar waterfall is just about the perfect place for a picnic. Continue along the lake taking in the beautiful views, as you make your way back to Sligo Town.
Day 5: Depart after Breakfast.
Time to say goodbye to this beautiful region. We are sure that you will have enjoyed your time cycling along the beautiful quiet roads and friendly villages.