This cycling mini-break takes you to a part of Ireland that is ready-made for exploring by bike. Peaceful country roads, where traffic is minimal at most, unspoilt countryside, and unforgettable hospitality, combine to make this the perfect Irish cycle break. From Sligo you cycle along the coast to Mullaghmore and through two of Ireland’s most beautiful glacial valleys, Glenade and Glencar, where every turn of the road brings new delights.
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 8: 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.
Hidden Gems of Sligo and Leitrim — — Accommodation
With two nights in Sligo Town and one each in Mullaghmore or Cliffoney and Manorhamilton, you will get to experience Ireland’s hospitality at its best. Staying in either family run Bed and Breakfasts or small hotels you will be well looked after by your hosts. Each morning a hearty breakfast will set you up perfectly for a day of exploring.
Hidden Gems of Sligo and Leitrim — — Getting Here
This cycling tour starts and finshes in Sligo. It is easily accessable from Dublin, Ireland West (Knock) and Belfast airports. Use the links below to check the bus and rail timetables.
If you are arriving in Ireland at a different location to those listed below and would like advice on how to get here, let us know and we will help you to plan your journey.
From Dublin Airport
By Bus: Direct buses (Route Number 23) run to Sligo from Dublin Airport. Timetable
By Bus: Frequent buses (Route Number 64) run to Sligo direct from the Airport. Timetable
Hidden Gems of Sligo and Leitrim — — Prices 2021
Tours available: 05 April 2021 – 27 September 2021 Peak Season: 31 May 2021 – 30 August 2021
Price per person sharing: €550 Peak Season: €590 Single occupancy: €120 Bicycle: €70 E-bike: €110
Self-Guided bike tour price includes:
• Bed and breakfast accommodation in carefully selected B&B’s or small hotels.
• Welcome meeting and bike set up on first morning
• Daily luggage transfers
• Emergency support
• Comprehensive guide booklet
• All maps and guide notes
• GPS unit with all routes pre-programmed (one per room)
Not included in price:
• Travel to and from start/finish of tour (Sligo)
• Meals other than breakfast
This is the shortest version we currently offer of this tour. If you would like to take more time to explore this area pleas see our Yeats Country and Lakelands 7 night tour.
Hidden Gems of Sligo and Leitrim — — Gallery
Hidden Gems of Sligo and Leitrim — — Booking
To book a self-guided cycling mini break with Ireland by Bike:
Please fill out the Enquiry Form giving details of group size, dates, etc.
Once we have received your enquiry we will get back to you letting you know if the dates you requested are available. We will then ask you to enter full tour and group details on a Booking Request Form. Once we have received this we will send you confirmation of pricing etc.
2: Pay Deposit
If you are happy with our proposal you can proceed to pay the deposit using the secure link we will send you. The deposit required is €100 per person for all tours.
Once we have received your deposit we will send you confirmation of your booking along with an invoice for the balance.
3: Pay Balance
Full payment is required at least 4 weeks before your arrival date.
Once we have received full payment we will email you your cycling holiday accommodation list, along with the full guide notes for your cycling tour.
If you are just making a general enquiry, and would like to ask some questions, then simply contact us.
Hidden Gems of Sligo and Leitrim — — Customer Reviews
My wife and I very much enjoyed the 5-day Yeats Country and Lakelands bike tour (with an e-bike and hybrid bike). As others have noted as well.. the routes were well-organized and we appreciated the attention to detail by Seamus and Nora. They were kind and thoughtful hosts. The B&B’s were very comfortable; the breakfasts hearty and the company friendly and helpful. Of course, some wet weather is to be expected but we found the temperatures and weather reasonably agreeable for bike riding. There will be some hills but the beautiful scenery and friendly people more than made up for this. Scott G – Canada. Sept 2019
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