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Ballina Greenway Monasteries of the Moy

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I simply love exploring and the bicycle. It’s a beautiful world out there and there couldn’t be a better way to explore than on 2 wheels. I want to share my passions, that’s why I’ve put together this blog about traveling and cycling in the West of Ireland. Let me know what you think about my little collection of travel tips & cycling routes around Mayo & Sligo.

The Ballina Greenway: Discover the Monasteries of the Moy

Ballina Greenway Monasteries of the Moy
Rosserk Abbey

The Ballina Greenway Monasteries of the Moy is the perfect cycling route for a family and for curious explorers who are hungry for nature and history.
For a starter, discover the beautiful trails of Belleek woods. Filled with red squirrels, herons, robins and fairies, the woods are a feast for the eye for all fans of local wildlife. For another bite of history find the concrete ship Crete Boom and try to spot the ‘Horse’s Grave’. Don’t forget to watch out for seals, hunting for salmon in the river.
Indulge yourself on a scenic cycle, following a quiet country road along the River Moy. Get a taste of an Irish monks life while exploring the Rosserk Friary and Moyne Abbey.
For seconds continue on to the small port village of Killala for a portion of history on the Irish-French connection.
For a special at the end of your tour we recommend the ‘Belleek treat’: A guided tour of the castle and its dungeons.

All the fun with half the distance?

This cycle follows a classic ‘there-and-back’ route. If you want the full discovery experience but a shorter route, arrange for a drop off in Killala and explore the Monasteries of the Moy Greenway on the way back to Ballina. Ballina Bike Hire offers a convenient delivery service for their rental bikes with complementary cyclist transfer.

Ballina – Killala – Downpatrick Head

To cycle the Greenway is an adventure for all ages. If you want to cycle further I recommend extending your cycling route to Downpatrick Head.

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