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Cycling Route to Downpatrick Head & Mayo Coast

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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.

Cycling to Downpatrick Head along the North Mayo Coast

Downpatrick Head, a Wild Atlantic Way discovery point on the north Mayo coast line
At Downpatrick Head, Sea stack Dún Briste

For the ultimate North Mayo sight seeing tour take the cycling route to Downpatrick Head along the North Mayo coast. The whole route is approx. 80km long with about 800m elevation.
Start by leisurely exploring the paths of Belleek woods. Visit the castle and find the concrete boat Crete Boom before heading to the start of the Ballina Greenway.
Discover the Monasteries of the Moy on the way to the historic port village Killala with its 12th century round tower. You could add in a stop at the beautiful Ross beach, before heading for Lacken Strand, and continue along the stunning coast line to Downpatrick Head.
It’s time to get off the bike for a little stroll to take in the incomparable views over the coastline and the sea stack Dún Briste.
Continue on to Ballycastle. Mary’s cottage kitchen is the perfect opportunity for a lunch, or coffee and cake stop. Refreshed and fuelled make your way back to Ballina.

Full experience with half the distance

From Ballina this cycling route to Downpatrick Head is a great option for an active sight seeing day in Mayo. Is the route too long for you? Arrange for a ‘drop off’ in Ballycastle and explore the Mayo coast on a one-way cycle to Ballina. This way, you still get to explore the major sights of the North Mayo coast at your own pace and the total distance will only be 40km. Ballina Bike Hire offer a convenient delivery service for their rental bikes with complementary cyclist transport.

Cycling Route to Downpatrick Head
Wild Atlantic Way, Ballycastle Co. Mayo

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