General information

North West Trail
http://www.cycleni.com/i/routes/237.jpg
http://www.cycleni.com/i/routes/238.jpg

As with all the long distance routes, it is advisable to purchase a detailed map of your route before setting out. A brief overview of the route is described below.

The most easterly point on the Trail is the town of Omagh, however it is possible to join this route from a number of locations.

From Sligo town in the Republic of Ireland, the trail meanders through ‘Yeats Country’ passing the poet’s grave in Drumcliffe. Pushing out towards the rugged coast road where you see gigantic breakers begin to gather momentum on their way through Donegal Bay, the route brings you to the beautiful Rossnowlagh beach.

From Donegal, the route continues east and gradually becomes flatter and more lush, passing the “Let the Dance Begin” sculpture as you arrive in Strabane, Co Tyrone. Townlands accompany each road name, ancient ’postcodes’ derived from Irish describe the very landscape you’re cycling through. Dixe Wills, travel journalist and author, rode the trail in early springtime and found it to be “perfect if you want to escape the crowds and confines of well worn tourist trails,” adding that “at times you’re the only thing moving through this silent, monumental landscape."

The Mourne and Strule rivers, in the foothills of the Sperrins, guide you past the Ulster American Folk Park into Omagh Town. Tyrone man and life-long cyclist, Declan McGrath knows the road very well. “It's a great stretch of cycling country,” he says, “It's flat and always quiet but the scenery just keeps rolling past all the way into Enniskillen.” From Ballinamallard you pass into the Fermanagh Lakelands where Enniskillen town itself is built on an island in Lough Erne. "You should definitely cycle through Florence Court Estate," Declan says, "The track is rough in parts but the setting is simply perfect." From here drop gears and climb up to the Marble Arch Caves for a tour through the subterranean caves and potholes. The final stretch of the route crosses briefly into Co Cavan, then rises and falls through the rolling Co Leitrim countryside and back to Sligo town.

Public roads: On Public Road

Getting to the start:

Sligo Town, County Leitrim, Republic of Ireland

Bus: www.buseireann.ie

Train: www.irishrail.ie

Traffic: Route follows minor roads with traffic-free sections. Busy through major towns.

Distance

202 miles (326km)

Terrain

Tarmac roads

Point of interest

Yeat’s Grave

“Let the Dance Begin” sculpture

The Sperrins

Marble Arch caves

Ulster American Folk Park

Facilities

Toilets, cafes and bars can be found in all towns and most villages along the route. There is also plentiful accommodation available.

Publication

Discover North West Trail, Sustrans, NCN

Publication availability

www.sustrans.org

Facilities

  • Free (parking charges may apply)

View all

Facilities

Facilities

  • Free (parking charges may apply)
Loading, please wait.

Things nearby

Gallery

Contact Information

  • Favourite

Activity / Cycling

North West Trail

Address
Web Address
www.cycleni.com/102/north-west-trail/

View website

Special offers

Top