Self Guided Bike Hire Trips

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Fancy going it alone?Why not try one of Self Guided Biking Trips?


(Hire available from Riverside Hotel in Sligo or delivered on request)


Check out some of our Bike Hire Self Guided routes below:

Routes:

  • Strandhill/ Queen Maeves Tour
  • Yeats Tour
  • Ox Mountain Tour
  • Lough Gill Tour

1. Strandhill/ Queen Maeves Tour

Highlights:

  • The stunning hidden Glen
  • Breathtaking views of Sligo Bay, Benbulben table top mountain, the Ox Mountains and much more
  • Queen Maeves Grave and Knocknarea
  • Rathcarrick forest and house

Starting in the picturesque seaside village of Strandhill this tour brings you on a leisurely cycle around the beautiful Knocknarea Mountain. The cycle runs through the striking lowlands at the foot of the mountain and along the coastal road with stunning views of Ballisodare and Sligo Bay, Dartry mountain range, Coney Island, the Ox Mountains, and the Slieve League which are the highest sea cliffs in Europe.

Other attractions along the way include Carramore megalithic tombs, Rathcarrick house, the giant sand dunes, the hidden glen and some of the most breathtaking views that the North West of Ireland has to offer. You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of our local seal population have a rest on the sand after a hard days fishing.This cycle is designed with everyone in mind. It is a relaxing spin that gives you a chance to take in the natural beauty of the area and enjoy a nice picnic lunch in a tranquil location.

Want to go at your pace and explore some more? Our self guided trips allow to do just that.


2. Yeats Tour

Highlights:

  • Incredible panoramic views of Yeats County
  • Glencar Waterfall
  • Yeats Grave
  • Round Tower
  • Lissadell House

You will begin at the foot of the Dartry Mountains and cycle along quiet country roads enjoying the views of Glencar Valley, Copes Mountain, Kings Gully and Benbulben.

The first stop is the beautiful Glencar Lake situated in the picturesque Glencar Valley. From here we have a short walk to Glencar Waterfall. This impressive waterfall drops from huge cliffs to a pool below. This waterfall was an inspiration to WB Yeats and is mentioned is his famous poem ‘The Stolen Child’.

On your way to our next stop we will have views of Irelands highest waterfall ‘Sruth in Aghaidh An Ard’. This means stream against the height and is named this because in west winds the waterfall blows back up the cliff. It is a sight to behold!

Your next stop is Drumcliffe Village where we will visit St. Columbas Church, a Celtic High Cross, A Round Tower and last but not least the Grave of the William Butler Yeats. You can take a break here for a bite to eat in the lovely Drumcliff Tea Rooms.

Next up is a cycle down the coast to Lissadell House and Gardens. This is a large 19th century Neo-Classical House and gardens overlooking Sligo Bay.

Lissadell was the childhood home of Irish revolutionary Constance Gore-Booth and was also a holiday retreat for the world renowned poet William Butler Yeats. Yeats made the house famous with his poetry.


3. Ox Mountain Tour

Highlights:

  • Breathtaking panoramic views
  • Exciting and Interesting Trails
  • The Mountain Top lakes of Lough Talt and Lough Easkey
  • Bealanassa waterfalls
  • Frenchmans Grave
  • Mass Rock

We start in the centre of the beautiful Ox Mountains and being our journey through this pristine countryside. The route moves through open mountain top meadows and stunning lakes with amazing views in of the Ox Mountains and Coasts along the way.

Other attractions along the way include Mass Rock, Bealanassa Falls, Frenchmans Grave, Lough Talt, Lough Easkey and amazing views from above the lakes. This cycle is designed with everyone in mind. It is a relaxing spin that gives you a chance to take in the natural beauty of the area and relax in a tranquil location. The Ox Mountain Cycle Tour is not be missed and a great way to see


4.Lough Gill Tour

Highlights:

  • Spectacular Lakeside Views
  • Dooney Rock
  • The Sleeping Giant
  • Creevylea Abbey
  • Lake Isle of Inishfree
  • Parkes Castle

It begins near Sligo town and follows a quiet country road along the shores of the picturesque Lough Gill. One stop that is included in both of these tours is a quick walk up Dooney Rock for a spectacular view of the entire lake and its islands. Other stops include the ‘Sleeping Giants Mountain’ with views of the River Bonet, Killery Mountain and stunning unspoilt natural landscapes. We pass through Dromahair Village where we will see Creevylea Abbey.

O’Rourke’s Castle, the beautiful village itself and on the other side of the village we will stop at the famous lakeside Parkes Castle. At Parkes Castle we will have an optional castle tour and depending on the weather an option of a boat tour of the lake will also be available.

As we head back towards Sligo town on the windy lakeside road we will have another brief stop at Deer Park where we will see a court tomb that dates back to the Neolithic period around 2500-4000 BC.

We might also be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of some deer that are in abundance in this area. After this we will head back through the Calry and Hazelwood areas to our finishing point on the outskirts of Sligo Town for a well deserved rest

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