Self Guide Bicycle Tours
Shannon Highlands 3 Day Tour
This 3 day tour of Leitrim, a land of lakes and legends will whet your appetite to return and explore the best kept secret of the North West of Ireland.
Day 1 (30 km cycle)
Cycle on the Kingfisher Cycle Trail and marvel at the majestic Lough Allen and Sliabh An Iarainn, the Iron Mountain as you cycle along a quiet country road with only the bird song and an occasional baa of the mountain sheep to disturb the peace. Discover holy wells; sweat houses (ancient form of a sauna unique to this area of Ireland), famine memorabilia, and much more. Stay in a luxury Eco-Glamping retreat surrounded by nature and the peaceful Leitrim countryside for complete rejuvenation for another day of breath-taking views. This is self-catering accommodation with facilities for cooking with separate kitchen facilities and a barbecue area (and/or communal kitchen area with gas cooker) for evening meal. Food for barbecue can be purchased en-route or taxi can be arranged to take you to a local Restaurant (25 mins drive).
Day 2 (18 km cycle with a longer route option available)
Cycle the Dawn of Hope Loop for stunning views over Lough Allen and surrounding drumlin countryside with many hills, glens and babbling brooks to explore. A picnic lunch with homemade soup and freshly made bread will be provided for a memorable lunch break at the Dawn of Hope Bridge while you marvel at the amazing landscape surrounding you. It really lives up to its name! Relax or take a swim at the sandy shoreline at Lough Allen’s Corry strand before returning to your Celtic Yurt accommodation at Pink Apple Orchard.
Day 3 (35 km cycle)
A packed lunch will be provided for your final day which takes you around the western shore of Lough Allen, one of the largest lakes on the River Shannon. Take a little detour up the side of Corry Mountain for stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountain ranges. Get up close to the wind farms to marvel at these giants on the landscape. Take a stroll on the winding pathway to discover the hidden waterfall at Scarden and see the full expanse of Lough Allen before you cycle downhill to Bellantra Bridge at the outfall of the River Shannon. Cycle back to base along the Shannon Blueway for a really peaceful trip by the waters edge.
Included in the package:
- Top quality Kalkhoff Electric Bike
- Equipment supplied includes safety helmet, high vis vest, rain cape, 52 liter waterproof double pannier bag for your luggage, trail map with information about the places of interest along the route.
- Glamping accommodation at Pink Apple Orchard including self-service continental breakfast with freshly baked homemade bread and barbecue facilities for evening meal.
- Packed lunch for day 2 and day 3.
- Puncture repair kit and spare tube
- Back up services of phone contact and breakdown assist
- Transfer from Carrick on Shannon Train/Bus Station at no extra cost or if you come by car there is ample car parking at our premises.
- Transfer from Ireland West Airport Knock at an additional cost of €25 per person sharing, (€20 single supplement).
- Cycling time: 18 Km to 35 km per day
- Prices: call us at 087 7386439
One Day Tours
Arigna Miners Trail
We recommend this cycle to be taken on an electric bike to take the effort out of the steep climbs on this trail.
There are many historical places of interest along the way including a holy well, megalithic tombs, sweat house and much more. Experience two strikingly different, breath-taking views as you climb over Kilronan Mountain with Lough Meelagh and Kilronan Castle Hotel on one side and the magnificent Lough Allen and Sliabh An Iarainn on the other side. This trail then takes you to Arigna Village, formally a thriving coal mining village, with the last of the Mines closing in 1991 ).
Take a tour of the mines at Arigna Mining Experience to discover and experience the fascinating life of a Coal Miner (payable locally) or just browse in the Souvenir Shop or avail of refreshments in the Cafe. Its downhill all the way to Bellantra Bridge to see the majestic River Shannon flow out of Lough Allen. Cycle back to base along
the Shannon Blueway for a really peaceful trip by the waters edge.
Distance: 39 km round trip.
Minimum cycle time: 3 hours
Lough Allen Trail
A road trip like no other. Cycle at your ease around the majestic Lough Allen surrounded by Sliabh An Iarainn Mountain to the east and Corry and Arigna Mountain to the west. Stop off for a closer look at the lake at its many piers. This trail can be taken at your own pace and you can see how easy it is to strike up a conversation with the locals in the many small villages that you pass through. On Corry Mountain you will be greeted to panoramic views of the entire lake. Cycle through a wind farm and see these giants close up. This trail takes in many heritage sites and places of interest. If you are planning your cycle holiday in Ireland or just looking for places to go in Leitrim this is the perfect activity holiday for you.
Distance: 63 km, a high level of fitness is required
Minimum cycle time: 6 hours