During the holidays Alexis and I decided to stay here, in Ireland, because we wanted to discover the Donegal county which counts a lot of interesting things to see. Thus, we borrowed some friend’s bikes who went back in France to go on a trekking to the Slieve League cliffs, the highest of Europe.
That way, we established a trip from Sligo to Kilcar and a way back in five steps :
From Sligo to Bundoran
On the first day, we did 36km by bike and this allowed us to arrive early enough so we can visit the known seaside town. We walk along the cliffs after a little rest and we ate in town. We rent a private room and the host was very thoughtful and welcoming and this is one of the greatest qualities we have found in all our Irish hosts.
From Bundoran to Mountcharles
On the day 2, we left the beautiful Bundoran for Mountcharles, 40 km further. During this journey, we rode through the deep Irish countryside and saw a lot of beautiful landscapes. The town Donegal was on our way and we stopped there to have lunch even if we didn’t have time to visit because we planned a little walk into the woods in near Mountcharles. Our accommodation was a very comfortable apartment with a view on the Inver bay.
From Mountcharles to Kilcar
On the third day, we did 50 km to go to the Slieve League. We had to ride on a national road which was the only one the reach our purpose. It leads us to Killybegs, a beautiful fishing port and where we met lovely people during a break. We also ate on the Fintra beach which was gorgeous despite of the cold wind. Then, at the end of the day we arrived to the Slieve League and went back to Kilcar to find our accommodation for the night, in the middle of the countryside where nobody seems to live during this season !
From Kilcar to Laghy
On the day 4, we did the fourty first kilometers during the morning to do a longer break in Donegal : we ate in a little dinner and visit the town. We visited the abbey and its graveyard, the castle and the church. Then, few kilometers further we arrived in Laghy which was a beautiful little town. We went on a walk to the nearest beach and ate in our accommodation. Every Bed&Breakfast institute where we spent time were gorgeous and the Irish breakfast is the best one to start a day of cycling !
From Laghy to Sligo
Finally, on the last day we had to ride for 63 km until home. We made a detour to see one of the most beautiful Irish beach according to our host in Laghy, the beach of Rossnowlagh. It was the hardest journey we had to do because of the distance and the weather wasn’t very good either. We took the same road as the day 1, rode through the deep countryside and then joined the national road in Drumcliff where we visited the Parish Church and saw the grave of the famous poet W. B. Yeats. Also, the only one city that we had to go through was Ballyshannon and its town center was really lovely.