Sportif (80 km route)
The 80km cycle should be accessible to all leisure cyclists, it sets out from the bustling town of Westport and heads west along the R335 taking in the breathtaking views of Ireland’s famous mountain Croagh Patrick on the left and the 365 islands of Clew Bay on the right.
Croagh Patrick as seen from Westport Quay. Pic: Fáilte Ireland
The route passes through the scenic small town of Louisburg turning left onto the R335 continues south towards the spectacular and picturesque Doolough Valley. Here the cyclists can take in the stunning views of Mweelrea (Connaughts highest mountain) which dominates the landscape and the dramatic beauty of Doolough Lake which translates as the “Black Lake”.
Mweelrea mountain overlooking Killary Harbour, as seen from Rosroe. Pic: Patrice78500/Creative Commons
After the valley, cyclists will get a well-earned food stop at Delphi Adventure Centre which is at the 38 km mark before continuing.
They travel another 5 km along Ireland’s only fjord “Killary Fjord” where majestic views await on all sides leading into Ashleigh Falls before turning left onto the N59 towards Westport.
From here it is only 30 km to Westport. Cyclists will then cycle through the Erriff Valley where the film “The Field” was filmed along the banks of the Erriff River.
A warm welcome and refreshments are awaiting you in Westport where you can reflect on a great days cycling. There is no better place to kick back and enjoy a great night’s entertainment in the pubs and clubs of Westport that night.