WESTPORT / LANKILL / TOURMAKEADY / AUGHAGOWER / WESTPORT
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Up, Up and Away!! (CY 3 – 65km)
LOCATION: This cycle route commences from the Car Park adjacent to the Tower’s Bar and Restaurant at the Quay Westport and heads westwards, out the Leenane and Lankill roads, up and over the Maam Trasna (Mountain Range) towards Tourmakeady. On the return journey from Tourmakeady, you cycle on a number of minor country roads, heading towards Aughagower and finishing in Westport at the Quay where you started your journey.
LANDSCAPE: This rural route is hilly and remote, taking you through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Mayo. You will cycle an undulating route over hills and mountains, passing lakes and valleys. This is a challenging but rewarding route, with each kilometre offering a new picture of natural beauty.
START/FINISH: Car Park at the Quay, Westport, adjacent to the Tower’s Bar and Restaurant.
DISTANCE: 65 Km
APPROXIMATE TIMES: Approximately 5 hours for an experienced cyclist.
TERRAIN: Terrain is a tarred road throughout but with a mix of gentle gradients and challenging climbs interspersed with some flat pedalling. This is a challenging route for an experienced cyclist, and not to be undertaken in difficult weather conditions.
From the Car Park head westwards for about 200m and then left onto the Greenway. Continue on the Greenway as far as the first bridge.
After the bridge take the first turn right through a small car park adjacent to the playground, and then turn left on to the R335. Continue for about 100m to the T-junction.
Then turn right on to the Leenane road (N59) and continue until you come to a Filling Station (Point 1 on the map), turn left at the Filling Station and continue for 200m and at the T-junction, turn right on to the Lankill road.
Continue on this road for 7km, passing Lankill National School and Cordaragh crossroads until you come to Derrycraff Cross (Point 2 on Map). Turn sharp left up a steep incline towards Tourmakeady.
After 2.5km, you will pass a junction at Point 3 on the map. Follow the road and signpost for Tourmakeady, cycling upwards along the side of the local mountain, after which you will descend to a junction at Point 4 on the map (23.7km from starting point).
Be careful to take right turn at this junction which will take you downhill to Tourmakeady Post Office/O’Toole’s Bar.
This is a good stop for some light refreshments. Leaving from O’Toole’s front door with filling pumps to your rear, you turn left on to a road signposted for Partry.
Cycle to Point 5, (31.4km from starting point), pass the local Srah National School, on your right, and then turn left after about 1 Km. This left turn is approximately 7 km from OToole’s Tourmakeady and is a very small country road.
Follow this road for approximately 2km until you climb to Point 6 where you turn right on a bend. Cycling for approximately 1.3km to Point 7, go straight, veering left uphill, towards Killavally, keeping lakes below you on your right, as you travel along this road.
As you approach Killavally, keep going straight on this road, until you arrive at a junction in the middle of village.
Turn left at junction on to R330 for Westport. Follow R330 to Point 8 (45km from starting point) and turn left following the sign post for Aughagower.
Continue on this road until you reach Aughagower village. Turn left passing Scott’s, the local Bar and shop, on your right, cycle to the junction at the top of the village, then go straight, cycling for 5km to junction, Point 9.
At junction 9, turn right for Westport onto Lankill road, retracing your journey back to Point 10, then turn left and cycle for approximately 100m on to the N59, turning right for Westport.
Cycle approximately 200m passing the local Fire Station on you left, then turn left on to R335 to Louisburgh for 100 m.
Turn right into small car par, adjacent to playground and then left onto the Greenway, cycling to the end and the waterfront.
Turn right and continue 200m to the Tower’s Bar and Restaurant where you turn left for the car park and your finish point.
Tourmakeady: Light refreshments and a friendly welcome in local hostelry/Restaurants in Westport.