MH2MH cycle tour – Day 8

Sligo to Portnoo/Narin

Leaving Sligo, the tour immediately follows Sustrans’s “North West Trail” which is a great little route taking in the best of the area, through little seaside villages, past rocky cliffs, lovely back roads and even a short cycle on the beach to get to lunch – tide permitting! After passing through dainty Donegal the route leaves the Sustrans route and heads into the hills and mountains above this area. The end of the day involves a drop down out of the hilly area to the gorgeous setting of Narin and Portnoo and it’s wonderful white sandy beach.  (Description based on route notes from Peak Tours).

Route from Sligo to Portnoo/Narin (73 miles):

Route from Sligo to Portnoo/Narin

Elevation profile (ascent 4183 feet):

Elevation profile from Sligo to Portnoo/Narin
A similar day to the previous one cycling through rolling country side – occasional rain, mainly cloud and extremely blustery wind towards the end of a ‘long’ day. The Dartry mountains of Benbulbin, Tievebaun and others dominated the skyline in the morning as we headed towards them, around them to the west and along the farm land on their northern edges. Later we passed through a few seaside towns before arriving at Rossnowlagh bay where large numbers of surfers were out in the water. After lunch we headed up to and through Donegal (passing signs for Lough Derg / Loch Dearg!) and over the hills towards the coastal villages of Portnoo and Narin. On arrival we walked out onto the beach and cooled our ‘burning’ calf muscles by paddling in the sea! Finally we had a good meal at the Carnaween B&B sitting in a conservatory-like room with a great view out to the beach, sea and island of Inishkeel.

Next: Day 9 – Portnoo/Narin to Malin Head

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