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Inis Eoghain Cycleway

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Donegal
Republic of Ireland

On the Inis Eoghain Cycleway cyclists pass along the Foyle Valley and continue under the spectacular Foyle Bridge before heading through Ballyarnett Country Park. Once at the city limits, the route begins to climb to An Grianan Aileach with magnificent views over Lough Swilly, Inch Island, the Inish Eoghain peninsula and south towards the Sperrin Mountains. From here the route falls away through quiet country roads to the shores of Lough Swilly and the bustling town of Newtowncunningham in County Donegal. They Cycleway then returns via undulating countryside to the River Foyle after passing through Carrigans, where a one way system avoids a bad bend on a busy road for cyclists travelling in an anticlockwise direction. From Carrigans the route follows the traffic free Foyle Valley Greenway alongside the river back to the heart of Derry in County Londonderry.

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An Grianan Aileach - This temple to the pre-Celt God, Dagda, dates back to circa 1,700 BC. It offers the most spectacular views of south Inish Eoghain from Carrigans to Killea and round to Newtowncunningham, as well as Burt Castle - one of the Clan O'Dochartaigh's strongholds dating back to the 1500's. Lough Swilly - Lough Swilly's shoreline boasts spectacular cliffs and sandy beaches, with beautiful mountains, lakes, peat bogs, salt marsh and woodland in the surrounding area. It hosts a variety of wildlife with the Arctic Tern visiting in summer, and the Great Northern Diver in winter. Both Common and Grey Seals also live in the Lough. Derry's Walls - Derry is the only remaining completely Walled City in Ireland and one of the finest examples in Europe. The Walled City has been designated by the NI Government as a signature tourism project. These famous walls date back to the early part of the 17th century and are home to Europe's largest collection of cannon. There are fine views from the top of the Walls which encircle the old city a circuit of one mile. Ballyarnett Country Park - This country park is located in the outskirts of the city and offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside and the hills of Donegal. It is also the site of the Amelia Earhart Cottage which houses an exhibition on her unexpected landing in the city in 1932 when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. Foyle Valley Greenway - (Winner of the European Award of Excellence in 2003) Running along the line of the former Great Northern Railway, the Foyle Valley Greenway offers picturesque views of the River Foyle, with traffic free paths and quiet country lanes taking you over the border. Foyle Valley Railway Museum - The Foyle Valley Railway Museum highlihts the outstanding railway history of the city and houses many fascinating exhibits from some of the railways which radiated from the city - Great Northern Railway, London Midland Scotland, Londonderry & Lough Swilly Railway and the County Donegal Railway.

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