IWCC touring rides are designed for riders looking for an enjoyable ride at a more comfortable pace. If you’re thinking of starting cycling as a sport for the first time, or you’re unsure of your ability, the touring rides are for you!
Glencar Lough: This route also covers about 40 Kilometres and has a number of options to extend this distance up to 70 Kilometres. The route (clockwise) heads towards Drumcliff, into Glencar passing close to the lake shore and follows this up to the 'upper' Glencar road. There is a choice then of left for Manorhamilton or right for return to Sligo town.
Mullaghmore: This route (about 70 Kilometres) heads out north on the main Bundoran road and turns towards the Atlantic at Cliffoney village. The circuit around the village of Mullaghmore is one of the most awesome scenes on the west coast. With a backdrop of Classibawn castle and spectacular cliffs and surf below, a cyclist can easily be distracted by the beauty of the locality. Club members recently featured in a photo-shoot in this area. Look out for theses pictures on our web site soon!
Three Counties: This is one of the longer routes (about 60 miles) taking in Sligo, Leitrim and South Donegal. Starting towards Manorhamilton, and then turning in the direction of Bundoran in Manorhamilton village. This takes the rider through beautiful Glenade. There is a choice of road then at the village of Kinlough. The route can return along the bottom of Ben Wiskin mountain at Ballintrillick (a quiet country road) or take the main road from Bundoran back to Sligo via the villages of Tullaghan, Cliffoney and Grange.
South Sligo: Passing through Sligo town, this route can take many directions at Carraroe, just 3 miles south of the town. One of the favorites is via Ballygawley and on through Riverstown to Castlebaldwin. Here again there is a choice, with Ballymote being an option, before returning to Sligo town. The route via Ballymote covers about 35 miles. Going to Boyle from Castlebaldwin will extent this route to over 60 miles.
West Sligo: Pass through Sligo town and take the old road towards Ballisodare. Turn right for Ballina. At Skreen (about 17 miles out), this route can swing left up 'The Lady's Brae'. This is the one for serious hill climbers. Other options to continue to Dromore West and return via the coast road for some beautiful scenery. Distances can vary from 40 miles to 60 miles