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SW Donegal Epic, Donegal

Badger Rating 5.0/5
Starting and finishing in Ardara, taking in Maghera, Port, Glencolmbkille, Teelin, climbing Slieve League, then back to Ardara via Glengesh. This is an all-day epic, only to be undertaken if you are used to long days in the saddle, and you don't mind hills! There are lots of opportunities to cut it shorter though if required (or indeed, make it longer!). 80Km and over 2300m of vertical climbing.

Getting There

Park anywhere in Ardara town centre.  There is a wee parking area/square at the bottom of the street.

Trail Description

Heading out of Ardara west along the coast road (brown signs for Maghera Caves), climbing Granny valley at Maghera, then down into Port. Fantastic climb on open mountain track into Glencolmbkille. Minor roads to Teelin, then a long hard climb up Slieve League. Into Carrick, then a mixture of minor road, walking paths, open mountian and farm tracks to Glengesh Pass, with a fantastic freewheel on tarmac with stunning scenery back into Ardara.

Slieve League Lunger Map


trail head marker Trail Head

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  • Brilliant day out. We did it in torrential rain, but was still fantastic. Great scenery, particularly the bit on the coast from Port to Glencolmbkille

NOTE: The trails on this site have been ridden before, but you should not interpret their inclusion as an indication that mountain-biking is officially sanctioned on them. Seeking permission from landowners is your own responsibility, as is conducting yourself in a manner that is courteous, respectful to the environment, and conscious of the safety of others.