Cycling is a great way to get around and see the sights and enjoy the views around South and West Sligo.

For a moderate spin, starting at Collooney turn right on N17 towards Ballymote. After about 3km turn left at Clarkes bridge over the railway line onto the main Ballymote road. Continue up the main street of Ballymote and at the bottom of the hill turn left for Keash. The Caves of Keash are a series of striking caves and are worth a visit. They are set into the western side of the Keshcorran Mountains and the views are stunning. After the caves, you can continue on the road for about 10 kilometres and turn left for Ballinafad where you will meet the main N4 back towards Collooney and Sligo.

If you are looking for something more advanced, head towards the Ox Mountains for a challenging climb up Ladies Brae which rises to a height of 240 metres. Towards the top of the climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views in the distance of the Atlantic Ocean and the various Sligo mountain ranges. You can then descend off Ladies Brae through rugged mountainous terrain eventually arriving at a T junction where a right turn will follow quiet county roads towards the village of Cloonacool.

Union wood has a number of trails which include a mixture of jumps, downhill and obstacles for the cyclist looking for an exciting route on a forest track. Enjoy the views of the North West of Ireland from the top of Union rock. These woods can be accessed from Collooney, Ballisadare or Ballygawley and there is a carpark.

Images – Ox Mountains Cycling Club