This challenging route twists and turns through the geologically intriguing Slieve Gullion area and past many small loughs and lakes which dominate the area close to the border with the Republic of Ireland
|Nearest Town||Crossmaglen||OS Map||28|
|Route Type||Hill, Lakeland||Route Shape||Circular|
|AONB||Ring of Gullion||Grid Ref (Start)||H911151|
|Public Roads||On Public Road||Grid Ref (End)||H911151|
Starting at the Square in Crossmaglen the route follows a stretch of the B30 towards Creggan, with its famous graveyard. Turning right here you soon pass the magnificent chapel at Glasdrumman before continuing further south to Ballsmill. Here you turn left, cross the A29 and begin one of several climbs passing through one of the many gaps in the Ring of Gullion.
Take a while to enjoy the scenery at the top before dropping down and following a section of the Poet's Trail cycle route into Mullaghbane. The Ti Chulainn Cultural and Activity Centre here is well worth a visit.
From Mullaghbane the route once again passes up through the hills which give cyclists a wonderful view of Slieve Gullion and the South Armagh, before descending into Silverbridge and turning right for Cullyhanna. From here the route is less demanding as it winds past many small loughs and drumlins where there are ample opportunities for a picnic before returning to Crossmaglen.
This route does not have accessible toilet facilities.
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