Cromane & Dooks Mountain Loop

This is certainly one of our favourite local cycles. Superb views, quiet roads, Lakes, Beaches & beautiful Bogland. Just over an hour long but surely longer with so many stopoffs! Take a left when leaving The Glenbeigh Hotel towards Caragh Bridge taking another left sign posted for Dooks Golf Club and continue on this winding quiet road. As you climb the hill you will take the right turn over a quiet country road which will lead you looking down on the gorgeous Lough Yganavan Lake. On the right hand side you may decide to venture in to have a look at some traditional boglands where peat is still harvested.

Continue on this road taking a left at the next crossroads which will lead you through some more stunning bogland scenery until you reach the main road at an area known locally as “The Lug”. here across the road you will see an old pier area with some old boats before you continue on into Cromane village where you will take a right at Cromane Church and go straight ahead down the hill to continue onto Cromane Peninsula and “The Point” of Cromane. Here you will pass the famous Jacks Coastguard Restaurant once the old Coastguard Station as well as Cromane Boathouse Cafe, further along you will drive an area steeped in maritime history and salmon fishing as well as one of the purest shellfish ground in Ireland. You will see fishermen going about their business and an abundance of bird life.

Coming back up to Cromane Church you will go straight ahead towards Dooks where you will pass by the lower side of Lough Yganavan Lake on the left which is accessible if you would like to see if you can find some mute swan or natterjack toad! Continuing on you will pass turnoffs to Burketts Pier and Dooks Beach along the way and this road will bring you back once again to Caragh Bridge where you will take a right turn over the bridge and back to The Glenbeigh Hotel.

This route has so many places to stop and enjoy it is definitely top of the list!