Starting in Manorhamilton the route takes you out the N16 in the direction of Sligo and take the first left turn onto the L2169 for Dromahair, following the signs for Parke’s Castle.
In Dromahair village turn right in the direction of Sligo along the R288. This brings you down through the village and on out by the river Bonet flowing into Lough Gill.
As you cycle, the Lake is on your left for 3 to 4km offering unique views of the surrounding countryside. After approx. 8km you will see the very impressive Parke’s Castle on your left.
This route then continues on towards Sligo for 1km to the large viewing area car-park where the infamous 2007 World Rally crash occurred. From here you turn back towards Parke’s castle, then 2km past the castle take the left turn up for Newtownmanor / O’Rourke’s Table. At the next junction keep left onto the L4153 towards Newtownmanor Church.
Here there is a short sharp climb for approx. 400m, then you will see the sign for O’Rourke’s Table on your left. From here continue onto the R286 (signposted Manorhamilton) which brings you back down to Shanvaus Cross on the N16. Then just turn right and continue back the 4km to Manorhamilton.
DID YOU KNOW?
Parke’s Castle: This is a plantation era castle. In 1610 Roger Parke completed this fortified Manor House on the site of an earlier 15th century O’Rourke (Uí Ruairc) castle. The castle is open to the public during the tourist season.
PARKE’S CASTLE CYCLE ROUTE
This 40km cycle to the historical site of Parke’s Castle takes you along rolling terrain and gives you the opportunity to see some spectacular scenery along the shores of Lough Gill.