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Pilgrim's Road to Clonmacnoise

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The Pilgrim’s Road from Ballycumber to Clonmacnoise monastic site runs along the crest of an esker. Eskers are banks of sand and gravel laid down at the end of the last Ice Age. For pilgrims, the esker route was dry underfoot, and afforded a view over the surrounding countryside, which you can enjoy on your cycle. Cycling from Ballycumber, as you approach Clonmacnoise the view is stunning with Mongan’s Bog on your left, the Shannon Callows on your right and Clonmacnoise round tower ahead.

The monastery of Clonmacnoise was founded in 545. The site is rich in ecclesiastical detail including a pre-Norman cathedral, seven other churches, several high crosses and two round towers. 

In association with Sport Ireland.

Pilgrim's Road to Clonmacnoise
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