The Silver Tassie Letterkenny – A cycling hotel

Martina from The Silver Tassie waving me off before a great days cycling
Martina from The Silver Tassie waving me off before a great days cycling

Donegal is a treasure trove of cycling routes for all levels of cyclists. The hills around Letterkenny have produced Irelands best pure climber and a top professional, Philip Deignan. With incredible scenery and smooth quiet roads, every cyclist will enjoy a visit to the area. For those undertaking a Malin to Mizen challenge, Letterkenny makes a perfect first, or last night stopover point.

The Silver Tassie Hotel was my base for a few days, and catered for my every need as a cyclist.

With a safe and secure bike storage room I could sleep easy at night knowing that my steed was going to be where I left it the following morning.

The Silver Tassie Hotel secure bicycle storage area
The Silver Tassie Hotel secure bicycle storage area

A bike washing area is good to have in wet weather and the track pump gets daily use.

A track pump is always good to have.
A track pump is always good to have.

The comfortable rooms in the hotel are all indvidually themed around the Wild Atlantic Way which adds character along with being a great reference point when planning a days cycling.

All photos and paintings of the Wild Atlantic Way are by the owner of the hotel Rose Blaney
All photos and paintings of the Wild Atlantic Way are by the owner of the hotel Rose Blaney

The hotels ‘Seascape spa’ provides a full range of massage and even seaweed baths to relieve tired legs after a long day on the bike.

Cyclists burn plenty of calories so food is always an important consideration. The carvery was very busy with both locals and sales reps during the day, which is always a good sign. The evening meals in the restaurant were excellent. Breakfast was plentiful with a large buffet, and all hot food being cooked to order. Packed lunches are available for those wishing to explore the area at a casual pace.

This 8oz melt in your mouth steak is part of the standard dinner set menu with no extra surcharge.
This 8oz melt in your mouth steak is part of the standard dinner set menu with no extra surcharge.

For leisure cyclists there are a number of electric bikes and hybrids available to rent onsite in the hotel from www.grassroutes.ie who also provide the bike hire in Glenveagh National park. The Donegal Cycle route is accessible directly opposite the hotel leading to a network of safe quiet roads.

LK Bikes in Letterkenny is the nearest bike shop and has a full range of spares and accessories. They also carry out all levels of repair which is good to know for anyone doing a Malin to Mizen.

I have covered a few of the most popular cycling routes in these posts ;

118k Fanad Head route : HERE

18k and 27k leisure routes : HERE

Glenveagh National Park cycle : HERE

The Silver Tassie Hotel and Spa was a great location to base a cycling break. It is perfect for leisure cyclists wishing to explore the area, serious cyclists looking for a scenic challenge, teams on a training camp or groups undertaking a Malin to Mizen challenge. Families will really enjoy a day exploring Glenveagh National park.

To find out more or to make a booking click here : The Silver Tassie Hotel and Spa

The Silver Tassie is now offering a cyclists special until the end of October, just €89 per room per night dinner, bed & breakfast. Contact sales@silvertassiehotel.com for more details.

Barry

www.thecyclingblog.com

 

 

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