Cyclists racing towards the Mourne Mountains in County Down
Stage 3: County Armagh
(46 miles/75 km)
The third section of the Giro d’Italia started in the City of Armagh and finished in the Republic of Ireland’s capital city of Dublin. But you can finish in Northern Ireland and take time to explore the Ring of Gullion.
This route is flat with a few minor climbs though beautiful unspoilt countryside and delightful villages.
Known as the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland, the city of Armagh boasts two cathedrals dedicated to Saint Patrick, the ancient mythological site of Navan Fort, historic houses in unmatched Georgian architecture and home to Northern Ireland’s Planetarium and Observatory.
Cycle east through quiet rolling roads and farmland to Richhill village and discover County Armagh’s famous apple-growing region, home to the famous Armagh Bramley apple. Also worth a visit are the 17th Century Richhill Castle and Loughgall Country park.
Cycle south to Newtownhamilton - the highest point on the route.
This small village lies in the heart of South Armagh close to Fews Forest. Pass through the 1,000-hectare conifer forest to get stunning panoramic views of the surrounding areas at the Carrigatuke viewpoint.
Journey through Forkhill, nestled among the rugged hills of the Ring of Gullion in South Armagh. This is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there are many pathways off the beaten track for cyclists looking to explore with a sense of adventure.
Map for the third stage of the Giro D'Italia route