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Is Ireland Good for Cycling?

The Short Answer

OMG yes! It's as if Ireland's landscape was created for cyclists! 

The Pedal to the Metal Answer

The gently sloping hills and glorious flat roads connect a perfectly spaced collection of cities, towns and villages. Country paths and dramatic seaside vistas attract cyclists of all levels of dedication, from beginner to seasoned enthusiast. Rental shops are plentiful all around the island the island, and you can ride at will on a daily basis and choose your destinations spontaneously, or plan a well structured tour that combines beautiful scenery with popular attractions such as historic castles, churches, museums, working farms, parks, museums, and of course, pub stops for rest and refreshment. 

Popular Bike Trails in Ireland

Here are some popular routes:

  • Ride from Dungarvan through Dunmore East and Tramore to experience some dramatic seaside scenery that includes beautiful beaches and dramatic cliffs.
    • Picnic amid the pastoral beauty of the Midlands, enjoying country roads and stopping to visit one of the scenic forests for a hike.
    • Take an extended tour through the often recommended Roscommon, Mullingar, Athlone region.
  • For a more strenuous trip that delivers the reward of truly magnificent landscape, ride through Killarney, Dingle and Glengarrif. The road may be long, but many cyclists declare it one of the best in all of Ireland.

Tips for Cyclists Visiting Ireland

  • Equipment rentals are readily available for a deposit (refunded upon return) and a daily or weekly fee. Rent at your starting point, and then return your rental at another location, as many of the cycling equipment rental businesses have multiple stores.
  • Reserve your bike ahead of time, especially if you are visiting between May and September, the busiest months for Irish cycling, and tourist traffic in general.
  • If you are an avid biker, bring your own ride. Airlines will transport bicycles, charge them as checked luggage, and even provide packing cartons and other materials.
  • Traffic is, for the most part, not a problem when cycling in Ireland. In peak months it may get a bit congested in certain areas, such as the roads in the vicinity of the Ring of Kerry.
  • Remember Ireland's changeable weather when packing for your excursion and include rain gear as a precaution.

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