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On your bike – 8 of Ireland’s best cycling routes
Cycle incredible routes in Ireland.
No matter what corner of the country you find yourself in, Ireland has some of the best cycling routes across the globe. From Dublin to West Cork or from Waterford to Mayo, Ireland is a dream for cycling enthusiasts. There truly is no better way to see the beauty of our wonderful country than on two wheels.

From looped, paved routes to epic mountain trails, here are the eight best cycling routes in Ireland.

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1Great Western Greenway, Mayo

A world-class, traffic-free 49km stretch through some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery from Westport on the mainland all the way to Acaill (Achill Island) and Cashel. Cycle along the Great Western Greenway and experience exceptional views of Croagh Patrick, deserted villages, national parks and some of the most stunning coastline in the west.

Two people cycling along the Great Western Greenway with sea and mountain views
Cycle through stunning scenery in Mayo.
2Waterford Greenway, Waterford

A spectacular 46km paved cycling and walking trail along an old railway line, the Waterford Greenway stretches from the quays of Ireland’s oldest city Waterford to the vibrant seaside market town of Dungarvan. Stop at Mount Congreve and visit what many consider to be one of the great gardens of the world, as well as Viking settlements, a Norman castle, a fantastic cafe and deserted railway stations on the trailside.

3 Limerick Greenway

The Limerick Greenway is a 39km cycle route through incredible countryside from Rathkeale to Newcastle West and on to Abbeyfeale. Following a disused railway line, this gentle cycle brings you along the banks of the River Deel, past restored railway stations and through boglands with stunning views of the Limerick countryside.

Limerick Greenway Walking Trail
4Carlingford Lough Greenway, Louth

If you’re a novice cyclist or travelling with young children, the Carlingford Lough Greenway in Louth is perfect, particularly the stretch from Omeath to Carlingford on the old Dundalk, Newry and Greenore railway line. There are lots of different places to join the Carlingford Lough Greenway and they all have great views across the lough to the Mourne Mountains, while Slieve Foy towers over it on the Louth side. The Greenway runs through fields of grazing sheep, over old level crossings and across a few bridges. There are magnificent, mature trees, colourful wildflowers and singing birds on the edge of the trail.

5Royal Canal Greenway, Maynooth to Longford

Cycle along the iconic Royal Canal from Maynooth in County Kildare, traversing through counties Meath and Westmeath before finishing up in either Longford Town or Cloondara in County Longford. Leisurely pedal your way along the canal towpath exploring the built and natural heritage, as barges sail past and fishermen cast their lines. Stop off for a hearty meal or overnight stay in Maynooth, Mullingar or any of the other great towns and villages along the 130km Royal Canal Greenway.

Cycle the Royal Canal Greenway from Maynooth to Cloondara, County Longford.
Cycle the Royal Canal Greenway from Maynooth to Cloondara, County Longford.
6The Lough Derg Blueway

A stunning route that touches on parts of Clare, Tipperary and Galway, the Lough Derg Blueway is best experienced on the 65km loop that takes you along the eastern shore of the lake and through the villages of Dromineer and Terryglass. A 30km loop is a great option if you’re looking for a shorter cycle. This route has spectacular views of the lake before descending into Castlelough, through a working farm and along a slight off-road section to Garrykennedy. 

7The Old Rail Trail Greenway, Westmeath

The Old Rail Trail Greenway is the perfect trail for families looking for an active getaway. The trail is entirely car-free and mostly flat making it a leisurely cycle for bike riders of all ages. Set off from Athlone and head for Mullingar on a cycle through areas rich in biodiversity and heritage. Moate, Castletown or Ballinea are great stop-off points for refreshments along the trail. Bikes of all types can be rented in Athlone, Moate and Castletown.

8The Beara-Breifne Way

Ireland’s longest trail stretches from the evocative terrain of the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, all the way towards the counties Leitrim and Cavan through some of the most picturesque and remote areas in the whole of Ireland. The Beara Way Cycling Route is one for serious enthusiasts, with 138km to explore. As you follow along the coastline of the Beara Peninsula, you'll travel from Glengarriff to Dursey Island to Kenmare. With no start or finish, you can join the circular route at any point.

Grab your bike and head off on one of the wonderful cycling routes in Ireland. Find more ideas for cycling adventures and fun activities off the bike on our Things to Do page and book your short break now.

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