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Cycling in Ireland is one of the best ways to enjoy this country’s fantastic scenery, explore its charming villages and feel the freedom in its expansive landscapes. With mountain ranges, dramatic sea cliffs, tranquil forests and ancient ruins, you’re never short on beauty when two-wheeling about. There are plenty of family-friendly cycle routes in Ireland too, from designated gravel tracks to quiet, beachside trails, it’s not hard to get children caught up in the majesty of their surroundings here. 

If it’s bikepacking adventures you’re after, then the Emerald Isle has got your back. With thousands of miles of quiet roads, an abundance of welcoming pubs and geography that belongs on postcards, every day in the saddle showers you in unique sights. Enjoy the phenomenal mountain and sea landscape of the south west, pedal inland past loughs and vibrant forests, explore the towns and rolling countryside of the east or head north for national parks and true wilderness.


Top 20 cycling routes in Ireland

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    Intermediate
    03:15
    33.9 mi
    10.4 mph
    775 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:45
    36.3 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,200 ft
    2,200 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:19
    35.3 mi
    10.6 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:41
    35.7 mi
    9.7 mph
    2,125 ft
    2,125 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Easy
    01:52
    20.1 mi
    10.8 mph
    175 ft
    175 ft
    Easy bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    01:42
    11.3 mi
    6.6 mph
    1,850 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    Intermediate
    01:42
    16.3 mi
    9.6 mph
    600 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    01:33
    11.4 mi
    7.4 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    04:40
    47.4 mi
    10.2 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,550 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:39
    36.7 mi
    10.0 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,375 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:28
    25.6 mi
    10.4 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    05:49
    61.7 mi
    10.6 mph
    1,175 ft
    1,175 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    02:08
    18.5 mi
    8.7 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    02:58
    29.3 mi
    9.9 mph
    1,700 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:11
    29.8 mi
    9.3 mph
    2,375 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Intermediate
    03:34
    38.6 mi
    10.8 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    01:56
    14.1 mi
    7.3 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,800 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.
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    Intermediate
    03:22
    35.4 mi
    10.5 mph
    800 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate bike ride. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    03:49
    35.8 mi
    9.4 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,725 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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    Difficult
    06:12
    58.3 mi
    9.4 mph
    4,375 ft
    4,375 ft
    Expert bike ride. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.
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An incredible geographic diversity

Bikes rides in Ireland are simultaneously utterly unique and very similar; each is similar in that it contains vibrant and dramatic landscape but also completely unique, never taking you to the same view twice. There are numerous mountain ranges throughout the country, each with its own personality from the coastal peaks of MacGillycuddy’s Reeks to the rolling green giants of the Wicklow range. Cycling along Ireland’s winding roads with mountains rising imperiously either side is an experience that never gets old. 

With rushing rivers, lovely loughs and sparkling seas, you’re never more than a biscuit’s toss from water on any of Ireland’s cycle routes. Many of the loughs both big and small have a variety of cycle trails around them which are often ideal for families and offer flat riding and stunning views across the water. 

What time of year to go 

While you can certainly enjoy cycling in Ireland throughout the year, the late spring to early autumn period brings warm, sunshine and lush greens to your adventure. Ireland has such verdant flora thanks to its mild and wet maritime climate, so you can expect rain in every season.

Summer’s long days allow you to make the most of multi-day bike rides and are best for camping. Early autumn brings golden colours and dramatic light but the weather becomes increasingly changeable. 

Wildlife spotting on your Irish rides

Thanks to vast areas of remote landscape, wildlife thrives in Ireland and provides constant opportunities for you to spot some of the island’s furry and feathery faces. Surely one of Ireland’s most wonderful animals is the colourful puffin, which returns each year to nest on the west coast. Ride to the cliffs of Moher or north to Horn Head for some of the best puffin-spotting points. 

As you stop on a clifftop for a well-earned sandwich and slice of cake, keep a keen eye on the water below, particularly off the west coast. Whales and dolphins frequent the waters here, feeding in the nutrient-rich environment. Inland, deer are a common sight in fields near forests, particularly fallow deer but sika and red deer are also fairly common.


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