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Cushendun to Belfast Cycle

The A2 Coast Road to Larne

This is a real ride of two halves. Or more like three-thirds. You start the day by riding high into the Antrim Glens before descending to Waterfoot and then riding for a flat 38km along the beautiful coast road to Larne, passing through several villages.

To our knowledge it is the longest unbroken stretch of coastal road on the island of Ireland.

Distance: 108km
Climbing: 1046m
Difficulty: very hard

Coleraine to Cushendun Cycle

Passing Whiterocks Bay

The Antrim Coast Road is one of the world’s most famous coastal roads and makes for an amazing day’s cycling from Coleraine. You pass a slew of top attractions, including The Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge.

For much of the second half of this ride you can see Scotland across the Irish Sea.

Distance: 68km
Climbing: 744m
Difficulty: average

Cycle Gap of Dunloe Loop

The Gap of Dunloe

A loop through a beautiful part of the country from one its most popular tourist towns. Half is on roads that can be almost empty. It includes two difficult climbs but the last 23km is mostly flat or downhill. One of the country’s outstanding rides.

The magnificent Gap of Dunloe is one of Kerry’s most famous views.

Distance: 55km
Climbing: 580m
Difficulty: average

Cycle Killarney National Park Loop

Killarney National Park

This easy cycle goes through the best of Killarney National Park – much of it is on narrow but well-paved traffic-free paths. You will share it with walkers and horses, so it might be a little slow, but it is so beautiful around here that you are unlikely to mind.

This is an extremely popular place to rent a bike and cycle around.

Distance: 28km
Climbing: 196m
Difficulty: easy

Ring of Kerry – Waterville to Killarney Cycle

Climbing the Gap of Dunloe from the Black Valley

This route takes in one of the best parts of the Ring of Kerry – the Coomakista Pass.

Then you explore Derrynane and its sheltered beach. After a 20 kilometre section on the main road you head inland on quieter roads at Sneem and ending in Killarney after passing through the Gap of Dunloe.

Distance: 90km
Climbing: 1040m
Difficulty: hard

Healy Pass Cycle Loop

The north side of the Healy Pass

This fantastic loop takes you through the beautiful Beara Peninsula and over our favourite cycling road in Ireland – The Healy Pass.

It combines a gentle gradient with twisting hairpins and extraordinary views. This will be a day on the bike that you won’t forget in a hurry.

Distance: 83km
Climbing: 1246m
Difficulty: hard

Ballaghbeama Cycle Loop

Ballaghbeama Gap

This tour takes you out into one of the remotest parts of Kerry before returning over the wonderful Gap of Dunloe.

You ride east from Killarney and head into the centre of the peninsula, where few tourists go. Much of the first half of this ride is spent with fantastic views of the MacGillycuddy Reeks.

Distance: 89km
Climbing: 809m
Difficulty: hard

Ballingeary Cycle Loop

The road to Ballingeary

This short loop takes you through some beautiful and varied countryside in one of the nicest and least- visited parts of West Cork. There are a couple of steep hills on it but the views are worth it. The roads here tend to be extremely quiet.

Ballingeary is a nice village in a great location, and a good destination for outdoor activities.

Distance: 39km
Climbing: 505m
Difficulty: average

Cycle Ring of Kerry – Killarney to Waterville

The MacGillycuddy Reeks

This tour is an alternate to the main road if you want to Cycle Ring of Kerry, going down the beautiful, deserted roads of the interior of the Iveagh Peninsula.

This is one of the remotest parts of the country. You can add on a climb to Ballaghbeama Gap if you have the time.

Distance: 62km
Climbing: 528m
Difficulty: average

Glengarriff to Killarney Cycle

The road to Adrigole

This fantastic cycle trip starts in the lovely town of Glengerriff passes over the remarkable Healy Pass in the Beara Peninsula before going through Kenmare. Then you go north past Moll’s Gap and through the popular Gap of Dunloe before a short run-in to Killarney.

There is an optional detour through the beautiful Inchiquin Valley.

Distance: 94km
Climbing: 1281m
Difficulty: very hard

Ballyvourney to Glengarriff Cycle

The Priest's Leap

An extraordinary ride over 4 mountain passes straddling the Cork-Kerry border, with an optional fifth climb to a remote lake at the end if you have the legs.

This is a beautiful part of the country. You finish in the picturesque coastal town of Glengariff.

Distance: 88km
Climbing: 1400m
Difficulty: very hard

Sheep’s Head Cycle Loop

Sheep's Head

This amazing ride travels the length of the Sheep’s Head – a beautiful, remote and rarely visited peninsula in West Cork. It’s the perfect cycling destination, with no through-traffic and few people living in the area.

There is a low ridge running along the centre of the peninsula, which provides all of the best views on this ride.

Distance: 80km
Climbing: 867m
Difficulty: hard

Mallow to Ballyvourney Cycle

Mullaghanish

This is a short but tough spin starting in Mallow around the Boggeragh Mountains of North Cork on the way to Ballyvourney near the Cork – Kerry border.

The area is superb for cycling – quiet and hilly with great views across the region. This is a quiet part of the country, with little traffic and overlooked by tourists.

Distance: 70km
Climbing: 1145m
Difficulty: hard

Bantry to Schull Cycle

The road to Schull

This tour goes south from Bantry through some of West Cork’s most beautiful countryside and through the town of Ballydehob before passing Mount Gabriel, which is an optional climb. You then descend into Schull.

Then you have the option of getting the ferry to Cape Clear Island in Roaringwater Bay.

Distance: 32km
Climbing: 497m
Difficulty: average

Bantry to Cork Cycle

The road to Kilmichael

This route is a great option to reach Cork City from beautiful West Cork – one of the finest areas of Ireland to cycle in.

You ride north from Bantry through hilly country. After Kealkill you climb the Pass of Keimaneigh and pass Gougane Barra.

Distance: 105km
Climbing: 761m
Difficulty: hard

Charleville Cork to Cappoquin Cycle

The Vee

A trip through the rolling hills of North Cork, Limerick and Tipperary and Waterford. The highlight is the climb up the famous Vee and fantastic views over the Golden Vale.

You can finish with a sidetrip to Mount Melleray Monastery near Cappoquin or a diversion of a few kilometres to Lismore Castle.

Distance: 82km
Climbing: 689m
Difficulty: hard

Cappoquin to Waterford Cycle

The Mama climb

A trip through the Comeragh Mountains culminates in a visit to the spectacular Mahon Falls. The run-in to Waterford is on quiet country roads. The rolling countryside and two climbs make for a tough but rewarding route.

It’s a beautiful part of the world and this ride is one of the best ways to explore it by bike.

Distance: 78km
Climbing: 1006m
Difficulty: hard

Phoenix Park Dublin Cycle Loop

The Phoenix Park

This loop takes you around the quietest roads of the Phoenix Park in Dublin City.

It’s the perfect way to unwind, for both Dubliners and visitors, who play all sorts of sports in the park. There is bike hire available at the main entrance.

Distance: 9km
Climbing: 87m
Difficulty: easy

Mount Leinster Cycle Loop

Mount Leinster

A straightforward run from Enniscorthy up the highest climb in Ireland to the TV mast on Mount Leinster. This is not for the faint of heart.

The optional final 2.3 km of the climb has an average gradient of 16% and is far steeper than that in parts. It’s about as tough as any climb in Ireland or the UK.

Distance: 65km
Climbing: 715m
Difficulty: hard

Glen of Aherlow Cycle Loop

The Galtee Mountains

This tour takes in the beautiful Glen of Aherlow before going east to Athassel Abbey and then returning to Limerick Junction on the back roads. The highlight is the view of The Galtees and the Glen of Aherlow from the famous viewpoint at Christ The King Statue.

The area is a popular spot for walkers and outdoor activities.

Distance: 51km
Climbing: 395m
Difficulty: easy

Cooley Peninsula Cycle Loop

The road to Dromad

A loop around the Cooley Peninsula, with one big climb and fantastic views of the Mourne Mounain across Carlingford Lough.

This is a lovely part of Ireland next to the border, even if there are easier places for people to cycle in.

Distance: 68km
Climbing: 583m
Difficulty: average

Old Head of Kinsale Cycle Loop

Sandycove

This short loop takes you through beautiful Sandycove and then on the famous Old Head of Kinsale. Then you spin down to Garretstown Beach and on to Ballinspittle.

The route back to Kinsale takes you past Ballinspittle Shrine, which became famous in the 1980s. You pack in a lot in a short distance on this route.

Distance: 29km
Climbing: 371m
Difficulty: easy

Knockmealdowns Cycle Loop

The Vee

This loop explores one of the most underrated cycling destinations in the country – the Knockmealdowns.

This mountain range is most famous for The Vee climb. The route includes two other remote, quiet climbs which you might prefer. But the only way to know is to ride them all.

Distance: 100km
Climbing: 1173m
Difficulty: very hard

Slieve Gullion Cycle Loop

Carlingford Lough from Clermont Carn

This short but tough tour takes in fantastic views of Carlingford Lough before climbing to the highest point of the Cooley Peninsula. You then travel up and around the magnificent Slieve Gullion.

But its not over – there are still a couple of hills to cross on the way back to Newry.

Distance: 66km
Climbing: 1226m
Difficulty: hard

Rathdrum Wicklow Gap – Dublin Cycle

Climbing Turlough Hill

This route packs a lot into a relatively short distance, taking you from Rathdrum Wicklow immediately into some of the best Wicklow countryside, past ancient Glendalough and over the spectacular Wicklow Gap.

You continue to Dublin over two smaller, virually unknown passes.

Distance: 75km
Climbing: 1130m
Difficulty: very hard

Joyce Country – Westport to Cong Cycle

Descending to Lough Mask

This tour goes south from Westport through Connemara, past Lough Mask and through the mountains of Joyce Country on the edge eastern Connemara before finishing in the famous tourist village of Cong on the border between Galway and Mayo.

You ride through a beautiful part of Ireland between the mountains and Lough Mask, through Mayo and Galway.

Distance: 67km
Climbing: 824m
Difficulty: hard

Comeraghs Cycle Loop

Descending the Comeraghs towards Clonmel

This ride takes you south from Clonmel on a short loop through the scenic Comeraghs and along part of the Nire Valley. Outstanding views are to be had throughout the route.

Although it is a hard route with two significant climbs, you finish up with a long 10km descent into Clonmel – perhaps one of the best in the country.

Distance: 34km
Climbing: 717m
Difficulty: hard

Lismore Waterford Cycle Loop

The townland of Ballyharna

Lismore is a small town with a beautiful setting on the banks of the River Blackwater. This route follows the mighty river downstream before climbing a ridge on a narrow country road with great views of the surrounding hills.

You finish with a fast descent to Lismore and great views of the imposing Knockmealdown Mountains behind it.

Distance: 23km
Climbing: 294m
Difficulty: easy

Mourne Mountains Cycle Loop

Carrick Road on the way to Newry

This trip takes you through the outstanding scenery of the Mourne Mountains, with an optional but recommended 17km return trip to the Silent Valley.

You head east from Newry over rolling hills before beginning the long climb past the Spelga Dam. After a long descent from there you ride alongside Carlingford Lough to Rostrevor.

Distance: 70km
Climbing: 973m
Difficulty: hard

Slieve Blooms Short Cycle Loop

The lower slopes of The Cut

This ride is an easier alternative to the Slieve Blooms Long Loop. There is only one long climb and it has a cyclist-friendly gradient, never getting too steep.

Although there isn’t much to see from the top (it’s the Midlands) you can still see a long way. You also get some pretty good views on the cycle back to Portlaoise.

Distance: 59km
Climbing: 548m
Difficulty: average

Carrick-on-Suir Cycle Loop

Seskin Hill

This short loop takes you out of Carrick-on-Suir and up the infamous Seskin Hill, near where the great cyclist Sean Kelly grew up.

After that, you travel on the backroads for a few kilometres, with great views of The Comeragh Mountains, before joining the main road for the descent back to the town.

Distance: 13km
Climbing: 242m
Difficulty: easy

Castlebar Mayo Cycle Loop

Looking south to the Partry Mountains in Connemara

Castlebar may not have the coastal glamour of nearby Westport but it has plenty to offer the cyclist all the same. There is plenty of flat countryside yet also mountains to look at in the north, west and south.

But since Westport attracts so many cycle tourists, this route is a neat nearby addition to what is available in the area.

Distance: 32km
Climbing: 220m
Difficulty: easy

Kildare Curragh Cycle Loop

Sheep on the Curragh

This short and easy loop takes you around the sights of Kildare Town.

It is almost entirely flat, although it can be windy and there is not much shelter on the Curragh. There are a number of attractions in a very small area.

Distance: 17km
Climbing: 111m
Difficulty: easy

Carnsore Point Cycle Route Loop

The road to Carnsore Point

This is a short trip through a laid-back part of the country to Carnsore Point. Now the site of a wind farm, it is famous for being the site of a proposed nuclear plant in the 1970s. A protest movement found popular support and to this day Ireland remains nuclear-free.

This tour goes on to The Coombe, a huge beach next to Carnsore Point.

Distance: 33km
Climbing: 121m
Difficulty: easy

Ballyhaunis – Knock Cycle Loop

The road to Ballyhaunis

This is a trip to the famous Knock Shrine starts at the town of Ballyhaunis. The route gets off the main road as much as possible, while still keeping the distance down.

It’s not perfectly flat, but there a few short hills. This route is a nice way to see some of the area close-up.

Distance: 29km
Climbing: 190m
Difficulty: easy

Westport Mayo to Ballyhaunis Cycle

The road to Ballinlough

You won’t pass incredible coastal scenery or amazing UNESCO sites on this trip.

But you will enjoy a relaxed and scenic ride along exceptionally quiet roads in a part of the country overlooked by tourists who flock to Westport Mayo.

Distance: 74km
Climbing: 311m
Difficulty: average

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The Cycle Ireland App is the most comprehensive cycle exploring app in the world and makes exploring Ireland by bike easy. Whatever your ability or level of experience it has something for you:

  • Turn-by-turn directions reference the things that you see as you pass – no need to check the map
  • Locations and contact details for attractions, shops, cafes, bike shops and more – no more stress on a ride
  • Alerts if you go the wrong way – no more getting lost

All features, including the map, work offline (Android users need Android 4.4 – KitKat – to access the offline map). All users can access the online map. The app is designed to be carried in your pocket and checked when needed. There is no need for a handlebar mount and there are no barriers to getting out and having amazing trips.

Our 100 routes cover 6880 kilometres of cycling across the whole island with routes from 9 to 197km. 50 of the routes are loops and 50 are linear – you can easily combine 2 or more into a single trip. The app is available on both iPhone and Android.

If you want to attract cyclists to your area, our Cycle Explorer Software can help you. We build integrated websites and iPhone/Android apps to showcase routes and make it easier for people to cycle them by putting every piece of information that they need in their pocket. Contact us and find out just what more on what we can do to to help you stand out from the crowd.

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