Arklow Cycle Loop

Distance: 41km
Climbing: 493m

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This reasonably easy loop goes through the famous town of Avoca and then onto the nearby Meeting of The Waters.

The route then goes over the hills through the Wicklow countryside to Brittas Bay and back along the coast to Arklow.

There are a couple of hills but you are cycling in Wicklow, so that’s about as flat as it is going to get. They won’t trouble any reasonably fit rider.

The R750 is an especially nice road. It is narrower than other R roads and feels like more of a back road. In addition, it runs parallel and close to the N11 which takes virtually all of the traffic going to Arklow.


Avoca was the filming location of Ballykissangel, starring Colin Farrell. Avoca Handweavers is a gift shop in the village.

The Meeting of The Waters is where Thomas Moore wrote his song of the same name. It’s a well-known beauty spot. The Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers meet here.

Brittas Bay is a popular 4km beach on the Irish Sea.

Arklow Cycle Loop Useful Info

All of this route is on R roads or backroads, fairly evenly divided between the two types. If traffic is a concern, weekends should be avoided.

Arklow is a small town and cycling in and out of it is pretty easy.

Maybe the busiest part of this route is the section between Avoca and The Meeting of the Waters, but it is not far (only 3.5km) so it doesn’t take long to cover.

Brittas Beach is huge and easily accessed.

Irish Rail runs several trains a day from Dublin Connolly (stopping at Dun Laoghaire) to Rosslare, which stop at Arklow. If travelling with a bike, it’s a good idea to book ahead at weekends.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Read more about Irish Rail’s bicycle policies.



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