The thrilling descent to Dublin

Bray – Sally Gap – Dublin Cycle

Distance: 53km
Climbing: 948m

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This ride takes you from the DART station in Bray past the spectacular Great Sugarloaf.

You then ride up to Sally Gap on its most scenic climb, and then on through the mountains to a thrilling descent into Dublin.

This is a lovely part of Wicklow and attracts huge numbers of cyclists from nearby Dublin.


Bray is an attractive seaside town.

Great Sugarloaf dominates views of Dublin Bay.

Lough Tay – you ride high above this lake on the climb towards Sally Gap.

Sally Gap is a famous crossroads in the Wicklow Mountains. The road up to it is very scenic.

Kippure is the second highest road climb in Ireland and is an option as you near Dublin.

Bray – Sally Gap – Dublin Cycle Useful Info

Once you leave Bray you are on back roads for a spell, but the road up to Sally Gap and then up to Dublin is an R road and can be busy on weekends, particularly in good weather. But hundreds of local cyclists can be seen here at weekends.

Don’t underestimate the amount of climbing involved. There is no shortcut once you start climbing to Sally Gap.

You can travel to Bray with your bicycle on the DART between 10:00 and 15:30 or after 19:00 Monday to Friday, or anytime on Saturday or Sunday. This is at the discretion of staff, so avoid big events, particularly at weekends, when the line is busy.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Read more about Irish Rail’s bicycle policies.



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