The Cork Cobh Cycle passes benches Cuskinny Beach

Cork Cobh Cycle Loop Route

Distance: 32km
Climbing: 424m

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From Cork train station, ride south through the suburbs on this Cork Cobh cycle, over a hill which will give wonderful views of Cork Harbour. Then you get the Passage West ferry to Cobh Island, and do a short tour of the island.

On quiet roads, you go past two secluded beaches and then enjoy the spectacular descent through Cobh town. Finish by getting the train back to Kent.

Cork Cobh Cycle is a short ride with plenty to see en route.


Passage West – Get the ferry across the straight to Cobh. They run every ten minutes or so.

Passage East – There is a secluded stone beach here.

Ballybrassil Beach – Another quiet stone beach, this one is on the south side of the island.

Cobh Cathedral – Pass right by this huge 19th Century Cathedral which stands above Cobh town.

Spike Island – The former island prison in Cork Harbour can be seen from Cobh quayside. Tours are run to it.

Cobh Heritage Centre – The Queenstown Story is a museum depicting the plight of emigrants to the New World. It is open 7 days a week.

Cork Cobh Cycle – Useful Info

You ride out through the suburbs of Cork. Once out of the city, you are on backroads until you reach Cobh. You avoid the busiest road in Cobh, the main road to Cork which runs along the west side of the island. Cobh Town itself is reasonably easy to navigate.

The ferry costs €1 for a single ticket and runs from 07:00 to 22:00 7 days a week.

Bikes can be carried on the Cork – Cobh train between 10:00 and 15:30 and after 19:00 every day. It does not cost extra, nor does it require advance booking. Trains run every hour. Irish Rail has the Cork – Cobh timetable.

You can visit Spike Island as part of a tour. They happen daily in summer.

Useful Links

Cork – Cobh train timetable

Spike Island tours



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