Crossing the Brosna river on the way to Belmont

Cycle Limerick to Athlone

Distance: 117km
Climbing: 466m

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This ride goes north from Limerick through quiet countryside. It is part of the Mizen to Malin cycle.

The first half of the route has some nice scenery but it becomes a long, flat ride to Athlone.

This is day three of our Mizen to Malin route. The five days are Mizen Head to Macroom, Macroom to Limerick, Limerick to Athlone, Athlone to Enniskillen and Enniskillen to Malin Head. It’s a very direct route, one of the shortest possible, combining R roads with quieter backroads.


Nenagh Castle has a spiral staircase that you can climb to the top.

Nenagh Friary is in good condition in the centre of the town.

Saint Mary of the Rosary’s Catholic Church is a large church in Nenagh.

Saint Mary’s Church of Ireland Church is in the centre of the town beside the larger Catholic church.

Birr Castle Demesne is near the centre of Birr.

Larry’s Old Time Village in Belmont has various rural scenes in model form.

Athlone Castle is on the banks of the Shannon.

Cycle Limerick to Athlone Useful Info

As part of the Mizen to Malin route, this ride emphasises directness over scenery. After passing through the grounds of the University of Limerick, you cross the Shannon at O’Briensbridge.

It uses a combination of R roads and back roads and passes through Nenagh and Birr.

You pass within a few kilometres of Clonmacnoise, the monastic settlement on the banks of the River Shannon near Athlone.

There are several trains a day from Limerick to Dublin. Irish Rail has more information.

There are buses from Limerick to Ennis, Lisdoonvarna and Doolin. There also connections to Dublin, Portlaoise, Tralee, Kerry Airport, Killarney, Galway, Cork, Shannon Airport, Sligo, Derry, Clonmel, Waterford, Rosslare, Ballina, Westport and Castlebar. Bus Eireann has details.

City Link has services from Limerick to Galway (and on to Clifden), Cork and Dublin several times a day.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Bus Eireann

City Link

Mizen Head to Macroom

Macroom to Limerick

Limerick to Athlone

Athlone to Enniskillen

Enniskillen to Malin Head



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