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Cycle Limerick to Doolin Directions

Section 1

0 to 10km

Turn right when you leave the train station on Parnell Street, then take the first left on Roches Street. Take the second last right turn before the quay (the left turn here is no entry as it is a one-way system) on Henry Street.

Then take the second left (the first is a one-way street which you can not travel up) on Sarsfield Street and go across the bridge. King’s Island can be seen on your right.

After crossing the River Shannon, the road becomes Ennis Road and bends left. You will stay on this all the way out of town. You go through the suburbs and reach a roundabout after 3.1km.

The road becomes a dual carriageway (very briefly without a shoulder) and you go through a second roundabout [5km marker]. The road has a good shoulder here which remains for the entire distance to Bunratty. After the third roundabout you join up with the ring road which carries a lot of traffic.

From here it is 6.7km to Bunratty on the wide shoulder of the N18.

Section 2

10 – 20km

Stay on the N18 as it goes past the castle. Soon after, take the first ramp and turn right at the top [15km marker] to cross the N18. Take the next right which will bring you down a short hill to the foot of the castle.

Turn left here on the road between the castle and Durty Nelly’s. Cycle north and you pass the car park. Keep going and after 2.6km you reach a t-junction at Cloghrea. Turn right on the R471, following the sign for Sixmilebridge.

Take the first left to leave the main road.

Section 3

20 – 30km

Go through a crossroads and keep going [25km marker]. You reach a t-junction in the tiny village of Kilmurry where you turn left. Ignore the immediate first left and take the second left, signed Craggaunowen. Then you take the second right, again signed Craggaunowen.

Section 4

30 – 40km

After 2.1km and after going past Rathluby Lough you see the entrance to the complex.

After leaving Craggaunowen, continue north. You cycle past high stone walls. Turn left at the first crossroads, at Cragbwee. Go straight through [35km marker] another crossroads some distance later and take a left at the next crossroads soon after. It’s then a straight 2.3km ride into Quin. You can see the Franciscan Friary on the run in.

Access is gained by turning left when you reach the t-junction in the town (just after passing some picnic tables), and then immediately left again.

Otherwise, turn right on the R469.

Section 5

40 – 50km

You cross the motorway [45km marker] after 6.0km. After another 2.0km on the very straight road you cross a river and then enter Ennis.

The one-way system makes navigating in Ennis quite complex. Go straight through the first roundabout onto Station Road. Turn left at the t-junction with the narrow O’Connell Street, then immediately right on Barrack Street.

After 100m turn right at the small square. Then take the second exit at the roundabout, on Casey’s Lane. At the end of this road dismount and pass beneath the archway. After a few metres, climb back on and turn right on Harvey’s Quay. Or else you can turn left, then right and right along the quay.

At the end of the road turn right with the one-way system, and then left and immediately left again. You are on Bank Place. Take the first right before the bridge and pass the car park.

Go left at the t-junction to pass Ennis Friary and then cross the river.

After crossing the river turn right immediately. At the first small roundabout, take the first exit, on Gort Road. At the next roundabout go straight through and then take the first left on Drumcliffe Road.

Section 6

50 – 60km

Stay on this road going west as it takes you out of the town, and after 2.8km it joins up with the N85. Turn right at the t-junction. The road is quite wide here, and after only 500m you take the first right on the R476, signed Lisdoonvarna and Corofin.

Stay on this [55km marker] for 4.7km, and then take a narrow left turn on a right hand bend signed Dysert Church. Take the first right.

Section 7

60 – 70km

Now take the first left to reach the castle.

Return out the way you went in to the castle, taking the first right, retracing your steps. At the next t-junction turn right to continue on your original path. Take the first left turn and you go up a hill with a rise of about 90m – the biggest of the day so far.

At the top [65km marker], turn right at the t-junction where you join the R460. There is a nice view to the north here. Ignore the first left, next to a dirt track but take the second left, 100m after, where the main road bends right.

Go over the hill, down the other side and turn left at the t-junction. This road is wider and you stay on it for 8.3km.

Section 8

70 – 80km

Stay on this road [75km marker] until you reach the first crossroads, where you turn right, up a short, steep hill. Turn left at the crossroads at the top, down a very narrow road. When a road joins from the left, keep straight ahead and you will reach the N85 again. Go right at the t-junction with the N85.

Section 9

80 – 90km

Cycle 2.0km into Ennistymon.

Turn left in Ennistymon (the view of the waterfall is through an archway on the main street ahead of the left turn) on the N65 for Lahinch. Cross the bridge and turn left and go straight up the hill to go on the back road there, with fine views.

Take the first right when the houses end, before the top of the hill. Stay on it. When you reach a t-junction, keep left and you will [85km marker] reach Lahinch seafront.

Turn right at the seafront, and right again at the t-junction at the end. Take the first left on the R478, signed Cliffs of Moher. You pass a golf course on your left. After crossing a bridge the road curves around the bay.

The road turns right, inland. Take the next right, up a short hill beside a house, 1.6km after the bridge. There is a ruin opposite the turnoff. This is the back road to the cliffs.

Go up a hill and take the first left.

Section 10

90 – 103km

Then the next right. After a long straight, turn left at a t-junction. Then take the next right where you rejoin the R478 [95km marker]. The Cliffs of Moher are 2km away, up the hill.

Continue the way you were going and turn left at the first crossroads (ignore the first left turn), after 4.7km. Descend the hill, past the spectacular Doonagore Castle. Stay on this road as it winds down the hill into Doolin.