Cycle Limerick to Doolin past Doonagore Castle in Doolin

Cycle Limerick to Doolin

Distance: 103km
Climbing: 485m

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This route is a great option if you wish to cycle Limerick to Doolin – it takes you past central Clare’s best hidden attractions, incuding Bunratty, Craggaunowen and Quin Franciscan Friary before finishing with the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and ending up in the pretty coastal village of Doolin.

It features a combination of good-quality R roads and back roads.

If you want to visit attractions in Clare – cycle Limerick to Doolin to pass many of the most popular in the region. You can continue on to Galway with our Doolin to Galway route which takes you through the heart of the Burren.


Bunratty Castle and Folk Park has a spectacular restored medieval castle that is a hugely popular attraction. The attached folk park is extensive.

Craggaunowen is a superb prehistoric park featuring a crannog, a ring fort and the ‘Brendan boat’ used to re-enact the reputed 6th Century voyages of Brendan the Navigator.

Quin Franciscan Friary is in very good condition.

Ennis Friary is almost 800 years old and was once home to 300 Franciscan Friars.

Dysert O’Dea is a well-preserved 500-year-old castle ruin.

Ennistymon Cascades can be easily seen from the centre of the village.

Lahinch Beach is a superb beach on the Atlantic.

The Cliffs of Moher are a remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the most popular attractions in the county.

Doonagore Castle has a dramatic setting above the village of Doolin, and the sight of it is a perfect ending to the route – cycle Limerick to Doolin.

You can get a ferry to the Aran Islands from Doolin  - they are perfect for exploring by bike.

Cycle Limerick to Doolin Useful Info

You leave Limerick on a main road and are on the N18 for a period, but there is a good shoulder all the way. You are then on backroads all the way to Quin, where you join the R69 for a few kilometres – care is required here. You later have very brief sections on R roads – you can expect traffic near the Cliffs of Moher in the high summer season.

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 more details.

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

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Bus Eireann

City Link

Doolin to Galway



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