The coastal cycle path on the way to Bull Island

Malahide Cycle Loop

Distance: 54km
Climbing: 242m

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Ride out through the suburbs of North Dublin to Malahide Castle and then take the scenic Coast Road to Howth – a popular seaside village.

A short climb here offers the best views of Dublin Bay that you will get before you ride back to the city.

Attractions

Malahide Castle and grounds are a popular tourist attraction.

Portmarnock Beach – you pass by this superb beach.

The Museum of Vintage Radio in Howth is small but worth a visit.

Bull Island has a beach which is easily accessible, and a terrific wooden bridge.

Malahide Cycle Loop Useful Info

Bear in mind that much of this route is on heavily trafficked city roads. There are often bike lanes, but not everywhere. Road cycling experienced is recommended.

You can skip the loop around Howth to save 11km and over 100m in climbing, but it is worth doing.

Much of the trip back from the crossroads leading to Howth is on an off-road cycling lane, passing Bull Island.

You can take the DART back from (or to) Howth 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’s bicycle policies

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