Mount Leinster Cycle Loop
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A straightforward run from Enniscorthy up the highest climb in Ireland to the TV mast on Mount Leinster. This is not for the faint of heart.
The optional final 2.3 km of the climb has an average gradient of 16% and is far steeper than that in parts. It’s about as tough as any climb in Ireland or the UK.
The first part of the climb is through rolling countryside to the base of Mount Leinster. You then descend the mountain to the village of Bunclody before the flat road back to Enniscorthy.
Note that the route statistics do not include the optional final leg to Mount Leinster.
Enniscorthy Castle sits on a hill in the centre of the town.
Nine Stones is a remarkable viewpoint on the shoulder of Mount Leinster.
Mount Leinster is the ultimate challenge for every Irish cyclist. There are fantastic views from the top thanks to its prominence.
Vinegar Hill is close to the start/end of the route in Enniscorthy. It was the scene of a famous battle during the 1798 Rebellion (lost by the rebels).
Mount Leinster Cycle Loop Useful Info
Most of this route is on very quiet back roads. The road to Nine Stones is exceptionally narrow – so much so that a car cannot pass a cyclist unless the cyclist pulls over. The section from Nine Stones to the top is private and used only by walkers and cyclists. Take care of walkers and the road surface, which is dodgy in parts, on the descent.
You can decide on the day if you want to skip the climb up to the top of Mount Leinster. If you don’t want to do it you can simply ride on towards Bunclody.
Irish Rail runs several trains a day from Dublin to Rosslare, which stop in Enniscorthy. There are only two spaces for bicycles on these trains, so book ahead.