Looking North from Long Hill

Powerscourt Cycle Route Loop

Distance: 39km
Climbing: 654m

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This route takes you from Bray into the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, past the majestic Great Sugarloaf and Powerscourt Waterfall – the highest in Ireland.

There is some climbing but you get great views to compensate.

This part of Wicklow around Powerscourt, between the mountains and the sea, is exceptionally scenic. Once you leave Bray you climb the shoulder of the Great Sugar Loaf, which can be clearly seen from miles around.

Then you continue on to Powerscourt Waterfall, before passing by the picturesque town of Enniskerry and returning to Bray.


Bray has a stone beach that you ride past and is a popular destination for a day out for Dubliners.

The Great Sugar Loaf dominates views of Dublin Bay.

Powerscourt Waterfall can be seen from a nearby hill on this route and then in close-up.

Powercourt Demesne features landscaped gardens and great views.

Enniskerry is a small village popular with both tourists and local cyclists.

Powerscourt Cycle Loop Useful Info

Bray is a small town and once you leave it you are on minor roads until you pass Powerscourt Waterfall and approach Enniskerry. Then you return to Bray.

You will see plenty of cyclists around Enniskerry on weekends, but also plenty of motorists. As with any ride near Dublin, midweek is far quieter.

Bray can be reached by the DART line.

Bicycles are allowed on the DART 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 may be busy.

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Irish Rail

Read more about Irish Rail’s bicycle policies.



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