The road to Glencree

Sally Gap Cycle Loop

Distance: 64km
Climbing: 930m

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This is a classic ride for Dublin cyclists – a short but tough loop taking you as far as Sally Gap.

You descend past Lough Tay before returning to Dublin via the picturesque village of Enniskerry. You will have fantastic views for most of the length of the route.

You can leave in the morning and be back by lunchtime. This is an alternative to the Greystones – Sally Gap – Dublin route which involves getting a DART commuter train to Greystones. You start climbing almost straight away, so be prepared for a tough start. As always, it pays off later in the ride.


Kippure is an optional climb up the second highest road in Ireland.

Sally Gap is a famous crossroads high in the mountains.

Lough Tay – you ride high above this lake deep in the mountains.

The Great Sugarloaf Mountain dominates the region and you pass right by it.

Powerscourt Waterfall is an optional detour.

Powerscourt Gardens offer great views if you choose to visit.

Sally Gap Cycle Loop Useful Info

Much of this route is on R roads, which can get busy at weekends. Go midweek if you are concerned about traffic.

This route goes anti-clockwise to get a large portion of the climbing done at the start, rather than having it looming over you. It’s a matter of personal preference.

Useful Links

Greystones – Sally Gap – Dublin



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