Skerries Cycle Loop Directions
0 to 10km
Starting at the GPO, go north on O’Connell Street, away from the river, and turn left at the end of the street. Then take the first right and go up the past the Rotunda Hospital. There are numerous bus stops on the left side of the road, so watch for buses pulling out.
When you reach the first crossroads go through it and the one-way system takes you to the left of the church directly ahead. Keep straight ahead.
The road goes around two bends and reaches a t-junction. Turn right and go up the hill through Phibsborough. After going straight for 1.1km you cross the canal.
Immediately the road bends left. Cross over to the right lane and take the first right turn. After a few metres, turn left at the t-junction and go down the hill. At the bottom of the hill, go into the right lane and keep straight through the crossroads. You then go up a hill.
At the top of the hill the one-way system takes you left and then immediately right. Continue uphill [5km marker] on the dual carriageway for 1.0km to the first crossroads. Go through this wide crossroads.
Continue straight through Ballymun. The road is wide but has a cycle lane for much of it. Eventually you reach a large roundabout over the M50.
You can switch lane by moving right on the approach or use the pedestrian crossing that occurs just after the motorway exit splits from the main road.
Go straight through the roundabout, the road bends left after you go through a crossroads and runs beside the airport fence.
10 – 20km
When you reach a t-junction at the end, turn right, and go through the roundabout soon after. 1.7km after the roundabout, take the fourth left turn (ignore the third left, signed R122 Naul), signed Oldtown.
This is Killesk Lane, and for the first time you are on properly quiet country roads. Ignore [15km marker] all turnoffs for 5.5km, where you reach a crossroads. Go straight through, on the road signed Lispopple.
20 – 30km
Stay on this for 5.6km as it narrows and goes around a series of sharp bends. Ignore all turnoffs and you reach a t-junction. Turn right [25km marker] and cycle into Ballyboughal. When you reach a t-junction in the village, turn left.
Leaving Ballyboughal you find yourself facing the only significant climb of the day, which looks harder than it is on the long straight road.
30 – 40km
At the top there is a short dip, then another rise before you go downhill into the village of Naul. At the end of the main street there is a wide right turnoff. Take it [35km marker].
Turn right at the first crossroads you reach on the L5085, after 2.1km. Ignore several turnoffs and cross over the motorway.
40 – 50km
Soon after crossing the motorway the road turns sharply right and reaches a t-junction. Turn left, signed Balbriggan. After 1.4km you pass Balrothery on your right.
Continue on this road and go straight through the roundabout that you reach after 1.9km. You pass a church on your right, then an estate entrance after it.
Take the first right turn after this, signed Skerries. After 700m you cross the railway tracks and turn right at the t-junction [45km marker].
You soon see the Irish Sea on your left. Stay on the coast road for 3.8km and you reach the edge of Skerries, after passing the clearly signed right turn for Ardgillan Castle. Continue through Skerries.
50 – 60km
You reach a t-junction, where you turn left. After the next corner you reach a roundabout with a monument in the centre. Turn left here.
You soon reach a t-junction. Turn right and keep right. The road goes around a right-hand bend and runs along the coast for 700m. Then it turns inland and you come to a t-junction.
Turn left here and then take the first right on Miller’s Lane, after a few metres.
The entrance to Skerries Mills is a few meters along this road, on the right. But if you keep straight you will leave Skerries and then go over the train tracks.
1.5km later you stop at a crossroads. Go straight through [55km marker], down the narrow road between two sections of a farmyard. 2.3km later, take the first left turn, down another narrow road. Then keep right at the next turnoff. Then you reach a t-junction. Turn left and go through the roundabout you reach to go into Lusk.
Stay on the main road as it winds its way through the village.
60 – 70km
You go through the roundabout on the other side. After 2.7km on the R127 you reach a t-junction with the R132. Turn left and after 1.4km you reach a roundabout. Turn right here to get back on a quieter road [65km marker] and pass over the motorway.
Follow the road as it turns sharply left and after several bends you reach a t-junction. Turn left. After about 2.0km you reach Swords. Keep straight through a crossroads and then over a narrow stone bridge. At the t-junction just after this, turn right.
70 – 80km
400m later you turn left on Swords Main Street, at a junction between the large glass county council building on your left and a ruin on your right.
Go up Main Street for 300m and turn left at the Old Boro Pub, where the road splits at a narrow traffic island. This brings you to a roundabout beside Swords Shopping Centre.
Go left, and then go straight through the next, larger, roundabout. Go through the following roundabout and over the motorway. Over the next 2.1km you leave Swords and enter Malahide.
Turn right at the t-junction you reach, and then take the first left [75km marker]. The entrance to Malahide Castle is on the left.
Continue the way you were going and turn left at the t-junction you reach. Go down the hill and turn right at the crossroads in Malahide village.
This road soon reaches the coast and follows it around the headland, offering some fantastic views.
80 – 90km
When you get to Portmarnock you see the beach on your left.
Keep straight for 2.0km and then turn left at the small roundabout you reach. You keep cycling along the coast. Go through a roundabout [85km marker] and 500m later take a left turn on the R106, signed Howth. This continues along the coast.
You cross the train tracks and 500m later you reach Howth crossroads, where you turn right (left if you want to do the Howth loop).
###Optional detour to Howth Head###
It is 2.5km to Howth village. Go straight through it and when the main road turns right and up a hill, go straight through a car park. This road turns right up a steep and narrow road.
The road bends left. Take the first right turn which goes uphill. Go right at the crossroads you reach and then left at the t-junction with the main road.
There is still some way to go before you reach the top of the hill. Stay on the main road all the way. From the top it is 5.3km back to Howth crossroads, where you turn left to go towards Dublin City Centre.
Soon you are riding next to the sea again, and soon after that you see a good bike lane on your left.
90 – 99km
The first left turn takes you on to Bull Island, which has a fine beach.
Continue along the shore on the bike path. The next left is a wooden bridge over to Bull Island and worth the trip if you want to take a look. Otherwise keep straight ahead [95km marker]. At the next left turn, return to the road where there is a bike lane.
Keep straight ahead and go under the bridge.You pass Fairview Park on your left and cross the Tolka River on a bridge.
Keep straight on this road. You pass Croke Park Stadium on your right as you go over the canal. Keep going and you pass under a railway bridge. Immediately after is the grey brick building of Connolly Station on your left.
Turn right here down Talbot Street. After 500m, the road turns left. Dismount here and walk straight ahead to O’Connell Street.