Malahide Castle

Skerries Cycle Loop

Distance: 99km
Climbing: 348m

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This ride takes you on a tour of the scenic North Dublin countryside to the seaside town of Skerries. You then return by Malahide, the Coast Road and past Howth.

It is a great option to get out to the countryside from the centre of Dublin and avoid a lot of climbing.

North County Dublin has some nice countryside for cycling once you get away from the traffic near the city.


Ardgillan Demesne has 194 acres of grounds.

Skerries Beach is right beside the town.

Skerries Mills is a popular tourist attraction.

Lusk Heritage Centre has a 9th Century Round Tower and a medieval belfry.

Malahide Castle and grounds is a great place to take a break and relax.

You cycle beside Portmarnock Beach on the way to Howth.

If you have the legs, Howth is a short detour away and offers great views of Dublin Bay.

The Museum of Vintage Radio is in Howth.

Bull Island has a sandy beach and a wooden bridge that is fun to cycle across.

Skerries Cycle Loop Useful Info

Leaving Dublin, you are likely to meet plenty of traffic but there are also plenty of cycle lanes. Much of the middle of this route is on quiet and scenic back roads. Once you reach Swords it gets busier again. The Coast Road from Malahide to Howth has no cycle lane, but most of the rest of the route back to Dublin does have them.

If you tire at the end you can take the DART from Howth between 10:00 and 15:30 or after 19:00 Monday to Friday, or anytime on weekends. This is at the discretion of staff, so avoid big events, particularly at weekends, when the line is busy.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Irish Rail’s bicycle policies



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