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Phoenix Park Dublin Cycle Loop

The Phoenix Park

This loop takes you around the quietest roads of the Phoenix Park in Dublin City.

It’s the perfect way to unwind, for both Dubliners and visitors, who play all sorts of sports in the park. There is bike hire available at the main entrance.

Distance: 9km
Climbing: 87m
Difficulty: easy

Rathdrum Wicklow Gap – Dublin Cycle

Climbing Turlough Hill

This route packs a lot into a relatively short distance, taking you from Rathdrum Wicklow immediately into some of the best Wicklow countryside, past ancient Glendalough and over the spectacular Wicklow Gap.

You continue to Dublin over two smaller, virually unknown passes.

Distance: 75km
Climbing: 1130m
Difficulty: very hard

Hill of Tara Cycle Loop

The road to Clonee

This route takes you out of Dublin City and traverses the Dublin and Meath countryside to reach an important historical site in the Hill of Tara.

You return on a route close to but different from the way you left the city. It’s a loop – nobody likes out-and-backs, do they?

Distance: 88km
Climbing: 291m
Difficulty: hard

Drogheda Louth to Dublin

The Hill of Slane

This tour visits a vast array of important historic sites in the Boyne Valley before riding into Dublin.

There are a few small hills in the first half of the route but after you leave the Hill of Tara it is flat all the way back to Dublin.

Distance: 108km
Climbing: 548m
Difficulty: hard

Sally Gap Cycle Loop

The road to Glencree

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 Enniskerry. You will have fantastic views for most of the length of the route.

Distance: 64km
Climbing: 930m
Difficulty: hard

Military Road – Arklow to Dublin

Looking back south on the road to Sally Gap

The Military Road is legendary among Dublin cyclists.

Built by the British government in the early 1800s to help them root insurgents out of the Wicklow Mountains, it passes over 3 classic passes and through some of the nicest landscapes in Leinster. It’s tough, but a ride you will never forget.

Distance: 88km
Climbing: 1419m
Difficulty: very hard

Thomastown – Mount Leinster – Dublin Cycle

A sign for the Military Road, with Kippure in the background

This is the toughest ride we could find – the big one, starting at the train station in Thomastown, County Carlow.

You ride north to Dublin over most of the toughest climbs in the area, including Mount Leinster – the highest climb in Ireland.

Distance: 195km
Climbing: 3133m
Difficulty: very hard

Skerries Cycle Loop

Malahide Castle

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.

Distance: 99km
Climbing: 348m
Difficulty: hard

Bray – Sally Gap – Dublin Cycle

The thrilling descent to Dublin

This ride takes you from the DART station in Bray past the spectacular Great Sugarloaf.

You then ride up to Sally Gap on its most scenic climb, and then on through the mountains to a thrilling descent into Dublin.

Distance: 53km
Climbing: 948m
Difficulty: hard

Malahide Cycle Loop

The coastal cycle path on the way to Bull Island

Ride out through the suburbs of North Dublin to Malahide Castle and then take the scenic Coast Road to Howth – a popular seaside village.

A short climb here offers the best views of Dublin Bay that you will get before you ride back to the city.

Distance: 54km
Climbing: 242m
Difficulty: easy

Greystones – Sally Gap – Dublin

Climbing past Lough Tay

This route takes you from the pretty seaside town of Greystones past the majestic Great Sugar Loaf, up over Lough Tay and on to the heart of the Wicklow Mountains before a spectacular, twisting descent into Dublin City.

The best way of seeing the Dublin Mountains.

Distance: 49km
Climbing: 846m
Difficulty: hard

Kippure Challenge Cycle Loop

Rounding the last corner on Kippure

The climb up the mountain of Kippure is the second highest in the country, and offers magnificent views over Dublin City, Bray and the Wicklow Mountains.

It is tough, and suited only to the the bravest riders. Is that you?

Distance: 44km
Climbing: 922m
Difficulty: very hard

Howth Head Cycle Loop

The Bridge to Bull Island

This short ride takes you out to Howth Head from the GPO on O’Connell Street in Dublin.

You pass through the seaside village of Howth before a short climb takes offers you amazing views of Dublin Bay and the Wicklow Mountains.

Distance: 35km
Climbing: 190m
Difficulty: easy

Three Rock Cycle Route Loop

The Sunset from Three Rock

Three Rock is a tough, short climb up a partially traffic-free road in the Dublin Mountains with fantastic views of the city from the top.

It’s a great place to watch the sunset before hurtling back down to the city. It’s just about the shortest ride you can do up the Dublin Mountains.

Distance: 16km
Climbing: 406m
Difficulty: average

Glencullen Cycle Route Loop

The road to Glencullen

Glencullen is famous for one thing – Johnny Fox’s Pub. This loop includes part of the most popular climb up the Dublin Mountains, before breaking off to go through Glencullen and past Johnny Fox’s.

The views are fantastic and the main climb is tough – you will earn your beer/meal at the top.

Distance: 25km
Climbing: 408m
Difficulty: average