Cycling in Ireland travel guide
Once upon a time, Ireland’s nine west coast counties were places to escape. These days, they’re absolutely brimming over with opportunities. Fáilte Ireland (Welcome to Ireland) marketing campaign has been a great success story with the 2,500km Wild Atlantic Way and the Greenways project (resurfacing of disused railway lines) connecting isolated communities on narrow lanes and car-free tarmac tracks. Cycling tourism, too, has really benefitted from a decade of responsible redevelopment. Now you can pedal from pub to pub, beach to beach, and from one welcoming local B&B landlady to the next.
I’ve known Maeve for years, she’s amazing. There’s nothing she doesn’t know about everything and everybody in County Clare. She’s been in charge of the B&B all her life, I’m sure; and she’s very well versed with guests. They absolutely love her.
Many of Ireland’s rural towns and villages can be reached via a variety of ways, and distances. This is good news for mixed ability cycling groups, as you can often choose between 25km, 50km or 70km routes that all lead to the same overnight location. Then it’s up to you how you spend your evening. At an Atlantic seafood restaurant in Connemara, perhaps, or chatting to the locals as accordions, fiddles and tin whistles are played along to the beat of the tipper on the bodhrán (frame drum). That’s the thing about modern day Ireland; there are plenty of options on and off the saddle.
Cycling in Ireland is...
good for you.
Cycling in Ireland isn't...
about how fast you can ride; it's more to do with how much you can take in.
IS AN IRELAND CYCLING HOLIDAY FOR YOU?
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BEST TIME TO GO CYCLING IN IRELAND
Ireland is a four seasons in one day sort of country and cycling allows you to appreciate every aspect of the weather, no matter when you decide to visit
If you're cycling in Ireland, there are two things you're going to need: a rain coat and a bike. Now, before you get to thinking that all that wet weather might dampen your day, you need to appreciate that after a while you'll barely notice. The sun will be out, the sky will be blue and skylarks will be calling from the hedgerows. Ireland, the west coast especially, has a kind of magical misty rain that fools you into thinking that this is the way that weather was always meant to be. The best time to go cycling in Ireland is from April to October. Summer can get busy with tourists in the towns of Cork and Kerry particularly, but pedal off into the Connemara countryside and you’ll be none the wiser.
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Previously abandoned railway tracks have been turned into cycle routes.