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Long Distance Routes

blencathra 14 Nov 12:36  

Joined: 14 Nov 2009

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I'm thinking of cycling in Ireland next year. Any ideas on the best linear routes, possibly returning to the port of entry with bike by train or bus? There will be up to six of us. I particularly love the west of Ireland, but would certainly consider other routes as well. We'll only have about three or four days cycling available to us. We've only got hybrid bikes, so we just want ot enjoy the ride, the scenery and the traditional pubs. Any information/suggestions would be most welcome.

Ogwen 30 Nov 19:53  

Joined: 14 Jul 2009

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The year before last I cycled acrooss from Dunloghiare to Westport. It was goodt trip and put most of the route discription on here. My bike is an off the rack hybride and I had no problems with it whatsover. the only problem I had was that because I was camping there was a dirth of campsites until I reached the west coast then more-or less all was well. Anyway here is the route you may still find most if it on this website.

Day 1 Dunloghaire Kildare about 50 miles. 1 steep climb over the Wicklows and careful navigation to take the correct roads around the south of Dublin.

Day 2 Kildare to Birr. via Kildangan and Port Louise. A very steep climb over the Slieve Bloome Mountains with a great long, gliding descent. Watch out for Irish army tanks in the forest! Distance about 50 mles

Day 3 Birr to Kinvara. Easy cycling until the Aughty Mountains. Interesting 'round tower' outside Gort. There is a campsite outside Kinvara its nice but the facilities weren't much to write home about.

Day 4 This was a long hard ride. Following the coast road through Galway then north. No campsites but easy cycling nevertheless towards Leenaun. Too long a day, must have done nearly 90 miles!! Scenery great and the roads quiet.

Day 5. Leenaun to Westport. Following the coast road then striking north to Louisburgh. Another great day's cycling and much easier than day 4.

AS I commented upon earlier campsites are few and far between in Central Ireland but once you are on the west coast matters improve. You pass throgh major towns like Birr, Gort and Galway which have everything you would want. Be aware of Croagh Patrick at Westport. The religious festival makes things very busy there.

I caught a train back to Dublin from Westport but I did take a risk as there was no way of booking my bike in advance and as in the UK there is only room for two or three bikes on the train!

In conclusion a great cycling country and I shall be cycling to Killarney possibly next summer.

My Latest Route: Nov 2009 Gort to Kinvarra Via Kilmacduagh

ManchesterSarah 18 May 14:23  

Joined: 18 May 2010

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I wondered if anyone has any tips about the best cycle route from Dublin to Cork? It would need to be fairly direct but avoiding really fast roads as much as possible.

Many thanks,


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