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A Detailed, Short Guide To Cycling In Ireland

When deciding to cycling in Ireland during a holiday, the adventure is as much about getting to the places you want to go as it is about enjoying the scenery along the way. So, before embarking on your next cycling holiday in Ireland, read this short guide about taking the road that is less travelled.

Many people in Ireland agree that nothing is as great as taking a simple bike. In fact, cycling is an activity that has greatly increased throughout the island. There are numerous cycling clubs in Ireland, and some have even seen a membership increase of over 50% during the last few years.

 

So, why is Ireland such a popular destination for cycling? There is an excellent network of boreens (tiny roads) and roads. This means that you do not need to have a particular destination in mind, the only thing that you will need to do is get on the saddle and go with the flow.

One of the most popular cycling destinations in the world is located in Ireland. County Clare is beautiful and there are other breathtaking trails in Ireland such as:

– Kingfisher Trail (first long-distance route for cycling)
– Great Western Greenway

These trails have garnered attention from cyclists all over the world who have a range of cycling abilities and levels.

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Why Is Ireland Set Apart From Other Cycling Destinations?

Many people who have had cycling holidays in the country believe that it is the combination of the island is so small that you can enjoy many different landscapes without having to travel too far. You can be relaxing along the sandy beaches or travel to a bog within an hour.

On the other hand, others believe that it is the off-beaten roads that are sprinkled with sheep, goats and the occasional tractor on the side of the road.

However, it stands to reason that people around the world choose to cycle in Ireland because of the people who live there. It does not matter whether you have Irish blood flowing through your veins or not, Emerald Isle has a spirit that is very welcoming to everyone who visits.

Enjoy The Best Cycling Routes In The World

As mentioned above, Ireland has some of the best cycling routes in the world. It does not matter if you want to mix the views between the green fields in Offaly or Counties Tyrone or the steep ascensions along the Vico Road’s twists and turns, you do not need to be a professional cyclist or wear bright Lycra to ride along these routes.

For those who are looking to ride on a flat terrain, you can choose between Leitrim or Roscommon, or both. A little fun fact, Leitrim got its first traffic signal in 2003.

Those who want to put a little more adventure into their cycling holiday, you cannot leave without trying Connemara’s Twelve Bens or the Glens of Antrim.

 

So, with that being said, how can you get started cycling in Ireland?

As previously mentioned, Ireland has a varied landscape and this helps to make it a great destination for cyclists.

What Are The Best Cycling Routes In Northern Ireland And The Republic?

The island has some of the most gorgeous cycling routes that are suited for every ability and pace. The Kingfisher Trail encompasses the counties that are in the middle of Republic of Ireland, and it also lies near the border of Northern Ireland.

The Great Western Greenway is one of Ireland’s longest trails for off-road cycling. It extends from Achill to Westport.

How Can You Find Information Regarding The Rules Of The Road For Cyclists?

If you are cycling in the Republic or Northern Ireland for the first time, it is important that you understand the rules of the road so you, other cyclists and drivers can stay safe on the road. The Road Safety Authority offers cyclists a copy of the rules of the road. These rules can be found online, and it is important to be familiar with them before you begin your cycling holiday in Ireland.

Can You Hire A Bicycle?

Yes, in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, bicycle hires are available. These hires typically start from 50 Euros/39 GBP weekly and you also have the option of having a one-way hire. Cycling gear is also available with the hire such as:

– Repair kit
– Mudguards
– Lock
– Pump
– Carrier

Insurance cover is also available for every bicycle hire. There are also bicycles available for children, but these bikes tend to get hired quickly. You will need to book ahead of time, and do not forget to ask about helmet hires, especially during the peak season.

Is It The Law To Wear A Bicycle Helmet In Ireland?

Even though by law you are not required to wear a helmet whilst cycling in Ireland, it is always in the interest of your personal safety as well as the safety of others to wear a helmet whenever you are riding a bike.

Are There A Variety Of Tours Available?

All across the island, you will find a range of different tours that will meet your interests. In addition, your tour guide can make the necessary arrangements for your luggage to be at the hostel, hotel or B&B when you arrive. This will allow you to have a worry-free cycling tour.

If you are too tired to complete the tour on a particular day, the tour guide can also arrange for you and your luggage to meet with the other cyclists in the group once the day is over.

Cycling in Ireland is a once in a lifetime experience. Your biking destinations can be narrowed down to the county or region you want to explore so you can quickly start cycling!