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5 Greenways To Cycle In Ireland This Summer

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Thinking of taking the bikes away this summer? I’ve got five great Greenways to cycle in Ireland as well as bike racks to help get you there.

We had the pleasure of cycling the Waterford Greenway a few years ago and loved it. We are not big cycling enthusiasts by any means, but the assurance of knowing there were no cars around, as well as the stunning scenery, made cycling such a pleasant experience. Luke and Alex, aged 11 and 8 at the time, really enjoyed it too. It was one of those rare outdoor family activities where there were no complaints! We hope to take advantage of the many more Greenways available and cycle in Ireland again this summer.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Of course it is not only families that are looking to cycle in Ireland this summer, so many of us have taken up cycling over the past year. The combination of having to partake in more outdoor activities, and the improved cycle lanes cropping up all over our cities, has certainly encouraged everyone to cycle a little more.

bike racks for cycling trips in Ireland

With this in mind I have teamed up with Irish owned MicksGarage.com, who are Ireland’s number one online store for all your car and travel essentials. They have a wide selection of bike racks and roof racks to encourage you to cycle in Ireland this summer. As you may know, renting bikes in Ireland can be expensive, so it makes sense to bring your own bikes when holidaying in Ireland this year.

Bike racks are an efficient and economical way of transporting your bikes, both on holidays, or for days out at home. Micks Garage have a wide selection of bike racks available from €49.99, and many are available with next day delivery.

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So now that you know how to transport your bike, the only question is which Greenway will you choose?  I have highlighted five Greenways to cycle in Ireland that are suitable for people of all ages. 

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1. Waterford Greenway, Waterford

Waterford Greenway from above

Despite only opening in 2017, the Waterford Greenway is practically a household name, and is one of Ireland’s top attractions. Its 46km trail is located on a disused railway line and stretches all the way from Waterford city to the seaside town of Dungarvan. We only cycled 10km of the Waterford Greenway, from Durrow to Dungarvan, but plan to go back and cycle some more.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Waterford Greenway offers gorgeous sea and mountain views, eleven bridges, three viaducts, medieval ruins, and even a fairy trail! There are so many wonderful places to stop along the way, including the gardens at Mount Congreve and the beaches along the Copper Coast. 

There are six different sections to cycle, so if you don’t fancy cycling the 46km, you can start and stop at any one of those six points.

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2. Great Western Greenway, Mayo

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Great Western Greenway is high on my wish list to cycle in Ireland. We visited Mayo last summer and I wish we had time to cycle at least some of the 42km trail from Westport to Achill Sound. You can choose to cycle the full 42km, or pick up the trail in the coastal towns of Newport or Mulranny and cycle part of it.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Great Western Greenway was completed in 2011, and may well have been the inspiration to build many more greenways to cycle in Ireland. The location of this greenway couldn’t be better. We drove most of this route last summer and the scenery is spectacular.

There are three main sections, Achill to Mulranny (13km), Mulranny to Newport (18km), and Newport to Westport (11km). If you are cycling from Mulranny to Achill, make sure you allow extra time to explore the stunning beaches on Achill Island. 

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3. Suir Blueway, Tipperary

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Suir Blueway combines 21km of cycle trails with 32km of waterways to give a 53km Blueway from from Cahir via Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir. The cycling trail is located alongside the River Suir and runs from Clonmel to Carrick-on-Suir, but if time allows why not kayak some of waterways too?  

We loved this area when we visited a few years ago. Cahir Castle is one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles, and don’t miss the delightful 2km walk to the restored Swiss Cottage – this is certainly one of the hidden gems in Ireland.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The 21km cycle trail is in four sections, and similarly to other greenways, you can choose to cycle part, or all of it. It is suitable for all levels of fitness and there are many picnic spots along the way. When you arrive in Carrick on Suir, take time to visit the medieval Ormond Castle as well as the Tudor Artisan Hub. This is a wonderful collection of 50 local artists who have gathered together to offer a selection of unique handcrafted products – I’m sure you fill find the perfect souvenir to bring home!  

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4. The Limerick Greenway, Limerick

5 Greenways to cycle in Ireland

The Great Southern Trail is due to reopen this summer and will be rebranded as the Limerick Greenway. This 40km walking and cycling route is located along part of the old railway line that once connected Limerick to Tralee. Currently some sections of the Greenway are closed due to upgrading works. You can check the latest updates here.

There are five different access points along the Greenway that connects Rathkeale, Newcastle West and Abbeyfeale. In late 2021/early 2022 a section of the North Kerry Greenway will open linking the Limerick Greenway to the town of Listowel. 

Ballyhoura bike trails in Limerick

Along the Greenway you can expect to see castles, abbeys and medieval ruins, as well as superb scenery. Cycling enthusiasts will be excited to know that Ballyhoura mountain biking trails are just 40 minutes drive from the Limerick Greenway at Newcastle West. The Ballyhoura Mountain range has the largest mountain biking trails in Ireland. There are 92km of trails for beginners and serious bikers here. 

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5. Royal Canal Greenway, Kildare, Meath, Westmeath & Longford

cycle in Ireland on the Royal Canal Greenway

The Royal Canal Greenway opened this year (2021), and it is now the longest greenway in Ireland. It stretches over 130km along the historic Royal Canal from Maynooth, Kildare to Clondra, Longford. The Royal Canal has 90 bridges, 33 locks and 17 harbours, so you can boat, paddle, walk, or cycle along the route.

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Newgrange at Brú-na-Bóinne

There are 14 access points along the greenway, roughly at 10km intervals, making it easy to cycle smaller individual routes. There  are five main trailheads, Maynooth, Enfield, Mullingar, Clondara and Longford, which offer services and amenities including toilets, public transport, car parking and accommodation. The Royal Canal Greenway would make an ideal addition to a trip in the Boyne Valley, as there are 22kms of cycle trails in Meath. 

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MicksGarage.com are Ireland’s number one online store for all your car and travel essentials. They have a wide selection of bike racks, roof racks, SUP boards and camping equipment, many of which are available to order with next day delivery. Rated 4.7 on Trustpilot, MicksGarage.com should be your first port of call for staycation essentials this summer.
 

This post on Greenways to cycle in Ireland was sponsored by MicksGarage.com. I hope it helps you plan a trip away soon. 

 

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Sarah

 
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