Top 10 Cycles in Ireland

Best Cycling Routes in Ireland

From short loop routes to multi day scenic tours, Ireland has some of the best cycle routes in the world and is perfect for cycle holidays. With more and more official cycle trails being developed, a variety of off road greenways on offer and approx 99,000km of roads, the choice is endless. Whether it’s a short cycle around a lake, a guided tour, a quick urban loop, a self guided tour, to longer single to multi day cycles along the coast or taking on some of the best scenic cycle routes in Ireland such as the Wild Atlantic Way, Ireland’s Ancient East, the Lake Lands or the many loop routes on Ireland’s coastal peninsula’s, you are spoilt for choice. 

For the size of Ireland, it has more roads than most countries in the world. Ideally it has nearly 80,000km of surfaced local county roads, which in many cases are perfect for cycling with few cars and great scenic views. These local roads in addition to the off-road Greenways currently available and in development can make Ireland into one of the best tourist destinations in the world for cyclists and cycle holidays. 

Our temperate climate means Ireland is a perfect year round cycle destination for adventure tourists. Here are some of the top cycle routes in Ireland which many more available to suit all tastes and fitness levels. Feel free to agree, strongly disagree or add your own suggestions here or on the ActiveMe facebook page. Click the links or photos below for GPS route maps and guides and also find them on our Free App. With so many varied routes on offer, it was hard to agree on a Top 10 list. Click on the link or image for more information, GPS route maps and photographs.  

1) Wild Atlantic Way Cycle Route, West Coast of Ireland – 2,500km

Top Cycling Routes in Ireland Valentia-Island-Lighthouse-Co.-Kerry-on-the-Wild-Atlantic-Way-by-Valerie-OSullivan

2) Ring of Kerry, Skellig Ring, Valentia Cycle Loop, Killarney, Co. Kerry – 180km

Top Cycling Routes in Ireland Valentia Island view of the Skellig Islands Co. Kerry-on-the Wild Atlantic Way-by Brian Coakley ActiveMe

3) The Kingfisher Trail Cycle Loops, Co. Leitrim and Fermanagh – 480km

Top Cycling Routes in Ireland, Lough Erne, Kingfisher Cycling Route, Ireland
4) Inishowen 100 Cycle Loop, Co. Donegal – 160km (100 miles)

Five Fingers Strand, Inishowen, Donegal ccl.daz

5) Blessington Lakes, Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough Cycle Loop, Co. Dublin and Wicklow – 75km

Glendalough in County Wicklow, Ireland
6) Inishmór Loop Cycle, Aran Islands, Co. Galway – 50km

Top Cycling Routes in Ireland Dun-Aengus-Fort-Aran-Islands-Co.-Galway-Wild-Atlantic-Way-Failte-Ireland-Tourism-Ireland
7) The Burren Cycle Loop, Co. Clare – 150km 

Top Cycling Routes in Ireland, Burren Cycle Loop, Clare, Ireland is a Unesco World Heritage Site
8) Connemara Cycle Route, Co. Galway – 150km 

Top Cycling Routes in Ireland, Connemara Cycle Loop, Galway, Ireland
9) Great Western Greenway, Westport, Co. Mayo – 45km 

Top Cycling Routes in Ireland, Great Western Greenway, Clew Bay, Westport, Co Mayo, Wild Atlantic Way Ireland
10) Loop Head Peninsula Cycle Loop, Kilkee, Co. Clare – 10 to 90km Options

Loop Head Lighthouse, Heritage Trail, Co Clare, Wild Atlantic Way, Kilkee, Ireland

More Links, Maps and Photos Coming Soon for our Top 20 List of the Best Cycling Routes in Ireland 

11) Ring of the Reeks Cycle Loop, Killarney, Co. Kerry
12) Tralee to Dingle Peninsula Loop, Tralee, Co.Kerry
13) Gap of Dunloe Cycle Route, Killarney, Co. Kerry
14) Ring of Beara Cycle Route, Bantry, West Cork
15) Ireland’s Ancient East Cycle Route
16) Slieve Bloom Mountain Cycle Loop, Co. Laois
17) Mourne Mountains Loop, Co. Down
18) Causeway Coastal Cycle Route, Co. Antrim
19) Old Head of Kinsale Cycle Loop, Co. Cork
20) Copper Coast Cycle Route, Co. Waterford and Wexford

See our full list of over 100 Irish cycling route Here. More Lists Coming Soon

  • Top 10 Easy Cycle Routes in Ireland
  • Top 10 Cycling Routes for Kids in Ireland
  • Top 10 Moderate Cycling Routes in Ireland
  • Top 10 Strenuous Cycling in Ireland
  • Top 10 Long Cycling Routes in Ireland
  • Top Cycling Routes by County