Nestled between the sea and mountains, Dublin is like a hidden gem, a city full of character and recently named the 9th most bike friendly city on the planet. Yet few visitors cycle beyond the city centre to experience all that it has to offer. On this Ireland bicycle tour, you will explore the gentle Southside coast and the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. This bike tour then takes you to the haunting beauty of the Wicklow Mountains and the amazing ancient monastic settlement of Glendalough before returning via Wicklow and its’ now-impressive gaol.
- Historic walled Derry City
- The legendary Giant’s Causeway
- Stunning Dunluce Castle
- The beauty of the Glens of Antrim
- Rathlin Island
- Bushmills Distillery
- Numerous Game of Thrones filming locations
Day 1 Arrive Dublin
Explore the many sights and sounds that have made Dublin such a lively and popular destination.
Day 2 Dublin - Enniskerry, 18 mi. (30 km)
Begin the day with a leisurely ride along well-maintained cycling paths and quiet roads to the coastal town of Dun Laoghaire and the charming village of Dalkey. Cycle along the scenic Vico Road with spectacular views across Killiney Bay. You then head inland, cycling along lush green fields to the beautiful village of Enniskerry.
Day 3 Enniskerry - Glendalough, 30 mi. (48 km)
Visit the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens before cycling the stunning, Sally Gap Road all the way to Roundwood. Continue over Lough Dan into the village of Laragh located beside the monastic village of Glendalough known for its ruined abbey and distinctive round tower.
Day 4 Day free in Glendalough
Explore the ancient monastic site of Glendalough and walk one of the numerous paths around the lake.
Day 5 Glendalough - Aughrim, 25 or 30 mi. (40 or 51 km)
Option of two different routes today, both of which head out on the east bank of the Avonmore River. You can choose to visit Avondale House and Forest Park, once the home of one of Ireland’s greatest political leaders. The village of Avoca is another option or the wild mountain scenery on the ancient Military Road, built to allow British troops access the rebellious tribes of these formerly heavily forested valleys. All routes come together in the overnight stop of Aughrim, a pretty village with evidence in the buildings of its former glory as a granite quarrying and stonecutting center.
Day 6: Aughrim - Wicklow, 28 or 40 mi. (45 or 65 km)
Three different route options: cross the low hills to ride north along the coast taking a dip in Brittas Bay, a beautiful Blue Flag beach, or venture into the wooded hills on virtually traffic free roads through remote villages to view for yourself the mysterious Motte Stone before descending to the coast and Wicklow, a friendly seaside town with Viking origins. A visit to the Wicklow Gaol is a ‘must’ where you’ll experience daily life in a Victorian prison through the eyes of Mary Morrison the Matron.
Day 7: Wicklow - Dublin, 31 mi. (50 km)
From Roundwood you have a choice of two routes back to Enniskerry where you will be transferred back to Dublin for your last night of the tour.
Day 8 Dublin
Arrangements end after breakfast.
Medium: undulating and some hills. Wicklow is a hilly part of Ireland.