We’re lucky to live in a country that has such gorgeous views, in every county.
Cycling has steadily become a popular way to take in this stunning scenery, but I think some people disregard one little fact when it comes to this method of transport.
It can be damn hard.
And it’s pretty difficult to appreciate the vista in front of you when your legs are on fire and you’re not sure if you’re going to make it.
Fear not, below is a list compiled for us who love the views, but lack the thighs of steel.
1. Rosslare – Kilmore Quay, Wexford
This cycle is 65km long, so allow the guts of day for it. The good thing is that it’s mostly flat and scenic; the perfect ingredients for an easy cycle. Bring some water, some snacks and a camera as you take in the Sunny South East.
2. Arklow Cycle Loop
Let’s get one thing out of the way about this route, there’s going to be a few hills. But don’t worry, you’ll be able to handle it. I believe in you. This cycle lets you takes in Avoca and Brittas Bay as you cycle through the Wicklow countryside.
3. Dingle to Tralee Cycle
Though this cycle begins with a climb, the views will make it all worth it. It should also be noted that some of this route involves the main road, so high-vis jackets for everyone!
4. Great Western Greenway Cycle
Is it any wonder that this route is one of the most popular in the country? The terrain is flat and it’s also a go-to route for walkers, so watch out for them. If you have the energy after your 42km ride, you can explore Achill.
5. Connemara – Clifden to Leenane Cycle
One of the slightly longer routes on the list, this is one of the most magical parts of the country. You will pass by Kylemore Abbey, Lough Muck and Connemara National Park on your way to view Ireland’s only fjord.
6. Glencar Loop
Channel your inner Yeats as you cycle through Glencar. During this 51km trek, you can see Yeats’ grave and the gorgeous Glencar waterfall.
7. Malahide Loop
Be prepared to share your space with drivers, as a lot of this cycle covers city roads. The main point of interest is the climb and you get a stunning view of Dublin Bay, which makes it all worthwhile.
8. Inis Mór Island Loop
Another incredibly popular route in Ireland, this loop around the entire island of Inis Mór will provide you with a day’s full of exercise and enough pictures for your Instagram account for the next month.
Make a holiday out of it, as a ferry is needed to get to the island.
9. Killarney National Park Loop
This short but sweet route will leave you relaxed and refreshed. You can rent bikes when you get to the park, making it even easier to head there for a spin.
10. Blessington Lakes, Wicklow Mountains and Glendalough Loop
One of my favourite places to go for a walk, this route also makes for a perfect cycle. It’s a little longer at 75km, so expect to spend a full day to do the entire length or break it up into smaller chunks!
You can also start the route in Dublin City Centre.
11. Hook Head Loop
An easier one that will leave you feeling satisfied as you master this flat route. You can always take a break by taking a tour of the Lighthouse! Exercise and culture, I’m impressed.