Cycling in Dublin

Dublin is one of the Europe’s friendliest cities for cycling, and it’s easy to see why. You can reach one side of the city to another in 30 minutes, 120 miles of cycle routes in Dublin and successful Dublin Bike scheme with over 550 bikes and 44 drop off points all contribute to raising popularity of cycling in Dublin! If you are looking to cycle when here, we can recommend:

Phoenix park

Rather than cycling in traffic, go to Phoenix park and rent a bike! At the entrance of the park you will find Phoenix Park Bikes  renting bikes (and tandems!) from only €5 a hour!  Enjoy cycle through one of the biggest enclosed parks in Europe and explore Farmleigh house, Ashtown Castle, and if you are lucky, you may make new friends as several herds of deer roam around the park. If you have carrots or apples with you, they will even approach you for a snack!

Canal bike ride

Rent bikes and head down to a canal! This is one of our favorite city routes. Head to Porobello and follow canal all the way to Grand Canal. You will pass by some great coffee shops for pit stops along the way.  This is very easy and short trip, it’s the perfect starting point for those who never usually cycle. Once in Grand Canal (or Silicon Docks as all big multinational companies have their offices here) you can relax in some of the hip wine bars, enjoy watching paddles and wakeboarders or continue down the Hanover Quay towards the Great South Wall.  Cycle all 2km of the pier towards a red-painted lighthouse at its tip and a designated swimming spot along the way. If you’re feeling sporty, lock up your bike and take a dip in one of Dublin’s best swimming spots.

Head to the beach

For an easy and relatively flat cycle head towards Northside’s Fairview. It is a start of a trail that will take you all the way to Sutton. Trail is popular with cyclists and joggers, so expect a bit of company as you flash down the coast. This trail follows coast all the way, with awesome views along the way. Best thing? There are train stops in both Sutton and Fairview in case you are tired of all cycling!

For more ideas on the cycle routes, check this out

Dublin Bikes scheme has 550 bikes for public use and 44 bike stations around the city. 
If you’d like to venture outside the city and head to the nearby Dublin Mountains, Niall Davis at Biking.ie offers sturdy mountain bikes – perfect if you fancy going off track and getting your feet dirty. If you prefer to get a guided tour, See Dublin By Bike has you covered. 

Don’t forget to check out safety tips for cycling in Dublin as well! Stay safe and enjoy! 

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