Nestling between the sea and mountains, Dublin has an unrivalled setting, yet few visitors move beyond the city centre to experience this!
With some gentle cycling we explore the gentle Southside coast and the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. We then head into the haunting beauty of the Wicklow Mountains where the bustle of a capital city will seem a million miles away.MAKE AN ENQUIRY
Day 1 – Arrival Day
Welcome to Dublin! You will be spending your first night in Dublin or Dun Laoghaire. The cost of a taxi from Dublin airport into Dublin is approx. €25-30. Alternatively, there is blue coloured Air Coach, departing every 20 minutes from just outside the Arrivals Hall at Dublin Airport, which will take you into Dublin city. The return ticket costs €16 and the journey should take around 40 minutes. Once you have checked into your accommodation, you can then spend the rest of the day exploring the many sights and sounds that have made Dublin such a lively and popular destination. Settle into your hotel and take the opportunity to explore our nation’s capital before heading off on your bike tomorrow.
Day 2 – Dublin to Enniskerry. 18 miles/30km.
You begin the day in a leisurely fashion with a cycle along cycle paths and quiet roads to the coastal towns of Dun Laoghaire and the charming village of Dalkey, with its many famous residents where you can stop for lunch. You continue along the scenic Vico Road with spectacular views across Killiney Bay. You then head inland cycling along green fields to the village of Enniskerry where you overnight. A transfer can be arranged this evening to the famous Johnnie Foxes Pub, the highest pub in Ireland (www.jfp.ie). Here you can enjoy a uniquely traditional Irish night with good food and Guinness, along with entertainment from local musicians.
Day 3 – Enniskerry to Glendalough. 30 miles/48km.
In the morning you have the chance to visit the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens before heading over the stunning Sally Gap Road all the way to Roundwood for lunch. After lunch you have head via Lough Dan into the village of Laragh for the night. Laragh is located beside the monastic village of Glendalough with its ruined abbey and distinctive round tower.
Day 4 – Rest Day in Glendalough
Today there is the opportunity to relax in your tranquil surroundings in Laragh/Glendalough and walk one of the numerous signed ways around the surrounding lakes. For more information, you can check out Glendalough Visitors Centre on www.heritageireland.ie/en/glendaloughvisitorcentre
Day 5 – Glendalough to Aughrim 25 miles/40km – 30 miles/51km
You have the 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 our overnight stop of Aughrim a pretty village with much evidence in its buildings of its former glory as a granite quarrying and stonecutting centre.
Day 6 – Aughrim To Wicklow. 28 miles/45km – 40 miles/65km
Today offers three different route options to match your mood and energy levels. You can cross the low coastal 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.
Day 7 – Wicklow to Dublin. 31 miles/50km.
Your last day on the bike will take you inland again back towards the village of Roundwood for lunch. You can then take a different route along beautiful country roads to the village of Enniskerry where we will meet you and transfer you back into Dublin city for a final night on the tour.
Day 8 – Departure Day