Most beautiful scenic rides to experience a real Ireland

Ireland is famous for not only beautiful old castles but also fresh and pristine nature. You will feel extremely peaceful and comfortable in this country.

Traveling around the country by car is usual and if you want to experience something new, let's ride through well-known scenic rides. This activity is good for your health and you can totally enjoy the spectacular beauty of this country during your journey.

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Cycling in Ireland

1. The Beara Way

-Ascent: 5,300m

-Total period of time to finish the ride: About 1-6 days

This ride is really a challenging ride and one of the best rides in this country. The ride includes the Beara Peninsula and it is 138 kilometers in length. You will start your journey from Kenmare and during the ride, visitors will have a chance to admire breathtaking views of mountains, little villages and especially the highest waterfall- The Mare's Tail.

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The Beara Way

It is not a matter to follow the ride because it follows country's roads. If you don't have much time, you can start from Castletownbere by catching a ferry to Bere Island. Don't forget to bring your camera to capture the wonderful moments.

2. The Ring of Kerry

-Distance: 180-200km

-Ascent: 1,740m

-Total period of time to complete the road: 1-4 days

It is another great ride to choose with a 200 kilometers loop. There is an event held annually in July named the Ring of Kerry Charity Cycle and the route of the Ring of Kerry is similar to this event. You might be surprised when knowing that there are more than 10,000 participants each year entering this event.

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The Ring of Kerry's trail

During the ride, you will see the ancient and romantic Ross Castle, traditional farms and gardens, and mysterious Celtic Ogham stone. Resting in the Gap of Dunloe to drink and enjoy the spectacular views of the glaciated village will be an unforgettable moment.

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3. The Mourne Mountain Cycle Loop

This ride is much easier to try than the above rides because it is only 70 kilometers long and take about 1-2 days to finish. The Mourne Mountain is covered with the moss and this image has been an inspiration for many novelists and photographers. The beautiful views of the Cooley Peninsula and Carlingford Lough will appear in front of you.

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The Mourne Mountain Cycle Loop

4. The King Fisher Trail

-Distance: 480km

-Total period of time to complete the road: 2-8 days

If you want to challenge yourself, a long distance ride like The King Fisher Trail will be an ideal choice. It is also the first long distance ride of Ireland.

The trail runs through 5 counties: Leitrim, Fermanagh, Cavan, Donegal and Monaghan. Riding through these locations, tourists gives thrilling-seekers a chance to enjoy the romantic woodlands as well as explore subterranean caves. You can hire a bike and start your journey from Ennis Killen in Northern Ireland.

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The King Fisher Trail

5. Connemara Loop Cycling Route

-Ascent: 3,4437m

-Total period of time to complete the road: 1-3 days

With the length of 150km, you get chance to discover ancient villages, tranquil beaches, and wild lands. You are expected to start your trail in Clifden and don't forget to stop and visit Kylemore Abbey, Killary Harbour. If you still have enough time, you can catch a ferry to Inishbofin and Omey Island.

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Beautiful views that you will see in Connemara Loop Cycling Route

6. The Wild Atlantic Way

It might be the longest ride with 2,500 km of length and takes more than 25 days to finish your journey. If you want to challenge yourself, let's try this route.

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It is a coastal route and through each area, you will see small beautiful coastal villages, enjoy local foods and drinks and even have a surf. There are more than 50 beaches, 20 long distance walks, more than 130 golf courses and a large number of festivals and events.

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The Wild Atlantic Way

There are also many smaller routes for family within the trail such as 42km- Co. Mayo's Greenway. This way starts from Westport to Achill.

7. Mizen to Malin

-Distance: 935km

-Ascent: 555m

-Total period of time to complete the road: 6 days

The final way that we want to recommend you is the ride from Ireland- Mizen to Malin. You can freely map your own route. In 1993, a biker named Alex Barry had set a record when finishing his route for only 19 hours. If you try your best, you can totally break this record.

Cycling is a good exercise for your health and you can enjoy wonderful views during your ride. If you want to challenge yourself, let's visit Ireland and try the most beautiful scenic rides.


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