Powerscourt Waterfall in Wicklow, Ireland. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Andrew333
The Temple Bar, Dublin, Ireland. Photo via Flickr:aidan casey

Old monastery in Glendalough, Ireland. Photo via Wikimedia Commons:Schcambo
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Dublin and Wicklow

Ireland Bike Tours

Cycling through Dublin and beyond

  • Nestled between the sea and mountains, Dublin is like a hidden gem, a city full of character, yet few visitors cycle Ireland beyond the city center to experience all that it has to offer. On this Ireland bicyle tour, you will explore the gentle Southside coast and the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. This Dublin bike tour then takes you to the haunting beauty of the Wicklow Mountains where the bustle of a capital city will seem a million miles away. Upon completion of this tour you may want to do your own Dublin bike tour as the city was recently named the 9th most bike friendly city on the planet.

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  • May, June, and September: £ 748 $ 1,604 880 $ 1326 NOK 8287 kr 7649 $ 994

    July and August departures: £ 777 $ 1,668 915 $ 1379 NOK 8616 kr 7953 $ 1,034

    Single supplement: £ 217 $ 465 255 $ 384 NOK 2401 kr 2217 $ 288

    Supplement for single traveler: £ 336 $ 720 395 $ 595 NOK 3720 kr 3433 $ 446

    extra options

    Extra nights

    Dublin: £ 47 $ 100 55 $ 83 NOK 518 kr 478 $ 62

    Single supplement: £ 30 $ 64 35 $ 53 NOK 330 kr 304 $ 40

    Outside Dublin: £ 37 $ 78 43 $ 65 NOK 405 kr 374 $ 49

    Single supplement: £ 19 $ 40 22 $ 33 NOK 207 kr 191 $ 25

    Electric bicycle rental: On request. Limited number available.

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  • Travel

    Fly into Dublin airport (DUB).

    Local Travel

    The airport is conveniently located approximately 6 miles (10 km) north of Dublin city center. It is served by a large number of buses, coaches, and taxis all allowing you to get to and from the airport with ease.

    Climate

    The average high/low temperature in °F for the area: April 52/41º, May 57/45º, June 62/50º, July 66/54º, August 65/53º, September 61/50º, and October 55/46º


Where You’ll Stay

Bed and breakfasts as well as small hotels

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for 7 nights with full Irish breakfast
  • 1 x dinner (Glendalough/Laragh)
  • 24 speed hybrid bicycle equipped with mudguards, pannier bag, repair equipment, lock, and bottle cage
  • Helmets (on request)
  • Route maps and details
  • Luggage transfer each day
  • Transfers to and from bike shop on Days 1 and 8

What’s Not Included

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TypeSelf Guided
SkillEasy
Length8 days
From880 Rates
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Tour Dates

2019

Daily arrival possible from April 20 to October 4, 2019

Skill Level

This is an easy, self-guided bike tour with an average daily distances ranging from 18 to 31 miles (30 to 50 km).

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Dublin and Wicklow Map

Day 1: Arrival in Dublin
Day 2: Dublin - Enniskerry, 18 mi. (30 km)
Day 3: Enniskerry - Glendalough, 30 mi. (48 km)
Day 4: Rest day in Glendalough
Day 5: Glendalough - Aughrim, 25 or 30 mi. (40 or 51 km)
Day 6: Aughrim - Wicklow, 28 or 40 mi. (45 or 65 km)
Day 7: Wicklow - Dublin, 31 mi. (50 km) 
Day 8: Departure from Dublin

* All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Dublin
The first night of the tour will be spent in Dublin. Once you have checked into your accommodation, you can spend the rest of the day exploring the many sights and sounds that have made Dublin such a lively and popular destination. 

Day 2: Dublin - Enniskerry, 18 mi. (30 km)
You will begin the day in a leisurely ride along well-maintained cycling paths and quiet roads to the coastal town of Dun Laoghaire and the charming village of Dalkey. Here you will stop for lunch. After lunch, you will continue cycling 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, known as the Garden if Ireland. A transfer can be arranged this evening to the famous Johnnie Foxes Pub, where you can enjoy a unique and traditional Irish night with good food, Guinness, and entertainment from local musicians. 

Day 3: Enniskerry - Glendalough, 30 mi. (48 km)
In the morning, you have the chance to visit the beautiful Powerscourt Gardens before cycling the stunning, Sally Gap Road all the way to Roundwood for lunch. After lunch, you will head over the Lough Dan into the village of Laragh for the night. Laragh is located beside the monastic village of Glendalough known for its ruined abbey and distinctive round tower. Here you will spend the next two nights.

Day 4: Rest Day in Glendalough
Today there is the opportunity to relax in the tranquil surroundings of Laragh/Glendalough and walk one of the numerous paths around the lake. You may also choose to take a leisurely bike ride to explore some roads around Glendalough. The village of Glendalough is known for its rich history and natural beauty.

Day 5: Glendalough - Aughrim, 25 or 30 mi. (40 or 51 km)
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 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)
Again, today offers three different route options to match your mood and energy levels. You can 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.

Day 7: Wicklow - Dublin, 31 mi. (50 km)
Your last day on the bike will take you inland again towards the village of Roundwood for lunch.  You can then take a different route along beautiful country roads to the village of Enniskerry where you will be transferred back into Dublin city for the final night of the tour.  

Day 8: Dublin.
Individual departure after breakfast.

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Tour Reviews

  • John K. 2 weeks ago     Verified Reviewer

    It was a lot more challenging than I had anticipated. The scenery was amazing! It would be helpful if the bikes were equipped with an odometer so that including distances to the next turn in your self guided instructions would help in making the turns without getting lost and having to backtrack to see where we went wrong. The bikes were great! The lodging was good. We have done several bike trips and I would rate this one the best of them all. You rated this trip as easy, I would say that it was the hardest one we have done, but I loved it!

  • Gretchen S. 1 month ago     Verified Reviewer

    Our rest day in Glendalough was simply amazing. So much to see and explore. We were there on Mother’s Day and it was such a perfect day.

  • Kendra W. 3 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    As my family of five and I embarked on an 8-day bike tour. We started in Dublin. Landed in Enniskerry, Aughrim, Laragh (Glendalough) and back to Dublin. I would have to say the Irish emerald green countryside is the most beautiful I have seen. Our favorite place would have to be the stop in Laragh. We walked to Glendalough a whopping 10-minute jaunt. We were awestruck by the amazingly preserved Monastic City. This city was founded in the 6th century and what a sight to behold. There was St. Kevins cathedral, tower, cemetery, and an old copper mine. These were all nestled in between two mountains with a lake at the edge. Worth the trip.

  • Whitley G. 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    Stunning vistas, terrific staff, and the weather was spot on in the Dublin area 2nd week of June 2017.

  • Lynne 2 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    The itinerary right up to Glendalough is great, except cycling along Dublin's coastline is not much fun having to pass by many parked cars. Take time to enjoy some easy hikes in Glendalough looking out to gorgeous views. From Day 5 onwards, the route is boring -- just riding as there's not much to see and do.
    GIANT-brand bikes were in excellent condition as they were supplied from the base of Irish Cycling Safaris in Dublin (Belfield Bike Shop).

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