Cycling holidays can mean something different to everyone but you can be sure that it involves two things – being on a bike, on holiday.
With cycling taking off in a big way, now is a great time to go on a cycling holiday in Cork, exploring the charismatic charm of Cork city and discovering why it is often dubbed the real capital of Ireland.
Cycling holidays are suitable for everyone from the hardcore road cyclists looking to conquer some of the difficult terrains found in this rebel city, to families wanting to explore a Cork’s culture and everyone else in between.
See some of the popular cycling routes in Cork City:
Sheep’s Head Cycle Route
Sheep’s Head is approximately 120km long and is a peaceful, unspoiled peninsula in County Cork and has some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Ireland. It is easily explored by bicycle allowing cyclists to take in the beautiful surroundings at their own pace. Enjoy stunning views over Bantry Bay and the Beara peninsula on your journey.
The Georgian-era Fitzgerald Park is only a seven-minute cycle from the city centre and is lavished with ornate pavilions, fountains, and lily ponds.
Hiring a bike in Cork is simple enough as the city operates a bike-sharing scheme, with 32 stations where you can pick up or drop off your bicycle. Have your own bike? Then the park has bike racks so you can enjoy a relaxing break before jumping back on the saddle.
Wild Atlantic Way
The scenery of the Wild Atlantic Way is very dramatic and this coastal route is designed with serious cyclists in mind. As the name suggests, it is wild, windswept, and ruggedly beautiful offering incredible sights that are worth the difficulty of the terrain.
The leafy suburb of Bishopstown is a great place to explore on bike and it provides a gentle escape from the city centre. There is a waterside nature trail featuring a scattering of ruins, a trickling river and abundant wildlife.
Take in coastal Cork with this flat-land route beginning at Albert Quay. Journey on towards Cobh, a handsome town which was the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912. This cycling route is suitable for adults of all ages and abilities, children with an accompanying adult either on their parent’s bike or on their own bike if capable of on-road cycling.
Book a Cycling Tour
Cycling Tours can be booked with Beyond The Glass Adventure Tours in Cork city. Two tours options can be booked, lasting 3 hours with your personal guide. Both tours start and finish in a city centre location. Tours are suitable for anyone aged 15 and above.
Blackrock-Passage West Greenway
The Blackrock – Passage West Greenway takes the route of the former Cork City to Passage West railway. The route passes through Blackrock, Douglas and Rochestown over 5.5 miles (8.85 km). This Greenway is considered any easy route to cycle with some spectactular scenery along the way of Cork inner harbour.
Clayton Hotel Silver Springs
Ready to go on your cycling holiday in Cork? The 4- star Clayton Hotel Silver Springs is ideally located just outside Cork City centre. With free parking, you can park your car and your bikes up ready for an adventure-filled holiday.