Die for a ride: 7 safe, underrated but beautiful cycling spots in Dublin


At a time when we can only travel within our county, we dream of those remote rural escapes.

Although this is not an option at the moment, it is possible to make this escape while staying in the capital.

While there are positives to Lockdown, it gave us the opportunity to rediscover our own beautiful county.

We used to bypass scenic spots and places with stories in the subconscious rush of our daily activities. And before the bank holiday weekend, here are some places to discover for cycling enthusiasts.

Clontarf – Howth Route

A rainbow over Clontarf last Sunday

The Clontarf cycle path in Howth opened in 2019. The sea views and fresh air would be reason enough to get on your bike, but add the variety of stopping points and the safe cycle path it has. really a lot to offer.

And here are a few places of interest along the trip: North Bull Wall and Island, Anne’s Park and The Peace Tree, Old Kilbarrack Cemetery and the 13th century Church of Mone, Lui na Greine, the first gas lighthouse. of Bailey, Howth village and Ireland’s oldest Jewish cemetery.

Phoenix park

Deer in Phoenix Park this week
Deer in Phoenix Park this week

The Pheno is spread over 1,700 acres and one of the largest city parks in Europe, it represents a cyclist’s dream with its largely flat terrain and stunning views.

You can even keep an eye out for Macaws an Uachtarain and you might be lucky enough to catch some of Phoenix Park’s other residents – some 450 deer.

Portobello to Liffey Side via Smithfield and Henrietta Street

If you enjoy biking around town, the hustle and bustle of this trail is perfect. And for anyone without a bike, you can take one of the Dublin bikes located in the city.

You can stop to pick up some of Dublin’s best street art and graffiti artwork for old Instagram – especially the comedic cross-cultural effigy of Cobblestone Bar.

Tolka Valley Greenway

Enjoy the day at the Glasnevin National Botanical Gardens

Arguably the most beautiful cycle route in North Dublin, just 10 km from the city center. It is the ideal place to surround yourself with greenery, trees and parks, without the noise of traffic.

This green oasis is truly educational and enjoyable, and here are some great stops along the way: the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin Cemetery, the Met Office, Integrated Built Wetland, Dunsink Observatory, and the Village of Ashtown.

Malahide to Howth Head via Portmarnock and Coast Road

Low Rock, Malahide

If there was ever a cycle path to showcase Dublin’s north coast, this gem would be your choice. First, you can start in the village of Malahide up the scenic Coast Road then Portmarnock.

You will feel the wind behind your back and the scent of the sea salt of Dublin Bay tickling your nostrils as you approach Sutton – the base of Howth Head.

Grand Canal to Bushy Park via the Dodder River

Grand Canal Dock in Dublin, pictured this week
Grand Canal Dock in Dublin, pictured this week

This route offers the perfect opportunity to take in all that the southern suburbs of Dublin has to offer. Set off from the exciting urban space of Grand Canal Dock towards Ballsbridge by bike along the River Dodder.

You may need to make a pit stop at the kiosk just off Orwell Road for a well-earned 99 before you complete your river run.

Liffey Green Lane

The War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge, with Phoenix Park in the distance

Short and sweet, a perfect place to take the kids as it is a quiet place and only over 2km long. The route even passes through the picturesque War Memorial Gardens.

You will forget that you are anywhere near the city as you are suddenly immersed between lush greenery and the River Liffey.

A great place for a leisurely pedal while watching the rowers on the Liffey. It is worth taking a moment to read the information board just inside the entrance to the gardens; because it contains interesting pieces on the Viking past and the Great War.

Some interesting sites include: Kilmainham Gaol, War Memorial Gardens, Boat Clubs and Chapelizod Village.

Greenway of the Royal Canal

The Royal Canal at Ashtown

The first phase of the Green Lane is a short section where the canal begins at the junction of North Wall Quay and Guild Street, all the way to Sherriff Street near the Luke Kelly statue.

From here you can enjoy the newly opened phase 2 section, safely away from traffic and on a dedicated cycle path you can enjoy this stretch through this historic part of Dublin in a leisurely way.

Some of the travel highlights include: Bindon Blood Stoney’s Diving Bell, Luke Kelly Statue, Croke Park, Gravediggers Pub, William Rowan Hamilton’s Quaternion Formula, and 12th Lock.

A group of anti-lockdown protesters clash with Gardai in Grafton Street, Dublin, during the Covid-19 level 5 lockdown.  Saturday February 27, 2021 in Dublin, Ireland.

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