With routes spanning the province, here is everything you need to explore the highways and byways of Munster – on two wheels.
This popular guide has now been updated to include the Waterford Greenway, which officially opened in spring 2017. The route, set against the glorious backdrop of the Comeragh Mountains, runs for 46km along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan, crossing three stunning viaducts and taking in charming villages along the way. Graded cycles along the greenway are outlined, from shorter jaunts to suit families, through challenges for intermediate cyclists, up to a 92km loop of the whole route for the experienced.
Each of the routes in the guide is graded by difficulty, from the gentlest, shortest circuits in Cork, through Tipperary, Limerick and Clare, to the thigh-burning Ring of Kerry, and Waterford’s Copper Coast and Grand Vee. Each cycle is prefaced with summary information and illustrated with photos, a custom-drawn map and a gradient graph. You will also learn about the historical sites and natural landmarks you’ll see along the way, as well as getting tips on where to stop for a coffee.
Cycle stunning coastal roads on the Wild Atlantic Way. Challenge yourself on mountain passes. Pedal through tranquil woods and lakesides, charming towns and villages. Discover routes to suit all abilities and many hidden gems.
Dan MacCarthy, from Skibbereen, County Cork, is a journalist with the Irish Examiner. He has had a longstanding interest in the outdoors, which stretches from a childhood spent sailing at Sherkin Island to trekking in Iceland. In between, he travelled extensively and lived in Madrid, London and The Hague.