Cycling is an ideal pursuit for all age groups and is truly a life-long activity.
There are various possibilities for off-road cycling in the Republic of Ireland – Designated trails in Coillte forests Details of these locations and trails can be found on the Coillte recreational website www.coillteoutdoors.ie or on www.irishtrails.ie . These locations include trails which range from easy family cycle routes to purpose built mountain bike trails for experienced riders. These trails are usually graded as Family, Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Severe and Very Severe. The table below describes what these terms mean. The difficulty level of a trail is normally highlighted on promotional websites, trail information boards and other trail information sources.
Lough Derg Cycleway
Overview: This is a suggested circular route around Lough Derg, Ireland’s Pleasure Lake, so you can pick it up at any of the delightful towns or villages along the way or decide to concentrate on a section that is within easy reach of where you are staying.
It starts at the idyllic twin towns of Killaloe/Ballina on the southern tip of the lake and winds its way up the Clare shoreline through attractive villages such Tuamgraney, Scarriff, Mountshannon and Whitegate to reach Portumna in Co. Galway on the northern edge of the lake.
From there, it veers down south again to take in quaint Tipperary villages such as Terryglass, Puckane and Dromineer on the way to Nenagh, the largest town in the area. The last leg of the route returns via Portroe and Garrykennedy to the starting point of Killaloe/Ballina. The varied landscape and interesting sights that surround the picturesque and magnificent lake and its hinterland are spread over its three neighbouring counties.
What excitement and anticipation lies in store as you set out to discover the delights of this beautiful and unique area!
Tips: Approximate Distances:
Killaloe to Tuamgraney 17km;
Tuamgraney to Whitegate/Williamstown 14.5km;
Whitegate to Portumna 24km;
Portumna to Terryglass 11.5km;
Terryglass to Dromineer 24km;
Dromineer to Garrykennedy 15km;
Garrykennedy to Castlelough 9km;
Castlelough to Ballina 11km;
Total round trip: 129km
Note that the route utilises a mix of national, regional and local roads. The regional and national roads can be busy, particularly in the summer months. Cyclists are advises to exercise caution on these stretches.