7 Things to See When Biking in Ireland3 min read
One of the best – and healthiest – ways to explore Ireland’s historic attractions—both natural and manmade—is bicycling around to see it all. Whether you’re taking a day trip through Northern Ireland or traversing across multiple regions during a weeklong trip, you’ll find that Ireland accommodates the vast needs of cycling travelers. While we will caution that those unfamiliar with the area should read up on safety tips for bicycling (it’s surprisingly windy in Ireland!), the trip is well worth it.
And now for the fun stuff—the seven things you’ve gotta check out when biking in Ireland:
- Dun Ducathair: Located on a cliff that stretches out into the sea, Dun Ducathair (the Black Fort) is a limestone fort that surrounds the remains of a stone dwelling house, known as a Clochan. Although the age of the fort itself is unknown (it’s believed to date back to either the Iron Age or medieval times), this tucked away attraction is a favorite among tourists.
- Twelve Bens Mountain Range: Whether you choose to take a guided tour or bike your way through the mountains, the area offers stunning views of the Irish countryside.
- Aughnanure Castle: This 16th century castle is one of Ireland’s hidden gems. Located in the woods and surrounded by two branches of the Drimmeen River, the castle still carries a traditional charm, providing a good glimpse into the lives of those who lived there hundreds of years ago.
- Lough Leane: The Lough Leane is a gorgeous lake in Killarney County. Either cycle around the perimeter of the lake, have a picnic on the water, or take a boat trip so you can sit back and enjoy the scenery.
- Marble Arch Caves: These natural limestone caves in Northern Ireland, which were formed when three rivers drained off the slopes of a nearby mountain, is the longest known cave system in Northern Ireland. Take a tour through the vast caves and check out the underground rivers, waterfalls, and forests.
- Hillsborough Castle: One of the most beautiful and historic castles in Ireland, it’s currently the official residence of the Royal Family when they’re visiting Northern Ireland. Although the Castle still operates as a venue for royal and state events, the building is open to visitors who want to explore its ornate rooms and the surrounding beautiful gardens.
- St. Patrick’s Grave: Right outside of Down Cathedral, which was built upon the Benedictine Monastery, is the site of Saint Patrick’s remains—yes, the very St. Patrick who’s honored every March 17th (the day of his death) around the world. The Monastery is also an incredible sight to behold, with its elaborate stain glass windows.
Photo from Backroads.