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On your bike! 5 kid-friendly cycling routes to check out around Ireland this summer

Spend time in nature and get that heart rate up as a family.

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ALREADY STUCK FOR ideas of things to do this summer? Spend time in nature, see the beautiful sights of Ireland and get your heart pumping all at once by heading on a family-friendly cycle.

To help you on your way, we’ve rounded up five spots around the country that suit mini and experienced cyclists alike. Just don’t forget your helmet! 


Phoenix Park: The largest enclosed public park in any capital city in Europe, Phoenix Park is the ideal place to go for a family cycle in Dublin. There are 14km of designated cycle trails, and you can rent bikes if needed. 

Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8. Entry cost: free. Find out more information here.


Curraghchase Forest Park: As the name suggests, Glenisca Family Cycling Trail is designed specifically for families. There are two cycle trails (2.4km and 3.6km) throughout the beautiful woodland, plus six walking trails if tired legs don’t want to cycle any more. 

Address: Curraghchase Forest Park, Kilcornan, Co Limerick. Entry cost: €5 per car. Find out more information here.

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Lough Key Forest Park: With 8km of traffic-free trails, Lough Key Forest Park is perfectly suited for those who need to grow their confidence on a bike. For even younger members of the family, the trail is also suited to bikes with child seats and tag-a-longs.

Address: Lough Key Forest and Activity Park, Boyle, Co Roscommon. Entry cost: free. Find out more information here.


Waterford Greenway: A 46km trail along an old railway line, cyclists can choose to complete the full route of the Waterford Greenway, or make it shorter to suit their abilities. There’s the option to stop for lunch along the way, too, with various pop-up shops along the route during the summer months.

Starting point: Waterford city, Co Waterford (other access points here). Entry cost: free. Find out more information here.


Portumna Forest Park: Located beside the Galway/Tipperary border, Portumna Forest Park has a selection of cycle routes for all ages, with two mountain bike trails, a dedicated family route and a trail that connects the park to Portumna town.

Address: Portumna Forest Park, Portumna, Co Galway. Entry cost: free. Find out more information here. 

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