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The coastal highways and winding boreens of Cork provide an exhilarating landscape to explore on a bike. There are hundreds of cycle routes to discover. Traverse the urban expanse of Cork’s city centre, or turn your gaze further afield towards Fitzgerald Park or the Wild Atlantic Way. Here’s our list of the best cycling routes in and around Cork.
The leafy suburb of Bishopstown provides a gentle escape from the city centre. A 20-minute cycle past the spiralling Gothic Cathedral of Saint Fin Barre and the historic university, follow Model Farm Road until you reach Bishopstown. The green Curraheen Public Walk begins here. A waterside nature trail featuring a scattering of ruins, a trickling river and abundant wildlife. You’ll be able to cycle some of the paths, but it’s really for amblers, so be ready to dismount.
A dose of urban seaside life, the waterside suburb of Mahon Point features a huge shopping mall and a sprinkling of decent restaurants and fish and chip shops. A pleasant cycle from the city centre, head out west on the River Lee, stopping by the Blackrock Castle Observatory, a restored 18th-century castle with crenellated rooftops. Follow the Mahon Peninsula Public Walk, which runs through overgrown ruins, to reach the calm shores of Lough Mahon, a beautiful expanse of water. The cycle to Mahon takes around 20 minutes.
Take in coastal Cork with this flat-land route beginning at Albert Quay. Head past the Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium towards Rochestown Road where cyclists are allowed to share the footpath. Follow the off-road paths along the water, admiring the views of the harbour, and cycle onwards to the town of Passage West. Beeline for the ferry port and jump onboard to Carrigaloe. From here, continue the journey towards Cobh, a handsome town which was the Titanic’s last port of call in 1912.