Cycling holidays in Ireland are a wonderful way to explore this beautiful country. You’ll cover more distance in a shorter period than walking, and you’ll engage more with your surroundings than you would from behind the wheel of a car. Using peddle-power to explore the Shannon Erne Waterway will immerse you in the serene surroundings and being such a quiet mode of transport, you can really appreciate the bucolic tranquillity.
If you like the sound of that, here’s all you need to know about self-guided Irish cycling holidays along the Shannon-Erne Waterway.
Cycling in Ireland - On-road
Cycling in Ireland is very popular but there are some things you can do to make it more enjoyable and improve your safety and that of your biking buddies.
Grab a copy of the Rules of the Road and familiarise yourself with the dos and don’ts. We might have different ways of doing things compared to your country.
Make yourself as visible as possible. Ensure your bike has front and back lights and that you wear bright colours, a high-vis vest and luminous belts and bag covers. Always wear a helmet.
Cycling in Ireland - Off-road
Guided Bike Tours in Ireland
Self-guided Cycling Holidays in Ireland
Self-guided Bike Tours in Ireland can be done alone or with a group. There is no formal tour leader. Self-guided cycling tours are very popular because of the flexibility and independence they afford.
If you want to discover the Shannon-Erne Waterway by bike, here are some terrific trails to check out.
On-road cycling routes along the Shannon-Erne Waterway
Pilgrim's Road to Clonmacnoise - Start from Clonmacnoise - 25 km - Moderate
The Kingfisher Trail - Start from Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim village, Drumshanbo or Enniskillen - 238.5km - Easy
Lough Derg Cycle Way - Start from Terryglass or Garrykennedy - 129.1km - Moderate
Nenagh Cycle Way Start from Terryglass or Garrykennedy - 67.4km - Moderate
Off-road cycling trails along the Shannon-Erne Waterway
Portumna Forest Park - Start from Portumna - 10.5km - Moderate
Lough Key Cycling Trail - Start from Lough Key - 8km - Easy
Acres Lake Boardwalk Trail - Start from Drumshanbo - 6.5km - Easy
Ballinamore Loop - Start from Ballinamore - 4.5km - Easy
Ballyduff to Aghoo Bridge - Start from Ballinamore - 8km - Easy
Killykeen Forest Park and the Cavan Lakes - Belturbet - 3km - Easy
Self-Guided Bike Rental Providers
Carrickcraft – we can provide bike hire along with your boat hire.
Lakeland Bikes – Bike Hire – Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh.
Corralea Activity Centre – Electric Bike Hire and Guided Tours, Belcoo, Co Fermanagh.
On Yer Bike Tours – Bike Hire and Guided Tours – Belturbet, Co Cavan.
Moran’s Bike Shop – Bike Hire – Drumshanbo, Co Leitrim.
Electric Bike Trails – Bike Hire – Leitrim Village & Lough Key Forest Park, Co Roscommon.
Lough Ree Boat and Bike Hire – Bike and Boat Hire – Lecarrow, Co Roscommon.
Buckley Cycles – Bike Hire (Summer season only) – Athlone, Co Westmeath.
Dick’s Bike Hire – Bike Hire – Portumna, Co Galway.
Irish Cycling Maps
You can search for on-road cycling routes using websites such as Route You and Bike Map. Just be aware that these are user-submitted routes, so make sure to do additional research to ensure the routes are suited to your abilities.
Combine Cycling and Cruising
Combining a self-guided Irish cycling holiday with a River Shannon cruise is a relaxing and enjoyable way to explore the Shannon-Erne corridor. It also means you don’t have to cycle the whole time. You can be as relaxingly-active as you like. Here at Carrickcraft, we can provide bike hire along with boat hire. Bikes cost €50 per week or €30 for short break rental. They can be tied or locked on either the front or the back of the cruiser.