Whether you’re a keen cyclist or just an amateur enthusiast, getting on your bike is the perfect way to stay active this summer. If you’re looking for an action-packed holiday with the kids or just fancy exploring some new cycle routes, we’ve got just the thing.
In today’s guest post, the adventure holiday experts from Wilderness Ireland are bringing us their inside knowledge on Ireland, as well as some of the must-see spots to visit with your little ones this summer.
Weird and wonderful wildlife
If you’re heading to Ireland this summer, it’s worth planning part of your itinerary in advance - as there’s so much you’ll want to pack into your visit! From easy rambling routes to more daring cycle paths, Ireland will make you and your family feel right at home in the great outdoors. Whether you’ve brought your own set of wheels or need to hire some bikes, the region is fully equipped to help you make the most of your Irish adventure.
If your kids are animal lovers, you won’t have to venture too far to get up close and personal with the region’s wildlife. Head along any country road and you’re as likely to come across a flock of sheep as you are other cyclists - and you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for the majestic birds swooping overhead. From elegant swallows and cuckoos to striking kingfishers and ravens, your kids won’t want to miss out on a chance to see the vibrant array of birds flying around Ireland.
Sights, sounds and snacks
Thanks to its impressive cycling network, you and your young ones can enjoy exploring Ireland on two wheels. While there are plenty of challenging uphill paths like the classic Cork to Kerry route, if you’re looking to take it down a gear, enjoy picturesque coastal views as you cycle from Pearse’s Cottage to Clifden. Stop off for a visit to the idyllic fishing village of Roundstone, where the whole family can enjoy the taste of locally sourced produce - a well earned reward after a day’s cycling!
If you want to leave behind the hustle and bustle of Ireland’s busier towns and villages, the Great Western Greenway comes highly recommended. Thanks to the lack of traffic, this is the ideal route for exploring with children - and if you want to take a break from cycling, there are a number of walking routes, all offering spectacular views of Ireland.
As night falls, treat your children to a taste of authentic Irish music in one of the nearby bars - where the locals won’t need much persuading to put on a performance. After a long day spent exploring, choose from the region’s impressive accommodation options - including farmhouses, hotels or campsites - and get some much needed rest before another action-packed day.
Whether you’re heading to Ireland, taking a trip overseas or staying in the capital this summer, make sure you and your young ones know the traffic rules for that area - keeping you all safe, both on and off-road.