Leisurely lakeshore leisure trips from village to village, commutes from your boat to the nearest shop or restaurant, mountainbiking on forest tracks or long distance cycling routes; these all form part of the waterside biking experience.
Explore the outdoors and cycle along the beautiful waterways. Whether as a group, or solo. There's so many options for people of all ages and stages.
Cyclists using the Canal towpaths should be aware that during the winter period maintenance Nov-March works on the canals may require require the closure of the towpath for short distances. Marine Notices are the quickest way to find out about planned or current closures which may affect your journey.
Waterways Ireland has supported the development of multi-purpose greenways on Canal towpaths on the Grand Canal and the Royal Canal to broaden the type of use and the suitability of the surface for a wide range of use.
Royal Canal Greenway
The enchanting Royal Canal Greenway is 130km of level towpath, ideal for cyclists of all ages and stages. Starting in Maynooth, it follows the 200 year old canal through friendly Enfield and Mullingar to Cloondara in Longford, with cafés, picnic spots and attractions along the way. Cycle between any of the main towns and return by train to where you started.
For more information about the Royal Canal Greenway, visit here.
Grand Canal Greenway
Works are ongoing to develop sections of the Grand Canal Towpath to Greenway standard.
For a summary of the works to be undertaken by the Local Authorities and current development updates on the grand canal towpath, visit here.
With Blueway trails beginning in Mullingar, Lough Derg, the Shannon and the Shannon Erne, there's cycling routes suitable for everyone!
There's various cycling routes varying in distance and difficulty, from weekend trips to shorter alternatives, suitable for evening spins.
For more information about Blueways Ireland, visit.
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