This week, triathlete Jimmy Brown takes us to the Emerald Isle to visit some stunning Irish countryside. 

Rolling through quiet lanes and bike paths, these rides are perfect for those looking to plan a cycling holiday to Ireland.  

With a few of these rides sitting in long distance category, this a great set highlighting some of the amazing riding that’s on offer in the South of Ireland.

Waterford Greenway

The Waterford Greenway is a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line.

Venturing from the quays of Waterford, a city founded by the vikings in the 9th century in the South East of Ireland and where they make the world famous Waterford Crystal Glass.

The ride takes you all the way through an area rich in Irish heritage to the historic port of Dungarvan, a vibrant seaside market town with a pretty quay-side setting.

Great Irish Escape

On bright clear Irish day, we start the ride at the Waterford Institute of Technology Arena (WIT).

The ride then moves onto the Waterford bypass road heading west towards the Carrick Road Roundabout. From here we head towards Portlaw, going south passing St. Patrick’s Church on the right to the N25 and head east back to WIT Arena.

This is a long ride at 90kms/55miles, so be sure to set aside a few hours to have a decent craic.

Humpty Dumpty Dunmore Hills

This route is a very hilly loop with lots of country lanes and back roads to the local fishing village of Dunmore East.

Explore the harbour before climbing for home, back to the start of the ride at Waterford.

With a distance of 61km/37miles this is a great ride for those of you you love a longer stint on the indoor trainer.

More rides from Jimmy Brown

Outer Ring Road Loop

Built in 2005 in Waterford Ireland, this road connects the Williamstown road to the main Waterford-Cork road (N25) at Butlerstown. It has 8 roundabouts, and gives access to all the local estates around the town. This road is popular among local cyclists wanting to get in a quick cycle. It’s ideal for a TT. More info

Flying Airport Loop

This is a popular route with all cyclists from the area. There’s not too much distance or climbing but enough to test you. Cyclists use it as a TT to see where they’re at. I really like this route! More info

Flying Airport Loop Reverse

This is the reverse of the Flying Airport Loop route, so you will ride anticlockwise around the airport.This is a popular route with all cyclists from the area. There’s not too much distance or climbing but enough to test you. Cyclists use it as a TT to see where they’re at. I really like this route! More info

Homeward Bound

We start on R680, head west, then we go left onto R682, go South. Next you take the 3rd exit on Moonvoy Roundabout south on the R675 Tramore Ring road towards Newtown Cove. We then head north along the coastline to the local beach Tramore. Next we head north onto R675 and back on main Tramore road to finish. More info

About this week’s contributor

A keen triathlete, Jimmy Brown brings us a fun set of rides from his home county, Waterford in Ireland. 

Jimmy Brown came cycling via triathlon, with a strong background in swimming with his local club, Waterford Crystal.