Cycling and Bike Hire in Doolin
Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the Burren. Take a guided tour or hire a bike and have it delivered to your door right here at Doolin Hostel! With Doolin Hostel located on the Doolin Cycle Hub with maps and signage to direct while you explore the Burren and cycle up to the Cliffs of Moher, scroll to the bottom of the page to get routes.
Bike Hire & Guided Cycle Tours
Doolin Rent A Bike
Located next door, Doolin Rent a Bike has special rates for our guests with a variety of bikes to choose from. Just mention that you are staying with us.
+353 861091850 ~ +353 87 6569837 ~ www.doolinrentabike.ie
E-Whizz Electric Bikes
Hire an amazing Kalkhoff electric bike and spend your day enjoying the scenery while the bike helps you up the hills. A typical guided tour will include some of the most beautiful spots in Ireland (and some of its best-kept secrets). Groups are kept small – maximum of 8 people, to ensure you get the most out of the experience. For bike hire, E-Whizz will deliver to Doolin Hostel. Discounts available for multiple days and more than 2 bikes.
Open May to October, 9am to 6pm
Early Morning Cycling Tour with Cathleen Connole of Burren Fine Wine and Foods
An early morning guided cycling tour through the heart of the Burren followed by a delicious mouth-watering breakfast at Burren Fine Wine & Food. This experience was acknowledged as one of National Geographic’s Top 10 Activities along the Wild Atlantic Way in 2014. Included on Failte Ireland’s original 50 Secrets of the Wild Atlantic Way and also featured on RTE’s Eco Eye programme. Bicycle hire is also available with delivery to Doolin Hostel, contact +353 86 3412 875
Cycle Trails & Maps
Doolin Cycle Hub
Loop 1: Distance: 18 km, Time: 1.5 – 2 hours, Route: From Doolin South towards the Cliffs of Moher
A short trip following the coast road to the Cliffs of Moher and back via Knocknalarabana; the hill overlooking Doolin. Cyclists will pass the round tower of Doonagore Castle but prepare for a severe climb.
Loop 2: Distance: 26/39 km, Time: 3 – 4 hours, Route: Visit the south-west corner of North Clare taking in some amazing coastal views
Amazing coastal views. Stop off at the famous St. Bridget’s Well situated approximately 300-400 metres south of the Cliffs of Moher, or enjoy a walk or swim at Lahinch beach. This route can be shortened just before O’Brien’s Bridge which lies just north of Lahinch.
Loop 3: Distance: 43 km, Time: 4 – 4.5 hours, Route: Goes inland towards Kilfenora and the Burren region
Peaceful, scenic routes towards Kilfenora. Visit the famous Poulnabrone Dolmen in the heart of the Burren, which was constructed around 3500BC and is one of Ireland’s most distinctive landmarks.
Loop 4: Distance: 21/47 km, Time: 4.5 – 5 hours, Route: Goes north along the coast road with spectacular views of the Aran Islands
Coast road, spectacular views of the Aran Islands. There are challenging climbs over Slieve Elva, or you could head inland to Lisdoonvarna at Kilmoon Bridge before the mountains.
The Burren Cycleway
Trailheads: The Burren Cycleway starts at Lahinch and ends in Lisdoonvarna.
Services: Lisdoonvarna, Lahinch, Ballyvaughan and Doolin
Time: Approximately 1.5 days
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Traffic: Generally light but can get busy during peak holiday season.
Terrain: Hilly, low gears recommended. Breathtaking scenery with a mix of coastal and inland routes.
To Suit: Suitable for people of medium levels of fitness.
Minimum Gear: Helmet, bike, mobile phone, fluid, snacks, waterproofs and a rucksack.
The Dolmen Cycleway
Trailheads: Starts and ends in Lisdoonvarna
Services: Lisdoonvarna, Kilfenora, Ballyvaughan
Time: Approximately 1 day
Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
Terrain: Hilly, low gears recommended. Experience the Burren countryside at its best
Traffic: Generally light except during mid tourist season
To Suit: Suitable for people with medium levels of fitness
Minimum Gear: Helmet, bike, mobile phone, fluid, snacks, waterproofs and rucksack