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Cork Cycle Routes

Welcome to Cork Bike Hire’s Cork City rental hub, your gateway to exploring the scenic and historic treasures of Cork by bike. One of the most popular routes is the Cork Harbour Greenway, a picturesque trail that offers breathtaking views of the harbour and lush landscapes.

This family-friendly route follows the old railway line along The Marina to Passage West, providing a safe and enjoyable ride along well-maintained paths. For those seeking a unique adventure, you can take the ferry to Cobh, a charming island town steeped in maritime history. Cycling around Cobh offers stunning coastal vistas and a chance to explore its vibrant culture and historic sites. Do not forget to take a break at one of the many coffee and ice cream stops along the way!

If you are up for a more challenging ride, consider cycling on-road to the iconic Blarney Castle. This route takes you through the heart of Cork’s countryside, offering an invigorating mix of rolling hills and serene farmlands. Upon reaching Blarney Castle, you can explore its enchanting gardens and kiss the legendary Blarney Stone to gain the gift of eloquence.

Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or a casual rider, our diverse range of routes ensures a memorable experience tailored to your preferences. Book your bike today and embark on an unforgettable journey through Cork’s most captivating destinations.

Our Cork Routes

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Blackrock Breeze – The Marina Market - Blackrock Village and Return

  • route-list-icon1 Distance:

    6km

  • route-list-icon3 Level of Difficulty:

    Easy, on the flat

  • route-list-icon4 Suitable for:

    All

  • route-list-icon5 Track Level:

    Predominantly off road, 1km stretch to The Marina on a cycle lane.

  • route-list-icon6 Local Treasures:

    Marina Walk, rowers on the River Lee, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, the Atlantic Pond, native trees, shrubs and wildflower, large slides for the children, Sunday Market, bakeries, ice cream parlour and local pub.

Blackrock Breeze

Harbour & Castle – The Marina Market – Blackrock Castle & Observatory

  • route-list-icon1 Distance:

    16km

  • route-list-icon3 Level of Difficulty:

    Easy, on the flat, one small incline

  • route-list-icon4 Suitable for:

    All

  • route-list-icon5 Track Level:

    Predominantly off road, 1km stretch to The Marina on a cycle lane and 1km between Blackrock Castle & Blackrock village on road, however you can avoid this if you return via the Greenway.

  • route-list-icon6 Local Treasures:

    Marina Walk, rowers on the River Lee, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, the Atlantic Pond, native trees, shrubs and wildflower, large slides for the children, stone cut bridges, Sunday Market, bakeries, ice cream parlour and local pub.

Harbour & Castle

Greenway Pedal to Passage West – The Marina Market to Passage West

  • route-list-icon1 Distance:

    22km

  • route-list-icon3 Level of Difficulty:

    Easy, on the flat, two short inclines

  • route-list-icon4 Suitable for:

    All who are comfortable to cycle the distance.

  • route-list-icon5 Track Level:

    Predominantly off road, 1km stretch to The Marina on a cycle lane and 1km between Blackrock Castle & Blackrock village on road, however you can avoid this if you return via the Greenway.

  • route-list-icon6 Local Treasures:

    Marina Walk, rowers on the River Lee, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, the Atlantic Pond, native trees, shrubs and wildflower, large slides for the children, stone cut bridges.
    Passage West: Cú Coffee, Maritime Museum, playground.
    Blackrock: Sunday Market, bakeries, ice cream parlour and local pub.

Greenway Pedal to Passage West

Gab & Go! Blarney Castle Spin – The Marina Market to Blarney Castle Route

  • route-list-icon1 Distance:

    27.5km

  • route-list-icon2 Estimated Time:

    3 hours for full route 

  • route-list-icon3 Level of Difficulty:

    Challenging – hilly. Recommend electric bike or high level of fitness.

  • route-list-icon4 Suitable for:

    Those comfortable to cycle on road, in the city and to cycle the distance.

  • route-list-icon5 Track Level:

    On road.

  • route-list-icon6 Local Treasures:

    Blarney Castle; Blarney Wollen Mills.

Gab & Go! Blarney Castle Spin

Ferry Wheels to Cobh – The Marina Market to Passage West and onto Cobh Route

  • route-list-icon1 Distance:

    33km

  • route-list-icon3 Level of Difficulty:

    Moderate, on the flat, three short inclines

  • route-list-icon4 Suitable for:

    Those comfortable to cycle on road, and to cycle the distance.

  • route-list-icon5 Track Level:

    On and off road and a 5-minute ferry transfer (€3 return for cyclists)

  • route-list-icon6 Local Treasures:

    Marina Walk, rowers on the River Lee, Páirc Uí Chaoimh, the Atlantic Pond, native trees, shrubs and wildflower, stone cut bridges.
    Passage West: Cú Coffee and Maritime Museum.
    Cobh: The Titanic Experience, St. Coleman’s Cathedral, Victorian Promenade and bandstand, Cobh Heritage Centre, and a cruise liner if one is berthed on the day of your visit.
    Blackrock: Sunday Market, bakeries, ice cream parlour and local pub.

Ferry Wheels to Cobh