Getting here by Bicycle
The routes along the Cliffs of Moher and Co. Clare Coastline have made it into the top 10 greatest Cycling Routes in the World . Many cyclists are enjoying stopping at the Cliffs which are a Signature Discovery Point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Thousands of cyclists climb the hills that lead Cliffs of Moher enjoying the costal views along the way. Cyclists look forward to taking a break at the Cliffs of Moher and enjoy the beautiful vistas there. It is no wonder that the Cliffs were part of the reason that Co. Clare was selected among Lonely Planet’s 10 ten places in the world to cycle. Cyclists are encouraged to visit the Cliffs as it is a form of sustainable transport and helps to reduce CO2 emissions in this unique location. Did you know that every kilometre we drive in a car produces enough CO2 to fill 13 balloons? Even a leisurely cycle burns up to 500 calories in an hour. Every year the Cliffs of Moher participates in Irish National Bike Week to raise awareness of the environmental and health benefits of cycling.
This is an extract from Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010:
‘Beginning in fertile lowlands flanking the Shannon estuary, this route rolls past golden-sand beaches to the dramatic Cliffs of Moher facing the Atlantic. Next come the music hotbed towns of Milltown Malbay and Doolin, where you enter a pub only if you’re in for the long haul – leaving before the last song is sung seems a monstrous breach of etiquette. From here progress to the relentlessly grey, yet captivating, limestone expanse of the Burren, reminiscent of a lunar landscape. Then take a sojourn into Yeats’ country before sauntering back in a loop through County Clare’s gentle patchwork countryside.’
To view the other 9 follow the link www.theage.com.au/travel/worlds-top-10-greatest-cycling-routes-20091110-i74n.html
The Cliffs of Moher is the highest point along the Co. Clare coastline with a recognized category 2 climb from Lahinch. Many cyclists make their well earned coffee or food stop at the Visitor Centre. Admission can be paid at reception in the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre and there is a bike park with a local area map close to the centre. Luggage storage is available free of charge in the Shannon Heritage gift shop on the ground floor of the Visitor Centre.
There are additional signposted routes that both cyclists may use while getting to the Cliffs of Moher which avoid the main roads. North Clare has an abundance of looped cycle routes, which can be downloaded and viewed on http://www.shannonregiontrails.ie/FindaTrail/Cycling/
Touring bikes can be hired locally in Lahinch and Doolin while e-bikes can be hired in Kilfenora. Cycling enthusiasts can participate in sportive events like the Tour de Burren and the Stephen Roche Atlantic Challenge during the year that include the Cliffs of Moher, for more details visit www.clare.ie
For directions see the Getting Here main page.