Our #TravelTuesday Tip: There are many businesses offering bike rentals with plenty of options for everyone, like e-bikes, bike seats, bike trailers etc. Make sure to check offerings of local businesses for each greenway.
If you are planning to stop for the night along any of the greenways, make sure to stay at one of Irelandhotels.com participating hotels or guesthouses and redeem your ‘Go Anywhere Gift Card’ for an unforgettable experience.
The Royal Canal Greenway
The Royal Canal Greenway, the largest greenway in Ireland, takes walkers and cyclists from Maynooth, Co Kildare to Cloondara, Co Longford. It has 130kms of level towpaths along Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and Ireland’s Ancient East, and it opened in March 2021.
It follows the 225-year-old canal past arched bridges, 33 locks, harbours and heritage buildings dotted through farmland and waterside towns like Mullingar and Enfield along the way.
Where to stay?
Mullingar Park Hotel: Situated on the outskirts of Mullingar town in County Westmeath, this 4-star hotel offers a 20-metre pool, separate children's pool, sauna, steam room and fully equipped gymnasium to relax after a cycling day. A perfect ending to a perfect day!
Longford Arms Hotel: This 3-star hotel has an excellent restaurant and award-winning coffee shop where you can be assured of fine food and snacks. And you are sure to be hungry and ready to refuel after your active day exploring The Royal Canal Greenway!!
This spectacular 46-kms long off-road walking and cycling trail runs along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan in Ireland’s Ancient East. Along this route, situated in Ireland’s Ancient East, you can explore the site of a 9th century Viking settlement, the world renowned ornamental gardens at Mount Congreve, Waterford & Suir Valley narrow gauge heritage railway, former woollen mills and railway stations as well as beautiful landscapes along the River Suir, Comeragh Mountains, The Copper Coast and Dungarvan Bay. Sounds like a great adventure, right?
Where to stay?
Fitzwilton Hotel: This 4* boutique hotels sits in the heart of Waterford City. Chez K's Bistro, its multi award-winning restaurant, offers a varied menu of European style food prepared with local Irish produce. Refuel in style.
The Park Hotel: Overlooking the Colligan River, The Park Hotel is situated in the harbour town of Dungarvan, one of the end/starting points of the Waterford greenway, with an incredible leisure centre including a 20m swimming pool, sauna and a steam room. Recharge your batteries before your next adventure.
Did you know that the Limerick Greenway is also called the Great Southern Trail? It is suitable for walking and cycling off-road with an approximately 40km route along West Limerick and North Kerry.
The route offers beautiful stone bridges and spectacular views of the surrounding farmland.
Where to stay?
Fitzgeralds Woodlands House Hotel: Located just outside the beautiful village of Adare, this 4-star facility includes the Health & Leisure Club with 20 m pool, kids pool, health suite, gym and fitness classes, Woody's Kids Club and a Fairy Trail. Everything you need to relax after a day full of outdoor exploring.
Longcourt House Hotel: A stunning 4-star Hotel located in Newcastle West, County Limerick. Their Table 21 restaurant offers split-level dining, skylights, and an outdoor veranda to enjoy multiple sumptuous dining options. Finish off the day with a delicious meal outdoors.
Get your bikes and gear ready to cycle Ireland’s green ways with the ‘Go Anywhere Gift Card’.
Greenways are a great outdoors activity for the whole family, a group of friends or for solo travellers. Everyone is sure to enjoy it! So get active and explore Ireland’s Ancient East and Hidden Heartlands beautiful countryside.
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