Cycling

cycling in Bantry and the wider West Cork region

Getting into the saddle and exploring Bantry by bike is a fantastic way to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us here in West Cork.  There’s nothing like taking to the road and stopping wherever you fancy to appreciate this stunning landscape and the colourful locals you meet along the way. Our cycling trails overlap with some of our walking or scenic drive routes but they are also suitable for discovering by bike.  Connect a few routes together for cycling trips that take a day or more to complete and make the most of your time here.

The Sheep’s Head Way

The Sheep’s Head Way is a stunning walking, hiking or scenic driving route on the Sheep’s Head Penninsula.

Offering breathtaking scenery out over Bantry Bay, it also features the remains of an old copper mine, a blow hole, stone circles, standing stones, high cliffs, a Napoleonic signal tower, old churches and The Sheep’s Head lighthouse.

The Beara Way

The Beara Way Cycling Route enables cyclists to travel the quiet country roads around the Peninsula. The route starts in Glengarriff and links Adrigole, Castletownbere, Allihies, Eyeries, and back to Glengarriff. The Route is challenging but the scenery is spectacular.

The Beara Way Cycling Route is a National Cycling Route and for most parts is on country roads. The route travels along the entire Beara Peninsula passing through all the towns and villages along the way. The entire route is 138 kms. There is no start or finish so you can join the route in any town and village on the peninsula. The route is sign-posted with a logo and a bicycle symbol.

Bike Hire in Bantry

If you need to hire a bike in Bantry or more information on cycling routes, O’Donovan’s Cycles in Bantry have everything you need. 

Located just off Market Street within walking distance of the town, O’Donavan’s Cycles can also organise guided cycling trips, offer repairs and parts for your bike maintenance.

The Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle

The Wild Atlantic Mizen Cycle is a annual charity cycle event in Bantry which raises funds for local charities.  It is organised by the West Cork Emergency Services & Friends, primarily made up of members of An Garda Síochána, Cork County Fire Service, HSE Ambulance Service, West Cork Civil Defence, The Red Cross and The Irish Coastguard.

Plenty of Things to Do in Bantry

Indoor Activities

Choose from leisure centres, escape rooms, shopping and more – plenty of indoor fun in Bantry.

Outdoor Activities

Whether you enjoy a boat tour, sailing, rowing, kayaking or pony trekking, there’s plenty of fun to be had outdoors in Bantry.

Festivals & Events

A fantastic calendar throughout the year of festivals and events for everyone to enjoy.