Cycling is an ideal way to experience the breathtaking scenery and tranquility of the West of Ireland.
Galway has a great network of rural roads, where traffic is likely to consist of sheep and tractors rather than SUVs or buses. Bicycle hire is widely available and inexpensive. Guided cycling tours are also available.
Specific marked cycling routes include The Humbert Route which starts at Kilcummin in North Mayo and follows the route taken in 1798 by the French forces of General Humbert. It leads all the way to the scene of his final defeat in Ballinamuck, Co. Longford.
The Green Heartlands Cycle Route is a cycling tour which takes you through 217km (135 miles) of the splendour of the South Roscommon countryside. Features include Lough Ree and the River Shannon. Further north the 'Great Western Greenway' has become a hugely popular route for cyclists to the West of Ireland. It is a 42km walking and cycling trail from Westport to Achill that mainly follows the line of a famous old railway which closed in 1937.