There’s nothing like the fresh air of Ireland when you’re not in the city. Ballinastoe Woods for Mountain Bikes for one is a great place to go!
The smell of trees and grass can certainly be a revitalizing experience – combine it with sports and a beautiful view and you’ll get an event for every situation.
So I dropped in all by myself to Ballinastoe Woods for a fun cycling and to get as much exploration done as possible.

The best part about this, you don’t need to own a bike. There’s a wooden shed that rents out bikes for cyclists.
Prices are based on the amount of time you want the bikes for, Ideally half a day works and is €30.

There’s clear instructions on the website on how to get there on the website, but we’ll copy them for you here:

By Public Transport

  • If you don’t have a car the best way to get to us is via the Glendalough Bus, your stop is “Ballinastoe Cross Roads”.
  • Depart: Dublin (Dawson Street) 11.30, arrive at Ballinastoe 12:30
  • Return: Ballinastoe 16.50, arrive at Dublin 18.00
  • Cost: €14 return (pay the bus driver)

I found this to be a sufficient amount of time to use the bike for a few hours and still have some time to sit for food in the nearby golf club restaurant where the bus picks you up on the way back.

By Car

  • If you have a car, take Exit 8 Kilmacanouge off the N11, heading for Roundwood. After approx 7km you will see a sign for the Sally Gap and brown signs, simply follow those signs.

This is a fine place to cycle, it fits both family, friends or couples whether you´re a beginner or a professional it deserves a visit.


Some of your pictures on instagram: sure did a great job promoting the location – FYI, you can also rent bikes in Ticknock.

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