Top three reasons to cycle the Guinness Way near Dublin
Tread the path of the legendary Arthur Guinness for a day
Historic cycle paths take you on a tour back to the 18th century
Irish countryside easily accessible from the busy Dublin
If you’re thirsty for adventure, following the footsteps of the famous Irish brewer Arthur Guinness might just be what you need. This is a deep dive into the rich history, heritage, and folklore of Ireland’s East camouflaged as a cycling day tour. Country roads from the 18th century will take you on a journey along the Grand Canal and the Guinness Way—and transport you back to the past. With scenic views of the rural Irish landscapes, historic towns thriving on the banks of numerous rivers, Palladian mansion, and an exhibition on the old chap Arthur himself, you’ll feel like a local in no time. After a day out on a bike, recover in the nearest pub with a pint of “the black stuff”.
March through October
Dublin, Ireland, is 30 minutes away
Intermediate to advanced
Choose how you spend your day
Half-Day Cycling Tour Along the Guinness Way
Take a break from the city and head to Dublin’s outskirts for a half-day cycling tour. You’ll cycle along serene roads, lush trails, and tow paths of the Grand Canal and the Guinness Way. Your guide put together a fantastic mix of the Irish countryside, historic stops along the way, and storytelling of the area’s folklore and myths. We don’t want you to leave the tour hungry, so to top it all off, you’ll stop off for a snack at a 19th-century period house!
Cycle Along the Guinness Way for a Full Day
A full-day tour of the Guinness Way is bound to make you feel like you’ve been transported back to the past. Cycle through historic villages, churches, tow paths, and a fabulous 18th-century mansion, all the while pricking up your ears for some trivia on local culture. Your guide’s knowledge of the area’s history is unparalleled, so you’re leaving the Irish countryside with a lot more than just wobbly legs! Recharge your batteries mid-cycle with delicious lunch at the 19-century period house Cliff at Lyons.
Meet your guide
My Bike or Hike
My husband and I truly enjoyed individual bike tour with Ben of My Bike or Hike and hope to be back for more soon :). Ben took good care of everything from planning and tailoring tour to our interests and fitness levels to arranging access to local exhibitions, provision and collections bikes on the day and of cause live commentary! All the details were carefully planned and agreed in advance and notes of special interests were taken into consideration. On the day Ben (literally) went extra mile taking pictures and videos of us as we cycled and created precious mementos of our journey! We can’t thank Ben enough for fantastic day out! Great option for a present to celebrate special occasion! (our wedding anniversary will be now well remembered 🙂 All in support of love for local knowledge and heritage, being active and supporting good causes!
Ben provided a lovely experience with great storytelling and beautiful sites. He was very considerate and answered any questions I had. Highly recommend this for a nice break from the city!
Hands down best local guide in Dublin. Ben has been nothing but great. True storyteller, great heart – he has made the whole experience even better than expected. Able to cherry-pick small details here and there, Ben makes you embark on a journey where nature meets history.
Things to know
What you get on this adventure:
- An experienced cycling guide with extensive local knowledge of the area
- Visit to the Malt to Vault Exhibit (subject to opening times)
- Visit to Castletown House during the full-day option (subject to opening times)
What’s not included:
- Bikes and safety equipment (can be rented for an added fee)
- Food and snacks
- Guide gratuities — optional
What are the bikes like?
The bikes are top-quality, well-maintained city bikes that are easy to ride. Your guide has a partnership agreement with The Bike Stop on Capel St, near the Dublin city centre. Bikes and safety equipment (safety helmet, high visibility vest and basic mechanical repair equipment) are provided and included in the booking fee.
You are welcome to bring you own bike for a reduced fee. In such cases, you are responsible for the good working order of their bike.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Comfortable riding or athletic clothing, preferably moisture wicking or synthetic material
- Sneakers or sport shoes
- Breathable outside layer or jacket
- Plenty of water, water bottle or hydration bladder
- Daypack with snacks
- Biking gloves are optional but recommended
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, etc.)
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.
How fit do I need to be?
If you’re taking the half-day cycling tour along the Guinness Way, you need to have a good level of fitness and be able to hike and cycle at a moderate pace for up to 4 hours with regular rest stops. If you’re going on a full-day tour of the Guinness Way, you need to have a strong level of fitness and be able to hike and cycle at a moderate pace for up to 8 hours. Keep in mind, opting for the full day option means more biking, which can be strenuous even if you’re going at a moderate pace.
What about safety on busy streets?
Clients’ safety will always take priority. As the tours generally cover a certain amount of urban areas, they are not hazard free. Still, all routes are carefully designed to minimise if not eliminate hazards. The guide holds a ride leader certificate issued by Cycling Ireland, for additional safety and assurance of the participants.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and prices:
- The maximum number of participants for this private cycling tour is 8 with one guide.
- It takes a minimum of 2 people for this tour to operate.
- The cost per person decreases as the group grows, so it’s the perfect opportunity to hike with friends and family!
Cycling the Guinness Way near Dublin can be arranged for bigger groups. Contact us prior to booking.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors older than 16 can join the tour, but must be in the presence of a parent or a legal guardian.
If your group has riders under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
Your tour starts in Naas. To get there, most people fly into Dublin Airport, 30 minutes away from Naas. From there, you can rent a car, take a taxi or a shuttle.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide shop or a predetermined location.
Covid measures in Ireland
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Ireland please refer to Ireland’s information on travel during COVID-19.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!