Pedalling hard, I ride…through the town and the countryside
Tis’ the season to be biking!
If there’s one thing this past year of lockdowns has taught us (or at least reminded us) is how great it is to be outside in the fresh air. Whether that’s enjoying a relaxing coffee at our waterfall, savouring a cocktail from Cask in our courtyard, or exploring one of the city’s many wonderful walks- there is no doubt that Cork City has you well-covered for all of your outdoor adventure needs. Allow us to introduce you to one of our newfound lockdown hobbies- cycling! Don’t worry, we are very much beginners in this field so we’ll go easy on you with some suggestions of our favourite bike routes around the city.
Fitzgerald’s Park and the banks of the Lee
Is there anything that screams summer louder than a bike ride to the park followed by a delicious picnic? Less than 3kms from our boutique city-centre hotel, this route is perfect for families and beginner cyclists with flat terrain all the way including numerous benches and coffee shops along the North Mall. Watch out for the resident otter! Did we mention, Fitzgerald’s Park is also home to Cork City’s History Museum? Exercise, history, food, and nature all in one day!
Located just beyond Fitzgerald’s Park, continue your journey further along the river banks into the Lee Fields. As the name suggests, this riverside walk and cycle path encompass a vast array of green space to while away an afternoon. From here, why not explore the ridiculously pretty campus at University College Cork? You may be fooled into thinking you entered the set of a Harry Potter movie.
Ballincollig Regional Park
For those that fancy going that little bit further, why not cycle the 10km out to one of Cork’s major suburban towns, Ballincollig and explore the Regional Park. Comprising of several playing pitches, a skate park, numerous picnic areas, and woodland trails, this is the perfect place to unwind after your cycle. Don’t forget to check out the ruins of the old Gunpowder mills where gunpowder was manufactured from the 18th century.
Blackrock Castle and Marina
Just 2kms from our city-centre hotel, it’s hard to find a more popular cycling route than the newly pedestrianised walking/cycling track to Blackrock Castle. Choose from cycling the old railway line itself or enjoy the refreshing breeze from the water on the marina. Blackrock Village has a weekly market every Sunday. Alternatively, the Marina Market is open daily (make sure you check out the Cereal Café) for all your refuelling needs.
For more experienced/energised cyclists, we challenge you to the 24.2km cycle to Crosshaven. Follow the signs along the Blackrock Greenway to the charming coastal village of Passage West. Stop for a spot of horse-riding at Hop Island before hitting the final leg of your journey from Carrigaline to Crosshaven. A visit to “Chish n Fips” is a must once you reach your destination. You’ve earned it!
So there you have it… five wonderful trails to explore on your next visit to Cork. Don’t worry; we have bike storage at Hotel Isaacs as well as high vis jackets and helmets. Don’t have a bike? Check out the city’s Coca-Cola bikes scattered around the city. It’s super easy to sign up and our friendly reception team can offer you some tips and tricks too. What are you waiting for?