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3 Great Cycle Routes Around the Dublin Mountains

Whether you are a beginner cyclist or a seasoned pro on two wheels, the Dublin Mountains can cater to everyone looking to explore by bike while earning their stripes on hilly inclines. We’ve chosen three routes close to Timbertrove Café that will lead you on your bicycle mountain adventure and finish up here for a warm lunch, sweet treat and hot drink – not forgetting we also provide safe bike parking, pumps, tools and tubes to repair punctures just in case. If you know of any more great bike routes nearby then let us know on Instagram - @TimbertroveCafe.

  1. Sally Gap

A pedal around Sally Gap is great for testing your endurance on the bike – 42km of valleys and high passes means lots of variety for cyclists – as well as offering stunning views once there. From Timbertrove Café, turn left and continue until at the viewpoint. Take the right turn here and continue straight – the route packs plenty of climbs but the scenery is worth it. We recommend stopping to pick up our raw energy caramel square if you are trying this route – it is filled to the brim with high-energy foods and ideal for travel.

  1. Dublin City to Viewpoint

If the full Sally Gap route isn’t for you, pedalling from Dublin City up to Viewpoint via Timbertrove is a great introduction to hilly road cycling – a challenging but short incline with a spectacular reward at the end. If you bring a backpack to carry it, your Timbertrove lunch will still be warm when you get there!

3. Killakee - Glencullen – Marlay Park

From the Killakee Road, pedal to Glencullen via Tibradden Forest, a scenic route of about 10km popular with cyclists. Rest up and take in the views before looping back via Stepaside Village, the back of beautiful Marlay Park, and a climb uphill back to the Killakee road (a further 10km) where you can finish off at Timbertrove for a well-deserved scone and a coffee. Finishing with a steep climb, the thoughts of the treats to come will keep you going for the last couple of kilometres!

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