New Cycling Guides from Collins Press

The Collins Press have just launched two new cycling guides; Cycling In North Leinster and Cycling in South Dublin & Wicklow.

Both books will soon be available in all good book shops, as they say, or you can buy them here

We will post a review as soon as we have had a chance to check them out. They certainly do look promising, as Collins have previously published a number of excellent cycling and walking guides, and with well respected authors on board, they offer potential to solo riders and clubs alike to explore some new cycling routes.

In the meantime, here’s what the publishers have to say:

Cycling In North Leinster

North Leinster has much to offer the cyclist, from numerous meandering, quiet roads and striking scenery to 5,000 years of history and legend in Ireland’s Ancient East. Explore coastal, lake, river and canal routes through the rolling landscape of north Dublin, Meath, Westmeath and Longford or take a challenge through the mountains of the breathtaking Cooley Peninsula in Louth.

With quiet roads, striking scenery and brimming with 5,000 years of heritage, north Leinster is a marvellous region to discover by bike.

These twenty-nine routes, exploring coast, lake, river and canal routes, vary in distance and difficulty and are graded to suit all abilities.


Hugh Halpin, from Dublin, is a retired engineer who has also worked as a tour guide. A member of Cycling Ireland, he has served as secretary of Skerries Cycling Initiative and is the author of several cycling guides.






Cycling in South Dublin and Wicklow

There is something uniquely intimate about cycling on mountainous or hilly roads, certainly a step closer to Mother Nature and all her seasonal personalities.

From the doorstep of Dublin city, there is easy access to a cycling haven of deep glens, forested mountains and wild scenery, including the Wicklow Mountains.

This guidebook journeys through some of the country’s best-known tourist attractions, such as Glendalough, and reveals lesser-known points of interest like the Shay Elliott memorial to the first Irish rider to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

Ian O’Riordan has been a sports reporter with The Irish Times for 20 years. He was born in Dublin, ran for Ireland as a junior, and spent four years on a running scholarship in America.  He lives in Glencullen, on the Dublin/Wicklow Mountains border.