Culinary cycling – A foodie’s guide to Ireland

By We Love Cycling

From cute cafés to farm-to-table experiences, immerse yourself in Ireland’s rich culinary culture while pedalling through some of the island’s most picturesque routes.

From award-winning seafood in Howth to beautiful brunch options in Galway City, get set to embark on a tour that showcases the best of Ireland’s food scene, all accessible on two wheels…

Howth – A Seafood Haven

Begin your journey in Howth, a picturesque fishing village just a short cycle from Dublin City. Renowned for its award-winning seafood, Howth is a dream destination for any foodie.

Pedal along the harbour, where you can watch the boats come in with the catch of the day, then stop at one of the local seafood restaurants to enjoy the freshest oysters, mussels and Dublin Bay prawns. Recommendations include Aqua Restaurant, which promises panoramic views out towards Ireland’s Eye – so be sure to bag a window seat!

The Howth Cliff Loop offers stunning views of the Irish Sea and is a perfect way to work up an appetite! This 6km route is ideal for cyclists and hikers alike, offering a slice of heaven in this corner of County Dublin.

Wicklow – The Garden of Ireland

Heading south from Dublin, cyclists can explore the rich landscapes of County Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland. This area boasts not only breathtaking scenery but also a rich selection of farm-to-table dining experiences.

Cycle through rolling hills and past ancient monastic ruins to find hidden gems where the food on your plate comes straight from the surrounding land. Enjoy artisan cheeses, organic meats and locally grown vegetables that capture the essence of Wicklow’s bounty. Killruddery House and Gardens in Bray host a number of supper clubs throughout the year, championing local produce and fine flavours in a beautiful rustic surrounding.

Near Bray, Belmonte Demesne offers 15 kms of bike trails to suit all levels and ages. The purpose-built Pump Track Trail is ideal for any cyclist looking to develop their bike technique!

Galway City – A Brunch Lover’s Dream

On the west coast, Galway City beckons with its bohemian vibe and exceptional culinary scene. Known for fine food, Galway is home to a variety of cafés and restaurants that serve everything from traditional Irish breakfasts to modern, globally-inspired dishes. 56 Central on Shop Street has a fantastic breakfast menu, with everything from cheesy brioche buns to plant-based offerings.

Cycling through the city’s cobblestone streets, be sure to stop off in the Latin Quarter, which is steeped in history and culture. Further afield, a cycle towards Spiddal should be at the top of your list, as its two beaches are connected by a scenic bike path.

Finally, don’t miss out on a trip to the Galway Market, a weekend affair where local artisans and food producers showcase their finest offerings.

The Wild Atlantic Way – A Culinary Adventure

For those looking to combine dramatic landscapes with equally impressive food, the Wild Atlantic Way is a must-cycle route. Stretching over 2,500 km along Ireland’s west coast, it’s dotted with culinary hotspots where you can savour seafood plucked from the Atlantic, grass-fed beef and homemade breads and pastries.

Highlights include the culinary town of Kinsale with its independent offerings. For artisan breads, Seeds Bakery is known for their traditional baking techniques and use of sustainable ingredients. This beautiful town is famous for its colourful streets, making it a super backdrop for any coastal cycle.

Further north, the traditional seaweed delicacies of the rugged Beara Peninsula promises something a bit different. This practice is also steeped in history, as the culinary use of seaweed in this area dates back to the 6th century. The Beara Way Cycling Route is a sign-posted cycle making it an ideal route for any cycling enthusiast to enjoy the local area.

Cork – The Food Capital

No foodie cycling tour would be complete without a visit to Cork, often hailed as the food capital of Ireland. Cycle through the city’s historic streets and visit the English Market, one of the oldest municipal markets of its kind. Here, you’ll find a plethora of local and artisanal foods, from smoked fish to handmade Belgian chocolates.

For a fine dining experience, take a look at Isaac’s Restaurant with delicious options that are sure to tickle the taste buds. Highlights include a local cheese board with medieval bread and chutney, and the penne with Toonsbridge Chorizo for something spicy.

The surrounding countryside in West Cork is the perfect place to enjoy a cycle. Mizen Head is one of Ireland’s most popular cycling loops, and there is plenty to do here to keep the whole family occupied!

Looking for some inspiration for your next Irish cycling adventure? Check out our ultimate guide to cycling in Ireland during spring for tips, tricks and recommendations!