From the rugged spaces of Donegal to the coasts of Connemara and the mountains of the Kerry Peninsulas, Ireland is perfect for biking. Not sure what you need to bring? Read this blog to learn what items you should pack on your next bike trip to Ireland.
Many people travelling to Ireland believe it will rain constantly – and then they come away pleasantly surprised since Ireland is not even in the top ten countries with the highest average rainfall.
However, be sure to pack your rain jacket since Irish weather can be unpredictable. In fact, Ireland can see all four seasons in one day. Ideally, you need a series of layers topped with a trusty Goretex waterproof jacket on hand, because you never know what weather system will greet you around the next corner, but you won’t be wearing it constantly. Learn what else you need below.
Saddle: Of course, we provide bike saddles on our bikes. But we know that some cyclists are attached to their gear and you may elect to bring your own saddle.
Pedals: If you are using clip-in shoes, bring your own pedals to ensure everything fits. Your guide will help you fit your pedals on Day one during your bike fitting.
Helmets: We have plenty of helmets of varying sizes, but some people may elect to bring their own. If this is the case, be sure you bring one that fits and is highly certified.
Gloves are a must, either fingered on fingerless depending on how chilly your hands get.
Water: Of course you need water! You’ve probably heard about the negative effects of single-use plastics. For that reason, we do not recommend or provide plastic bottles. We recommend you bring a reusable water bottle. We do have large water containers in the van to refill your bottle en route. Learn more about Wilderness Ireland’s Sustainability efforts here.
Not strictly cycling gear, but we heartedly recommend you bring a camera. The ever-changing light in Ireland provides a dynamic flow of opportunities and challenges for those in search of the perfect pic, not to mention sweeping landscapes, marvellous beaches, ancient castles and colourful pubs. Wilderness Ireland’s provided handlebar bags are the perfect place to pop the camera (and a snack or two!) for easy access.
Some cyclists may opt to bring their own bikes with them for their biking trip. However most visitors will find lugging a cumbersome bike box around the world can hinter your travels, adding unnecessary stress (not to mention the fear of lost or damaged luggage).
Many of our travellers on bike trips opt instead to rent or hire bikes from us. We currently have three bike types: Road, Hybrid, and e-bike options. All bikes are built by top cycling designer, Trek.
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