Bike Hire, Expereinces & Cycling Holidays on the Royal Canal Greenway
The Royal Your Way
5 Days / 4 Nights Self-Guided Cycling Tour
Price €450 pps
Single Person Surcharge + 15%
At Royal Canal Cycle Tours we understand everyone has different abilities and interests, therefore the distances below are between selected accommodation points along the Royal Canal Greenway. For those interested in exploring historical sites or heritage towns off the Greenway, detailed maps with alternative routes on quiet country roads are included in our guides.
Day 1 – Maynooth to Moyvalley. 30km
We will meet you in the bustling university town of Maynooth and provide everything you need for your bike tour and answer any question you may have. Once you are ready to begin your adventure, the first-day cycling will take you through the small village of Kilcock and the market town of Enfield.
Day 2 – Moyvalley to Mullingar. 38km
After a nice easy first day, day two promises some of the most rural sections of the greenway. There are no towns or villages located on the greenway on this section but don’t worry there are wonderful canal bridges, locks and harbours and with plenty of traditional Irish pubs serving wonderful local food, you won’t go hungry!
Day 3 – Mullingar to Ballymahon 36km
Day four will take you from the Ancient East into the Hidden Heartlands. You will pass through the wonderful remote village of Ballynacorrigy. Further on you will visit the pretty village of Abbeyshrule. This Tidy Towns awards winner boasts a13th century Cistercian abbey and is the birthplace of the renowned novelist, playwright and poet Oliver Goldsmith. The final stretch will take you to Ballymahon and your accommodation for the night.
Day 4 – Ballymahon to Cloondara 26km
The final days cycling will take you through some of the most unique Irish landscapes, the living bogs. Located just off the Greenway is one of Longford’s most fascinating ancient attractions, the Corlea Trackway. A section of Iron Age bog road, which was constructed from oak planks in 148 BC, has been preserved in the visitor centre. As you arrive at Richmond Harbour in Cloondara, where the Royal Canal reaches the River Shannon the 46th lock, you can enjoy a refreshing drink at the Richmond Inn.
Day 5 – Cloondara to Longford Town 10km
Following breakfast we will organise transport to Longford Town. From here, you can choose to travel on by train to Sligo and the Wild Atlantic Way or to return to Dublin.
After a day exploring the canal you will receive a warm welcome at your family run B&B or guesthouse/ hotel. We have carefully chosen your accommodation with the cyclist in mind. All rooms have ensuite bathrooms and breakfast is provided each morning to fuel the day ahead.
What’s included in the price:
- Bed and Breakfast accommodation in carefully selected B&Bs,Guesthouses or Hotels
- Welcome meeting and bike setup on the first morning
- Touring bikes
- Waterproof panniers
- 24hr Emergency phone support
- 70-page guidebook on the history of the Royal Canal
- All maps and guide notes in print and digital form
- Barge trip at the start of the tour
- Additional nights accommodation at Maynooth prior to the first day
- Luggage Transfers
- Travel to and from start/finish of the tour