Best Places for Self-Catering Cycling Holidays in the UK and Ireland

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Cyclists on their travels

Cottage breaks can be wonderful if you wish to escape to a beautiful part of the UK and Ireland and explore your new surroundings at your own pace. Cottages can be found in stunning countryside with lush, rolling hills outside your window, trickling streams meandering past or by the coast with inspiring sea views and the sound of the ocean waves softly crashing to shore close by. If you love to keep active when you are on holiday then there are endless opportunities for places to visit both by the coast and in the countryside which have cycling routes and paths, perfect for a cycling holiday in the UK and Ireland.

Going on cycle rides around beautiful parts of the UK and Ireland can be a fantastic way of soaking up the scenery and keeping active and fit at the same time. There are plenty of charming villages and towns that have places in which to hire bikes, or you can even bring your own bike from home if possible. Riding through mountainous backdrops and past vast lakes is something you won’t ever forget as you embark on a fantastic cycling route.

Whether you wish to go on a long or short route, difficult or easy and slow paced, it is up to you, as there are various different paths dotted throughout the country.


By the Coast

Southwold in Suffolk
Southwold on the stunning Suffolk coast

Stunning Suffolk: Some of the best places for a cycling holiday in the UK and Ireland are along its magnificent coastline. The Suffolk coastline has many incredible routes sweeping along the shoreline, travelling through towns and villages such as Southwold and Aldeburgh and of course, going through some beautiful sandy beaches.






Scottish Highlands: Another fascinating and interesting one to try is a cycling route across the Scottish Highlands coastline, which goes through enchanting forest trails, murky lochs and rugged landscapes such as the soaring Cairngorm Mountain range.


Cycling in the Countryside

stunning Highlands
Stunning Scottish Highland scenery

Great Glen Way: For some of the best scenery in Scotland inland, cycling along the Great Glen Way comes highly recommended.

The Lake District: This is one of the best places in the UK for a self-catering cycling holiday, as it is home to some of the most impressive backdrops in the country. There are countless cycling trails here in places such as Ambleside and Kendal, where you can take in the magnificent lakes, including the longest one, Lake Windermere.

Cycling in Ireland: Ireland is a fascinating country with lots of opportunities to go cycling. The coastal village of Waterville in County Kerry is home to plenty of lakes as well as shoreline and is fantastic for cycling, having its own centre where you can hire bicycles. The Connemara region is also wonderful as it goes through the incredible Delphi Valley and the Ben Bury Mountain.

Hints, Tips and Useful Information: Renting a self-catering cottage for a cycling break in the UK or Ireland is a great way to make your holiday complete. You can relax in privacy in your own living area with your favourite DVD on after a challenging day of cycling, and you can sink into your hot tub and rejuvenate, ready to do it all over again the next day!  Find an inspirational place to stay for your next cycling holiday.