Cycling In Ireland: Weather and Wardrobe Essentials

Cycling in the Gap of Dunloe in Co Kerry, Ireland

Are you ready to embark on a cycling adventure through the stunning landscapes of Ireland?

Whether you plan on cruising along the Wild Atlantic Way on your trusty steed or exploring the lush green countryside, we have done it all!  Collectively between all of us in our cycling gang, we have probably cycled all the roads in Ireland.  That might be a (big) exaggeration but we are fairly clued in when it comes to finding our way around and knowing what to wear for whatever weather may come your way while you are on a big cycling adventure here. 

Layering is your best friend! Start with a moisture-wicking base layer to keep sweat at bay, add a breathable mid-layer, and top it off with a windproof and waterproof outer shell. This way, you can adjust your clothing as the weather shifts - which could be 48 times in any given day!

It might sound obvious, but before you hit the road, take a moment to check the weather forecast for the day. Ireland's weather can be quite changeable, so it's essential to be prepared.  We use these websites/apps to get a somewhat accurate forecast:

Speaking of weather (as I always am!), I cannot stress enough how lost you will be if you don’t have a rain coat in your back pocket, even if it’s the middle of June!  Rain showers can surprise you at any time, so having a compact, lightweight rain jacket on you is a smart move. It'll keep you dry without adding much weight and even if it isn’t raining, descents can be chilly so handy to have something to throw on to keep a little warmer.

One other quick point to note, and it will sound so obvious but even in cooler weather, staying hydrated is crucial. Carry a water bottle and take sips regularly to keep your energy up.  One cannot survive on coffee stops alone eh?

Now that you're well-prepared for the ever-changing Irish weather, hop on your bike, explore the breathtaking scenery, and share your cycling adventures with us!  Don't forget to tag us in your posts and stories. Happy cycling! 🇮🇪💚

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