A Beginner's Guide to flying up the hills!
Electric bikes are amazing to cycle! With an electric bike, going uphill is just like cycling on flat or level terrain. Electric bikes are great for people who have injuries, older people or people who want to go further. Find yourself struggling to keep up with a friend or partner who is a serious cyclist? An e-bike is a great solution! Or if you're on vacation and want to explore with the wind in your hair but don't want to slog uphill - rent an electric bike.
Wild Atlantic Sports are the only company offering e-bikes in Kinsale. Our new fleet of electric bikes are 'pedal assist' - that means that the power kicks in only when you are pedalling. Going too fast, simply stop pedalling and the motor will turn off.
Why Go Electric?
How do I use an electric bike?
Electric bikes are really easy to use. They have most of the same features as a usual bike. The main difference is the onboard computer mounted on the bike's handlebars and the battery which is usually mounted to the frame of the bike. The onboard computer allows you to control the power of your bike as well as see useful facts and figures such as your speed and most importantly how many kilometres of power you have left!
Most electric bikes will have a number of different power levels. Pick a low level/eco level if you are just cruising on the flat and need a little help. Heading up a steep hill, just up the level to turbo to increase the power. With just the press of a button, you'll feel just like you are cycling on the level. What's not to love?
How far can I go between charges?
Rent an E-Bike in Kinsale
Why not give an electric bike a go? They're a great way to explore the hilly Cork area. With an electric bike, you can go further and see more of the local area without breaking into a sweat! We have the following e-bike rental options. There's sure to be one that will suit you:
Need more information or want to book - call Ruth on +353871032317 or email: email@example.com
Explore Kinsale by Bike
Kinsale is a beautiful place to visit - there's an amazing harbour; a selection of great restaurants and cafés; colourful houses and small boutique shops off a small pedestrianised area. There really is so much to see and do in Kinsale, no wonder it's popular! It's a quick drive by car from Cork Airport or take the public bus directly here. Kinsale is also the gateway to the Wild Atlantic Way and West Cork so a good starting point if you want to explore further.
In this blog, we'll introduce you to the Wild Coast Bike tour - it's a half day tour that gives you an introduction to the history of the town, takes you by the main attractions and gives you a flavour of what it is like to live in year round. Take the Wild Coast Bike Tour on one of our comfortable mountain bikes or (COMING SOON) on an electric bike.
We'll get you kitted out with bikes when we meet at Charles Fort, our starting point for the tour. Only 5 minutes drive from Kinsale, this star shaped fort was built in 1682 and defended the harbour against intruders. From here on a clear day, there are great views over Kinsale Harbour to James Fort and Dock Beach.
Cycling towards Kinsale, we continue along the coast enjoying stunning sea views. In town itself, we cycle to the Giant's Cottage, where Patrick Cotter, also known as the 'Bristol Giant' was born in 1760.
We dismount and walk through the incredibly beautiful pedestrian area with it's small, colourful shops. This is definitely an area that you'll want to explore more after the tour! We'll point out the best restaurants so you can plan your evening.
We pop out on the other side of Kinsale and cross the bridge to the Castlepark Marina and the Dock Pub. Sit out and enjoy a coffee overlooking the marina! Then back on the bikes for a short cycle to the Sandycove area. Here we see if we can see the wild goats that live on Sandycove island before heading back to finish in Kinsale.
Who is it suitable for?
This tour is suitable for beginner cyclists on an electric bike or intermediate cyclists on a standard bike. If you're planning to take a normal bike, be prepared for some short, steep hills! However, no problem walking if needs be. Book online here.
Gotta do it! How much does it cost?
Tour price: €40 standard bike, €50 electric bike (COMING SOON!)
Prices include use of bike, helmet, high vis, tea/coffee or soft drink en route. Tour takes 2-2.5 hours.
Kinsale to Killarney - day by day....
Part 1: Kinsale to Durrus
Here's our quick guide to cycling the Wild Atlantic Way from Kinsale to Killarney. If you like active travel and exploring some great spots by bike, then this is the holiday for you. You'll travel through some villages and towns with great local food including seafood and dairy. Travelling by bike, you'll have the option to really experience the Irish countryside, visiting remote lakes, countryside and coastal areas.
Day 1: Kinsale to Clonakility
Arrive in Kinsale the evening before you start to cycle so you can enjoy a meal out in the Gourmet Capital of Ireland! We’ll drop your bikes to you & sort out panniers etc. Off you go! First stop is the Old Head of Kinsale (coffee shop!), first discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way. Then cruise along Garrettstown Beach. Quiet roads to Coolmaine beach, through Timoleague - check out the abbey before or after lunch and then final pedal to Clonakility. Rest, shower then out for food and live music!
Day 2 : Clonakilty to Cape Clear
After a good breakfast - maybe one including the local Clonakilty black pudding, continue to follow the Wild Atlantic Way north along the coast. This is a great cycling day exploring small fishing villages, enjoying wide coastal views, islands and secret coves. Eat overlooking the sea in Baltimore and then either take a ferry over to Cape Clear or Sherkin Island to enjoy a glimpse of island living. Sleep tight, rest those legs, cause there’s more cycling tomorrow!
Day 3: Cape Clear to Durrus via Mizen Head
And we’re off on our bikes again, following the spectacular Wild Atlantic Way to Mizen Head, Ireland’s most southwesterly point. Amazing views! Leave the bikes and walk along the bridge through the cliffs. Wow! The back on the bikes and next stop is Durrus, home of the amazing Durrus cheese. Maybe there’s time for a farmhouse visit to see the cheese being made?
Touring bike rental & more!
We offer some great equipment and advice to help you enjoy your trip cycling the Wild Atlantic Way. Bikes are high quality touring bikes with front suspension and disc brakes. Pannier bags are included, lights, helmet, high vis vest and collection to/from your local accommodation. If you need your bike collected from Cork or beyond, we can organise this!
For more information contact Ruth - firstname.lastname@example.org or call +353871032317. We're here to help!