The Nine Stones Cycling Loop Trail is a County Wexford-based Cycling Trail within the Wexford Trails family together with Wexford Walking Trails, Wexford Garden Trail, Wexford Craft Trail & Wexford Heritage Trail.
While the Nine Stones Cycle Loop Trail traverses County Wexford for the most part, it also enters parts of neighbouring counties Carlow and Wicklow.
The Southeast’s newest cycle loop is a total of almost 120 km of sign-posted cycle route across some of the most breathtaking scenery that you’ll find in Ireland. This cycle loop was designed to challenge cyclists who will encounter 1600 metres of climbing but they will be amply rewarded for their efforts, with some fabulous scenery and stunning views – most notably Sliabh Bhuí and the Nine Stones (at the summit of Mount Leinster) where legends of Kings and Celtic Druids are rumoured to still linger.
Wexford County Council Cycling Officer Frank Burke is encouraging all cycling enthusiasts to place the Nine Stones Cycle Loop firmly on their itinerary. “The Nine Stones cycle route is aimed at cyclists that want a challenge with a difference” said Frank. “Indeed the M9 to Bunclody provides access to this cycle loop for other counties, while cyclists approaching Wexford from the north can also access the route via the M11 to Gorey”.
The Nine Stones Cycle Loop traverses some beautiful locations with stunning scenery and a fantastic range of points of interest/towns and villages will be encountered along the route as you travel through the heart of rural Ireland.
Key locations include Bunclody, where you can enjoy the picturesque town with its tree-lined mall; Ferns, a typical rural village with its Norman Castle a highlight; Gorey, where a food stop is a necessity with a variety of excellent eating stops; and the heights of Sliabh Bhui and The Nine Stones / Mount Leinster with breath taking scenery over the lush green landscape of South Leinster. The picturesque villages of Kiltealy, The Harrow, Ballycanew, Clogh, Camolin, and Carnew are also located along the 120 km route.
Wexford County Council wishes to thank Carlow and Wicklow County Councils for their wholehearted cooperation in making this unique cycling route a reality. We also gratefully acknowledge co-funding by Healthy Ireland and the Dept. of Rural Affairs under the Outdoor Recreation Fund.
There will be a mapboard of the route erected in Bunclody and Gorey, but cyclists can start from any point along the way, comfortable in the knowledge that they will have lots of opportunities to enjoy the charming rural landscape and services on offer along the way.
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