Stay safe and look after your bicycle
Make sure you understand ‘the rules on the road’ in Ireland as they may differ from your own country. Always wear a high visibility jacket so you can be seen and wear a helmet to protect yourself and most importantly have front and back lights on your bike for those dark winter mornings and evenings. Wearing waterproofs (rain trousers and a good jacket) is advisable so that you don’t get wet. There’s nothing worse than sitting in class with wet clothes.
Read more about cycle safety.
Make sure you purchase a secure lock and always lock it to a bike stand, like the ones at the front of GCI. If there is no space available where you are, you might find a railing or a pole you can lock it to. If you happen to get a puncture or your brakes need to be replaced you can either fix it yourself or leave your bike into the bike shop for any repairs that need doing. To rent a bike while in Galway contact Westside Cycling hereand you make sure you mention your GCI student discount.
If you have enrolled on one of our Intensive General English 30 lessons courses you’ll have an hour long lunch- break before your afternoon classes, so having a bike will enable you to pop home for your lunch and return back on time for your afternoon class.
So it’s Friday and you’re making plans for the weekend. Why not hop on your bike and head off and explore Galway. Here are a few ideas for you and your bike!
Galway city cycle routes
Menlo Castle and National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)
At the Spanish Arch walk with your bike along the river Corrib and make your way across the Salmon Weir bridge and enter the University Campus at the fisheries field entrance. You can cycle along the banks of the river for about 3km until you see Menlo Castle on the opposite side of the river. This beautiful and tranquil cycle provides a perfect chance to wind down and take it the beautiful scenery as you’re heading up the river towards Menlo Castle and Lough Corrib. Make sure you keep an eye out for pedestrians and give them a wide berth.
Galway city costal route to silver strand
Starting at the Claddagh, take a left as soon as you cross the bridge over the river Corrib. You’ll see South Park GAA pitch on your left and the Famine Memorial park further on. Take some time out to visit this scenic park and learn about an historical event that has shaped our culture and led to Irish people emigrating to every corner of the world. Right next to the park, there’s also a beautiful walk or cycle along a causeway out to Mutton Island where you can take in some breathtaking views and its surrounding area. Keep cycling parallel to the Salthill promenade and you’ll pass the unmistakable The Galway Cultural Institute on your right overlooking the spectacular view of Galway bay and on clear day you should be able to see clearly the rolling limestone-formed mountain range called The Burren. As you follow the route you’ll pass the famous Blackrock diving tower and feel free to take a plunge into the chilly Atlantic Ocean if you’re feeling brave enough to do so. As you go past the Salthill golf course continue cycling for about a kilometer you should see a sign for the silver strand on the left.