Touring By Bicycle. A Feast For All 5 Senses

Have you ever been travelling by car and spotted something really beautiful? It happens to me all the time. Maybe it’s an amazing view, or an animal in the field, or perhaps a beautiful building. The urge is always the same; stop the car… get out… take a closer look. Take some photos! How often though has it happened that you wanted to stop, but you couldn’t find a spot to park. Eventually, you find yourself driving so far past the place that piqued your interest that you simply decide it’s easier to continue on.

How much better would it be if you could simply stop where you wanted, when you wanted, without the fear of motorists honking at you to get out of the way? Welcome to the world of the cycle tourist.

Taking in the views while cycling in Ireland

No problem stopping to take in the views

Touring by bicycle is not just about indulging your visual senses, but rather all of your senses. It’s not just about the sights. It’s about the sounds, the smells, the feelings, and possibly, even the tastes as well!

To get an idea of the sheer variety, imagine yourself cycling along any typical country road in Ireland.

As Ireland’s beauty is legendary, you may already know about the amazing sights. But what about the sounds? It could be the bleating of young lambs in spring, or waves crashing off rocks by the seaside, or the birds in the trees overhead, or a tiny roadside stream, or a myriad of other sounds.

Smell the whins while cycling in Ireland

Whins in full bloom have a rich coconut smell

And what about the smells? Like the refreshing smell of the salty sea air that you will smell as you cycle along Ireland’s coast. Or you could catch the rich coconut smell of the brightly blooming whins as you cycle along in the month of May. It could be the heather in August, or freshly cut hay in June or July, or the smell of every other plant you pass along the way.

Cycling along the Irish Coast

Smell the salty sea breezes

Touch! What about touch? We metioned the smell of the salt sea air, but the sense of it blowing against your face can be just as exhilirating. Walk barefoot along a sandy beach and feel the massaging effect of the sand, then dip your toe (or your entire body) in the water for a completely different feel.

Cycling past roadside wild flowers

Many roadsides are adorned with wild flowers.

If you are longing for a new taste, then perhaps some juicy blackberries from the roadside are just the thing. If you are here in late August they are in such abundance that you could spend all day, every day, picking and eating them!

Now, imagine travelling the same road by bus or car. Think about the sights, the sounds, the smells, the feel and the tastes you will have missed out on.

Take your time and travel slowly, enjoy the fresh air and you will find something to satisfy all five senses. Five great reasons to tour by bicycle.