As the summertime is cycle season we've decide to showcase some of the best cycling destinations across European cities :-)

We're starting off on home soil this week with the fair city of Dublin. The mountains surrounding the city can make it quite the challenge for the average fixie or single speed rider, but we're going base this list between the Grand and Royal canals. Keepin' it central, yo!

Phoenix Park

Deer in the Phoenix Park Dublin Image Credit: Most Beautiful Pages

This is one of the biggest walled parks within a city in Europe so trying to navigate this colossus on foot could take weeks. It's home to The President of Ireland, The US Ambassador and the animals of Dublin Zoo. One of the absolute highlights of a cycle through the park is the chance of an encounter with the most famous residents, the herd of fallow deer which having been roaming wild in the park for 3 centuries.

Blessington Street Basin

Blessington Street Basin Dublin on a sunny day Image Credit: Irish Waterways

This is an awesome spot to cycle up to from the city center. There's a reservoir with an island bird sanctuary so there are loads of ducks and swans. It was originally built to provide clean water to the northside of the city however this was cut off in 1869. The basin continued to supply water to both Jameson and Powers distilleries until the 1970's when it became a public park. Sláinte.

The Grand Canal

Grand Canal Dublin Image Credit: Juan Alonso

Since the cycle lane opened in 2012 it's become one of the most scenic routes in Dublin. Starting off in Grand Canal Dock it stretches all the way up to Portobello bridge and beyond. On the journey you'll likely encounter the tribute to Patrick Kavanagh, Dublin's infamous Leeson Street, The Barge pub (if it's a nice day take caution as you pass, the cycle lane is often overtaken by drinking sun-worshipers), willow trees and just off the canal and hipster mecca the Bernard Shaw bar!

Docklands: IFSC - Grand Canal Dock

FunkedUp Fixie down in Dublins Docklands

These are the most recently rejuvenated parts of the city. The IFSC located on the northside and just across the Samuel Beckett Bridge Grand Canal Dock. The roads are all new and there are dedicated cycle lanes along large parts of the river Liffey which makes it ideal for a summer jaunt. Plus there are some cool spots to chill such as Grand Canal Square and Georges Dock. You can also see the Jeannie Johnston, a museum ship, which is often moored off North Wall Quay opposite the IFSC.

Urban Night Cyclists 

No buses, no 'toxic taxis'. No hassle. These guys are a newly established group of cycling enthusiasts who take to the streets of the capital under the cover of darkness. They run weekly cycles through the city streets when they're most peaceful so you can really appreciate it. You must be a night owl though as these events are run between midnight and 3am.

Check Urban Night Cyclists Dublin out on Facebook and Twitter to find out when their next event is.

I'd also like to give honorable mentions to both Howth and Dun Laoghaire, both great coastal places for a cycle but a bit of a trek outside either of the canals!

Check out the route below:

That's our list folks. If you feel we've left anywhere out let us know in the comments below.