Its friendly, because the Irish are such welcoming hosts, and the cycling is not too demanding (although still 70 to 75 miles a day, just a little less hilly !)
Discover the natural beauty of Ireland while cycling this awesome tour. Starting at Ireland’s most southerly point, Mizen Head, over seven days you will cycle the length of Ireland, ending the challenge at Malin Head in the north.
Journey over rolling hills and rugged mountains through a myriad of landscapes. Encounter forests, glens, rivers, beaches, historic towns and quaint villages. A fantastic way to see the richest scenery that Ireland has to offer. Hear the celtic music, drink the sublime Guinness, and get a feel for this beautiful country
FLIGHTS, You would need to arrange to fly in to Cork on Saturday 13th July 2018, and fly out of Belfast or Derry on Sunday 21st July
Starting at Mizen Head in the south, we travel through the rugged peninsulas of West Cork, then on into County Kerry, passing through Kenmare and Killarney and the area of outstanding natural beauty of the Killarney National Park. Travelling north through various natural heritage sites, we cross the Shannon by ferry, and make our to Spanish Point. From there, travelling north we go through more bog lands, and into the Burren National Park. One of the largest Karst landscapes in Europe.Once into County Galway, a beautiful ride through the Mamturk mountains takes us to Castlebar. Then on to Northern Ireland, stopping on the border at Belcoo, before cycling up to Donegal. More climbing through the Bluestack mountains, before travelling north through this beautiful county of Donegal, via more sites of national heritage, we reach our tour end at Malin Head.
The ride starts at Mizen Head on the Sunday, but you should arrive into Cork on Saturday 13th July, from where a representative of ACT Cycle Tours will meet you. You will be driven down to the south west of Ireland, by minibus that afternoon, staying in Schull that night. Early on the Sunday morning you are then taken on to Mizen Head to start our tour.
The ride ends at Malin Head on the following Saturday, where we will stay overnight, and celebrate our achievement. On Sunday 22nd July, we will transport you to either Derry Airport (from where flights are available to Birmingham, Liverpool or Stansted) or Belfast Airport (from where there are flights to most UK regional airports).
ACCOMMODATION AND FOOD
This is a small hotel/B&B based holiday. Prices are based on sharing in twin rooms. SINGLE SUPPLEMENT IS AN EXTRA £300
WE TRANSPORT YOUR BIKE IN A CUSTOMISED VAN SPECIALLY TRANSFORMED TO SAFELY CARRY YOUR PRIZED POSSESSION !
We recommend a touring bike or a road bike with 25 to 28 mm tyres. Mountain bikes are NOT suitable. The most important thing is that the bike functions properly and that you are comfortable riding it. You should make sure that your bike has suitable gears as there are some steep hills on parts of the route. You should also make sure that you are able to carry some spare food and extra clothing with you on the bike.
Our support vehicles are adapted to carry bikes in a safe and secure manner which gives you the peace of mind that you will be ready to get cycling on day one without any rebuilding of bikes required. Should collection by our support vehicle not be possible we will use the services of a specialist courier company.
The cost of cycle collection and delivery is £30 each way
If you would prefer, we can arrange bike hire – please contact us for further details.
Although British Nationals do not require a passport to visit either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland, you do need to ensure that you carry official photo ID, and for most people a passport is the easiest form of ID. Nationals of most other countries only need a passport to enter the Republic of Ireland or the United Kingdom (Northern Ireland), but certain nationals will require a visa. Please refer to the immigration services for the Republic of Ireland and UK for further details.
You are also required to have travel insurance for the duration of the holiday, although British passport holders do not require insurance to visit Northern Ireland.
The weather in Ireland is notoriously varied. July is usually dry and sunny, but in Ireland you should always be prepared for the odd shower. However it is often the case that a wet morning has cleared up by lunchtime, and the afternoon is delightfully warm. Temperatures are usually in the low 20’s at this time of year.
Click on ‘Book this Tour’, and go through the site to pay the deposit. Balance invoiced out 8 weeks before the tour
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