SCUK’s 6th Irish Jig
Thursday 23rd August – Tuesday 4th September 2018
This ride will be a circumnavigation of Ireland embracing 950 miles of scenic riding from the coast of County Antrim in the North to the Ring of Kerry in South Ireland. Our longest days of riding will be 230 miles on the first day on the mainland as we travel up to North Wales and stay for our first night at Betws-y-Coed before catching the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin. Similarly on the last day as we return home a night in Rosslare, Southern Ireland before the ferry to Pembroke, South Wales. The mileage to the M25 will be 230 miles. Total mileage door to door will therefore be in the region of 1500 miles.
All hotel stops in Ireland will be for two nights giving riders and pillions time to relax, find refreshments and enjoy the locality on their own or in a group. The group will be limited to 10 rooms allocated as people pay their deposits of £100 for doubles and £50 for singles.
The first two nights in Ireland will be spent near Belfast giving the group time to visit the “Titanic Experience” entry costs £15. From Belfast the days ride will be 120 miles and take the group to Ballycastle in County Antrim and then along the coast of Antrim to the Rope Bridge, the Giants Causeway and Dunlace Castle before stopping for two nights in Derry. While in Derry you can take your time to look at this historic city or cross the border and take a day ride up to the “Wild Atlantic Coast” of Donegal.
On the sixth day we leave Northern Ireland and travel 210 miles south through Letterkenny, Donegal, Sligo via the oldest pub in Ireland at Sean’s Bar in Athlone, before turning west to the lively University City of Galway where the group will spend two nights. A day to rest up in Galway and absorb the change in culture and maybe down a leisurely Guinness while listening to a Fiddler or two.
From the City of Galway the group continues riding south 50 miles through the “Burren” to the “Cliffs of Moher” stopping for coffee at Hag’s Head. A further 70 miles takes the group to a lunch stop at “Croom Mills” before proceeding for a further 75 miles to the picturesque town of Kenmare in County Clare. This is another two night stop with plenty of good restaurants and pubs in the town. Kenmare is bang on the “Ring of Kerry” and the next day we head off to Killarney on the first leg of our 100 mile scenic day ride around the ring.
The tenth day is the 1st September and this leaves the group with only 100 miles to travel to the historical town of Kinsale in County Cork. The day will be spent riding through and over the Barraboy Mountains to Bantry and then along the coast past Skibbereen, Clonakilty before arriving at Kinsale for two night stop to allow for a day of rest and relaxation around the town.
The group leaves Kinsale on the 3rd September to ride 140 miles via Cork City to the final hotel in Rosslare Harbour to catch a ferry the next day on the 4th September 2018 at 8:45 am to Pembroke Dock.
This above details will be finalised over the coming months and further details will follow when they arise. The estimated cost of hotels for the 12 nights of the tour is in the region of £1000 (subject to the Euro exchange rate!) and further updates will follow. Details of the ferries will follow but the budget is in the region of £150. The ride will be suitable for rider’s who are confident of their abilities on fast motorways as well as on mountain roads. Food, drink and petrol costs are not covered above.
Organiser’s Rob and Mel Every
Date: 5th August 2017