Ireland Itinerary
December 2005

 
               
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This is a moderate tour of the driest and sunniest corner of Ireland in the driest month.
Set against the backdrop of the Blackstairs, Comeragh, Galtee and Knockmealdown
Mountains the route passes through the picturesque Slaney, Barrow and Suir valleys before
returning along the dramatic and rugged coastline. Averaging 40 miles a day and with two
optional rest days, there will be time to take in the scenery and many of the area’s main
historic and cultural sights and attractions. For those who want a challenge there will be an
optional ascent to the top of Mt Leinster.

Sat 21 May                Cycle 29km
Travel by Irish Ferries from Pembroke to Rosslare departing at 1430 and arriving at 1815.
Cycle to Wexford. Stay one night.

Sun 22 May               Cycle 62km
Cycle to Graiguenamanagh via Enniscorthy Stay two nights.
Optional visits to Irish National Heritage Park and the 1798 Visitor Centre.

Mon 23 May               Cycle 80km
Rest Day or cycle around the Blackstairs Mountains with optional ascent of Mt Leinster (at
795m the highest tarmac road in Ireland!)
Shorter routes possible.

Tues 24 May              Cycle 62km
Cycle to Waterford via New Ross and Passage East. Stay
One night. Optional visits to SS Dunbrody Famine Ship & Waterford
Treasures or Waterford Crystal.

Wed 25 May              Cycle 67km
Cycle to Cahir via Carrick-on-Suir and Clonmel. Stay three
nights. Optional visits to Tipperary South Riding County Museum & Swiss Cottage

Thurs 26 May
Rest Day or optional self-led rides of varying distances.

Fri 27 May                 Cycle 88km
Cycle around Galtee Mountains to Tipperary and beautiful Glen of Aherlow with shorter
route option. Optional visits to Cahir Castle and Mitchelstown Caves.

Sat 28 May                Cycle 62km
Cycle to Dungarvan via Lismore with optional extension (16mls/26kms) to An Rinn peninsula.
Stay one night. Optional visits to Lismore Museum and/or Castle.

Sun 29 May               Cycle 38km
Cycle to Tramore. Stay one night. Short day with time to explore the many coves and beaches
of the ‘Copper Coast’.

Mon 30 May               Cycle 87km
Cycle to Rosslare via Passage East and Kilmore Quay Stay one night.

Tues 31 May
Travel by Irish Ferries from Rosslare to Pembroke departing at 0845 and arriving at 1230,
where tour ends.

Mileage Average of 40mls/64kms per day.

Accommodation and meals
Accommodation is in 3 star hotels, on a half board basis, based upon sharing rooms.
Two of the hotels (4 nights) have a leisure club with indoor swimming pool.

Rides and rest days
Mileages on the tour have been kept short to enable plenty of time for sightseeing and/or
so the tour can be adapted to meet individual and group interests. Typically we will be cycling
for four to five hours per day with the group meeting up for morning and afternoon breaks and
lunch. We will lead a group ride on all but the sixth day at a pace of around 12/13mph on the
flat, slower on the hills. People are not expected to ride as a group, but are free to find their
own riding companions each day to suit their pace and riding style. We will ensure that
someone waits for the back markers at points where route finding is difficult.

Travel and parking
The tour starts at Pembroke Dock. The railway station is very close to the port. If arriving by
train you will need to book in advance and check that your bicycle can be carried. Long stay
parking is available at the ferry terminal. We will arrange to meet in/by the café at the ferry
terminal. The hotels on tour have agreed to provide safe storage for the bicycles, but this will
not always be under cover, and you are strongly advised to bring a sturdy lock.

LEADER’S INFORMATION SHEET

Accommodation / Meals
All the hotels we will be staying at are three star. The hotels at Wexford and Cahir have their
own Leisure Clubs with indoor heated swimming pools that we will be able to use.
Accommodation has been booked on a half-board basis with breakfast and dinner being
provided in the hotel. Rooms will be allocated on a shared basis. With the exception of the
hotel at Graiguenamanagh (where some triple bedded rooms will be used) all rooms will be
twins or doubles. Subject to availability, single occupancy may be available at extra cost.

Group information
The maximum group size will be 20 (including the leaders).
Smokers are welcome on the tour provided they agree not to smoke in shared bedrooms.
It is now illegal to smoke in all public places in Ireland including restaurants and pubs.

Weather and clothing
The South East is the sunniest and driest corner of Ireland and May is usually the driest
month. However, Ireland’s climate is unpredictable and we cycle close to mountains and
an exposed coastline. You should therefore carry clothing to ensure that you can remain
warm, protected from the wind and reasonably dry.

Suncream is recommended in case we do have sunny and warm weather.