The Heritage Bicycle Tour Dates 2014
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Other dates available on request.
Group Size: Minimum 2 Maximum 12.
The Heritage Trail will be a leisurely cycling holiday which will average approx 55 kms/35mls per day, most of the route is reasonably flat with some gradual climbing on the 1st day and a more strenuous climb on the penultimate day, however on both these days the effort will be rewarded by spectacular views, the tour will start out from the Heritage Town of Lismore and finish in the Medieval City of Kilkenny , over the 5 days the tour will travel through 5 counties and visit 7 Heritage Towns all of which have many places of interest.
Heritage towns on the trail include Lismore, Cahir, Cashel, Roscrea, Birr, Abbeyleix and Kilkenny.
The tour will have the services of a guide and full backup; luggage will be transferred in advance each day to the next stopover. Accommodation will be in 3* and 4* hotels some with leisure centres.
We use Giant Escape 4 Bikes which have aluminium frames and 21 gears to make pedalling that bit easier, the bikes are equipped with helmets, front and rear bags, rainwear, small first aid kit, lock, water bottle, high visibility jacket, pump and a map of the route.
Cost for the 5 days is €749 pps with B&B in hotel and evening meal. Single supplement €100 extra. The Complete package will include use of a fully equipped lightweight bike and accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels on a bed and breakfast basis with evening meal included and use of leisure facilities at 2 of the hotels. There is an option to stay in Lismore or Kilkenny for an extra night at an extra cost. There are many places to stop and have a coffee break or for those who like to experiment why not try a black pudding sandwich in Cahir, coffee breaks are at your own expense as are entrance to the attractions on the route, these vary in price from €2 to €9 or you may purchase a heritage card for €21 with which you may gain entry to any Heritage Ireland site.
Start days Saturdays or Sundays.
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From Lismore we travel to Mount Mellerary home of the Cistercian monks from Mellerary we continue on through the Scenic Knockmealdowns to Baylough and The Vee followed by a coffee break at the Village of Clogheen and then onto our stopover the Historic Town of Cahir in County Tipperary. There is an option to visit the Mitchelstown Caves by taking a different route from Clogheen this will add about 12kms/7mls extra to the tour. Cahir has many attractions including Cahir Castle and the unique Swiss Cottage.
From Cahir we travel to Cashel another historic town, follow in the footsteps of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth to visit the World renowned Rock of Cashel from here we travel through the Lush Golden Vale the rich farmland of Ireland stopping off at Holycross Abbey which was founded in 1169 by The King of Thomond. We then move onto the town of Thurles birthplace of the Gaelic Athletic association where you may visit Lar Na Pairce Visitor Centre which tells the history of Gaelic Games in Ireland. The days touring, finishes in the Market Town of Templemore.
From Templemore we travel on to the Heritage town of Roscrea situated in the heart of the Midlands, the town has a Monastery, Castle and a Wide Varity of Monuments which have many stories attached to them. Leaving Tipperary behind we move on to visit Bellefield Gardens in Co Offaly and then onto to our final destination of the day Birr where you can turn back the clock to the Georgian Era. Visit Birr Castle Demense ramble through the Gardens, see the Great Telescope or relax in the cafe. Birr has stayed true to its 18th and 19th Century Character and should be explored fully.
Moving on from Georgian Birr we travel to Kinnitty where we take a coffee break at the 13th century Kinnity Castle Hotel located on 650 acres of parkland, which includes 60 acres of rolling lawns. Enter the lavish Medieval Revival Castle, drenched in original features, heritage colours and regal atmospheres dating back to 1209. Next we travel over the Slieve Bloom Mountains (the first 7kms are difficult but well worth the effort for the fantastic views) to the market town of Mountrath in Co Laois. From here we travel through lush green farmland to the Town of Abbeyleix our overnight stop, Abbeyleix has a strong and unique architectural heritage.
The route is predominately flat for the final day, from Abbeyleix we travel through what is mainly an agricultural area to the town of Rathdowney also known as the armpit of Co Laois. Next on the itinerary are the quaint little Co Kilkenny towns of Johnstown and Freshford, We now travel on to our final Destination the Medieval City of Kilkenny with its Magnificent Castle. The Black Abbey, Rothe House and Graces Courthouse are among many of the other attractions that are worth visiting here. Cycling or walking tours of the City can be arranged at an extra cost.
By bus to Dungarvan from either Dublin or Cork Airports, Rosslare and Cork Ferryports.
We can arrange transport from Dungarvan to Lismore for an extra cost.
We will be happy to advice you on your travel arrangements within Ireland.
This website heritageireland.com may provide further information for your holiday.