15 Day 'Beara Breifne Way' Cycling Tour

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15 DAYS

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14 nights stay, 14 days cycling

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Participants need to have a good level of fitness and previous cycling experience is recommended.

From €1599 pps

“The trail descriptions, the suggestions for local transportation, the accommodations were all excellent. I like that the company checks in to see how things are going as I am on my own. They are very helpful and friendly and overall it is a totally grand experience!.”

– Dianne, Canada, 2017

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15 Day ‘Beara Breifne’ Cycling Tour

The Beara Breifne Way is a NEW cycle route we are launching for 2020.  It covers approx. 500km and takes you through the heart of Ireland to many places few people other than locals visit.  It immerses you into an Ireland that is fast disappearing, as you travel along back country roads, through farmyards, along by rivers, into old market towns and gives you every possible opportunity to meet with and chat with local people.  It follows an amazing history about a trip undertaken in the 1600’s by one of Ireland’s last Gaelic Chieftains – Donal Cam O’Sullivan Beare from the Beara Peninsula in the South West of Ireland.  Ravaged by war, his tribe was forced to flee Munster to seek refuge further north.

Known as the “Beara Breifne Way” you begin your holiday on the magnificent Beara Peninsula in Castletownbere.  From here, you follow your route through Counties Cork, Tipperary, Limerick, Galway, Roscommon and Leitrim to finish your 15-Day holiday in Leitrim.  This is a glorious cycle and each stage is divided into an average 45kms per day with one or two longer days.  Your bed and breakfast accommodations are included, your luggage will be moved for you from place to place and your Route Notes and maps will be ready for you on your arrival as you enjoy this truly fantastic holiday bringing you into the very heart and soul of Ireland that all dream of but few discover.

Highlights

  • The Wild Atlantic Way
  • Experience hidden towns & old country roads
  • Visit the Irish speaking village of Ballingeary
  • Cross the famous Blackwater River
  • Visit a donkey sanctuary
  • Visit Ireland’s Eco-Village
  • Experience the ‘Lakelands of Ireland’

Whats Included?

  • 14 night’s Bed and Breakfast
  • 2 x evening meals included
  • 14 days cycling. Varied and interesting each day.
  • Move your luggage each day.
  • Give you full cycling details, easy to read route descriptions and maps of the area.
  • 24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number.
  • Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the most from this Irish cycling experience.
  • Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
  • Extra days/nights booking on request.
  • Advice service provided to aid planning any additional activities, travel, etc.
  • Prices are per person sharing. Single Room Supplement – €550.00. Solo Traveller Supplement – €900.00.
  • Additional supplement for bike hire

Day by Day

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Arrive to Castletownbere & overnight there.  Today you have the opportunity to try out your cycles as you travel just west of Castletownbere to reach Dunboy Castle – once home of Donal Cam O’Sullivan – where your holiday “officially” begins.

Cycle Castletownbere to Glengarriff and overnight here: 42kms

The Wild Atlantic Ocean will be constantly lapping on your right side today and you will have glorious views across Bantry Bay as you cycle east along the southern shores of the Beara Peninsula.  This magnificent cycle will leave you windswept by the ocean as you reach the beautiful village of Glengarriff for your overnight stop.

If you did not have time or opportunity on your arrival day – you will start your cycle by visiting Dunboy Castle just outside Castletownbere and the official start of your holiday.

Cycle Glengarriff to Ballingeary: 41kms
Overnight is an additional 7kms from Ballingeary.  Starting with glorious views across Bantry Bay, the Sheeps Head Peninsula and Whiddy Island, you then turn inland and uphill to reach Kealkill.  From here, you have an impressive climb to reach a pass before descending to the idyllic Gougane Barra – once home to St Finbarr.  A few kms beyond here takes you to the Irish speaking village of Ballingeary.

Ballingeary to Millstreet: 42kms

Overnight in Millstreet.  This beautiful cycle is a mix of climbing and culture with an opportunity to explore Ballyvourney along the way.  This is still a “Gaelteacht” area (Irish speaking region) and Ballyvourney is most famous for St. Gobnait’s well – a wonderful place of peace and tranquillity.  One of Ireland’s most famous Irish poets comes from Ballyvourney and the man responsible for the revival of traditional Irish music, Sean O’Riada was born here.

Climbing out of Ballyvourney, you continue on to reach the town of Millstreet – once home to the Eurovision Song Contest.

 

Millstreet to Churchtown: 49kms  

This is where you really start to reach the heart of Ireland as you cross the famous Blackwater River and then wind through country roads to reach towns and villages that most people have never heard of.

Along the way you have the opportunity to visit Newmarket, Lismire and Liscarroll and a wonderful Donkey Sanctuary just outside.

Churchtown to Tipperary: 58kms

Today’s cycle offers some superb scenery with rolling landscapes and the impressive Galtee range of mountains to add definition.

As you continue towards Tipperary, you ascend the beautiful Glen of Aherlow, and no doubt you will be singing “It’s a long way to Tipperary” as the glorious views are rewarded with a fantastic downhill stretch into the town.

Tipperary to Upperchurch: 41kms 

Soon after Tipperary you will reach the village of Donohill – and beyond that – an important landmark for the O’Sullivan Bere army.  Here they attacked another chieftain to gain much needed food & drink before continuing their journey north & inland.

Reaching the lovely village of Hollyford, you then have a steep climb before you reach your final destination for today – Upperchurch.

Upperchurch to Cloughjordan: 47kms 

This is where you start to discover the heart of Ireland, and those little villages that give you a real taste for life in these rural areas.  A gradual climb gives you wonderful views across Co Tipperary descending into the lovely village of Templederry.

Continuing through this lovely section of rural Ireland, you then climb again before descending to a village called Toomevara.  Passing a lovely old Augustinian Friary, your final destination brings you to Ireland’s Eco-Villages Cloughjordan– a truly wonderful place to visit and local people longing to tell you more about it.

Cloughjordan to Portumna: 36kms 

Today’s cycle is along flatter country as you reach one of the main crossing points of the River Shannon at Portumna.  The Shannon is the longest river in the British Isles and is harnessed in one location to provide electricity to much of the local area.  You have a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself into the history of this region, passing through a lovely place called Loorha – rich in early ecclesiastical history. Reaching Portumna – you will be amazed at how busy this small town is compared to your previous few nights

Portumna to Ballinasloe: 59kms 

Enjoy the meandering countryside today as you have a fairly level cycle bringing you to the historical villages of Meelick – with Ireland’s oldest Roman Catholic Church still in use today.  Then on to Clonfert – made famous by St. Brendan who had a monastic settlement there.  He was one of Ireland’s earliest voyagers and discovered America in the 6th century.  Next you cycle through Aughrim – famous for a battle there, and then on to Ballinasloe – where a traditional horse fair – the oldest in Ireland still happens once a year in October.

Ballinasloe to Athleague:  54kms

Cycling through a part of Ireland’s rich bogland, this area is in total contrast to your first few days.  Continuing on fairly level ground, you reach a place known as Mount Mary where a number of O’Sullivan’s people died due to exhaustion and exposure on their way from Beara to Breifne.  Thankfully you get to cycle on a little further, passing through the village of Creggs before reaching your overnight accommodation in Athleague.

Athleague to Ballaghaderreen:  65kms

This is the longest distance of your cycle trip.  You have history, castles, farms and people to enjoy along the way.  Taking you through some beautiful countryside, you will see the “lakelands of Ireland” as you pass some glorious lakes along the way.  If you can pronounce your final destination, that’s a bonus! It means the road of the little oak trees and it is a lovely place with some beautiful Georgian architecture.

Ballaghaderreen to Castlebaldwin & Lough Arrow: 44kms 

A hillier cycle today giving you glorious views across this lovely region of Ireland.  Passing the impressive Moygara Castle, you then continue to reach the Bricklieve Mountains – famous for their megalithic burial mounds.  Descending into Castlebaldwin, you then have a lovely cycle around Lough Arrow before one last climb to your overnight destination.

Lough Arrow to Leitrim: 38kms

This brings you to the end of your cycle as you reach the village of Leitrim and what little remains of the O’Rourke Castle at Breifne where Donal Cam O’Sullivan took refuge in.  On the way, you pass the impressive Kilronan Castle Hotel & Spa – said to be the “best Spa break in Ireland”.  Continuing on, you have more wonderful Lakeland scenery to enjoy before you finally reach Leitrim village.  Here, you can celebrate your achievement in one of the village pubs as you enjoy your final overnight before your onward journey home.

Departure from Leitrim.

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From €1599 pps

“The trail descriptions, the suggestions for local transportation, the accommodations were all excellent. I like that the company checks in to see how things are going as I am on my own. They are very helpful and friendly and overall it is a totally grand experience!.”

– Dianne, Canada, 2017

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