I plan to return to Ireland in the summer of 2022 and for four weeks enjoy some of the best cycle touring in Europe. B&B accommodations, 40-60 miles a day, one or two rest days a week, lunches and pastry stops as required on the road and dinners in pubs and restaurants. Finger-tapping "trad" music at night. I'd like to find one other sociable and adventurous cyclist (M/F over 35) with a good sense of humor and an easy flexibility to join me.
We'll fly into Shannon in Co. Clare and cycle north along the coast to wild and pristine Co. Donegal in the far Northwest before heading east into Co. Derry in Northern Ireland and on to Belfast. From there we'll take the train to Dublin and across the midlands to Co. Cork, completing our journey by bike through counties Kerry and Clare.
The Irish climate is one of light, near-daily rain, summertime highs in the 50s-60s with little sunshine and misty clouds hanging lazily over the hills and mountaintops. Ireland offers a generous network of narrow, lightly-travelled rural roads, courteous drivers, pockets of the Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking areas), prehistoric settlements, magnificent scenery, abundant bed and breakfasts, grand beers and exceptionally hospitable and friendly people.
Along the way, we'll visit some delightful towns and villages: Doolin, Galway, Clifden, Leenane, Westport, Sligo, Glencolumbkille, Gweedore, Baltimore, Kenmare, Dingle. We'll hop a ferry or three to the Aran Islands, Inishturk Island and perhaps - weather dependent - Skellig Michael. We'll bike the Connemara loop through the most beautiful region of the country, climb challenging Glengesh Pass and Moll's Gap, walk the wobbly Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and the Giant's Causeway, drop by the Bushmills Distillery and - hopefully - get lost once or twice and delight in some serendipitous encounter or other.
Expressions of interest are welcomed along with a bit about your bicycle touring experience and why this trip caught your eye. The dates are approximate.
Monday, 13. June 2022 until Thursday, 14. July 2022 (GMT +01:00)