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Ireland South Trip Itinery 8 Day Trip / 7 Nights Hotel Stay

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Trip Day 1 - LHD to Dublin

You will Leave LHD and head to Chester Services for a comfort stop, before riding the remainder of the route to Holyhead Ferry Terminal (163 miles)

The ferry will depart Holyhead at 4:45pm so check-in is at 3.45pm,
we will then arrive in Dublin at 7pm

We will then take the short 35 minute ride to the hotel

Check in, enjoy a nice shower, an evening meal (unless you ate on the ferry), then meet in the bar.

Trip Day 2 - Dublin to Waterford


Map

Riding approximately 4hrs 16minutes covering 141 miles

We will l eave the hotel and head for fuel at circle K petrol station, before heading towards the Wicklow Mountains.

Here we will make a small stop at Upper Lake at Glendalough, before continuing our journey through the Wicklow Mountain drive then stopping at Leo’s Diner @The Star Inn as a comfort stop at the side of Poulaphouca Reservoir.

Wicklow Mountains

Set in a deep valley gashed through the hills during the Ice Age, the 100ft round tower of Glendalough pokes up through the trees bordered by steep forested slopes of the surrounding Wicklow Mountains National Park.

This ancient monastic settlement and pilgrimage site, whose name means ‘glen of two lakes’ was founded in the sixth century by Saint Kevin and is one of Ireland’s loveliest beauty spots.

We continue our journey taking scenic country roads to our lunch point of Birdcage Café.

After lunch our route remains scenic and we head to Kilkenny Castle for another comfort stop.

Here medieval magic awaits, Kilkenny which for a brief period in the Middle Ages served as the Irish capital, astride the banks of the River Nore in the bucolic heart of Ireland.

A former stronghold of Anglo-Norman invaders, its architectural heritage is part of the draw, told in its Medieval Mile Museum and throughout its atmospheric cobblestone streets and laneways presided over by the 12th-century Kilkenny Castle.

After our comfort stop we turn south and stop for fuel should you need it, we then continue making our way towards the port town of Waterford.

Waterford


Trip Day 3 - Waterford to Skibbereen (Co Cork)

Route

Riding approximately 4hrs 30minutes covering 152 miles.

From our hotel, we first head for fuel just up the road, before head west towards Cork, whilst trying to hug the coastline. Our first stop is at pretty Dungarven Castle for a fantastic view and photo opportunity.

Dungarvan Castle dates from the early days of the Anglo-Norman settlement in Ireland. It was built around 1209 to safeguard the entrance to Dungarvan Harbour.

After our break, we will continue our journey over the Youghal bridge and then down into the town of Youghal via the estuary for our first comfort stop/lunch at fantastic flavours ice-cream parlour/american diner, or ride/walk a tad further to the Walter Raleigh Hotel for drinks, snack and food, or go slightly further still to the beach and public toilets.


We then continue west on the N25 slightly north of the coast, heading for Cork, our destination is the fantastic Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the Blarney stone, should you wish.

Once upon a time, visitors had to be held by the ankles and lowered head first over the battlements, but today, health and safety of visitors is paramount.

Blarney Castle

The Stone itself is still set in the wall below the battlements. To kiss it, you have only to lean backwards whilst holding on to an iron railing from the parapet walk.

The prize is a real one or so they say, as once kissed, the stone bestows the gift of eloquence.

After a short comfort stop, we will then head to the nearby original blarney stone restaurant for those who wish to have a snack or lunch.


Once everyone has been satisfied, we head for a fuel stop and travel through Cork to join the Wild Atlantic Highway route heading along it for 60 miles, before arriving at our hotel which overlooks the llen River and close to the centre of Skibbereen.

 

Trip Day 4 - Skibbereen to Killarney

WAH

Riding a pproximately 4hrs 16mins covering 149 miles

Ireland’s headlining scenic route, the Wild Atlantic Highway, is an epic road trip that hugs the ragged, western coast of Ireland from the isolated, weather-beaten beauty from Cork round to the Ring of Kerry in Killarney in a northerly direction along the coastline, stopping off occasionally to explore its show-stopping landscapes, towns and villages.

We will initially ride for 51 miles and have a comfort stop at Organico Cafe.

We will then ride this majectic route for a further 31 miles where we will encounter an hidden gem,

Healys Pass

The hidden gem we will encounter is Healy Pass and it is often described as one of Ireland’s greatest drives, and for good reason!

It is a mountain pass at an elevation of 334 metres that offers a unique experience from beginning to end.

The serpentine-like track weaves through isolated countryside and it lays just enough off-the-beaten-path to ensure that you’ll rarely encounter crowds.

Its is not a difficult exposed ride, but a single track road with some passing places, but its beautiful surroundings makes riding this pass a must.

After riding this pass, we will then arrive at our lunch venue, Helens Bar.

Once you have been fed and watered, we continue along the Wild Atlantic Highway for another 67 miles of outstanding beauty before arriving at our hotel.



Trip Day 5 - Ring of Kerry

Route

Riding approximately 4hrs 45minutes covering 143 miles of beautiful coastline

This riding day will be the longest, as the scenic photo opportunities just keep coming on the Ring of Kerry, one of Irelands most celebrated touring routes.

Roughly skirting the edges of the Iveragh Peninsula in the south-western corner of the country, it starts and ends in Killarney.

Along the way it threads through a ravishing reveal of mountains and Atlantic-bashed coastal views that include the UNESCO World Heritage-listed monastic settlement on Skellig Michael and the glorious golden sands of Rossbeigh Beach.

RoK

Whilst on route, we will fuel at Circle K just as we set off. We head off on the N70 towards the Ring of Kerry, before taking a slight de-tour past Lough Caragh lake, then re-joining the RoK.

We will have a comfort stop at Rosspoint and at Ballycarbery Castle, situated near the waters edge.

Castle

This impressive looking castle with it's ivy covered tower house was once home to the McCarthy Clan and built sometime in the 15th century.

It is probably the largest and most impressive castle built on the peninsula of Iveragh and is still very impressive from a distance.

ROK

After a short stop, we continue on the RoK and arrive for lunch at the Royal Valentia.

After a well earned lunch break, we head straight for the Geokaun Mountain and Cliffs and the old slate quarry, which are a sight to see.

ROK

After this impressive photo stop, we continue on the RoK and arrive at another comfort stop of Caherdaniel Garden Café where we can fuel up for those who need to.

From hear we will continue on the remaining RoK route with the finale of this route being the Killarney national park to finish off what will only be described as a very impressive riding day with numerous photo stops and a riding route second to none.

Trip Day 6 - Killarney to Limerick

Route

Riding approximately 4hrs 30minutes covering 159 miles, taking in the beauty of Dingle Pennisula

From our hotel we journey the very short distance for fuel at Circle K or Texaco petrol station.

We head on the West Atlantic Highway onto the Dingle Pennisula, we will ride past the infamous Inch Beach.

Inch Beach

We will then have a comfort stop at Strand street parking next to the Quey in Dingle where you will find Dingle coffee house stand with its freshly ground coffee, or various other cafes.

From here, we ride up Conor Pass and you will have a photo stop at the summit with its fantastic views towards Ballycurrane, the Atlantic Ocean and the west coast of Ireland. The ride up is not difficuly, or exposed, but is a very good route.

Conor pass

We then continue onto the Wild Atlantic Highway towards Tralee before turning west again to our lunch destination of SPA.

The Spa seafood restaurant serves various seafood options from curry to fish and chips.

We continue our journey on the Wild Atlantic Highway for approximately 31 miles where fuel can be obtained from the Swift petrol station before continuing our journey to Tarbert and a comfort stop at Swankeys Bar.

After our comfort stop, we continue to hug the coastline and the scenic Wild Atlantic Highway to our detination hotel in Limerick.

 

Trip Day 7 - Limerick to Dublin

Route

Riding approximately 4hrs 20minutes covering 160 miles

We initially leave the hotel and head down the road for 2 miles and refuel at Tesco Petrol Station. We then take the scenic route back to Dublin, with a nice ride round lake Lough Derg, before arriving at our comfort stop Blas Café.

We continue on a scenic route heading ever closer towards Dublin with a lunch stop at O’Dea’s Bar & Bistro.

From here we will stop for fuel at the Maxol petrol station some ¼ of a mile down the road for those who need it, and then take the fastest route to our evening hotel whilst remaining motorway free where ever possible seeing some fine Irish countryside
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Trip Day 8 - Dublin to Ferry to Home

You will have a bit of time to do some exploring of Dublin before you are needed to check in at the ferry terminal at 12.50pm for a ferry departure at 1:50pm and an arrival time in Holyhead at 4:05pm

We will then make the return journey to Chester services for a comfort stop and then continue towards home.

For those who would like longer, there is a later ferry, and you could then hotel in Holyhead.

Hotel Costs £668 based on two sharing (B & B)
Ferry Costs £268 based on one motorbike and two passengers

Mileage approximately 1247

(Prices correct at time of display, but are subject to potential change)

Lets hope Michael Pierce can organise a better deal on the hotels???

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