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South & South-West Ireland (JUNE 20th).

Guest Phil Young

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Hi Folks,

I am promoting this for one of the other lead riders in my motorcycle club. I was booked onto it and paid my ferry tickets but unfortunately, I can't make it now so am offering my space, including my ferry tickets to the person that wants to go.

It will be a fantastic trip and Ian has planned everything very well. It's basically a tour of southern Ireland and you will see everything it has to offer!

Here is it copied from the LMRC meetup site, just let me know if you want to go for sure and I can arrange it.


Hello all,

Midsummer 2015 - let's ride the beautiful roads of South West Ireland through Kerry and Cork, along the Wild Atlantic Way and take in some wonderful riding and sightseeing opportunities.

Healy Pass


Tour Summary

Day 1: Ride from London to Fishguard. Take the ferry at 14:30 to Rosslare, Ireland. 18:00 arrive Rosslare then ride ~30 mins to the beautiful traditional Irish fishing village of Kilmore Quay located on the coast of County Wexford in the South East of Ireland. We will stay our first night here.

Day 2: Ride from Kilmore Quay in the east to Killarney in the west. We will arrive early afternoon, check in to our accommodation there, leave luggage and then go on to ride the Dingle peninsula, including the Connor Pass. We will return to Killarney and spend the night there.

Day 3: The morning ride will take in the Ring of Kerry highlights, including the Gap of Dunloe, the Ballaghbeama Gap and Lough Caragh. We will loop back to Killarney for lunch. The afternoon ride will take us on the wriggliest road in Ireland to Gougane Barra (a famous and beautiful wedding chapel), an unusual mountain pass over the Cork-Kerry border then a wonderful road leading to and through the Killarney National Park, including Molls Gap, Ladies View and Mucross Lake. We return to Killarney for another night there.

Day 4: We start by riding the reverse route through the Killarney National Park (well worth it), then to Kenmare, Glengariff and to Bantry. We will check in to our accommodation there, leave luggage and then go on to ride the Ring of Beara including the Healey Pass and return to Bantry via Priest’s Leap, a narrow mountain pass with incredible views down in to Bantry Bay, our destination for the night.

Day 5: From our base in Bantry we will ride the North Coast Road to Mizen Head, the most south-westerly point in Ireland. For those that wish to, there will be a boat trip out Fastnet Rock and Clear Island. Back on the mainland, we will stop off at Crookhaven where you will find Ireland’s most southerly mainland pub and we can relax on the golden strand of Barley Cove. For those wanting more beautiful and challenging riding, there will be a trip down the Sheeps Head peninsula and a ride over the famous Goats Path. We will all return to Bantry for the night.

Day 6: From Bantry we will go south and west to Baltimore, then follow the southerly part of the Wild Atlantic Way along the coast past Roaring Water Bay to Clonakilty, then to the bustling port town of Kinsale, out to the headland to see The Old Man of, on to Cobh (pronounced Cove and the largest natural harbour) and then in to Cork, the second largest city of Ireland, where we will stay the night.

Day 7: We begin the day promptly with a trip to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone and be imbued with the ‘gift of the gab’. We then head east through the coast towns of Dungarvan, Waterford, New Ross to Wexford and the National Heritage Park. Finally we head south to Rosslare for our last night in Ireland.

Day 8: We take the 09:00 ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard, arriving 12:30. On our return journey east towards London, we will take a modest detour at Carmarthen to take a pass through the Brecon Beacons. From there we will join the M4 near Neath then continue eastwards back to London and the end of our tour.

The golden strand of Bantry Bay


Notwithstanding all this, we'll also enjoy good Irish food and drink and craic (pronounced 'crack') along the way.


• Event Host: Ian Crawford

• Ride Leader: Ian Crawford

• Tailgunner: Paul Hayden

• Wingmen - TBC

• 125cc Friendly? NO (motorways)

• Total Distance from starting point to destination: 2,000km round trip.

Here are some more pics from the June 2014 tour.

North Coast Road to Mizen Head


Blarney Castle


Gap of Dunloe, Ring of Kerry


Conner Pass, Dingle Peninsula


Here is a 5 minute video 'taster' from my previous Ireland tour,

We will be taking a ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare on Saturday 20 June at 2:30pm in the afternoon and returning by the same route on Saturday 27 June at 9am. The ferry can be booked at http://www.stenaline.co.uk/ferries-to-Ireland. Note that there are cabins to be booked on the ferry if you want. Otherwise there are seats and cafés and restaurants on board.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Won't be able to go but I can say in all honesty, that the roads mentioned in day 2 and 3 are fantastic. I know these from when I used to windsurf in Brandon Bay. If you get a chance ride up to Fahamoor near Castle Gregory.

Anyone going will see some fantastic scenery. Sounds a fantastic trip

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