I'm planning to bike (Covid-19 dependent) the perimeter of Ireland and Northern Ireland, two of the most most serene, ruggedly scenic and hospitable countries in Europe, over 30 days in June and July of 2022. Dates TBD. Just under 1,000 miles total and 40 miles a day average. Bed and breakfast overnights with dinners in restaurants and pubs followed by lively traditional (trad) music sessions most every evening.
We'll begin and end in the Co. Clare town of Ennis and head clockwise to Burren National Park, the Aran Islands, Connemara and the Maumturk Mountains, bike up the gentle side of Glengesh Pass, visit the walled city of Derry, the Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, then train to Belfast, Dublin and Cork.
From Cork we'll take in a few coastal fishing hamlets, traverse the remote and sparsely populated Beara and Iveragh Peninsulas, climb Healy Gap and the Gap of Dunloe in Killarney National Park and spend the last several days in Dingle Town and on the Dingle Peninsula.
Summer days in Ireland are pleasantly cool (50°-60° F) with near-daily, intermittent rainfall and little sunshine. A countrywide network of narrow, quiet back roads, light traffic, attractive towns, villages and out-of-the-way Irish-speaking settlements, a plethora of pre-historic sites, wonderful B&Bs and grand food and beers make Ireland ideal for experiencing by bike.
Although I will be traveling with just one other person, I invite inquiries from anyone who may be interested in joining me. My preferred travel companion (M/F over 35) is sociable, energetic and flexible with a light sense of humor, a knack for good conversation and a love of leisurely cycling, history, culture and chatting with the people we meet along the way.