From July 27 through August 24, I'll be biking around the perimeter of Ireland and Northern Ireland, two of Europe's friendliest and most ruggedly scenic countries. Flying from Washington, DC to Shannon. 31 overnights in B&Bs. About 850 miles, averaging 40 a day. Dinners in restaurants and pubs followed by lively, finger-tapping traditional music sessions most evenings.
I'm looking for one other sociable, flexible individual (M/F, 35+) with a subtle sense of humor, a love of good conversation and an affinity for chatting with those we meet along the way to join me for all or part of the adventure.
We begin in Ennis, Co. Clare, then head north along lightly-traveled coastal roads through the Burren, Connemara, the Inagh and Doo Lough Valleys, Donegal, the Antrim Coast, Mizen Head and the Beara, Iveragh and Dingle Peninsulas before returning to Ennis.
We'll take ferries to Inishmaan, Rossaveel, Aranmore and the Blasket Islands, plus a few trains to cross some less interesting territory. We'll visit pre-historic and historic sites, early Christian beehive huts and ring forts, Aillwee Cave, Croagh Patrick and the National Famine Memorial, the Giant's Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge, Belfast, the Ring of Kerry and Valentia Island, climb Healy Pass and top Moll's Gap and the Gap of Dunloe in Killarney National Park.
Ireland's summer weather is pleasantly cool (highs of 50°-65°F) with little sunshine. Be prepared to bike in light and sporadic rains, which are a near-daily occurrence. Irish B&Bs are wonderfully hospitable and comfortable, the breakfasts filling and yummy (coffee being an exception!) and the pubs truly "Ireland's living room."