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Ireland - South Coast Explorer

Price from €945 per person

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Start: Waterford

Finish: Cork City

Daily Ave: 48-55km

Weekly Ave: 270kms

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Terrain: A moderate tour with hills but no major climbs

NEW TOUR 2020
For 2020 we have looked to our Southern Coastline for inspiration.   We have mapped out what we think is a fantastic new route that follows the Coast South Westwards from the ancient city of Waterford to “the real Capital“, Cork.  We take diversions up the beautiful River Valleys to visit the Castles and settlements once plundered by the Vikings.

The tour is one of our flatter routes and has many interesting diversions along the way from Ireland’s longest rail tunnel which is now a Green Way, to the Titanic and Tigers and some of the best food in Ireland.

Tour highlights:
Cycling the Waterford Greenway
Visit Titanic museum in Cobh
Visit Midelton Whiskey Distillery
Great Food along Ireland’s culinary coastline

Tour Itinerary

7 Night Tour

Day
1

Arrival in Waterford image 1

Arrival in Waterford

We meet up in Waterford City on the banks of the River Suir. This is one of Irelands oldest towns dating back to the 9th Century when it became an important Viking trading post.

There are medieval streets, Viking Towers, and the renowned Waterford Crystal Centre to explore her before sampling the local speciality – the Blaa, a form of bread with its own EU protected geographic identity.

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7 Night Tour

Day
2

Waterford – Waterford 49km  image 1

Waterford – Waterford 49km

Todays ride is a loop which takes us out along the southern bank of the Suir River leaving the city and suburbs for the small river bank communities before reaching the Ocean at the picturesque fishing port of Dunmore East where a welcome break for a swim on the village beach for the hardy is a possibility and a tasty lunch in one of the cute cafes a certainty.

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7 Night Tour

Day
3

Waterford to Dungarvan 50km image 1

Waterford to Dungarvan 50km

Todays route is almost entirely on the Waterford – Dungarvan Greenway. A motor traffic free cycling and walking trail with views inland to the Comeragh Mountains and out to sea across golden beaches. The trail was once a rail line so it is predominantly flat and features Irelands longest rail tunnel!

The Greenway starts just outside Waterford City and runs all the way to the centre of Dungarvan. Along the way there are plenty of excuses to stop; Gardens to wander around, Norman ruins to explore and great cafes in which to linger.

Waterford to Dungarvan 50km image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
4

Rest Day in Dungarvan ( optional cycle to Dungarvan Loop 61km ) image 1

Rest Day in Dungarvan ( optional cycle to Dungarvan Loop 61km )

Dungarvan is a pleasant, vibrant town of 10,000 inhabitants with pretty sail boats bobbing in breeze in the harbour and some of Ireland’s best restaurants and cafes dotted around the busy squares and waterside.    The 12th Century Dungarvan Castle is worth a visit as is the Waterford County Museum. Both of these venues are free to enter and both feature on the Waterford Heritage trail which you can follow via an app on your phone.

Those feeling energetic can do a loop ride out into the hills south of the town, earning for their climbing efforts a wide panorama sweeping from the Knockmealdown Mountains, across farms of rich pastureland and out to the Ocean. The route then takes us down to the seaside village of Ardmore for lunch and perhaps a swim before return to Dungarvan along the spectacular coast. The route takes in the historic Helvic Head and the Irish Speaking village of Ring on our way back to Dungarvan.

Rest Day in Dungarvan ( optional cycle to Dungarvan Loop 61km ) image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
5

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Dungarvan to Youghal 60km

Leaving Dungarvan we head gently inland on tree lined roads between stone walled farms towards the foot of the Knockmealdown Mountains.

Our route keeps us below the hills in the stunning Blackwater River Valley as we follow the river upstream through the village of Cappaquin and onto the amazing heritage town of Lismore with its 12th Century castle and 13th Century Cathedral.

After lunch we ride down the southern bank of the Blackwater with wonderful views across its sylvan river bank landscape to the coastal town of Youghal, an old Norman Walled Port Town. There is a long golden sandy beach by the town and some excellent pubs and restaurants. The town featured in the 1950’s Moby Dick Movie.

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7 Night Tour

Day
6

Youghal to Middleton 57km image 1

Youghal to Middleton 57km

Our route today brings us through flat fertile East Cork farmlands which are home to some of Irelands most celebrated artisan food producers.    On quiet back roads we wind our way among fields of contented grazing cattle to reach and follow the coast to the pretty port village of Ballycotton, perched over the wild Atlantic ocean.

After lunch the route crosses the Roches Point Peninsula, which marks the entrance to Cork Port, and follows the eastern side of Cork Harbour by the waters edge to the town of Middleton – famed for its distillery and some of the finest (and most expensive) Irish Whiskey available.

Youghal to Middleton 57km image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
7

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Middleton to Cork 52km

From the bustling busy town of Middleton we are soon on quiet backroads passing ruined castles and crossing inlets to reach Fota Island. This oasis of calm, once a grand estate and Regency House, on the edge of the City of Cork is host to a Golf Course Resort and Hotel as well as an amazing 100acre wildlife park. There are lions, tigers and rhinos wandering about here. There are also stunning manicured gardens around the house a couple of good cafes in which to relax and enjoy the surroundings.

We continue to the town of Cobh where the Titanic took on its last passengers before setting out on its final tragic voyage.   We head by Ferry across the River Lee to follow its banks towards the city.   We soon pick up a traffic free walking and cycling path that takes us along the riverbank to Blackrock Castle, dating from the 16th Century and now an observatory – it commands panoramic views over the waterways around the entrance to Cork Port.

Continuing on our off-road cycle lane we reach its end at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, the 45000 capacity stadium that is home of Cork Gaelic Athletic Association. From here we ride through the city to our accommodation. Our final night will see us enjoying a celebratory meal and a chance to take in some live music in the lively city pubs.

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7 Night Tour

Day
8

Homeward Bound image 1

Homeward Bound

After a relaxing breakfast you can continue your journey for home. Cork Rail Station & Bus Stations are a short distance away with plenty of options to other parts of the country.

Homeward Bound image 2

Prices / Dates

€ 945.00 per person sharing
€ 255.00 single occupancy (on request only)

Tour Includes

• Seven nights accommodation with full Irish breakfast.
• One evening meal
• 24 speed touring bike with bag carrier, mudguards, water bottle carrier and a small pannier bag.
• Route maps and details.
• Helmet rental (on request)
• Luggage transfer each day
• Support van with tour guide with minimum of 8 people
• GPS tracks available (on request)

Not included:
E-bikes (limited availability) €100

Group tour dates
( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability, Green = available)

18-July,

Self Guided Tour Information

This tour has limited availability on a self guided basis,  please email us with any individual request.

Accommodation

(Subject to availability)

We are currently organising accommodation for this tour and will put details online as soon as possible
As with all our tours in Ireland the accommodation will be a mixture of hotels and comfortable guesthouses

Travel

The tour starts in Waterford City which is accessible to by train & bus

TRAINS
You can get a train from Cork City to Waterford but the journey takes 3 hours as you have to first go to Limerick Junction and then change for the train to Waterford
There are direct trains from Dublin to Waterford and the journey takes just over 2 hours
Click here for all details on the trains to and from Waterford 

BUSES
Waterford is well served by a bus Network
There are regular buses from Cork City ( and Cork Airport ) to Waterford.  The journey takes a little over 2 hours so is probably a better option than the train...
There are also regular buses from Dublin to Waterford.  The journey takes 2.5 hours so is a little longer than taking the train from Dublin!
Click here for all details on the buses to and from Waterford 

tour map coming soon

Tour Reviews

Tour FAQ

What support do we receive on this tour

Guide in a support van / no cycling guide

We offer one set departure dates ( 18th July )  for group tour bookings. If we reach a minimum of 8 people on the set departure tour date the tour will be run with a guide in a support van.
The guide will meet you each morning to give you a short briefing for the day ahead. Then you can set off in small groups or individually. Each person has their own route details. Your guide will then collect the luggage and deliver the bags to the next night's accommodation before catching up with the group again.
Although the guide will not be cycling with you, he or she will be driving the support van and will make a sweep to ensure that all is well, and offer lifts to those who want a break.
This provides a sense of freedom in that you can travel at your own pace in the security that the guide is there for you in the event that you might need them. The guide will recommend places to eat and try to find out where the best entertainment is each night.
Most importantly, the guide sets the right tone to make you feel welcome to the country and to help you in whatever way possible so that each day you are free to leave your worries behind.

If we don’t reach the minimum of 8 bookings, this tour will go ahead as self guided version with luggage transfers via our local taxi companies. There might be others cycling the same route, but there won’t be a guide in a support van. However, you can always contact us in the office to get assistance and if you need a lift we can organize this for you.

What bikes are provided

In 2020 we will be using the GIANT CITY bicycles for our tours.
To see the specification for this you can visit the Giant website:
Gents model 
Ladies model 

Bikes come in different sizes and in gents and ladies style frames.

It is very important you give us your height on booking so that we can allocate the correct bike to you.

E-Bikes
For a supplement of €100 its possible to book an e-bike
We are using EASE-E+ 2 ELECTRIC BIKE or similar please click here for more details.
We offer small and medium-sized e-bikes. Recommended body heights for our e-bikes range from 160cm - 183 cm.

How fit do I need to be for this tour

Looking at a scale from 1 - 10 (1 = easiest, 10 = hardest) we are giving this tour 4 points.

This is one of our easier tours in Ireland. People of all ages and abilities come on the tours, so do not worry if you are not super-fit. You have all day to cover the recommended route, and while Irish roads rarely follow a straight line, there are few really high climbs.
However in saying all of that,  you will enjoy the tour more if you have been on your bike regularly before the trip!

The average daily cycling distance is around 38-50 km.   

Is GPS available

We offer Garmin files on request, but you need to bring your own device.

What should I pack

We would seriously recommend that you bring padded cycling shorts and / or a gel saddle cover that will definitely make your day’s cycling more comfortable. Cycling gloves are also a good investment. You can also bring your own saddle which we should be able to attach to our bikes.
We provide pannier bags (not waterproof) in which you can keep your day-to-day items. Otherwise, you may prefer to use a daypack and there are back carriers on each bike for this purpose.
We do not provide rain gear so be sure to bring your own lightweight waterproofs.
Don’t forget sun cream, sunglasses, sun hat as well as a bathing suit for that refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean.
Our rental bikes don’t have lights – no problem on the long summer evenings, but if you are traveling in May or September, please bring your own light or high-visibility vest.
Finally, if you wish to use toe clips please bring your own pedals with toe clips which we can attach to our bikes (the pedals on our bikes do not accommodate toe clips)

What are the different room types called

You have the option of booking different room types:
Double room = Room with one big bed for two people
Twin room = Room with two single beds for two people
Single room = Room with one single bed
Triple room = Room with one double and one single for three people OR room with three single beds
Family room = Room with one double and two single beds

If the room type you would like to book is not listed on the booking form, you can specify this in the section "other details"

What is the deposit for this tour

To confirm you onto our tour, we require a deposit of 250 euro per person.
After your initial booking request, we will be in touch with payment details.

The remaining balance for the cycling tour will be due 60 days prior tour start.

What happens if I need to cancel my trip

Should you wish to cancel, cancellation charges will be imposed. These are calculated from the day written notification is received by the company or their agent as a percentage of the total tour price, including surcharges as follows:
> 60 days before departure – retention of deposit (250 euro per person)
60-14 days before departure – 50%
< 14 days before departure – 100%

To claim the balance back, you need to send the details on to your travel insurance who should reimburse you. Please make sure that your travel insurance covers the costs for unforeseen cancellation before signing up.

Prices / Dates

€ 945.00 per person sharing
€ 255.00 single occupancy (on request only)

Tour Includes

• Seven nights accommodation with full Irish breakfast.
• One evening meal
• 24 speed touring bike with bag carrier, mudguards, water bottle carrier and a small pannier bag.
• Route maps and details.
• Helmet rental (on request)
• Luggage transfer each day
• Support van with tour guide with minimum of 8 people
• GPS tracks available (on request)

Not included:
E-bikes (limited availability) €100

Group tour dates
( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability, Green = available)

18-July,

Self Guided Tour Information

This tour has limited availability on a self guided basis,  please email us with any individual request.

 

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