September 12-Day 2018 Crew

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Start and Finish Days Itinerary

Saturday 8th
Paul and Stephen leave Bangor at 8:45am and head for Premier Inn, Titanic Qtr, Belfast
9:30am Premier Inn, Titanic Quarter. Paul and Stephen

  1. Biddi Christensen

  2. Gill Selby

12:30pm Dublin Airport. Paul and Taxi-bus (Shamrock Taxi Tours – Amanda)

  1. Graham Dingley

  2. Jan Dingley

  3. James Goodwin

  4. Kathleen Curley

  5. Mike Curley

  6. Ben Weigand

  7. Rob Holmes

2:00 – 2:30pm 30 min break – Mayfield – M7, Junction 14. All.
4:00pm Arrive Cork Airport - 16 people – Paul, Stephen and Taxi-bus

  1. Armorel Young

  2. Brian McDonough- Need box take to Malin Head

  3. Diana Parker

  4. Flora Forster

  5. Geoff Bond

  6. Julie McDonough - Need box take to Malin Head

  7. Kim Aitken

  8. Laura Couper

  9. Martin Sammon

  10. Richard Davies

  11. Richard Warder

  12. Roy Stevens

  13. Sheila Stevens

  14. Sheila Larking

  15. Tricia Farnham

  16. Bill Farnham

5:30pm – Briefing and bike prep in hotel lobby - Liz – registration, Stephen & Paul  – fit rental bikes, help prep bikes, install Wahoo GPS Units
7:30pm – Meal in hotel

Sunday 9th
7:00 – Breakfast
7:45 –Coach to Mizen Head (Butler Bus Tours)
10:45 - Arrive Mizen Head
11:00 – Cyclists depart

Thursday 20th (Finish Day)

Pack up and get a drink at Seaview Tavern – +353 74 937 0117
Coach is Belfast Bus Company – Wayne + 44 (0)28 9074 2444 ext 102
•    Cyclists arrive Malin Head at 2:00pm+
•    Cyclist arrive Seaview Tavern at 3:00pm
•    Coach arrives 4:15pm
•    Coach and Vans leave 4:15pm
•    Box van arrives Maldron Hotel 6:45pm
•    Coach and vans arrive Maldron Hotel 6:45pm
•    Arrive Titanic Qtr, Belfast 7:45pm

Notes for Leader’s Intro Brief

1.    General ethos is relaxed. Enjoy the sights. Take time for photos (safely!)
2.    YOUR responsibility to have bags labelled. Including ‘day bag’
3.    Have you completed the ICE form? Any medical conditions / allergies noted?
4.    Daily schedule – see section below
5.    Evening - free to wine / dine and enjoy the destination. We can advise, but receptionists are good sources of local information / restaurants / bars / local maps, etc. and can call taxis if required, etc.
6.    Lunch and brew stop locations are marked on Route Guides
7.    Emphasize Hygiene - Remove gloves and use hand disinfectant
8.    Support team will move ahead and prep lunch in time for first rider arriving. Will wait until all riders through
9.    Bags will be in reception when you arrive
10.    Where practical, the support vehicle will ‘leap frog’ the riders. If we pass don’t wave unless you want us to stop. We will be looking in our mirror and a clear ‘hand on the head’ signal will be seen and we will stop at next safe area
11.    We will carry snacks and water
12.    If you flag us down you have the option of travelling in the Support vehicle if you are cold or tired, etc. Bike will go in van
13.    Quick overview of route

Daily Schedule
7:15am Briefing in hotel lobby
7:30am Breakfast
8:15am Check out and bags to van then collect / prep bike
8:45am Depart for the day’s cycle

Bikes need prepped for next day the night before – tyres pumped and check for damage. Don’t lube indoors

Daily Cycling Itinerary

Sun 9th Day 1 - Mizen to Glengarrif 37mi 2086ft / 59.6km 635m
Brew Stop 11.9 / 19.2 Small Harbour on left after tower on right
Lunch Stop Dry 26.6 / 42.8 Bantry Marina on left - small car park
Lunch Stop Wet 27.4 / 44.1 The Bantry Bay Hotel +353 27 55789
Hotel – Eccles Hotel, Optional group dinner 7pm €25 starter and main course

Mon 10th Day 2 - Glengarriff To Killarney 44mi 3171ft / 70.8km 966m
Brew Stop 16.7 / 26.8 approx Kenmare - open area side of road in right before bridge?
Lunch Stop Dry 23.5 / 37.8 Moll's Gap - layby on road or car park at the coffee shop
Lunch Stop Wet 23.5 / 37.8 Moll's Gap - Avoca café Mary 00 353 87 9950371 - already booked for 12 noon €6.25 soup & bread or quiche or curry for €8.75
Hotel – Castle Lodge
REMEMBER TO BOOK FERRY ONLINE FOR TOMORROW

Tue 11th Day 3 - Killarney to Kilkee 74mi 3002ft / 119.1km 915m
Brew Stop 18.9 / 30.4 Blennerville Windmill - picnic area left before crossing bridge
Lunch Stop Dry 30.7 / 49.4 Ballyheague Marina - turn down left SIGN!
Lunch Stop Wet 25.3 / 40.7 Ardfert - This is early - research Foxford instead?
 - Kate Browns Pub +353 66 713 4055 Booked for 12:30pm Andrew €9 soup / sandwiches / tea & coffee
 - Castle Arms Hotel +353 66 713 3119 turn down left SIGN! Can't get through
 - White Sands Hotel +353 66 713 3102 Don't open until 5:30 pm
 - Flahives +353 66 713 3119 Can't get through
Second Brew Stop 57.8 / 93.1 Tarbert Ferry picnic area on right before dock
Hotel – Stella Maris,  Optional group dinner 7pm

Wed 12th Day 4 - Kilkee to Lahinch 61mi 2260ft / 98.2km 688m
Brew Stop 15.9 / 25.6 Car park at Loop Head
Lunch Stop Dry 35.5 / 57.2 St. Flannan's Church - on right
Lunch Stop Wet 35.5 / 57.2 Keane's Bar - Michael Keane +353 65 905 6302 Booked for 1-2pm (call if change). Soup / sandwiches / tea & coffee €9
Hotel – Lahinch Golf Hotel

Thu 13th Day 5 - Lahinch to Ballyvaughan 41mi 2548ft / 66km 776m
Brew Stop 6.6 / 10.6 Cliffs of Moher car park - after viewing cliffs
Lunch Stop Dry 21.7 / 34.9 Layby on left
Lunch Stop Wet 19. / 30.9 2 A.E O'Donohues - +353 (0)65 707 6119 Pat Provisionally booked - need to let him know if we are coming €10 for stew or fish&chips or salad
Hotel – Hylands Burren Hotel Optional group dinner 7pm €23

Fri 14th Day 6 - Ballyvaughan to Galway 46mi 2034ft / 74.1km 619m
Brew Stop 16.8 / 27 Burren Outdoor Education Centre on right
Lunch Stop Dry 24.3 / 39.1 Quay at Kinvarra
Lunch Stop Wet TBC
Hotel – Nox Hotel

Sat 15th Day 7 - Galway to Clifden 58mi 1918ft / 93.4km 584m
Brew Stop 13.0 / 20.9 Spidel - roadside on left by sea
Lunch Stop Dry 32.2 / 51.8 Layby area / church on right
Lunch Stop Wet 33 or 36 Screeba House +353 91 574 110 or Conemara Visitor Centre +353 91 574 292 (Ionad Culturtha an Phiarsaigh) or Recess - Joyce's (slight detour turning right)?
Hotel – Alcock and Brown. Optional group dinner 7pm €25 TBC

Sun 16th Day 8 - Clifden to Wesport 52mi 3124ft / 83.7km 952m
Brew Stop 13-16 Somewhere between 13 and 16mi by roadside?
Lunch Stop Dry 24.7 / 39.8 Kilary Fjord. Layby on left
Lunch Stop Wet 24.9 / 40.1 Hamilton's Bar, Leenane - +353 95 42266
Hotel – Westport Woods

Mon 17th Day 9 - Westport to Sligo 66mi 2699ft / 106.3km 822m
Brew Stop 15.2 / 24.5 Old bridge crossing on right / layby somewhere?
Lunch Stop Dry 26.7 / 43 Foxford - car park on right through town
Lunch Stop Wet 26.5 / 42.7 Guiry's Bar - +353 (094) 92 56393 Pat and Martha (or The Woolen Mills - need to turn left a little)
Hotel – Sligo City Hotel

Tue 18th Day 10 - Sligo to Donegal 52mi 2402ft / 83.7km 732m
Brew Stop 21.9 / 35.3 Grassy area on left overlooking sea at Mullaghmore
Lunch Stop Dry 41.4 / 66.7 Rossnowlagh Beach (end of short slip road on left)
Lunch Stop Wet 41.2 / 66.3 Smugglers Creek - +353 71 9852367
Hotel – Abbey Hotel

Wed 19th Day 11 - Donegal to Letterkenny 55mi 3709ft / 88.6km 1130m
Brew Stop 17.9 / 28.8 On leaving Glenties - small rest area on right
Lunch Stop Dry 30.9 / 49.7 Layby / monument thing on left? Or earlier by roadside or 31.1 - Doochray village car park on left by wall?
Lunch Stop Wet 30.9 / 49.7 Teach Gleans Ceo Bar - Doochory
Hotel – Dillons Hotel Optional group dinner 7pm - grill bar menu (leaders get free desert)

Thu 20th Day 12 - Letterkenny to Malin Head 56mi 3044ft / 90.2km 927m
Brew Stop 15 mi approx
Lunch Stop Dry 25.2 / 40.6 Picnic area on right before church
Lunch Stop Wet 28.7 / 46.2 Inishown Gateway Hotel - +353 74 936 1144

Bike Shops / Repairs

SKIBBEREEN
Roycroft Cycles, 49B Townsend St, Gortnaclohy, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, P81 XF38 +353 (0)28 21235

KENMARE
Finnegans Cycles, 38 Henry St, Kenmare, Co. Kerry +353 (0)64 664 1083

KILLARNEY
iBike, The Reeks Gateway, 1, Tralee Rd, V93 XH51, Tralee Rd +353 64 662 0105
O'Sullivans Cycles, 49 High Street, +353 64 663 1282

SPANISH POINT
Top Bike, Lahinch Road, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland, +353 65 686 2000
Lahinch Adventures? Ben on: +353 (0) 86 8448622

DOOLIN
Doolin Rent-a-Bike, Doolin, Co Clare, V95 D6V4 +353 (0)86 109 1850 or +353 (0)87 656 9837

GALWAY
Kearneys Cycles, Terryland Retail Park, Headford Rd, Galway, +353 (0)91 563 356
West Side Cycles, 4 Westside Business Centre, Old Seamus Quirke Rd, Galway, H91 DRKO, +353 91 525 007

CLIFDEN
Mannion Bike Hire, Bridge St, Clifden, Co. Galway + 353 (0)95 21160

WESTPORT
Westport Bike Shop, Newport Road, Carrowbeg, Westport, +353 98 24966

DONEGAL
Castle Cycles, Michael, Raphoe +353 (0)74 91 45185 or +353 (0)87 7655834
Oggy’s Cycle Repairs, Carndonagh, +353 (0)86 4412 800

SLIGO
Gary's Cycles, Quay St, Rathquarter, Sligo +353 (0)71 913 8060

LETTERKENNY
LK Bikes and Toys, John Crossan Bus Pk, Bonagee, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal + 353 (0)74 912 6728

Evening Restaurants & Pubs

KILLARNEY
•    ITALIAN CUISINE RISTORANTE :17 Street, Anthonys Place, Killarney Tel: 0646626575 - Contemporary design inside but great food – 
•    O’CONNORS IRISH PUB : 7 High Street, Killarney Tel: 00353 6431115 - Referred to as ‘best bar in Ireland’, Traditional music and food – good beer
•    THE GRAND: Killarney Grand Hotel, Main St - Great for music!
•    MURPHY’S BAR : College Street, Killarney Tel: 00353 646631294 - Good music and food.
•    TREYVAUDS : Fine dining : 63 High Street, Killarney - Tel: 00353 646633062
SPANISH POINT
•    Tide Bistro (attached to the Bellbridge House Hotel - Tel: +353 65 708 4038 - The Coast Lodge
•    Bistro & Wine Bar - Spanish Point, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, V95 WV66 - Tel: +353 65 707 9676
GALWAY
•    FAT FREDDY’S RESTAURANT : The Halls, Quay Street, Galway - Tel: 00353 91567279 - Good food & unusual décor & memorabilia on walls, quirky.
•    IL VICOLO : Bridgemills, O’Brian’s Bridge, Galway - Tel: 00353 91530515 - Italian cuisine.
•    ROBERTA’S RESTORANTE & PIZZERIA: 161 Upper Salthill, Galway - Tel: 00353 91585808
•    TIGCOILI PUB : Mainguard Street, Galway - Tel: 091561294 - Family run pub, great music and atmosphere. 
•    THE QUAYS PUB & RESTAURANT; 11 Quay Street, Galway - Tel: 00353 91568347 - Church pews, gothic décor, good music & food
•    THAI GARDEN RESTAURANT, Spanish Arch, Galway, Ireland - Tel: +353 91 567 865
•    ARTISAN 2 Quay St, Galway, Ireland - €25 3-course meal option
•    TRATTORIA MAGNETTI 12 Quay Street Tel: +353 91 563910 – great Italian restaurant
WESTPORT
•    TORRINO’S RESTAURANT: 10 Market Lane, Westport - Tel: 098 28338 - ‘Best Italian in Westport’
•    MATT MOLLOYS PUB : Bridge Street, Westport - Tel: 00353 9826655 - Great traditional music bar with great Guinness
•    SOL RIO (Across from Matt Molloy’s Pub) – Tel: +353 98 28944 – homemade, locally sourced
•    BREWE : High Street, Westport - Tel: 00353 9856700 - Michelin Star - Fine dining. Best to book. ‘decadent dining’.
DONEGAL
•    LA BELLA DONNA: Italian restaurant at 2 Bridge Street, Donegal
•    Olde Castle Bar & Red Hugh's Restaurant - unfussy pub grub and locally-sourced fish and seafood – castle Street
•    THE FORGE BAR - 7 Meetinghouse St – traditional pub
BUNCRANA
•    THE DRIFT INN – Gastropub, Railway Rd
•    OSCARS CAFE BAR & RESTAURANT - 5 Upper Main St
•    WING TAI HOUSE - 40 Upper Main St

Medical Centres

Skibbereen Community Hospital, Lurriga, Skibbereen, Co. Cork, Ireland, +353 28 21677
Kenmare - The Medical Centre, Railway Rd, Killowen, Kenmare, +353 64 664 1333
Killarney Medical Centre, 47 Lower New St, Monearmore, Killarney, , +353 64 662 0628
Tralee - University Hospital Kerry, Cloon More, Tralee, Co. Kerry, V92 NX94, +353 66 718 4000
Limerick - Barringtons Hospital, George's Quay, Limerick, +353 61 490 500
Galway – University Hospital Galway, Newcastle Rd, Galway, H91 YR71, +353 91 524 222
Galway - Castle Medical Centre, Centrepoint, Liosban Industrial Estate, Tuam Rd +353 91 767 449
Westport - Grove Medical Centre, Mill St, Cahernamart, Westport, +353 98 27666
Swinford - Swinford District Hospital, Dublin Rd, Swinford, +353 94 925 1102
Sligo - Sligo University Hospital, The Mall, Rathquarter, Sligo, F91 H684, +353 71 917 1111
Sligo - Sligo Clinic, Upper Pearse Road, Cornageeha, Sligo, +353 71 912 3999
Donegal - Donegal Town Health Centre, Donegal Community Hospital, Donegal, +353 74 972 1074