Once described by William Bulfin as; “The Smiling Midlands” the chosen route for our 2018 event will traverse the rolling hills and beautiful countryside of Co. Laois. The route is approximately 75 km, and participants can join in the joviality of what promises to be a truly wonderful Heritage Week 2018 Event.
We visit amazing heritage sites, and many places of interest in between; such as Castle Durrow and Heywood Gardens, round towers and hilltop strongholds, Gourmet Jams and evening markets, Museums of Old, and Heritage Centres, restaurants and public houses, eating as we go …. fuelling up for battle re-enactments, heritage talks, pageants, recitals, the long awaited return of the Seven Septs of Laois, and music, song and dance, with our Austrian visitors.
There is also a rich variety of diverse rural landscapes to be enjoyed. As your leisure cycle progresses, you will encounter a wealth of inland scenery; away from the hustle and bustle of busy roads, and the usual tourist areas. Then when the final pedal is turned, we will cap it all off, with a Celebration Banquet at one of Durrow’s top restaurants.
This enticing all-round Heritage Cycle is accessible to all, without any major difficulties. It is ideal for cyclists who want to discover roads less travelled, and histories less told, whilst journeying through the rolling green countryside of Co. Laois. Even if you do not partake in this year’s event, why not join us, or just say hello, somewhere along the route!
Friday August 24th 2018
10:15am: Assembly at the Pavillion, Castle Durrow, Country House Hotel: Registration, Event Heritage Briefing, Welcome Reception and Introduction to our Austrian Visitors. “I am Owney McRory O’More” introduction to Laois Sept, O’More Family. Opportunity to view Castle Durrow Gardens Tea & Coffee served.