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From crippling gradients to leisurely trundles, the world is an amazing place for tourists with a penchant for two-wheeled fun, writes Kate Gibbs.

Whether getting fit is your game or you love nothing more than messing about with spokes and chains on a dirt road, here are some of the top places to ride your bike, for all kinds of bicycle fiends.
http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/careers/blog/Places-to-ride-your-bike-trail-cycling-holidays

My Ireland Tour operated by Discover Ireland Tours is a privately owned family business based in Cork, Ireland. http://www.myirelandtour.com

The Cycling Blog http://thecyclingblog.com/2014/04/28/the-southern-heritage-trail-greenway/?fb_a

Cycling the Great Southern Trail - fun filled activity while on holiday, cycling the Trail will be the highlight of your holiday. We make cycling the route very convenient and affordable for you. Simply hire your bike, cycle as much as you like and we will collect you and bring you back to where you started. Prices start from just €15 per bike. http://pedalpursuitsbikehire.com/

Link to www.irishtrails.ie

Walk Ireland is an initiative of the Irish Sports Council. Contact Details  Cormac McDonnell, Programme Executive. National Trails Office, Irish Sports Council, Top Floor, Block A, Westend Office Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15, Ireland. Tel: +353 (0)1 8608800 Email: Cormac MacDonnell or www.irishtrails.ie

Atlantic Coast Route connects some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes http://www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos/eurovelo-1

Abandoned Ireland is a very interesting website  http://www.abandonedireland.com/Barnagh_Station.html

The Rathkeale House is a Boutique Hotel Located just off the N21 Limerick to Killarney Road, 20 minutes from Limerick city and 40 minutes from Shannon. www.rathkealehousehotel.ie

The Woodlands House 3 star Hotel in Limerick, Co Limerick, situated at the edge of the beautifully, quaint village of Adare. This hotel in Adare features the brand new State-of the-Art Revas Spa, also extensive facilities ideal for a leisure break. Minutes from Adare Manor Golf Club and within easy driving distances of many attractions, Shannon International Airport and Limerick City. www.woodlands-hotel.ie

Fitzgerald’s Farmhouse Accommodation and Equestrian Centre, is situated on the Limerick/Kerry Border; its central location makes it the perfect base for touring these counties. Fitzgeralds Farmhouse, The Hill, Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick, Ireland, 068 31217 www.fitzgeraldsfarmhouse.com

Walking is truly the best way to experience the beauty of the Shannon Region. A network of quiet country roads and lanes, forest paths and mountain trails will take you to the heart of the beautiful, rural countryside. www.shannonregiontourism.ie/ 

route trail planner websiteNew route/trail planner website called http://www.walkingroutes.ie a community website which allows people to create and share their own trails.

Wicklow County Tourism is the official tourism promotional body for County Wicklow. http://www.visitwicklow.ie/walk/tinahely_railway_trail.htm

Marco Valtriani is a biologist who works in many areas, wildlife specialist, an environmental guide, an environmental educator and a naturalistic tour planner. http://www.walkinginetruria.com/

Tailor-Made Tours offer self-guided tours on the Waymarked Ways and customised itineraries. Self-guided walking holidays on Ireland's Waymarked Ways Juliet Murphy, Tailor-Made Tours Ltd. Ferry Road, Keel, Castlemaine, Co. Kerry Ireland. Direct line + 353 66 9766007 Mobile + 353 87 3344031 E-mail info@tailor-madetours.com Web www.tailor-madetours.com

Walking and talking in two of the most beautiful regions of Ireland: Antrim, in the north-east, with its strong Scottish links and Donegal, in the north-west, with its Irish-speaking communities and ancient history. http://www.walktalkireland.com

John Morris Abbeyfeale, County Limerick painter full-time, mostly self taught, John took painting lessons from Brian Quinn after meeting him painting Plein air in 1997. www.johnmorrisartist.com
 

EUROPEAN TRAIL & GREENWAY WEBSITES

www.ecf.com  EUROPEAN CYCLING FEDERATION

www.eurovelo.org  EUROPEAN TRANS-NATIONAL CYCLE ROUTES PROJECT

http://www2.ironcurtaintrail.eu/uploads/brochure_iron_curtain_trail.pdf  TRAIL WHICH FOLLOWS THE ROUTE OF THE 'IRON CURTAIN'

http://www.dampfross-drahtesel.at AUSTRIAN RAIL-TRAIL , JUST OUTSIDE VIENNA [TEXT IN GERMAN ONLY]

http://wallonie-tourisme.be/informations  BELGIAN GREENWAYS

www.naviki.org/iee PLANNING A TRAIL ROUTE

http://www.viesverdes.cat/EN/871/the-routes/pirinexus.html  SPANISH-CATALONIAN RAILTRAILS

www.demarrage.eu  RIVER RHINE CYCLE ROUTE

www.northsea-cycle.com  NORTH SEA CYCLE ROUTE

International Links

www.adventurecycling.org USA ADVENTURE CYCLING

www.outdoorssa.com.au SOUTH AUSTRALIAN OUTDOORS RECREATION

www.internationaltrailsday.com (organises world wide rail-trail walking day? Great Southern Trail features)

Simonseeks.com, a travel website where a community of travellers, journalists and celebrities can share their reviews on different destinations. www.simonseeks.com has been set up by Simon Nixon

RideTHISbike.com primary missions of this project are to promote bicycle advocacy & eco tourism. For information check out http://www.ridethisbike.com or Great Bikeways and Bike Trails Worldwide - A list of great bikeways worldwide including trail links, features and descriptions. http://ridethisbike.com/

GREAT BRITAIN - Here SUSTRANS (an acronym for sustainable transport) has developed hundred of miles of rail-trails. Sustrans was commissioned by Shannon Development in l988 to carry out a comprehensive feasibility study on the GST. They can be accessed at: www.sustrans.org (for an overview of cyclist/walker friendly routes in Britain.

NEW ZEALAND - The Otago Central rail-trail traverses some majestic scenery for over 90 miles. www.otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz

AUSTRALIA - Australia has its own Great Southern Trail! Read about it on www.promcountry.com.au/railtrail/ For details of all Australian trails www.railtrails.org.au

Audio Tour Audio tour from Tourcaster - walk through exotica at your pace! http://www.tourcaster.com/

You may also like to visit: www.cameltrail.com (for details of a Cornish trail) www.c2c-guide.co.uk (a cycle route from the Irish to the North Sea).

The Directory of Clubrural Tourism (El Directorio de Turismo Clubrural) www.clubrural.com

THE RAILWAY RAMBLERS SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN The club's main purpose is to bring together groups of like-minded people to explore old railways, but it has also done much to encourage the preservation of old railway lines as public footpaths and cycleways. www.railwayramblers.org.uk

The Rails to Trails Conservancy is an umbrella organisation advocating further growth in this leisure activity. Click on: www.railtrails.org (for overview of all USA trails). www.wvrtc.org (West Virginia rail trails).
 

 

facebook.com Listowel Rail walk link

Listowel Railwalk Facebook page - the campaign to extend the Great Southern Trail walkway from the Limerick Border near Abbeyfeale, to Listowel.

Walking in Ireland. Whether your interests lie in short, easy walks or long distance walking, whether you prefer guided walks or to organise your walking independently, this site will help you make the most of your trip by assisting you in sourcing information and in booking your holiday to Ireland.

 walking.ireland.ie

The inland waterways of Ireland present visitors with a myriad of recreational opportunities. http://walks.iwai.ie

 

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