WALKING TRAIL LINKS
From crippling gradients to leisurely trundles, the world is an amazing place for tourists with a penchant for two-wheeled fun, writes Kate Gibbs.
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.
My Ireland Tour operated by Discover Ireland Tours is a privately owned family business based in Cork, Ireland. http://www.myirelandtour.com
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/
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/
New 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.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
Audio Tour Audio tour from Tourcaster - walk through exotica at your pace! http://www.tourcaster.com/
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).
Listowel Railwalk Facebook page - the campaign to extend the Great Southern Trail walkway from the Limerick Border near Abbeyfeale, to Listowel.
The inland waterways of Ireland present visitors with a myriad of recreational opportunities. http://walks.iwai.ie