Stage 2. Skibbereen / Bantry
Skibbereen to Bantry via Schull, Mizen Head, Durrus, Sheeps Head
Tour Price: May – €995:00 | June – €1,195:00 | July – €1,195:00 | August – €1,295:00 | September – €995:00
After some much-needed rest, it’s time to rise and shine for a truly spectacular day atop your trusty two wheels, experiencing the freshest Atlantic air.
Fuel up with a hearty breakfast in the fishing village of Skibbereen before hitting the coastal road, striking out for Ireland’s most southerly point at Mizen Head, one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s 15 Signature Discovery Points and an unmissable sight to see.
Along the way, take in the picturesque towns and villages of Ballydehob, Schull, Goleen and Barleycove, with its sandy Blue Flag beach stretching out before you.
From Mizen Head, you’ll journey up the northern flank of the headland, where you can drink in the exceptional views across to Sheep’s Head before winding gently towards Durrus, home of the famous farmhouse cheese and the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat. Then it’s onward to Kilcrohane where the challenging 2km Sheep’s Head climb, with 11% final elevation, awaits.
Catch your breath just before the summit at Finn MacCool’s seat, before beginning the long, steep descent into Bantry with fabulous views across Bantry Bay towards the Beara Peninsula. On to Bantry where we will overnight at the Maritime Hotel.
07:00 – Breakfast
08:30 – Early Group Departs. Average speed 25 – 28 Kmph
09:30 – Late Group Departs. Average speed 28 Kmph +
12:00 – Official Etape Lunch Stop
15:00 – Completion of the Stage
18:00 – Evening Dinner