This trip was amazing from start to finish. It's hard to believe how much ground we covered! Definitely the physical challenge of this trip was one of my favorite parts - some really fantastic climbing days rewarded with swishing descents. I just loved cycling the Irish coast, and the Yorkshire Dales, and well... all of it. At the same time the trip felt long and also over too quickly. I can't wait to have another crack at it.
Accommodation & Food
Standout accommodations included Oswestry, Rathmullan house, Sweeney Hall, and Mabie house. Beautiful country manors, quaint guest houses, funky old hotels. Arriving at each hotel was like opening the next box on an advent calendar.
Is there something better than excellent? I have run out of words for telling Simon and Will how good they are as guides. I hope they know how much our group truly appreciates them and all their hard work. They are the benchmark that all professional guides should aspire to. It was their first time on this itinerary and we honestly couldn't even tell. Not even 60mph, falling trees and a bonafide hurricaine threw them - they just quietly made a plan B and it was amazing. They are delightful, thoughtful, intelligent gentlemen and we would be so lucky to travel with them again.
The Bottom Line
This has quickly risen to the top of my short list of trips I must do again (along with the Outer Hebrides!). Beautiful scenery, great undulating rides, wonderful accommodations. Highly recommend!