Bulfin Heritage Cycle 2017.

A collection of photographs from the 2017 Bulfin Heritage Cycle.

Our Heritage on a High Nelly/Vintage Bicycle!

The “Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally on the secondary roads of South Laois and North KIlkenny is probably one of the most unique bicycle journeys available to High Nelly/Vintage bicycle enthusiasts in Ireland, as it sets out to recapture one of the bicycle journeys undertaken by William Bulfin, when he cycled around Ireland in 1902 on a steel framed bike made by Pierce Engineering in Wexford.
There is a variety of diverse rural landscapes; 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.
Your mind will be at ease as you cycle by the peaceful green farmlands of South Laois and North Kilkenny. For here you will find a diverse range of heritage, as your cycle journey will carry you off into the hidden heritage of people, and places less travelled; from the writings of 19th century Laois poet, John Keegan, to Aghaboe Abbey of the Middle Ages, through to a re-enactment of famine times at Donaghmore Workhouse and dramatised narrations from William Bulfin’s book, Rambles in Eirinn. Hidden heritage treasures are there in abundance on this leisurely cycle. Learn of 18th century, rural unrest in Ireland, the important Irish medical school at Aughamacart, the beer “fit for a Queen” and a re-enactment of a Black and Tan raid at Begadon’s Forge. To conclude this novel Heritage Week event, there is a four course banquet at Ashbrook House Restaurant in Durrow on completion of the journey.
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 learn of our remarkable heritage as we journey along the rolling green countryside of South Laois and North Kilkenny.