Would you like to join us on this year’s Bulfin Heritage Cycle, but don’t particularly fancy cycling?

Then why not join us and travel by bus?!!!

This year for the very first time we are offering people who don’t want to, or simply cannot cycle, for whatever reason (and we wont ask)the chance to join us, by availing of a ticket for our Heritage Bus!

The Bulfin Cycle is about so much more than bicycles, with history, heritage, tours, reenactments, pagaents, heritage talks, music, song, food and good old fashioned craic, all on the agenda!

So we thought, “why should people miss out on exploring their history and heritage, just because they don’t ride a bike?”

The answer to that hit us like a double decker bus! “A bus!”

So please do come along, leave it all behind for two wonderful days in August, when we step back in time, and discover our hidden heritage!

Check out this year’s itinerary below! To purchase ticket, simply select the Heritage Bus option!

Meandering Monks & Medieval Miles
& other tales from Ancient Upper Ossory

Details: Day 1: Saturday August 24th

11am: Assembly at Aylward’s Rural Heritage Museum

The Full Irish “Bulfin” Breakfast!

Narration from William Bulfin’s book; “Rambles in Eirinn”

Cycle to Aghaboe Abbey – via Coleman’s Road and Shanahoe.

1pm: Cremogue Church of St. Fintan

Heritage Talk and An Irish Country Picnic.

St. Fintan’s Well

Sample a Monk’s Austerity Meal

Sample a Monk’s Indulgence

Making Merry with Traditional Mead

3pm: Aghaboe Abbey 

A Celebration of our Monks – Saint’s Fergal and Canice

Monastic Trials and Tribulations – Heritage Talk

St Canice: Telling the Story of the Two Coffins – Pageant/Folklore

St. Fergal: Narration from William Bulfin’s book – Rambles in Eirinn & The Austrian connection.

“In Days of Old” An Irish “Pattern” Day. Rustic Merriment with Music, Song & Dance.

Food & Refreshments served.

St Canice Commemoration Trail – A Pilgrim Path

5pm: Clough: The Land League Priest – local history/storytelling.

Narration from William Bulfin’s book – “Rambles in Eirinn”

Light Refreshments served.

7.30 pm: Bob’s Museum Bar Durrow

BBQ, Music & The Ancient Pastime of Skittles

Day 1 Trail – 38K approx

Overnight in Durrow – Camping facilities at The Harps GAA Centre (courtesy of Durrow Scouts & Harps GAA

Option to upgrade to local B&B

On the road with the Bulfin Heritage Cycle

Details: Day 2: Sunday August 25th

Durrow: 9.30am – A Full Irish Bulfin Breakfast at The Harps GAA Centre

10.30am: Assembly – Heritage Talk: Durrow in County Kilkenny.

11am: Durrow to Kilkenny:

St Canice Commemoration Trail – A Pilgrim Path

Cycle to St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny, via An Béalach Mór Taisteál – (“Up the Hill” transport available)

Lisdowney – Heritage Talk

Freshford – St Lachtain – Heritage talk with Ned Kennedy

A Conker Match – An Exhibition of an Ancient Pastime.

Three castles – Light Refreshments

2pm: Talbot’s Inch:

Meeting with our Kilkenny Hosts – The Flying Column (High Nelly Bicycle Club) Heritage Cycle around Kilkenny -Including: Tour & Heritage talk at St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny Castle, The Black Abbey & The Kilkenny Medieval Mile Heritage Trail.

4pm: Celebration Meal and Music at Home Rule Club Kilkenny

Day 2 Trail – 33K approx

7:30pm: Bus to Durrow (including bike transport)

8:30pm: Bulfin Event 2019 “Final Handshakes” Music & Craic at Bob’s Museum Bar, Durrow


Most frequent questions and answers

The Bulfin Heritage Cycle rally takes place on August 24th & 25th 2019, departing from and returning to Durrow, Co. Laois on each day!

If cycling, then all the usual safety gear, plus a raincoat, sunscreen etc. just in case!!!

All food and refreshments are provided in the ticket fee, so no need to worry about that!

Entry fees to all Heritage Site visits, pageants, reenactments etc. are also covered in your entry fee!

In accordance with the ethos of our event, we do encourage the use of genuine High Nelly bicycles, but modern replicas of older bikes are also allowed!

We also encourage all participants to dress in vintage attire!

Upon returning to Durrow, on day one of this year’s event, we are offering all participants the option of camping out in our local GAA Centre, with all tents supplied and pitched!

If camping is not for you, there is the option to book accommodation locally!

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