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 won’t 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

12:30pm Visit De Vesci Estate, Abbeyleix (By kind permission)
Heritage Talk: ‘The Abbey of Abbeyleix’, at the Monk’s Bridge

2pm: Cremogue Church of St. Fintan
Heritage Talk and Sample a Monk’s Austerity Meal

St. Fintan’s Well
An Irish Country Picnic
Sample a Monk’s Indulgence
Making Merry with Traditional Mead 

4pm: 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

6pm: Clough
The Land League Priest – local history/storytelling Narration from William Bulfin’s book – “Rambles in Eirinn” Light Refreshments served 

8pm: Bob’s Museum Bar Durrow
BBQ, Music & The Ancient Pastime of Skittles

Overnight in Durrow – Camping facilities at The Harps GAA Centre Option to upgrade to local B&B Day 1 Trail – 38K approx
Option to upgrade to local B&B

On the road with the Bulfin Heritage Cycle

Details: Day 2: Sunday August 25th

9:30am: Durrow
A Full Irish Bulfin Breakfast at The Harps GAA Centre
10.30am: Assembly, followed by a Heritage Talk: ‘Durrow in County Kilkenny’

11am: Durrow to Kilkenny
St. Canice’s 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 , and Light Refreshments
A Conker Match: An Exhibition of an Ancient Pastime

2pm: Granges Road, Kilkenny
Meeting with our Kilkenny Hosts, The First Battalion Kilkenny (High Nelly Bicycle Club) Heritage Cycle around Kilkenny – Including:
Tour & Heritage Talk at St Canice’s Cathedral
Kilkenny Castle & The Kilkenny Medieval Mile Heritage Museum

5pm: Celebration Meal
Food & Music at Home Rule Club Kilkenny

8pm: Homeward Bound
An extract from William Bullion’s Book, Rambles In Eirinn
Bus to Durrow (including bike transport)

9pm: Bulfin Event 2019 “Final Handshakes”
Music & Craic at Bob’s Museum Bar, Durrow as the Bulfin Heritage Cycle Rally 2019, concludes with our event’s Final Handshakes!

Day 2 Trail – 32K approx


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!