A delightful journey of discovery through a beautiful hidden landscape
of east Galway.
|Country Fair Day, Monivea|
Tour Times/Dates: 9.30am, Athenry Castle, Sunday June 11th
Duration: circa. 7hrs
Start location and route: Athenry Castle, continue onto Monivea Bog, to Monivea village, then onto Castle Ellen and finish up at Athenry Castle.
Organiser: Cumann na bhFear (Men's Shed, Ballinfoile).
With its largely unspoilt landscape of small farms, hedgerows, stone walls, lakes, bogs, rivers, castles, Gerogian mansions, network of botharíns and villages, east Galway is a largely unknown landscape waiting to be discovered by walkers and cyclists.
Contact: Brendan Smith, email@example.com
The event is being organised in assocation with Galway Bike Festival and the national Bike Week.
The aim of this pioneering heritage tour is to open up a new heritage route that will allow visitors to experience these wonderful timeless features and environment by way of a leisurely cycle through a representative section of east Galway that could act as a catalyst in the development of a network of Greenways.
The circa 30km looped cycle tour will start at Athenry where we will have a guided tour of the Castle (above) followed by walk through medieval Athenry. After our interest of the town's local history is satisfied we travel onto the Monivea Road before turning right approximately two kilometres outside Athenry in the direction of Graigabbey.
The participants will then cycle through the farmlands and bogs of Bengarra, (above) on into the village of Newcastle, along a botharín through the Monivea Bog with its fascinating flora and fauna; to the Monivea demesne with its collection of historical sites that was for centuries the home of the renowned Anglo-Norman fFrench family, one of the famous merchant tribes of Galway.
This will be followed by a stopover in the quaint plantation village of Monivea.
From there the tour will continue onto Castle Ellen (above) for a picnic on the lawns of the famed Georgian mansion that was formerly the residency of the Anglo-Irish Lambert family. After a guided tour of the demesne by Its owner Michael Keaney, participants will cycle onto towards the town of Athenry to finish up at Athenry Castle.
|Abaondoned farm, Currantarmuid|