Rail, Sail, and plenty of Ale.

16th July 2012 by

The journey started much like my normal commute – weaving past traffic in the morning ‘rush’ hour I headed into the centre of London. It was the added panniers and tent strapped to my bike that set this morning apart, and I headed to Euston station instead of the office. The holiday had begun!

I was taking advantage of the Rail and Sail ticket – a few days before I had paid just £38 to get me and my bike from London to Dublin. These tickets are available from anywhere in the UK but the best thing for me was that the price (around £40) doesn’t change – no more trawling websites for those elusive cheap tickets! Once again I found  The Man in Seat 61  as knowledgeable and helpful as ever when planning this trip – the site offers pages of information and first hand experiences of travelling overland to countless worldwide locations. The pages on Ireland were particularly good, and even offers good advice about taking your bike (key thing – remember to reserve a space for it).

Once in Ireland I headed to Cork and met a friend before riding out to the South West Peninsulas. We had no real plan other than to sample the fantastic music, wild landscapes, smooth dark ales and peaty whiskeys that bought us there. All the while we were on the road we only met a small handful of other cycle tourers – a big surprise as Ireland seemed ideally suited. Away from the towns the roads become near deserted and wind through some breathtaking landscapes. We rode until early evening, and found no problem finding a spot to camp for the night. Some nights we approached a farmer, or a local tending his garden – but we always observed simple wild camping rules and never left a trace.


Whilst planning this article I’ve also found you can rail and sail to Holland for £36! I think that’s my next holiday sorted…

One Response to “Rail, Sail, and plenty of Ale.”

  1. Gavin says:

    Wow, stunning.

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