Foodie Fun Cycling Mini-Break Weekend
Sep 27 2019 - Sep 29 2019
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Take an exlusive mini break weekend (40 minutes from Belfast/80 minutes from Dublin) in one of the most beautiful parts of the island of Ireland, combining a foodie culinary and fun cycling experience for 10 people led by award winning Belfast City & Country Bike Tours.
Enjoy conversational fun paced guided biking burning up the calories on our comfortable bikes whilst tasting, relaxing and enjoying the best of local produce. You will explore the stunningly beautiful and historic countryside and coastline around Strangford conservation village - the original Game of Thrones® Territory.
Your weekend begins with checking into the former Quarry Hill Old Church building now lovingly restored as a state of the art luxury AirBnB, then gathering at the Artisan Cookhouse for introductions, a weekend overview and to relax and meet new friends over dinner. The following morning you will be given your bike and depart with your guide on our morning cycle. We will explore Castle Ward (Winterfell) Demesne and Audley's Castle, both used as filming locations for Game of Thrones®, before cycling through picturesque villages and towns across the ancient kingship of Lecale - stopping at East Coast Seafoods, Killard/Benderg Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Kilcief Castle before returning along the bracing shoreline for lunch in Strangford.
Your hamper lunch of local produce is supplied by The Cake Room in Strangford accompanied with craft beer samples from Lecale Brewery Ardglass. Some of you may wish to cycle some more in the afternoon for which we have prepared self guided routes including the spectacular St. Patrick's Mount. Others may choose to relax and explore the village before experiencing a Winterfell Banquet at the welcoming Cuan Licensed Guest Inn.
On Sunday morning you will board the ferry across to Portaferry village and set off on a guided cycle around the southern tip of the Ards Peninsula, exploring Portaferry, Bar Hall coastal route, St. Cooey's Wells, Quintin Castle, and The National Trust fishing villages of Knockinelder and Kearney. Then take a cross peninsula Drumlin route including a beautiful north shoreline loop via Marlfield and Ballywhite returning to Portaferry. Here we will have brunch at the Portaferry Hotel before boarding the ferry back to Strangford and finishing with an informal debrief before returning home feeling refreshed, reinvigorated and ready for more.