The Vee

Charleville Cork to Cappoquin Cycle

Distance: 82km
Climbing: 689m

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A trip through the rolling hills of North Cork, Limerick and Tipperary and Waterford. The highlight is the climb up the famous Vee and fantastic views over the Golden Vale.

You can finish with a sidetrip to Mount Melleray Monastery near Cappoquin or a diversion of a few kilometres to Lismore Castle.

It’s one of the most dramatic non-coastal landscapes in the country and will make for an unforgetttable trip. You finish the day with a narrow descent down several tight hairpin bends to the N72 which takes you to Cappoquin.

You can make a two-day trip by adding the superb Cappoquin to Waterford ride.


The Mitchelstown Caves are a terrific cave system. The most famous feature here is the Tower of Babel – a column of rock which is one of of Europe’s finest. It was the first cave in Ireland to be developed for the public.

Ballyporeen – the small Tipperary town visited by Ronald Reagan in 1984 and the home of his grandfather. It’s a small way off the route.

The Vee – This climb has a good surface and is a popular day out.

Mount Melleray Abbey is a community of Cistercian monks. There is a heritage centre and tea rooms alongside it.

Charleville Cork to Cappoquin Cycle Useful Info

Much of the second half of this route (over The Vee and then down towards Cappoquin) is, by necessity, on R roads but there is generally good visibility on them and they are a reasonable proposition for cycling. Once you cross the top of The Vee it is a fast road almost all the way to Cappoquin. The last ten kilometres of the route are very easy.

Irish Rail runs several trains a day from Dublin Heuston to Cork which stop at Charleville. The majority of trains don’t stop there, so be careful in the one you pick. Charleville train station is almost two kilometres from the centre of Charleville.

Useful Links

Irish Rail

Irish Rail’s bicycle policies

Cappoquin to Waterford




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