Knockmealdowns Cycle Loop
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This loop explores one of the most underrated cycling destinations in the country – the Knockmealdowns.
This mountain range is most famous for The Vee climb. The route includes two other remote, quiet climbs which you might prefer. But the only way to know is to ride them all.
You pass close to the Cappoquin – Waterford and Lismore Loop rides, while the Mitchelstown Caves Loop is a shorter and flatter loop from Mitchelstown that takes you through The Golden Vale.
Ballyporeen – the small Tipperary town visited by Ronald Reagan in 1984. His great-grandfather grew up in the village before emigrating.
The Vee – This climb has a good surface and is a popular day out. It is named for a hairpin bend and lookout that offers magnificent views of The Galtees.
Mount Melleray Abbey is a community of Cistercian (Trappist) Monks, founded in 1833 on the slopes of the Knockmealdowns.
Knockmealdowns Cycle Loop Useful Info
A reasonable portion of this route is spent on R roads particularly on The Vee. Services are quite limited in the area.
There is no train station in Mitchelstown but Bus Eireann runs a bus service from Cork.