Killinick to Our Lady’s Island Loop
We will meet for this spin at The Danby Lodge Hotel just after the village of Killinick on The Rosslare Road. This is a very scenic route with plenty of opportunities for photos.
We leave the car park of the hotel, and we cross the road. If traffic is heavy, we will walk across and take up our position on the hard shoulder. We cycle back to Killinick where we turn left and then head south.
After a few kilometres, we reach a crossroads at the R736. Here we go straight, and we carry on for another three or four kilometres until we reach Ballymacane Crossroads where the signs direct us toward Tacumshane Windmill on The Norman Way.
At this cross we turn left, and after about 300m we reach the windmill on our right hand side. We can take a water stop here if we wish, and we can also view the windmill. Our Lady’s Island Lake is clearly visible to the south.
From here, we cycle as far as Broadway where we stop and then turn right. We continue for a short distance to another stop. When the way is clear, we turn right and cycle down to Our Lady’s Island. We pass St Iberius’s Church on the left and this is another ancient site on The Norman Way.
In Our Lady’s Island, we will have a fifteen/twenty minute break for tea/coffee and cake in the Community Coffee Shop which is on our right as we approach the village.
After the break, we carry on through the village. On the right we can see the third site of The Norman Way. This includes the ruins of another church, a graveyard and a leaning tower. At the new graveyard which is a short distance down the road towards Carne Beach, we turn left. This road takes us back in a short loop to Kisha Bridge where we stop. We then turn right, and we stay on this road until we reach the village of Tagoat. At the main Rosslare Road in Tagoat, we stop and then turn left. We stay on this road for five kilometres and cycle on the hard shoulder. There is a roundabout on this section, so it is important to be extra careful.
After about two kilometres, we reach The Danby Hotel on our right hand side, and again if the traffic is heavy we can dismount and walk across the road when it is safe to do so.
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I live in Castlebridge in Co. Wexford and I am a keen leisure cyclist. I try to get out as often as possible and enjoy cycling mostly within my own locality. I would love to see more people out on their bikes, taking advantage of all the health and social benefits that cycling has to offer.
All the Group had a very enjoyable spin/visit to Our Lady's Island today. As this was a first visit to Our Lady's Island for many of today's participants from Ukraine, I believe it was particularly memorable for them and for the regulars. I hope to organise another similar ride before long.