When we posted that we would be doing a “WISE” tour, we had many questions as to what this could mean! Well the mystery was soon solved when we advised it was a motorcycling tour of Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England – strictly speaking there should have been 2 x “I”‘s as we did both Southern and Northern Ireland and in the end due to the first autumnal storm to hit the UK coming in on the last day of the tour – the “E” for England part of the tour had to be curtailed……, however, we did cover 5 countries in 10 days and our next couple of blogs will let you know how we got on 🙂
As motorcyclists many of you will know that riding in the northern hemisphere can have weather challenges but these days no matter where you choose to ride you will no doubt encounter some rain and our 10 day tour was no exception 🙂 But then as our hosts at Henry’s Bar in Cashelgarren pointed out….“you don’t come to Ireland for the weather”!! We guess that is true in part, what you do get though are very welcoming people and fantastic scenery and we experienced both in abundance on this tour, not only in Ireland but everywhere we went.
Our tour started on the border of England and Wales from where we rode into the Snowdonia National Park and onto the Isle of Anglesey which was our base for two nights. We love motorcycling in this part of Wales and the roads never disappoint. We had an interesting encounter with some “welsh wildlife” in Betws-y-Coed……. although a gorilla is not what you would normally expect to encounter when out and about on your motorbike, but then that’s all part of the experiences you have whilst touring 🙂
The roads through Wales were relatively quiet as you can see from this picture taken on the A5 from Cerrigydrudion and what’s more we had plenty of blue sky on that day to enjoy – we even had an “al fresco” lunch at The Oakley Arms hotel – a great place to stop if you happen to be riding that way.
Over the couple of days we had on the first part of our WISE tour, we rode several of the mountain passes in Snowdonia, had a photo stop at the famous Welsh village which has 57 letters in its name….!!! Visited a reservoir, a lake, rode passed several slate quarries and sampled lots of hearty local fayre all of which set us up well for the next leg of the tour which was to cross over to Ireland……
We’ll let you know how our motorcycle touring of Southern Ireland went in our next blog, if you have anything to share with us about your experiences of riding through North Wales please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org we’d love to hear from you.