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The Tour of the Orchard County is a unique event based in Ireland’s Orchard County – Armagh. It offers an unforgettable cycling experience through some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Ireland. This will be the third year the event has taken place, with the event being endorsed by many of the professional riders present in previous years, in terms of organisation and marshalling but also route, venue, food stops, signage and after-event barbecue.

 

There will be a FREE RAFFLE for a cyclists Voucher to the value of circa £200 for all entries submitted online, to be drawn at the meal after the event. The entry fee for the event is £25 online (entry on the day will be £30) and it will take place on Sunday 14th June with the choice of 2 routes (58km; 110km;).

 

The Armagh City Hotel proved to be a very popular venue with the cyclists, providing all the amenities needed for such an event including ample parking, showers, bike maintenance services etc. This will be the event’s fourth running, and due to its success last year,  the event is well under way in becoming an annual feature as the jewel in the crown of the Irish Sportive scene. Last years event took place in radiant sunshine, Lets hope for the same in 2015!

Don’t miss out – enter the Tour of the Orchard County, BOOK YOUR PLACE NOW!

Why Ride the Tour of the Orchard County?
  • Two fully signed routes
  • Motorcycle outriders
  • Manned feed and hydration stations
  • Rider Number and Rider Photography
  • First Aid and Ambulance service
  • Full use of Armagh City Hotel
  • Insurance Cover
  • Secure online entry and payment system
  • Mechanical support
  • Goody bag for all finishers
  • Downloadable route maps
  • BBQ at the end at Armagh City Hotel
  • Nutritional Food en route
  • Commerative Medal


Two Routes Available

Route One – 58km

The Tour of the Orchard County leaves the historic ecclesiastical Capital City of Armagh and heads towards the village to Caledon passing the Ancient Navan Fort, home of the Red Knights. The route then heads to Middletown passing the old Caledon Mill and the entrance to the Tynan Abbey Estate, following through Middletown to LongNancies and on towards Keady. From Keady the route meanders through the hamlet of Tassagh towards Marketthill with spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains on the way. From Markethill home of the famous cattle markets and Gosford Castle Demense, the route then splits, with the shorter route heading home towards Armagh with magnificent views of Armagh’s two Cathedrals and a backdrop of Lough Neagh and the Sperrin Mountains.

Route Two – 110km

The longer route continues on from Markethill passing their famous landmarks Cow and Calf and heads towards the village of Poyntzpass and onto Tandragee, passing the White’s Flour Mill home to the famous porridge oats and Tandragee Castle the birth place of Tayto Crisps. The route then loops back towards Stonebridge and the village of Kilmore, you are now entering the heart of the Orchard County. famous for the ” Bramley Apple”. Whilst workings its way through acres of Orchards the route passes “Dan Winters Cottage” built in 1795 and birth place of the Orange Order. From here you pass Ardress House, home to the founder of Brook Bond Tea and opposite McNeice’s apple cider factory. We then head for Loughgall and visit the Loughgall Country Park, department of Agriculture and experimental laboratories and home to Armagh’s second Golf Course. The final part of the route takes you past Tullygoonigan Creamery and right towards Blackwatertown before heading back to the Armagh City Hotel for more views of the Cathedrals and a well earned rest and BBQ!




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