STAGE 2: IRELAND
Stepping off the ferry in the home city of the Titanic, Belfast welcomes the riders and provides the gateway into the Emerald Isle, leprechauns and Guinness.
The route heads north, venturing around Torrs Head and past the spectacular natural wonder that is The Giants Causeway, before heading South via The Dark Hedges. Vibrant greens will be a constant, as will the friendly and welcoming greeting from the people on the route. Sites of cultural significance will be a feature, including the UNESCO recognised Newgrange.
From here, the road continues South over the Wicklow Mountains where the riders will find the second checkpoint. The opportunity to rest up, refuel and reset will be on offer, along with another firm handshake and a pat on the back, before heading towards the East Coast and the run to the final ferry crossing at Rosslare.
Riders will take a ferry from Rosslare to Fishguard, Wales. Again, this will take a couple of hours and gives the riders time to rest and reflect as they prepare to take on the final stage of the race.
IRELAND ROUTE GUIDE
In order to prepare fully for the race, please take a look at the detailed route guide above. You can also download the GPX file for use during the race. For ferry times, please use the link to the Stena website timetable.
THE ROUTE STAGES
The Pan Celtic Race Route has an overall distance of 1388 miles / 2236 km, with 74,797 ft / 22,798 m of elevation gain.
Stage 1 starts in the ancient heartland of Scotland, home to tartan clan warriors, the highest peaks and of course Whisky.
Stage 2 starts in Belfast which welcomes the riders and provides the gateway into the Emerald Isle, Leprechauns and Guinness.
Stage 3 starts in the port town of Fishguard, where riders will push on through hills and valleys rich in Welsh tales of dragons!