AT­TEND THE ‘IR­ISH STURGIS’

Mu­sic and mo­tor­cy­cles make Ki­lar­ney’s Bike­fest bril­liant

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Feature - Alison Sil­cox, Of­fice Man­ager Info: Bike­fest Ireland, Ki­lar­ney, June 2-5, free en­try. More details at www.ire­land­bike­fest.com

Now in its 11th year Bike­fest Ireland turns this usu­ally quiet town in South West Ireland into a mini-sturgis. The fes­ti­val is free to en­ter, with dis­plays from man­u­fac­tur­ers, trade stalls and a novelty dog show – there’s def­i­nitely some­thing for every­one. The fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down, with live en­ter­tain­ment on all three nights in­clud­ing Thin Lizzy, Def Lep­pard and AC/DC trib­ute acts.

A must-do of the week­end is the pa­rade held on Sun­day morn­ing, when thou­sands of rid­ers cruise around the area. Lo­cals turn out in force to cheer on the throng of bikes.

There’s ac­com­mo­da­tion on site for the four-day event start­ing at around £500 for two, there’s also loads of lo­cal B&BS plus camp­ing avail­able, so all bud­gets are catered for. It’s just over four hours from Dublin port, where there are reg­u­lar cross­ings from the UK for around £100 re­turn.

Bike­fest Ireland is well wor th a visit

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