‘There’s ev­ery­thing from a bike show to a dog show…’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Held an­nu­ally, on the first week­end of June, Bike­fest Ire­land causes a usu­ally quiet, pic­turesque cor­ner of south west Ire­land to be in­vaded by ev­ery man­ner of two-wheeled ma­chine. The pop­u­la­tion of Kil­lar­ney swells as around 50,000 at­tend the event over the course of the week­end.

Based on the out­skirts of town, the Bike­fest Vil­lage is free to en­ter. With bands play­ing through­out the day and well into the night, there’s a real buzz about the place. With ev­ery­thing from a bike show to a dog show, to demo rides of the lat­est Har­ley-david­son fleet there’s loads to keep ev­ery­one busy.

Tak­ing part in one of the or­gan­ised ride­outs is a great way to see the lo­cal area, but with so many routes to ex­plore it’s just as much fun to head out un­ac­com­pa­nied and ex­plore by your­self.

Kil­lar­ney is just a few miles from the Wild At­lantic Way, a 1500-mile signed coastal route, which takes in some dra­matic and near-de­serted roads (check out ‘My Special Ride’ on page 40).

One of the high­lights of the event is the Sun­day Pa­rade, the town comes to a stand­still as lo­cals line the route to watch 1500 bik­ers tour the streets.

Event chair Br­effni Inger­ton said “Kil­lar­ney wel­comes this fes­ti­val with open arms. This is per­haps best demon­strated by the crowds that line the streets for the pa­rade.”

It is well worth a visit and you’ll be sure to en­joy the craic.

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