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Michelle Devane writes about her tour with Cycle Inishowen in the Sunday Business Post Magazine:

Ditch the car entirely and take a guided tour from the friendly Cycle Inishowen crew. Beginning at the village of Culdaff, I joined in a two-hour cycle tour around the peninsula that took me up and down some steep hills and past historic monuments – such as the 17th-century Cloncha Church – which I would undoubtedly have missed without a guide.

The Church is home to a remarkably well-preserved gravestone, depicting what’s believed to be the first reference to hurling in the country. Such is its significance that a replica can now be found in GAA headquarters at Croke Park. A well preserved high cross can be found in the adjacent field.

The next stop is a Bronze Age stone burial place, which sits across the valley from a stone circle used for worshipping.

Looping back to Culdaff, we stop at a view point on Culdaff beach. In the distance, the most northerly island off the Irish coast can be seen, sitting ten kilometers north-east of Malin Head. Uninhabited since 1929 – except for lighthouse keepers who were there until 1987 – Inishtrahull was once a heavily populated place, despite its isolated location. According to our guide, Blaise Harvey, during the Famine locals on the mainland sent their children there in the hopes they would survive, as it was a busy port for boats that couldn’t dock on the mainland.