Ireland BikeFest Killarney 2018

One of the highlights of this year for me was getting a glimpse of the Ireland Bikefest in Killarney on the June bank holiday weekend.  Not only did I get to see some amazing customised bikes, but I also got to take part in my first rideout parade.  In aid of Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI), it was a really enjoyable experience with bikes (and bikers) of all different shapes, sizes and models taking part.

Day Trip to Killarney

I’m sure it’s not everyone would make a two and a half hour trip to take part in a bike rally only to have to turn around and make the same trip home again.  When I suggested that it might be something fun to do, himself gave into my pleas agreed it was another great idea of mine, and so it was we found ourselves setting out in the early hours of the morning to make Killarney for the 9am parade line up.

Arriving at 9am meant we had plenty of time to get coffee at one of the many food and coffee stalls in the bike village, and go on a walkabout to see the amazing customised bikes, some of which were entered into the custom bike show.

Customised Bikes Galore!

Did I mention the amazing customised bikes?  Here are some of them that I took a few photos of while we were wandering around. There just wouldn’t be room to put up all the photos that I took, there were so many.


Green motorcycle

Green Motorcycle

Motorcycle Motortrike Tricycle

Pog mo thoin

Motorbike Motorcycle

Purple motorcycle

The bike festival is very family oriented and any children there seemed infatuated with the bikes and especially with the parade on the Sunday.

Killarney Bikefest 2018 – Sunday Rideout Parade

I took a couple of videos from the back of the bike as we were driving around the town.  The atmosphere was incredible and I hope we can do it again next year.


The Killarney Bikefest website has information online for accommodation bookings for 2019, and with such a variety of free entertainment, it really is worth checking out. There’s also information on bike hire and B&B packages for tourists visiting the area on the bank holiday weekend.

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