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The Route Day-by-Day

Sunday May 13th  —  Cavan to Limavady
Although Rally HQ is at Cavan (a couple of hours easy drive from Dublin or Belfast) the action starts a few miles north at Florence Court. From this beautiful National Trust start location we head east across Upper Lough Erne to the hills of Fermanagh for the first regularity sections before turning north towards Omagh.
After lunch we revisit some of the challenging tests used in 2003 before crossing the wild uplands of the Sperrin Mountains to the first of two nights at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Limavady.

Monday May 14th  —   Limavady to Limavady
It's a loop day so there's no need to repack the car before an anti-clockwise drive round some of the most challenging and beautiful roads in Ulster.
First we drive through Coleraine and Bushmills to the stunning coast of the Giants Causeway. Then it’s on through Ballycastle to a spectacular drive around Torr Head, an old Circuit of Ireland classic with stunning views across the sea to the Mull of Kintyre.
The Glens of Antrim, deeply incised valleys that run down to the sea, are particularly lovely in Spring, but there may not be much time for sightseeing on these roads!
Late afternoon will see you heading west past Ballymena and Maghera for the final sections of the day before returning to Limavady.

Demanding roads & rugged beauty of the Inishowen peninsula.
Tuesday May 15th  —  Limavady to Donegal
A day exploring the unique rally lanes of Donegal starts with a short run through Londonderry sees the event enter the Republic of Ireland and then head north for a morning of regularities on the demanding roads of the Inishowen peninsula.
After Letterkenny the country becomes very remote, with the craggy profile of Mount Errigal casting a shadow over your wheel tracks on the narrow, bumpy lanes. To the west, the wild Atlantic beckons, and the route skirts the heavily indented coast before turning inland for some final sections prior to the overnight halt at Harvey’s Point on the shores of Lough Eske.

Wednesday May 16th  —  Donegal to Cavan
Today will be a tester as we head south through a maze of lanes to cross briefly into Ulster near Beleek. After exploring the hills south of Lower Lough Erne the route heads south west into Sligo, and lunch near Collooney.
Skirting south of Lough Key, we then head into the lonely hills surrounding the old mining valley of Arigna before encircling Lough Allen to cross the Iron Mountains north to south. Final regularity sections around the flanks of Slieve Russell precede a second night at Cavan.
However, the Masters will not have too much time to appreciate the hospitality of the hotel for, as darkness falls, a traditional Irish “night nav” lies ahead. Those of you who have experience of the maze of lanes in the drumlin country of Cavan and Monaghan will know what to expect.

Thursday May 17th  —  Cavan to Trim
After such a late night we will allow you the luxury of a leisurely breakfast before you head off on the final push to the finish.
The fast open roads of Cavan and Meath will come as a blessed relief after the past few days in the mountains. However, drivers will not be able to relax too much as we intend this day to be “test intensive”!
A mid afternoon finish will give you plenty of time to relax before the prize giving dinner later that evening.