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In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the invention of the bicycle in 1817, adventure travel specialist Wilderness Scotland is offering a new road cycling tour of Great Britain and Ireland.

The Five Countries Tour is a 12-day, 497-mile guided trip that lets travelers experience the unique cultures of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Northern Ireland. The journey explores roads made famous by the Tour de France, Tour of Britain and Tour of Ireland.

Beginning in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the route heads south through Yorkshire and on to Lancashire. It then crosses the border into Wales and explores Snowdonia National Park before reaching the historic coast at Caernarfon Castle. From there, the tour crosses the Irish Sea by boat and spends a day in Dublin, before heading west towards Donegal and then on to Northern Ireland.

After following the Antrim Coast towards the Giant’s Causeway, the itinerary then travels again by boat to Scotland for the final leg of the journey. Here the tour will explore Dumfries and Galloway, before arriving at Keir Mill on the final day—the birthplace of Scottish blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan who invented the pedal bicycle. For more information, call (866) 740-3890 or visit