How it Works

Proof of Passage

  1. At each location, take a photograph with your bicycle in front of the location as proof you have cycled to the site on the pictured bicycle.  In some cases, it maybe difficult to find or get to the actual artifact to photograph, i.e. a particular gravestone or monument.  In these cases, a photograph that proves you visited the general site will suffice.
  2. Record the date of the visit
  3. Retaining an activity link (Strava, MapMyRide etc) to record your efforts is not required as proof as passage but is nice to keep as a reminder and to share with friends.
  4. If you have an Instagram account, upload and tag the image with #brevethiberniae to share your image with the community.
Horseshoe Road
Horseshoe Road

Tracking Progress

The following spreadsheet has been created to help you log your visits: Brevet Hiberniae Log.

The spreadsheet should open in Microsoft Excel or other compatible applications.  Instructions on how to populate the log are found on the first page of the document.

Ensure the photographs and the log is backed up to prevent loss of data.

Brevet Categories

There are three award categories:

National Brevet: A visit to one place in all counties.

Provincial Brevet: All the places visited in a single province.

Brevet Hiberniae: All the places in all counties.

​When a category is completed and you are ready to claim the reward, submit your log with all the necessary proof of passage information to, along with a small fee (cost TBC) for the certificate.  Your claim will be acknowledged and processed ASAP.

Health & Safety tips

  1. When cycling in Ireland it is recommended to have cycling insurance.  If you’re a resident of Ireland, the simplest option is to join Cycling Ireland.  If you’re already a member of a cycling club, insurance cover may well be offered through the club automatically.
  2. Some Brevets take you off into remote and challenging areas of Ireland and therefore it is important to be self sufficient.  Some key things to consider are:
    • Ensure your bicycle is in good order and you have the basic tools and parts to repair it should the need arise.
    • Always carry a mobile phone with good battery charge and/or carry a power bank if required.
    • Wear and/or carry clothing suitable for the current and forecast conditions will ensure a more comfortable and safer experience.
    • Fuel up before you ride and carry enough food and water provisions with you.  Do not bank on convenience stores being available or open in every village.
    • Carry a good front and rear light incase you spend more time out on the route than originally planned.  Use a light that you can see the road with in the dark, not just one to be seen with.
  3. Plan the route before setting off so you are aware of the distance and elevation you need to tackle.  For a given average speed, this will help you estimate the time required to cycle the route.   Be conservative with your average speed estimate.  Road surface quality varies drastically and will affect your overall pace.
  4. GPS computers are a great navigational aid, but consider a backup plan should it fail.


Be safe, take your time and savour those special moments on the Brevet Hiberniae. We wish you luck and happy travels on your intrepid adventure across Ireland.

Long-distance cycling in Ireland