7 days
Duration
1500 approx
Miles
Yes
Pillions?
Max 12
Riders
Moderate
Tour pace

IRELAND’S WILD ATLANTIC WAY
GUIDED MOTORCYCLE TOUR

Ireland is buzzing with charm, generous and hospitable people providing a warm and inviting feeling but that’s not all, Ireland has some of the most incredible scenery we have seen in western Europe and you’d be mad to miss out. Join the Craic, have a laugh and enjoy some superb riding


Join us on a magnificent adventure around Ireland’s West Coast, taking in some spectacular scenery and beautiful riding roads following the famous Wild Atlantic Way.

Ride along the west coast of Ireland on this fabulous escorted motorcycle tour as we visit stunning locations such as, Kilarney National Park, Dingle Peninsula, Conor Pass, Glengarriff, Galway, Cliffs of Moher and so much more, all washed down with one (or several) of the best pints of Guinness you’ll ever try!

Join us as we board the ferry from Wales into Dublin and make our way along the south coast of Ireland where the tour really comes to life as we then beginning heading northwards along the West Coast of Ireland, the WIld Atlantic Way. With stunning scenery and incredible roads that ascend and descend into the mountains, past waterfalls, alongside the stunning rugged coastline and passing through beautiful towns.

The tour is suitable for any rider and is an ideal introduction into touring if you have never been before. It’s also a fabulous tour for couples and pillion riders as the days are far from exhaustive (less bum ache!) We will stay in hotels and possibly B&B’s with very good quality and standards. In the evenings we will eat in traditional Irish pubs and soak up the incredible Irish atmosphere and friendliness of the locals.

At the end of the tour we will provide you with a video for your memories along with a selection of pictures taken by the tour guide. In terms of navigation, if you don’t want to bring a sat nav, that’s fine by us as the tour guide never leaves anyone behind, however, you are also free to do as you please if you want to spend some time on your own or with your riding partner and meet up later

We hope you can join us on this tour, if you have never toured Ireland on a motorcycle you really ought to. It’s a wonderful place!

See you soon

 

Return Ferry Included
2/3* plus Hotels Included
Daily breakfast meal included
Professional Tour Guide included
GPS Maps of the route included
Full Itinerary included
Comprehensive Tour Guide Included
Insurance included
Parking or entry fees included

 

Meeting point  Holyhead Ferry Port
Approx Distance  1400 miles
Tour Type Scenic landscapes
Group Size  12 -15 max
Average daily riding  5 hours
Rider ability level  Suitable for all competent riders

Additional information

Rider TypeSolo Rider Sharing Twin, Rider & Pillion Twin/Double, Solo Rider Private Room
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DAY 1 - Holyhead to Wrexford

Boarding the ferry in Holyhead, it’s a short sail across to Dublin where we will head to Wexford. Taking in on route the Wicklow National Park and through the mountains. A beautiful start to the tour riding through this lovely area of eastern Ireland with it’s waterfalls and slopping scenery among the pine forests. It’s a casual ride and nothing too taxing to set you up for our journey to the west coast the following day.

Wicklow Mountains National Park is situated just south of Dublin. Covering 20,483 hectares, Wicklow Mountains National Park has the distinction of being the largest of Ireland’s six National Parks. It is also the only one located in the east of the country.Ireland Motorcycle Tour

The National Park extends over much of the Wicklow mountains. Upland blanket bog and heath cover the upland slopes and rounded peaks. The wide-open vistas are interrupted only by forestry plantations and narrow winding mountain roads. Fast-flowing streams descend into the deep lakes of the wooded valleys and continue their course into the surrounding lowlands.

The hotel for the evening is a 3* hotel with traditional Live Irish entertainment most nights, which can be enjoyed in the refurbished bar, and the on-site restaurant serves an a la carte and table d’hote menu.

Distance: 122 miles
Time: 3.5 hours without stops
Roads: Mainly a & B roads

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DAY 2 - Glengarriff

We leave Wexford at around 09.00 after a hearty breakfast and head for Cork. We stop off in Blarney for lunch and there is a chance to go and see Blarney Castle (queues can be long so you will need to arrive at the Castle when we stop – entry fee is approx £15 pp), if you’re brave enough you can have a go at kissing the Blarney Stone!Ireland Motorcycle Tour

After an 1.5hrs or so, we head for Glengarriff on the west coast just north of Bantry, the official starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way. Whilst we won’t be following the entire tourist route of the Wild Atlantic Way (mainly due to the fact it is over 2,000 miles long and would take us far longer than the time we have in Ireland, we will still be taking in the best bits.

Glengarriff, affectionately known as “The Meeting Place” is a village of approximately 800 people on the N71 national secondary road in the Beara Peninsula of County Cork, Ireland. Known internationally as a tourism venue, it boasts many natural attractions but for us it is an incredibly picturesque area, which marks the start of our tour through the west coast. Take a stroll down to the shoreline to see the rugged coast and capture sights of sea lions basking on rocks. Take a short walk through the small town to discover some traditional Irish culture, pubs, bars and shops and don’t forget to visit the Blue Pool (opposite the hotel), which makes for a magnificent early morning walk!!

Our accommodation this evening is a traditional Irish hotel with lodges, free parking and wifi. Meals are served inside the Inn and are very tasty locally sourced home cooked food.

Distance: 144 miles
Time: 3.5 hours without stops
Roads: Mainly N roads (N roads are equivalent to our A roads)

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DAY 3 - Glengarriff to Kilarney National Park

Heading north now up the west coast, our first stop is a spectacular waterfall (weather pending) that we stumbled upon by accident some years back. There is a narrow single track road (suitable for cars and road bikes) that meanders it’s way alongside a large lake, finally bringing you to small car park and coffee shop. A short walk (200m) and you are at the foot of the waterfall with incredible views overlooking County KerryIreland Motorcycle Tour

Gleninchaquin is a long narrow coombe valley on the North West side of the Beara Peninsla, formed by glaciation approximately 70,000 years ago and changed little since. The back wall of the coombe contains a spectacular waterfall which in turn feeds the succession of lakes along the valley floor – Loughs Inchaquin, Uragh and Cloonee. Further lakes, Cummeenaloughaun and Cummeenadillure are contained in smaller hanging coombes around the waterfall with Lough Napeasta further out along the valley.

From here we head through Ballaghbeama Gap. Stunning scenery and rugged rocks line this route.

Ireland Motorcycle TourWe then head through the Gap of Dunloe into Killarney National Park. The Gap of Dunloe is a narrow mountain pass forged between the MacGillycuddy Reeks and Purple Mountain by glacial flows. The river running through the gap is the river Loe from where the Gap gets its name. The Gap begins at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. The road, narrow in many places, winds through the pass and descends into The Black Valley passing five lakes, Coosaun Lough, Black Lake, Cushnavally Lake, Auger Lake and Black Lough. Within easy walking distance from Kate Kearney’s cottage is a picturesque old bridge known as the ‘Wishing Bridge’. It is said that wishes made here really do come true!

We finish the day continuing through the spectacularly scenic Killarney National Park, stopping frequently to take pictures and admire the amazing views before descending the mountain to visit Ross Castle for some picture opportunities beside the lake, then onto our 3* guest house / hotel for the night just a couple of minutes walk from the center of Killarney, where we will go for dinner this evening

Distance: 109 miles
Time: 4.5 hours without stops
Roads: Mainly N roads and B roads (Single lane) (N roads are equivalent to our A roads)

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DAY 4 - Dingle Peninsula

We have a long day today as we make our way along the coast passing Inch Beach (a spectacular beach with sand that extends for miles and can be, depending on tide, several hundred yards from the sea.

We continue through the Dingle Peninsula and through Conor Pass as we head towards Tralee. It’s a quick ride through Tralee as we continue further north following the coastline wherever we can. We pass through small towns and villages such as; Ballybunion, Tarbert, Kilkee, Spanish Point and Percy French to our destination, The Cliffs of Moher. There is a chance to see the cliffs before heading to our hotel for the evening in Lahinch. Tonight we are stay in a Golf and Leisure Hotel featuring the a cozy Bar, with a fireplace. The restaurant serves home-cooked meals and full Irish breakfasts as well as Chinese and Asian cuisine.

Distance: 167 miles
Time: 5.5 hours without stops
Roads: Mainly N roads and B roads (Single lane) (N roads are equivalent to our A roads)

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DAY 5 - Galway

We continue north today, heading along the coast and keeping to the Wild Atlantic Way Tourist route (avoiding the not so motorcycle friendly roads!) with views of Aran Islands as we pass by Flaggy Shore on route to Galway. We head through the rugged mountains of Galway continuing along the coast where we can. Next up is Ballycroy national Park where we witness some stunning scenery and some wonderful riding roadsIreland Motorcycle Tour

Staying in another traditional hotel in the center of Foxford this evening where there is the option to eat in or dine in a lovely pub we know of just around the corner that serve some delicious steak and pie style hearty meals

Distance: 212 miles
Time: 6 hours without stops
Roads: Mainly N roads and B roads (Single lane) (N roads are equivalent to our A roads)

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DAY 6 - Sligo

From Foxford we head for Sligo, still moving north this morning before head south west back to Dublin but not before we stop off at Benbulbin Mountain, Benbulbin, sometimes spelled Ben Bulben or Benbulben, is a large rock formation in County Sligo, Ireland. It is part of the Dartry Mountains, in an area sometimes called “Yeats Country”. It resembles Ayers Rock in Australia and is a spectacular site (weather permitting)Ireland Motorcycle Tour

From Benbulbin we head to Glencar Waterfalls and take some stunning pics of this amazing waterfall attraction. Then we head back to Dublin with a brief stop on route to Parke’s Castle. Finally we arrive in Dun Laoghaire Harbour, just outside of Dublin. There may be time (depending on ferry departure time, to catch a cab or take a ride into Dublin if you would like to have a look around, though it is very busy)

Distance: 212 miles
Time: 6 hours without stops
Roads: Mainly N roads and B roads

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DAY 7 - Dublin - UK

After breakfast, there is usually time to relax and nip into the city for a couple of hours (depending on the ferry departure time) and then we head for the ferry back to the UK, Sadly this marks the end of the tour

 

 

 

2019 DATES

  • 25th – 31st May 2019

Single rider sharing: £849.00 per rider
Rider & Pillion sharing: £1449 per couple
Rider with own room: £1295 per rider

Suitable for pillions?
Suitable for inexperienced riders?
Max group size No more than 15 riders
Average daily mileage? 120 – 210 miles per day
Weather 18 – 25c | Mostly dry
Culture Wonderful friendly people
Roads Mainly smooth tarmac, some single lanes
Start/finish time each day 09.00 – 10.00 / 16.00 – 18.00

Includes:

  • Ferry return from Holyhead to Dublin (or alternative UK port if preferred)
  • 2/3/4* quality, clean and comfortable accommodation
  • Breakfast each morning
  • Daily route maps for sat nav
  • Full itinerary
  • Comprehensive tour guide pack
  • Professional tour guide (fully escorted)
  • A fun, friendly and enjoyable atmosphere
  • Some of the best and most spectacular sights, roads and views
  • Free neck tube, key ring and stickers

Q&A 
Q. Are meals included?
A. We include a full breakfast each morning but do not include evening meals as we prefer to let customers make their own choice when ordering food and not limit them to a set menu as there can be many choices available depending on the hotel. More often than not set menus are very limited in choice and portion size. We try and stay away from becoming a coach tour on two wheels!

Q. Do you offer discounts on group bookings?
A. Yes, if you are a group larger than 4 riders please email us for a discount code

Q. Is the tour suitable for pillions?
A. Yes it is, in fact it’s ideal for pillion riders because of the shorter miles and relaxing pace along with the stunning scenery

Q. Does it rain a lot in Ireland?
A. Ireland is renowned for it’s wetter weather but the months of May & June seem to be a great time to go. Over the years we have found mild temperatures and only 10% rain during May/June

Q. What are the roads like?
A. Black… mostly tarmac with white lines down the middle… seriously, the roads are smooth and reasonably well maintained with exception of a just a few narrower tracks that may have grass running down the middle (for example the road to the waterfall on day 2). There is some overgrowth on these tighter lanes but they are usually only used to get access to a viewpoint, a place of interest or similar and are relatively short in distance but well worth it

Q. What is the best bike to take?
A. Anything above 500cc will be fine, smaller engines may be suitable, ask us 

Q. If I wanted to, can I peel off from the group and do my own thing?
A. Of course you can, all we ask is that you let the tour guide know your intentions so that they don’t come looking for. We never leave anyone behind!

Q. What food do they serve?
A. Similar to UK food, Steaks, salads, fish, burgers etc and a full Irish breakfast (usually with a huge choice!) Some hotels have specialist cuisine from around the world on offer

Q. Is the Guinness as good as people say?
A. Oh yes! it’s very different to the UK Guinness and seems to become everyone’s favorite drink whilst on tour! It is rich in iron, providing plenty of energy. However, the Irish seem to favor Murphy’s than Guinness, perhaps the many days without going to the lavatory may be the reason?

Q. Is there any crime or problems in Ireland?
A. We travel only in southern Ireland and western Ireland (mostly in the tourist areas) and there is very little crime or problems, none that we have ever experienced

Q. What are the hotels like?
A. We aim to accommodate our clients in quality hotels of 2 0r 3* or above rating, occasionally, this will be a 4* hotel but all the hotels are of good clean standard. Some are more traditional (basic) than others that represent the charm of the Irish. For example, there is a hotel we stay in which, usually always has live traditional Irish singing.

Some hotels have spa and leisure facilities, usually these are included in the room price, along with free wifi.

We always aim to accommodate our clients in a hotel with secure parking, some times there may be a small fee for parking, However, we still advise you bring security devices such as disc locks or a chain to be safe rather than sorry. We have never had an issue with bike security

Q. How many people on the tour?
A. We take a maximum of 15 riders but usually around 12 plus the tour guide

Q. What is the minimum number of bookings you take?
A. We can run the tour with a minimum of 8 riders

If you have any further questions please ask us, we are friendly!

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
30/05/2018

A really fantastic tour that allows you to see the best that the wild coast of Ireland has to offer. Despite knowing how unpredictable the weather can be we had 5 days of sunshine and warm weather, only one day of light rain.
A must for anyone who has a soft spot for Ireland as the scenery is fantastic, the food is good and the Guinness really does taste very different.
Well organised and a great tour guide made this a very pleasurable experience

28/06/2018

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Booking – The booking process was clear and straightforward with an initial deposit payable upon booking the tour with the balance payable close to the departure date.

Communication – Communication was very very clear throughout. Prior to departure, a detailed daily itinerary is provided which takes into account the route; the sites and things to see; your accommodation; and the mileage you will be covering. In addition to this, we were provided with sat-nav files free of charge, along with an extremely comprehensive welcome pack which covered everything from ‘what to pack’, recommended motorcycle gear and lots of other handy information to help a first-time tourer such as myself.

Accommodation – Accommodation was great, ranging from small B&B’s to large hotels. All had excellent facilities, plenty of places to eat and drink and provided appropriately secure areas for the motorcycles. For me, the hotel on the last night stood out and was fantastic!

Tour – The tour itself was extremely well run. The route was clear, and all riders were briefed as to how we would maintain the route without getting lost (accepting people ride at different speeds). The tour routes took in some amazing scenery and ticked off the key places of interest.

I’d have no hesitation in using Guided Motorbike Tours again or recommending them to anyone, whether experienced of a ‘first-timer’, who is looking to book a motorcycle tour.

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28/06/2018

Got back yesterday from the Irish tour ( 22/6/2018)
Ten out of ten
Thank you Chris for a wonderful trip and an unforgettable experience
Theo & Julie

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