IRELAND WILD ATLANTIC WAY
SELF-GUIDED MOTORCYCLE TOUR
The finest Wild Atlantic Way Southern Ireland Motorcycle Tour!
A magnificent adventure around Ireland’s West Coast, taking in some spectacular scenery and beautiful riding roads following the best of the famous Wild Atlantic Way
Heading from Dublin, you’ll ride through Wicklow mountains an along the west coast of Ireland on this fabulous motorcycle tour as you 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!
You’ll board the ferry from Wales (or Scotland if you prefer) which will take you into Dublin. From here you’ll make your way to the south coast of Ireland where the tour really comes to life as you then begin 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 confident rider and is an ideal introduction into self-guided European 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!) You will stay in hotels and possibly B&B’s with very good quality and standards. In the evenings you will eat in traditional Irish pubs and soak up the incredible Irish atmosphere and friendliness of the locals.
In Ireland, you ride on the left, as you do in the UK, so there’s no need to get used to riding on the wrong side of the road! The Irish people are wonderful, friendly, fun and always willing to help out if needed, so you know you’ll be well looked after.
DAY 1 - Hollyhead to Dublin
Boarding the ferry in Holyhead it’s a short sail across to Dublin where you will head to Wexford via the Wicklow National Park and through the mountains. A beautiful start to the tour riding through this lovely area of eastern Ireland. 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.
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.
3 hours without stops
DAY 2 - Glengarriff
You leave Wexford at around 09.00 after a hearty breakfast and head for Cork. You’ll stop off in Blarney for lunch and there is a chance to go and see Blarney Castle, if you’re brave enough you can have a go at kissing the Blarney Stone!
After an hour or so here you head for Glengarriff on the west coast just north of Bantry, the official starting point of the Wild Atlantic Way. Whilst you 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 far longer than the time you have in Ireland) you 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 to start of our tour through the west coast. Take a stole down to the shoreline to see the rugged coast and capture sight of sea lions basking on rocks. Take a short walk through the small town to discover some traditional Irish culture, pubs, bars and shops.
4 hours without stops
DAY 3 - Glengarriff to Kilarney National Park
Heading north now up the west coast, your 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 Kerry
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 you head through Ballaghbeama Gap. Stunning scenery and rugged rocks line this route.
youthen 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!
You’ll 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 your 3* hotel for the night, Hotel Killarney, Cork Road, Killarney National Park
4.5 hours without stops
DAY 4 - Dingle Peninsula
You will have a long day today as you make your 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.
Continuing through the Dingle Peninsula and through Conor Pass as you’ll head towards Tralee. It’s a quick ride through Tralee as you continue further north following the coastline wherever we can. You pass through small towns and villages such as; Ballybunion, Tarbert, Kilkee, Spanish Point and Percy French to your destination, The Cliffs of Moher. There is a chance to see the cliffs before heading to your hotel for the evening
5.5 hours without stops
DAY 5 - Galway
You will continue north today, heading along the coast and keeping to the Wild Atlantic Way Tourist route with views of Aran Islands as we pass by Flaggy Shore on route to Galway. You head through the rugged mountains of Galway continuing along the coast where you can. Next up is Ballycroy national Park where we witness some stunning scenery and some wonderful riding roads
Full Breakfast included
5.45 hours without stops
DAY 6 - Sligo
From Foxford you head for Sligo, still moving north this morning before head south west back to Dublin but not before you 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
From Benbulbin you head to Dublin to your hotel for the evening, which is your last stop before catching the ferry back home to England the following day.
On day 7 you head for Dublin Port late morning or early afternoon (TBC) and catch the ferry back to Holyhead arriving in UK mid afternoon
Full Breakfast included
4.55 hours without stops
DAY 7 - Returning home
Choose Your Own Date of Departure
Total Price for single rider with double room – £995
Total Price for rider & pillion in double or twin room – £1295
Total Price for two riders sharing a twin or double room – £1595
- Private room with double/twin bed
- Return ferry crossing
- Breakfast each morning
- Full Itinerary
- Detailed GPX Map Files for Tom Tom or Garmin/BMW
- Helpful tips and advice
- Direct contact with a “Virtual Tour Guide” for support
Why don’t you include evening meals?
Simply because it restricts you to what you can eat. many package deals with evening meals are often sub standard and very limited choice. We don’t want you to be tied to a set menu, we want you to have the freedom to do as you please.
What are the benefits of a Self Guided Tour as opposed to a Guided Tour
- You choose the date that suits you
- No hold ups at fuel stops
- No waiting around for others to get ready
- No time restrictions, leave and arrive each day in your own time
- More flexibility to explore
- Sense of achievement
- Far more romantic if you have your partner with you
What’s the best time to go?
We recommend anywhere between end of May up to end of October, this is when the weather tends to be kinder to bikers
I’ve heard the weather can be bad in Ireland, is this true?
The weather can be bad anywhere you go. Despite Ireland being known for it’s rain it really isn’t as bad as some make out. You may get the odd shower but we can’t control the weather, I wish we could, we would be millionaires!
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