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Starting from LemonRock's base in Killarney, you ride along the Wild Atlantic Way and then continue along the North Antrim Coast to include many of the Game of Thrones® Doors and filming locations. In January 2016, the Game of Thrones® filming location known as the Dark Hedges, or Kingsroad to the people of Westeros, was battered by storm Gertrude. The wood from two trees that fell that day was carved into 10 intricately designed pub doors, each one telling the story of an episode in Game of Thrones® season 6.
Enjoy your stay at 3 and 4-star B&Bs and hotels. Start and finish your tour at the 4-star hotel, Trim Castle Hotel or similar.
From Cairncastle to the Glens of Antrim, via the Dark Hedges and Cushendun Caves, each door is within reach of a different filming location in Northern Ireland. This trail around Game of Thrones® Territory is a piece of cultural heritage in the making. LemonRock has included one rest day in Ballintoy, Northern Ireland (subject to availability).
They have selected riding routes with an emphasis on scenery and being off the beaten path. Of course, the choice is yours, but you will have an option to shorten the day’s ride should you wish to arrive at your destination earlier. This tour is independently run by Lemonrock Bike Tours. It is not sponsored, endorsed, or affiliated with HBO or anyone associated with Game of Thrones®.
The Ring of Kerry: your route starts out on the famous Ring of Kerry, which is a “must-do” on every visitor's list while in the South West of Ireland. You ride the Ring in a clockwise direction so that you ride with the sea on your left and in the opposite direction of the coaches – it’s the perfect way to see the Ring of Kerry! Riding with Kenmare Bay on your left, you’ll pass through Parknasilla and then you divert up to see Staigue Fort. Back onto the ring for Coomakista Pass which offers fantastic views over Kenmare Bay
The Skellig Ring scenic drive starts in Waterville and takes in the wonderful Valentia Island accessed by a bridge from the picturesque Portmagee and Ballinskelligs. Valentia Island – The Valentia Island Tetrapod Footprints are the most extensive of the four Devonian trackways in the world. Riding down the island you’ll reach Knightstown where you can take a short ferry ride to Reenard Point back onto the mainland – with options for excellent lunch breaks in either town.
Cahirsiveen, Mountain Stage, Kells Bay, Glenbeigh – these are famous parts of The Ring of Kerry. You can switch off your intercoms and enjoy the spectacular views in silence!
Killorglin – Home to the famous annual Puck Fair. Puck Fair, (‘POC’ being the Irish for a male goat) is one of Ireland’s oldest fairs. The “Queen of Puck”, traditionally a young schoolgirl from one of the local primary schools, crowns the goat “King Puck“. It takes place each August 10th. The goat is released unharmed!
Dingle – Truly a gem of a town! Dingle is famous for its pubs and music nightlife and Fungi the dolphin! Your optional rest day stay’s the second night in Dingle. There are lots to see and do! Overnight in Dingle, Co. Kerry (4 stars)
Slea Head – Start early as this route is very popular with tourists! The Slea Head Drive is a circular route beginning and ending in Dingle, that takes in stunning views on the western end of the peninsula.
The Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass in Ireland and provides the most dramatic and scenic way of entering or leaving Dingle. This narrow, twisting road runs between the town of Dingle and Kilmore Cross on the north side of the peninsula on through Castlegregory. It’s a lovely biking route but it takes time to stop and look back at the views! You’ll pass through Blennerville which was the main port of emigration from Co. Kerry to North America during the Great Famine.
Tarbert to Killimer Ferry – LemonRock prefers this route instead of riding up through Adare and Limerick, which you will see on the way home. You cross the Shannon Estuary leaving Kerry and crossing into Co. Clare. Here you will appreciate one of the many wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way, with ever-changing scenery.
The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of one million visitors every year and are a Signature Discovery Point in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. They stretch for 8km as the crow flies, along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland and reach 214m (702 feet) at their highest point. The evening is the best time to view the Cliffs, in LemonRock's experience, as the sun sets west over the Atlantic.
Overnight in Doolin or Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare (depending on hotel availability). This is a very busy spot (and deservedly so!) in high season. So LemonRock often has to juggle between hotels to accommodate all their guests. They do the stressing so you don’t have to! Overnight in 3-star accommodation.
You ride from Clare to Westport.
Newport nestles on the shore of Clew Bay which is famous for its 365 Islands and is a pleasant seaside resort and part of attractive and unspoiled coastline. Mulraney – acclaimed as Ireland's best small tourist town, a European Destination of Excellence – it is a superb stop for taking a walk on the beach and enjoying the spectacular views.
Achill Island – Achill has a long history of human settlement and there is evidence that Achill was inhabited as many as 5,000 years ago. Megalithic tombs and promontory forts testifying to this can be seen at Slievemore, along the Atlantic Drive, and on Achill Beg Island.
Kildamhnait Castle is a 15th-century tower house associated with the O’ Malley Clan, who were once a ruling family of Achill. Grace O’ Malley, or Granuaile, the most famous of the O’ Malley’s was born in Clare Island around 1530. Her father was the chieftain of the barony of Murrisk. The O’Malleys were a powerful seafaring family, who traded widely and refused to submit to English rule. Grace became a fearless leader and gained fame as a sea captain and pirate. Ballina, situated on the famous River Moy, is Mayo’s largest town.
Enniscrone – There are 5km of safe, clean golden beaches. For eight decades people have come to bathe in hot seawater and seaweed renowned for its therapeutic qualities. Look out for the eclectic glamping village which plans to offer quirky accommodation in a range of vehicles, including London Taxis or 747 jet! Overnight near Enniscrone.
Heading East towards Sligo town up through Strandhill where you can stop for a nice coffee or an ice cream. Onwards with the Atlantic Ocean in view towards Ballyshannon and Donegal Town. Take the time to visit Slieve League, noted as being the highest sea cliffs in Ireland over 600m sheer drop into the ocean. Follow the coast road onwards to Glencolumbkille and Glengesh Pass, which is Donegal’s answer to the Stelvio Pass, except more beautiful!
The route takes you up as far as Gweedore and into Glenveagh National Park. Overnight in North Donegal.
Departing from Letterkenny, you’re riding north to the Inishowen Peninsula, which is home to the most northerly part of Ireland – Malin Head. You're taking the eastern side of the peninsula and meeting the short ferry to Greencastle. The ferry will take you into Northern Ireland where the speed signs are now in Miles per Hour – so be warned! You’ll also need some Sterling currency for your few days in Northern Ireland.
The coast road takes you over to Portstewart and Portrush, home to the famous North West 200 Road Races – you’ll be riding on the famous circuit, but mind your speed!
You are right beside the Giants Causeway and the very spectacular Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, which you can cross. Next on the route is a visit to the iconic Dark Hedges, which is so famously featured in “Game of Thrones®”. Overnight in Ballintoy.
You stay in this area of Ballintoy for 2 nights to explore. Gracehill House, Mary McBrides, The Fullerton Arms – all host the Game of Thrones® Doors and are within easy reach. You can even visit the Iron Islands ruled by House Greyjoy, located in Ballintoy Harbour. Motorbike racing enthusiasts are only a stone’s throw away from Ballymoney, home to Joey Dunlop’s “Joey’s Bar”
Your route today follows the North East coastline when on a fine day you can see across the Irish Sea to Scotland. This scenic coastal route takes you through Cushendun, home to Mary McBrides Bar. Next onto Ballygally Castle where another Door awaits! The route continues by skirting Belfast City and down along the eastern side of Strangford Lough, where you visit the Fiddler’s Green in Portaferry. A short ferry ride across the mouth of Strangford Lough brings you to The Cuan in Strangford where you'll spend the night.
Your ride today is shorter allowing you plenty of time for a relaxed start and riding down around Carlingford Lough and into Co. Louth. If you like, you can ride to Newcastle, home to The Percy French, yet another home of the Door from Game of Thrones®. As you ride through Ireland’s Ancient East, you will have time to stop off at Newgrange Visitors Centre and learn about the passage tombs which dates back to 3200 BC.
A stop at Slane Castle in Co. Meath is well worthwhile for a relaxing lunch and you can also take a tour of the Castle while you are there to get a glimpse of how the other half live! Your final stop is in Trim, Co. Meath, a heritage town and home to St. John’s Castle, the largest Norman Castle in the British Isles, and which was the filming location of Braveheart – well worth a visit.
LemonRock will meet you at your hotel to collect the bikes and riding gear and wish you farewell! The chauffeur will bring you to Dublin Airport or to a Dublin city center hotel – you decide!
This tour will take place in various locations in Ireland. You will visit The Ring of Kerry, Galway, Westport, Donegal, The Dark Hedges (Kings Road), Westeros, The Iron Islands, Giants Causeway, Joey Dunlop's "Joey's Bar", and Newgrange.
Enjoy Irish breakfast every morning of your tour.
Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB). Chauffeur transfers from this airport are included in the price.
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