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This is the ultimate motorcycle tour of the West Coast of Ireland! The Ultimate Wild Atlantic Way motorcycle tour is based on our original Wild Atlantic Way motorcycle tour but gives you some extra time to explore Dingle, Westport and also brings you further north to ride the beautiful and rustic coastline of Co. Donegal. So if you have the extra time, it’s a great way to see this marvellous coastline. You won’t regret exploring the best motorcycle route in Ireland!
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.
The Wild Atlantic Way is the longest coastal route in the world at approximately 2,750 km (1,700 miles) in length. Encompassing many distinct regions, this extended Ultimate Wild Atlantic Way motorcycle tour reaches further north to discover the Surf Coast and Northern Headlands.
Picture colonies of puffins on the sheer Cliffs of Moher, the savage beauty of much-loved Connemara and some of Irelands’ wildest shores in northern Donegal - where Irish is still the mother tongue and traditional culture thrives.
Riding mostly 5-6 hours per day, LemonRock Bike Tours also included some rest days to allow you to soak in your beautiful surroundings, with options to ride and explore the local area if you desire.
The routes are pre-programmed in detail on their Sat Nav systems, which ensures you see parts of the countryside that ordinary visitors rarely see. Each evening you stay in lively towns where you can relax or engage in the local Irish social scene, normally with a great range of restaurants and pubs to explore.
Dingle is a super little town and although it attracts a lot of tourists, it deserves its attention. Dingle is famous for its pubs and music nightlife and Fungi the dolphin! On your rest day, you’ll find that there are lots to see and do! Your roadbook will give you lots of interesting tips to make sure you get the most out of your time here. You can ride around the tip of the Dingle Peninsula, known as Slea Head. On a summer evening, you can witness fantastic sunsets, as the sun disappears over the horizon of the Atlantic ocean. You can opt to explore the town for the day or take a ride around Slea Head which offers spectacular sunsets
Today’s ride will bring you over the north side of the Dingle peninsula up across the river Shannon estuary into Co. Clare and up to South Galway. First on the list is the Conor Pass which 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. You cross the Shannon Estuary (20-minute crossing) 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 is 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 214 m (702 feet) at their highest point. The evening is the best time to view the Cliffs, in LemonRock Bike Tours' experience, as the sun sets west over the Atlantic.
Time permitting, a visit to Blackhead Lighthouse – more noteworthy for the moon-like landscape which slopes down to the Atlantic than for the lighthouse itself, it’s a serene spot to savor.
The Burren National Park: the word "Burren" comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. You can spend hours riding around here – it’s the landscape that is very different from other parts of the Wild Atlantic Way. you like to visit the Burren Smokehouse (it’s not what you think!)
Overnight in Ballyvaughan or Kinvarra, depending on hotel availability. This is a very busy spot (and deservedly so!) in high season. So LemonRock Bike Tours 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.
Westport is a superb location to either rest up and soak up the atmosphere of this town, or ride out and explore the many local scenic rides. Your roadbook will give you lots of ideas on how best to spend your time here. Visit Matt Molloy’s pub, in Westport - Matt Molly is a member of the famous Chieftains - where live traditional musicians play 7 nights a week in an authentic intimate setting. Not to be missed!
The adventurous could climb Croagh Patrick mountain which overlooks Clew Bay which is a traditional pilgrimage (and a good workout!) trekked by locals in their bare feet! LemonRock Bike Tours will also include an optional riding route on your Sat Nav if you prefer to explore Connemara and Co. Mayo by bike.
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 is 5 km of safe, clean golden beaches. For eight decades people have come to bathe in hot seawater and seaweed renowned for its therapeutic qualities. Overnight in a quirky thatched-roof bar and restaurant by the sea.
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 600 m 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, Falcarragh, Dunfanaghy onto your destination in Downing Bay for a well-earned rest.
Today, you hug the Northern Headlands coastline as you ride up to Malin Head, the most northerly point of Ireland, which is home to the Malin Head Signal Tower.
You have chosen a route that is engaging and picturesque, which is detailed in your roadbook and Sat Nav. Finally, you begin your ride back southwards through Glenveagh National Park. The inland roads here are spectacular and give a wonderful view of the vast landscape that is so unique to Donegal. You overnight in the charming seaside town of Ardara.
This route will take you southeastwards through south Donegal across into Northern Ireland into the charming town of Belleek. It makes for a great coffee shop and also an opportunity to visit the famous Belleek Pottery. You ride southwards down the western shoreline of Lough Allen, which is the highest lake on the River Shannon system. The route will take you through lovely secret parts of the Irish midland, which are outlined in your roadbook Typically, you like to stop off in Glassan, Co. Westmeath for lunch as it has a number of gastro pubs which serve good food. Then you take some favored biking roads back eastwards into Trim. By the time you reach your destination, you will have a big smile on your face!
Chauffeur transfer to Dublin Airport for the flight home. Alternatively, you can choose to have your car take you to Dublin city if you are planning on visiting the capital city for a day or two.
This tour will take place in various locations in Ireland. You will visit Cliffs of Moher, the Beara Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry, Galway, Glengesh Pass, Connemara, The Burren, Malin Head, Sheeps Head, Sliabh League, Kinsale, Killarney, Trim Castle, and more!
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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