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Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour in Ireland

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!

Key information

  • Terrain: switchbacks and narrow roads
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (Suzuki or BMW model)
  • Mileage: 2743 kilometers / 1704 miles
  • Daily rides: approximately 300 kilometers / 186 miles
  • Riding gear: included: EU approved helmet; available to rent: jacket, pants, gloves, and boots
  • Meals: breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Trim
  • Ride back southwards through Glenveagh National Park
  • Take a ride around Slea Head which offers spectacular sunsets
  • Visit Kinsale, a seaside fishing town, with a rich history and French-influenced culture
  • Pass through beautiful villages such as Glandore, Baltimore, Skibbereen, and more
  • Visit Blackhead Lighthouse, more noteworthy for the moon-like landscape
  • Pass through Parknasilla and then divert up to see Staigue Fort
  • 12 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


9 riding days
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Dublin Airport
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Parking lot

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.

Program

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.

Day 1: Arrival

  • Complimentary chauffeur transfer from Dublin Airport (or from a Dublin city hotel), to your hotel base in Trim.
  • Check in to your 4-star hotel. Early check-in when available for international arrivals.
  • Enjoy your complimentary drink at the bar or explore Trim town and soak up the atmosphere
  • Meet with your Lemonrock team and collect your bike’s luggage pannier liners so you can be packed and ready to ride the next morning. You will also receive your souvenir roadbook, which is helpful to orientate your next day ride.
  • Trim is a heritage town situated on the River Boyne. It has a magnificent historical castle right on the doorstep of your hotel, Trim Castle Hotel.

Day 2: Trim to Kinsale (365 kilometers / 227 miles)

  • The Lemonrock team will meet you at your hotel first thing after breakfast.
  • Bike orientation: LemonRock Bike Tours takes time to make sure you are comfortable on your bike, have the correct riding gear, and understand the routes on their Sat Navs. It’s good to get to them early as this will take the best part of 2 hours.
  • Your route will take you through the Wicklow mountains, which is a favorite destination for local Dublin bikers. There are plenty of good gastro pubs and restaurants to stop off at for lunch. They will include several good recommendations in your roadbook.
  • The final leg of the journey takes you southwestward to Kinsale.
  • Kinsale in the Gourmet capital of Ireland – a seaside fishing town, with a rich history and French-influenced culture. An amazing array of restaurants are available for a diverse range of tastes!
  • You will overnight in a boutique hotel right in the center of Kinsale.

Day 3: Kinsale to Killarney (242 kilometers / 150 miles)

  • The Wild Atlantic Way officially begins in Kinsale, and today you’ll ride the Haven Coast.
  • Today’s ride is enchanting and spectacular which LemonRock Bike Tours hope will leave you with indelible memories of your trip to Ireland.
  • Leaving Kinsale, you'll skirt some beautiful coastal towns and villages, join the Wild Atlantic Way. You will pass through beautiful villages such as Glandore, Baltimore, Skibbereen, Crookhaven before riding the Healey Pass on Beara Peninsula – the first of the 3 peninsulas.
  • Overnight in Killarney, Co. Kerry. Killarney is a bustling town and has a superb choice of entertainment.
  • Accommodation: luxurious 4-star accommodation at The Brehon.

Day 4: Ring of Kerry (246 kilometers / 153 miles)

  • 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!
  • Your route will take you through Killarney National Park, through Molls Gap before taking the route to Sneem.
  • 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!
  • 2 nights in Dingle, Co. Kerry (4-star)

Day 5: Rest day in Dingle

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

Day 6: Dingle to Co. Clare (285 kilometers / 177 miles)

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.

Day 7: Clare to Westport (250 to 280 kilometers / 155 - 174 miles)

  • Ballyvaughan / Kinvarra to Westport
  • The ride today goes through Galway City before heading out into Connemara, which is in Co. Mayo and is a quintessentially Irish part of Ireland!
  • Roundstone, Connemara - it’s a very picturesque village by the sea, and have a great selection of restaurants and gourmet food pubs.
  • Spectacular views are available from the Atlantic Sky Road which is a must-see
  • Kylemore Abbey is definitely worth a visit! The Abbey was built in the late 1800s. Today Kylemore Abbey is owned and run by the Benedictine community who have been in residence here since 1920, where you can enjoy a nice cafe and teahouse.
  • Riding next along Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord before heading northwards along the Doolough Pass, bringing you into the town of Westport.
  • Two nights in Westport, Co. Mayo (3 stars). Westport is a regular winner of Ireland Tidiest Town and is truly a gem to visit.

Day 8: Rest day in Westport

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.

Day 9: Westport to Sligo (367 kilometers / 228 miles)

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.

Day 10: Sligo to North Donegal (287 kilometers / 178 miles)

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.

Day 11: Northern Headlands to South Donegal (336 kilometers / 209 miles)

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.

Day 12: Donegal to Trim (280 kilometers / 174 miles)

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!

Day 13: Depart

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.

Skill level(s) required for this tour:

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

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!

Food

Enjoy Irish breakfast every morning of your tour.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • BMW and Suzuki rental motorcycles equipped with panniers, removable linings, and top box
  • GPS satellite navigation with pre-programmed routes carefully planned by LemonRock
  • EU approved helmet (4 and 5 star Sharp ratings) for rider and pillion
  • Comprehensive motorcycle insurance once you meet LemonRock Bike Tours' insurer’s requirements, subject to excess
  • Full orientation to make sure you feel comfortable riding the bike prior to your tour
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Breakdown cover and puncture repair kit
  • 12 nights accommodation in 3 and 4 star B&Bs and hotels (start and finish your tour at the 4-star hotel, Trim Castle Hotel)
  • Chauffeur transfers from Dublin Airport
  • Irish breakfast every morning of your tour
  • Access to a personal app / virtual roadbook which you can download to your smartphone
  • Souvenir printed roadbook
  • Enjoy a welcome drink on the evening of your arrival
  • Lemonrock merchandise (buff and earplugs)
  • Complimentary and secure luggage storage at LemonRock Bike Tours' premises

What's not included

  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Fuel
  • Ferries (other than stated)
  • Tolls
  • Parking
  • Fines
  • Admission fees
  • Gratuities
  • Anything else that is not mentioned in "what’s included"
  • Rent protective clothing for 15 EUR per day (jacket, pants, gloves, and boots)
  • Insurance
  • Reduced collision damage waiver for 25 EUR per day (optional)
  • Pre-authorized credit card 1000 EUR (optional)
  • Damage maximum liability 1000 EUR (optional)
  • Theft maximum liability 1500 EUR (optional)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB). Chauffeur transfers from this airport are included in the price.

Airport: Dublin Airport Airport transfer included: Dublin Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

You could book this option:

  • 1 person in single room - 3900 (Suzuki DL650XT) (solo rider)
  • 1 person in single room - 4340 (BMW R1250GS Suzuki DL650XT) (solo rider)
  • 2 persons in double / twin room - 1750 x 2 = 3500 (own bike) (1 rider and 1 pillion)
  • 1  person in shared double / twin room - 1990 (own bike) 
  • 2  persons in double / twin room - 1990 x 2 = 3980 (2 solo riders)
  • 2  persons in double / twin room - 3970 x 2 = 7940 (BMW R1250GS)

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