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LemonRock's Round Ireland tour will take your around the entire Wild Atlantic Way, Northern Ireland, and the Ancient East of Ireland - so truly a trip full of variety and discovery! Choose to begin your tour in Trim or Killarney! LemonRock has included two rest days; one in the west of Ireland in the beautiful town of Westport and one in Belfast, with special attractions included.
During this tour, you will be staying at various accommodations across Ireland. For 14 nights, your accommodation will be in three and four-star bed and breakfasts and hotels. You will start and finish your tour at the four-star hotel and spa, The Brehon, in Killarney.
LemonRock Bike Tours has 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. They provide a range of BMW motorcycles chosen for their suitability to Irish roads.
There will be a complimentary pick-up service from Kerry Airport (KIR) or Killarney Train Station waiting for you. You will check in with The Brehon for the four-star overnight accommodation. You may opt for early check-in when available for international arrivals.
On day one, you will check out your bike and riding gear. Kick back and enjoy the facilities of The Brehon or its sister hotel, The Gleneagle, next door which has live music. Visit Killarney Town and soak up the atmosphere.
On day two, you will have a bike orientation. LemonRock will take time to make sure you are comfortable with your bike, that you have the correct riding gear, and understand the routes on the satellite navigator. It is good to get to that early as it will take the best part of two hours.
You will head south, past the Lakes of Killarney on the Muckross Road. As LemonRock is situated right on the Ring of Kerry, it will be only minutes before you will witness the most fabulous sights! Ladies View needs to be seen to be believed. Even on dull days, it is a world-class vantage point.
The hilltop at the second car park commands the view much admired by Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting when they visited Ireland in 1861. Hence, the name Ladies View. Moll’s Gap is mountain roads twisting through the hills and countryside. The rocks at Moll’s Gap are formed of old red sandstone.
LemonRock has chosen the Ring of Beara peninsula first as it is very remote and quiet, leaving you time to get fully acquainted with your bike and not being distracted by traffic. The Caha and Healey passes are truly magnificent and the Priest’s Leap is another spectacular pass for the more adventurous solo rider.
You will stay overnight in Kenmare, County Kerry. Kenmare is a bustling town and has a superb choice of restaurants to cater for all tastes. Watch out for the “session trail pubs” which host live traditional music and are free for all to enjoy. You will be staying at a friendly three-star accommodation right in Kenmare town center.
Your route will start 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 will 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 is the perfect way to see the Ring of Kerry!
Riding with Kenmare Bay on your left, you will pass through Parknasilla and then, you will divert up to see Staigue Fort. You will be back onto the ring for Coomakista Pass which offers fantastic views over Kenmare Bay. The Skellig Ring scenic drive will start in Waterville and take in the wonderful Valentia Island accessed by a bridge from the picturesque Portmagee and Ballinskelligs.
The Valentia Island Tetrapod Footprints are the most extensive of the four Devonian trackways in the world. Riding down the island, you will 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.
Cahersiveen, Mountain Stage, Kells Bay, and Glenbeigh, those are famous parts of The Ring of Kerry. You can switch off your intercoms and enjoy the spectacular views in silence! Killorglin is 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 is truly a gem of a town! It is famous for its pubs, music, nightlife, and Fungi the Dolphin! There are lots to see and do! You will stay overnight in Dingle, County Kerry.
You will start early as the Slea Head 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.
The narrow, twisting road runs between the town of Dingle and Kilmore Cross on the north side of the peninsula, on through Castlegregory. It is a lovely biking route but you will take time to stop and look back at the views! You will pass through Blennerville, which was the main port of emigration from County Kerry to North America during the Great Famine.
LemonRock prefers the Tarbert to Killimer Ferry route instead of riding up through Adare and Limerick, which you will see on the way home. You will cross the Shannon Estuary, leaving Kerry and crossing into County Clare. There, you will appreciate one of the many wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way, with its 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 eight kilometers as the crow flies, along the Atlantic Coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland and reach 214 meters or 702 feet at their highest point.
Evening is the best time to view the cliffs as the sun sets west over the Atlantic. You will stay overnight in Doolin or Ballyvaughan, County Clare, depending on hotel availability. It is a very busy spot and in the high season and deservedly so! Often, there is a need to juggle between hotels to accommodate all guests. LemonRock will do the stressing so you do not have to! You will be staying in three-star accommodations.
Blackhead Lighthouse is more noteworthy for the moonlike landscape which slopes down to the Atlantic than for the lighthouse itself. It is a serene spot to savor. For Burren National Park, the word “Burren” comes from the Irish word "boíreann", meaning a rocky place.
You can spend hours riding around there. The landscape is very different from other parts of the Wild Atlantic Way. You will visit the Burren Smokehouse and the set location for Father Ted where Mrs. Doyle lookalikes still serve cups of tea!
Roundstone, Connemara is a very picturesque village by the sea. It has a great selection of restaurants and gourmet food pubs. You will visit Matt Molloy’s pub in Westport. Matt Molly is a member of the famous Chieftains where live traditional musicians play seven nights a week in an authentic intimate setting.
It is not to be missed! You will stay overnight in Westport, County Mayo in three-star accommodations. Westport is a regular winner of Ireland Tidiest Town and is truly a gem to visit.
It is your rest day and you can spend it by going for a ride. You will stay overnight in Westport.
Newport nestles on the shore of Clew Bay which is famous for its 365 Islands and is a pleasant seaside resort, part of attractive and unspoiled coastline. Mulranny is 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 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 that can be seen in Slievemore, along the Atlantic Drive, and on Achillbeg 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 sea-faring 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. Meanwhile, Enniscrone has five kilometers of safe, clean, and golden beaches. For eight decades, people have come to bathe in the 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! You will stay overnight at Beach Bar Guesthouse. Evening dinner will be included at the Beach Bar.
You will head east towards Sligo Town up through Strandhill where you can stop for a nice coffee or an ice cream. You will continue 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. It is over a 600-meter 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 will take you up as far as Gweedore and into Glenveagh National Park. Finally, you will ride down through Church Hill and into Letterkenny for your evening and a well-earned rest.
Departing from Letterkenny, you will be riding north to the Inishowen Peninsula which is home to the most northerly part of Ireland, Malin Head. You will be 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 will be in miles per hour, so be warned!
You will also need some Sterling currency for your few days in Northern Ireland. The coast road will take you over to Portstewart and Portrush, home to the famous North West 200 Road Races. You will be riding on the famous circuit but mind your speed! You will be right beside the Giants Causeway and the very spectacular Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge which you can cross.
Next on the route will be a visit to the iconic Dark Hedges which is so famously featured in “Game of Thrones.” You will head back northeast to Ballycastle which will bring you through winding country roads until you join the coast road at Cushendall.
The next 30 or so miles will have you riding along the wonderful Antrim Coast road where, on a clear day, you can see across to Scotland which is only 25 miles across the Irish sea. You will continue on down through Carrickfergus which lends its name to the famous Irish ballad and then a short stretch of motorway will bring you into Belfast City where you will spend the next two nights.
Belfast is a transformed city and has become a leading tourist destination in its own right. On your rest day, having relaxed in your four-star hotel, you can walk to the Titanic center and do not forget to take the Black Taxi tour which will give you an intimate insight into the turbulent history of Northern Ireland’s politics.
Belfast city center is also a thriving district for lively pubs, quality restaurants, and shopping. A perfect location for taking time out from riding.
The day’s ride will bring you back across the border, although you would not know when you have crossed it, down into Carlingford Lough. You will loop back on the peninsula and after a short run on the motorway, you will head west inland. You will depart the coastline for a while to sample some of the quieter country roads of the northeast midlands.
LemonRock picked out some nice riding routes which will bring you through Shercock and on down into the picturesque village of Moynalty. From there, the team has selected another twisty riding road which will bring you through Kells and into Slane. Slane is famous for its concerts at Slane Castle and its whiskey.
The road will follow the Boyne Valley into Navan and you will take a slight detour to the Hill of Tara. It contains a number of ancient monuments, and, according to tradition, was the seat of the High King of Ireland. You will go back onto the Boyne Valley until you arrive at the heritage town of Trim where you will spend your night.
Trim is home to Ireland’s earliest and one of Europe’s largest Norman castles, the castle featured in the movie, Braveheart. You can ask some of the locals in the pubs if they starred in the movie!
There will be some nice riding routes on day 12 as you ride through the lush meadows of County Meath and head eastwards to the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. The Wicklow mountains are known as the Garden of Ireland which will be evident when you arrive there.
Riding country roads, passing through Clonmel, and stopping off at Lismore Castle, it will be a relaxing ride which should bring you to Kinsale in ample time for you to explore and choose your restaurant for the evening. Kinsale is the gourmet capital of Ireland!
Some might say LemonRock saved the best for last! The ride for day 14 is enchanting and spectacular which will leave you with indelible memories of your trip to Ireland. You will have a lovely riding road. First on the list is Bandon Town, then on up by Templemartin and into Crookstown.
The route along Inchigeelagh by Lough Allua and onto Gougane Barra is the enchanting part of the ride. Head south towards Ballickey and look out for the turnoff for the pass known as Priest’s Leap which is optional at the rider’s discretion. The pass is not for the faint-hearted and best avoided if the weather is against you.
The pass will bring you into the pretty town of Kenmare where you have lots of choices to stop for lunch. The final riding route will bring you to the famous Moll’s Gap, then into the Black Valley, so-called because it was the last place in Ireland to receive electricity! Then your route will take you to the iconic Gap of Dunloe and by Kate Kearney’s Cottage.
Your final destination is a short ride away to LemonRock in Killarney where you will stay overnight at The Brehon. Relax in the complimentary Angasana Vitality suite or book ahead for a well-earned spa treatment. Have a drink on LemonRock in the Brehon Bar. Why not try out the LemonRock cocktail?
You will be transported back to your airport for your flight home. Depending on the time of flight, you may have time for shopping in Killarney or relaxing in the excellent Angsana Spa in The Brehon.
This tour will take place in Killarney, Kenmare, Dingle, County Clare, Westport, Sligo, Letterkenny, Trim, Kilkenny, and Kinsale in Ireland and Belfast in Northern Ireland. The tour will start and end in Killarney.
During this tour, daily breakfast will be provided. Enjoy the best of full Irish and Manx food each morning. You will also be served with a welcome drink on the evening of your arrival to The Brehon. You will also have one dinner at beach bar guesthouse.
Transfer not provided
Transfer not provided
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Kerry Airport (KIR). Transfers from and to the airport are included. LemonRock Bike Tours will pick you up from the airport. Twice daily, there are 35-minute flights from Dublin Airport (DUB) to Kerry Airport (KIR) which is 20 minutes from LemonRock in Killarney.
The flights are operated by Aer Lingus. Tour customers can arrange transport by private coach from Shannon Airport (SNN) and Cork Airport (ORK) for an additional fee.
Dublin Coach runs inexpensive bus services from Dublin Airport (DUB) and Dublin City Center directly to LemonRock. Select Killarney Gleneagle as the destination.
Regular trains run from Dublin and Cork to Killarney. Then, you can get a five-minute shuttle bus service operated by Gleneagle-Brehon. Ask to be dropped off at The Brehon. LemonRock is located right behind The Brehon.
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