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Motorcycle Tour Ireland

On this special Irish motorcycle tour, spend 8 days and 7 nights exploring parts of Ireland’s Ancient East, the sunny South East, and the Southern Wild Atlantic Way. Picture world class riding routes, fresh seafood, sunny coastlines, and more on this trip of a lifetime. This motorcycle tour has been upgraded, extending the tour and itinerary to include parts of the East, South East, and South West of Ireland. Start and finish your tour at the base in Trim, County Meath and enjoy a mixture of 3 and 4-star hotels and bed and breakfasts. You’ll spend your first two days exploring some of Ireland’s Ancient East and the sunny south east, riding south to visit coastal towns of Wexford and Kinsale in County Cork, the gourmet capital of Ireland. From here, you’ll head west to explore the 3 peninsulas – Dingle, Iveragh, and Beara in County Kerry, before heading back to Trim via Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt / tarmac
  • Bike: personal or rental bike (BMW or Suzuki models)
  • Mileage: 1,450 kilometers / 901 miles
  • Daily rides: 240 kilometers / 149 miles
  • Riding gear: included: EU approved helmet for rider (and pillion); available to rent: jacket, pants, gloves, and boots
  • Meals: all breakfasts and welcome drink

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Trim
  • Wonder at Ireland's Ancient East
  • Visit the gourmet capital of Ireland - Kinsale
  • Enjoy the sights of Coomakista Pass, Healy Pass, and Killarney
  • Take on the Beara Peninsula and Mizen Peninsula
  • Ride along on the Ring of Kerry
  • Discover Trim heritage town
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


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

You will be accommodated in 3 and 4-star bed and breakfasts and hotels. You will start and finish your tour at the 4-star hotel, Trim Castle Hotel.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

  • Welcome to Ireland for your Southern Ireland motorcycle tour!
  • Complimentary pick-up from Dublin Airport (DUB)
  • Check in at Trim Castle Hotel (4-star)
  • Early check in when available for international arrivals
  • Check out your bike and riding gear
  • Kick back and enjoy the facilities of the hotel or explore Trim Castle – the largest *Norman castle in Ireland, located opposite the hotel!

Day 2 - Trim to Wexford (247 kilometers / 153 miles)

Let’s go! Your first day’s ride takes in some of the favoured riding routes from Dublin motorcycling enthusiasts. Ýou ride south east into County Wicklow, which is known as The Garden of Ireland, due to its wonderful scenery. It equally excels as a riding destination with these passes and destinations to enjoy:

  • Sally Gap
  • Wicklow Gap
  • Glenmalure

You’ll then continue riding south to finish up for the evening in the sunny south east of Ireland, Wexford.

Day 3 - Wexford to Kinsale (260 kilometers / 162 miles)

On today’s ride, you’ll leave Wexford and take a scenic coastal route into County Waterford and onto Kinsale in County Cork.You will ride first to the short ferry at Passage East before a short detour down to Dunmore East, a sleepy seaside town, noted for its sea fishing fleet and also as a sailing destination.

You will be passing Tramore, which is a large beach favored by holiday makers, before arriving in Dungarvan. Historians may enjoy a tour of Dungarvan Castle. Next on the route is a seaside town of Ardmore, which could make an ideal coffee or lunch stop, depending on your timing. Ballycotton is the next seaside village on your route. The last leg of your tour will take you on the outskirts of Cork City down to the Gourmet Capital of Ireland, Kinsale.

Day 4 - Kinsale to Kenmare (275 kilometers / 171 miles)

Today’s ride is enchanting and spectacular which will leave you with indelible memories of your trip to Ireland. Leaving Kinsale, you’ll skirt some beautiful coastal towns and villages and join the Wild Atlantic Way. You will pass through beautiful villages such as Glandore, Baltimore, Skibbereen, and Crookhaven before riding the Healey Pass on Beara Peninsula – the first of the 3 Peninsulas. Tonight, you’ll stay in the pretty town of Kenmare.

Day 5 - Kenmare to Killarney (214 kilometers / 133 miles)

Today, you’ll discover your second of three peninsulas, the Ring of Kerry! The Ring of Kerry is a “must do” on every visitors 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. Get 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 bridge from the picturesque Portmagee and Ballinskelligs.

For the rest of your day, you can discover:

  • Valentia Island
  • Cahirsiveen
  • Mountain Stage
  • Kells Bay
  • Glenbeigh
  • Beallach Beema Pass
  • Moll's Gap

It’s a quick ride to the 4-star hotel and spa, The Brehon. Enjoy their spa or try the Lemonrock cocktail at the bar!

Day 6 - Ride out from Killarney (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

Your final peninsula in the south west is The Dingle Peninsula. This tour takes you west along the Dingle Peninsula, heading towards the Atlantic Ocean. First, you skirt the lakes of Killarney to the north, before heading out into open countryside. Your day can look like this:

  • Inch Beach - stop here to fill your lungs with the fresh air blowing in off the Atlantic
  • Pass through Dingle town where you can stop here now, or later in the afternoon you will be coming back this way
  • From there, you take the Slea Head Drive
  • If you are looking for somewhere unusual for lunch, you are recommended The Stonehouse Restaurant
  • Keep an eye out for Clochans, or Bee Hive Huts
  • After Ballyferriter village, if you are interested in unusual architecture or ancient Irish history, stop off at Gallarus Oratory
  • You can stop at Dingle town here
  • Take the Conor Pass
  • Caherconree Pass - this is your first taste of Ireland’s back roads
  • Back to Killarney

Day 7 - Killarney to Trim (290 kilometers / 180 miles)

Today’s ride brings you through some of the less touristy parts of Ireland, along the western shore of the River Shannon and its lower lake, Lough Derg. First, you will ride north to Tarbert and instead of taking the ferry, head east towards Foynes – this is a lovely motorcycling road, with lovely views of the Shannon Estuary.

Next, you head across the River Shannon, following a short run on the main motorway, over Killaloe Bridge. The route takes you along the western side of Lough Derg until you come to Portumna, and from there into the historical town of Birr.

The N52 road is well known among bikers and offers nice sweeping bends and views of the Irish countryside. It brings you to Kilbeggan, where you have the option of riding eastwards on the main motorway or taking the more scenic and rider friendly route from Kilbeggan to Kinnegad. From here, it’s a short 20-minute run to Trim.

Day 8 - Depart

You will be transported back to Dublin Airport (DUB) for the flight home.

Bikes available for this tour

  • Suzuki DL650XT
  • BMW R1250GS
  • BMW R1200GS (standard height) - inquire for bike upgrade
  • BMW R1200GS (factory lowered) - inquire for bike upgrade
  • BMW R1200R - inquire for bike upgrade
  • BMW R1200RT - inquire for bike upgrade
  • BMW F750GS - inquire for bike upgrade
  • BMW F700GS - inquire for bike upgrade
  • Harley Davidson Street Glide - inquire for bike upgrade

Skill levels 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

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Requirements

  • Anyone between the ages of 25 and 72 with a full and valid motorcycle license held for a minimum of 2 years (having ridden at least 5,000 kilometers in the past 24 months.), which has been issued in any of the countries listed above. If your country is not listed, you may complete the above form to do so.
  • Riders over 72 may be eligible, however, they require pre-clearance from LemonRock Bike Tours' insurers.
  • Other license holders may be eligible, so please contact LemonRock Bike Tours before booking.
  • If you wish to carry a pillion / passenger, you must be between 30 and 72 years of age.

Location

This tour will take you to Southern Ireland. Here are some of the places you may visit:

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.

Inch Beach

This beach is almost always windy, and is subject to Atlantic swell, which makes for great surf, so maybe you’ll be able to watch some surfers or kitesurfers pit themselves against the elements. There is a bar / café on the beach, if you want to stay a while. The Dingle Peninsula has dozens of beaches, but this is arguably the biggest and most dramatic.

Dingle

This is a pretty, colourful town with a range of souvenir and craft shops. If you want to experience local wildlife, there are regular boat trips (duration one hour) out into the harbour where you are guaranteed to meet Fungi, a tame dolphin who enjoys putting on aerobatic displays for the boats and has been on show for over 25 years.

Here, you can also get a taste of Murphy’s Ice Cream, an artisan ice cream maker located near the sea front who pride themselves on local, seasonal, and unusual flavours. Dingle is also home to the Crean’s Brewery Visitor Centre, and the Dingle Distillery where whiskey and gin are made. Both offer tours, and a taster to take away with you for the end of the day.

Slea Head Drive

This ride brings you out in a loop around the tip of the Dingle Peninsula to look west out over the Atlantic and to visit some of Ireland’s most famous ancient monuments. This view is what inspired St. Brendan the Navigator to set sail in the 5th century, when he went all the way to the New World. This is a world class driving route, as you hug the cliffs all the way around, with dramatic Atlantic views to your left and Kerry’s beautiful glaciated mountains to your right.

Clochans (or Bee Hive Huts)

These are a very unusual dwelling, made entirely of dry stone with no mortar of any kind. This building technique was used here for milennia, with the oldest examples dating back to 3,000 BC. These huts can be seen from the road in Fahan, on the Slea Head Drive. They were part of a collection of about 400 that once covered the hillside. It is thought that they date from the 12th Century and were private dwellings, linked together with passageways. They are very similar to the Beehive Huts on the Skellig Islands, off the Ring of Kerry, which were part of an ancient monastic settlement.

Gallarus Oratory

This is an ancient chapel built using dry stone walling (no mortar of any kind). It looks like an upturned boat, and nobody knows exactly how old it is. A unique spot.

Conor Pass

This is Ireland’s highest mountain pass. This narrow, twisty road links Dingle town to the sandy shores of the north side of the peninsula, and it will take your breath away.

Caherconree Pass

This is part of Ireland’s back roads, where you leave the traffic behind and return through the mountains heading south towardst the green vale. You climb very close to the Caherconree Fort, an ancient stone fort, well worth a look if you are interested in ancient monuments. It is mentioned in some of Ireland’s oldest literature, as the site of a great battle, said to have been fought here in the 7th century.

Food

The tour includes daily Irish breakfast and a welcome drink on the evening of your arrival.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

What's included

  • GPS satellite navigation with pre-programmed routes carefully planned by LemonRock
  • EU approved helmet (4 and 5-star Sharp ratings) for rider and pillion
  • Bluetooth intercom
  • Comprehensive motorcycle insurance once you meet the 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
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers from Dublin Airport (DUB)
  • Irish breakfast every morning
  • 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
  • Complimentary luggage storage at LemonRock premises

What's not included

  • Bike upgrade
  • Riding gear
  • Reduced collision damage waiver for 25 EUR per day
  • Pre-authorised credit card 1000 EUR
  • Damage maximum liability 1000 EUR
  • Theft maximum liability 1500 EUR
  • Stay and dine in an Irish Castle for 1 night (175 EUR per person)
  • Add an extra night(s) to your tour (price depends on accommodation)
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Fuel
  • Ferries (other than stated)
  • Tolls
  • Parking
  • Fines
  • Admission fees
  • Gratuities
  • Anything else that is not mentioned in “what’s included”

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Dublin Airport (DUB). Transfer from this airport is 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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