Antrim, Donegal & NW 200 races
Antrim Coast, Donegal and NW200 Road Races
3 & 4 Star Hotels
150 - 200 miles
Combination of Motorway, A, B and unfenced roads
Suitable for intermediate rider, perhaps first-time tourer
A great tour to the NW of Ireland with the chance to watch the world-famous NW200 Motorcycle Races
This tour has become a yearly event for us and 2019 sees us back in Northern Ireland for our 14th year. Regardless of how many times we go there, we never tire of riding the beautiful Antrim Coast, touring the wilds of the Donegal coast or having a day watching one of Northern Irelands premier sporting events, the NW200 road races. Our 2018 tour was especially memorable due to the fantastic weather.
To help those who have to work on the Monday, we have returned to our original format ie. returning on Sunday. For the race fans there will be racing on Thursday evening and all day Saturday. Regardless of whether you are a race fan or not, there are many other attractions in the area. You can ride the Causeway Coastal Route where you can see the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bride, sample the wares of the Bushmills Distillery, and be amazed by the Giants Causeway, a World Heritage Site. On one of the free days, we take a tour into Donegal where you will enjoy the empty roads and be captured by its wild beauty.
This tour is classified as an escorted tour, giving you complete independence to enjoy what you like best, for some this will be the racing, whilst others may like to spend more time exploring Donegal and the beautiful Antrim coast. For those that wish, or are new to touring, there is the opportunity to ride with your guides Roy and Alison Adams, who will be happy to guide you every step of the way
NW200 race dates have been confirmed.
Tour prices are inclusive of the following:
- Return ferry to Northern Ireland (see departure choice)
- 5 Nights' en-suite accommodation at 3 & 4 star Hotels
- 5 Full regional Breakfasts
- 5 Evening meals (vegetarian option available)
- Guided day tours
- Full use of hotel's leisure facilities
- Route notes / GPX routes as required
- Services of experienced Tour Guides (Roy & Alison)
Your first nights' hotel is 3 star and located just south of Dumfries, the hotel sits in its own grounds overlooking the Solway Firth and is ideal for our onward journey to the ferry port.
Your accommodation in Ireland is a 4 star hotel on the outskirts of Derry. You should be aware that this is within easy riding distance from the NW 200 circuit, but if you want to be in the centre of the action, this may not suit you. However, we have been using this hotel for many years and it has become popular with our customers for not only getting to the NW 200 Road Races, but also touring the Northwest of Ireland. You may want to bring your swimming gear, as the hotel has a large swimming pool and leisure facilities, the use of which is included in your stay. All rooms are en-suite with the facilities you would expect of a 4 star hotel.
Tuesday 14th May: The tour will meet-up at a 3 star hotel set in its own grounds 15 mins away from Dumfries. You should arrive in time for a traditional evening meal and a get-to-know-you session with your fellow riders and Guides for the tour.
Wednesday 15th May: After a leisurely breakfast, we get to enjoy the scenic Galloway coastline as we make our way to Cairnryan to catch a midday ferry to Belfast. On arrival, we travel to the outskirts of the historic walled city of Derry, where a 4 star hotel complete with swimming pool is our base for the duration of the tour.
Thursday 16th May: Today is our first opportunity to explore this beautiful part of Ireland. You can ride around the Circuit and spend time at the pits perhaps, before taking to the famous Antrim coastal road. For those that wish, we will be running a guided tour of Antrim's main attractions, but will return to the circuit in time for the evenings racing.
Friday 17th May: A free day on which we can consider our options, but our location makes it perfect for a ride into Donegal or the Sperrin Mountains.
Saturday 18th May: Saturday is Race Day, and the closing of the roads signifies an exciting day of racing. This event, like the IOM TT races, is run on normal roads and lets you witness at close hand the sheer speed of motorcycle road racing. The circuit is 11 miles long and triangular in shape, following the A2 from Coleraine to Portstewart, down the coast road to Portrush, and back on the A29 to Coleraine. Note: Grandstand seating can be booked prior to arrival.
Sunday 19th May: Today we must leave to catch our midday ferry; we will arrive back to the mainland mid-afternoon, from where we take our leave.
Recommended maps and guides for your tour - please put whiterose2019 in discount code box at check out for an additional 10% discount
The tour itinerary is based on a Cairnryan (SW Scotland) to Belfast crossing. We are happy to arrange alternative crossings or dates to meet your requirements. Costs will be adjusted accordingly.
|1 bike, 2 persons, sharing a room||£580 each|
|1 bike, 1 person, sharing a room||£620|
|1 bike, 1 person, own room||£745|
|Deposit £100 per person|
VALUE TOUR - This tour is especially good value, as all evening meals are included - leaving you only to budget for lunch, petrol and drinks