Wild Atlantic Way
3 , 4 Star Hotels & award winning B&B
100 - 175 miles per day - longest day 240 miles
Combination of A, B and mountain passes
Suitable for Experienced riders who have perhaps not toured before
Join us as we see the best of Ireland riding the Wild Atlantic Way
At 1600 miles the Wild Atlantic Way is one of the longest coastal routes in the world. Although we can not hope to ride it all in the time we have, we show you the highlights as we ride on our circular tour of Ireland.
The tour spends a night in Galloway & Dumfries before taking a ferry to Northern Ireland. Having ridden the beautiful Antrim Coast we enter Donegal to start our anti-clockwise tour around Ireland. Passing through Donegal we continue down the Atlantic coast through Sligo, County Mayo and Galway and across the Shannon River into County Clare. We ride the Dingle Peninsula before stopping a couple of nights at the popular tourist town of Killarney. A free day allows you to explore further, and the opportunity to ride the famous 'Ring of Kerry'. The tour continues onto the Beara Peninsula before returning via Cork and Wexford to Rosslare where we catch the ferry home.
It is no accident that we have taken this route, as there is no doubt that the Atlantic coast side of both Ireland offers the very best of scenery and interesting roads hence its popularity as the 'Wild Atlantic Way'.
This tour will appeal to all riders alike. Being an escorted tour, we provide route instructions and Garmin waypoints for those wanting to ride independently, however, for those new to touring, the guides are quite happy to escort you each step of the way.
Tour prices are inclusive of the following:
- Outward ferry Cairnryan to Belfast, return ferry Rosslare - Fishguard
- 8 Nights en-suite accommodation at B&B, 3 & 4 star hotels
- 8 Regional breakfasts
- 6 Evening meals (vegetarian option available)
- Full use of the hotel's leisure facilities
- Route notes & Garmin waypoints
- Guided Day tours
- Services of experienced Tour Guides (Dave & John)
- Meals other than indicated & onboard ferries
- Killimer-Tarbert ferry
Your accommodation for this tour will be predominantly 4 star quality hotels, with a 2 night stay at an award winning B&B in Killarney. All bedrooms will be en-suite and have the facilities you would expect from accommodation of this quality. You will have full use of the hotels leisure complex's which at some hotels include indoor swimming pools. Evening meals are included every night with the exception of Killarney where you can dine out at one of the many bars and restaurants.
The tour itinerary is based on a Cairnryan to Belfast Crossing returning via Rosslare to Fishguard or Dublin to Holyhead.
Saturday 7th August: Our tour of Ireland starts at a hotel we use often for our NW200 tour, and is set in its own grounds, 1m from the centre of 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. 3 star hotel,Dinner, B&B.
Sunday 8th August (70+110miles): After a leisurely breakfast, we get to enjoy some of the scenic roads of Galloway and Dumfries as we make our way to Cairnryan to catch a midday ferry to Belfast. On arrival, we ride one of the classic biking roads, the famous A2 Antrim Coast road, taking us past the famous ‘Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge’ and the World Heritage ‘Giants Causeway’ to our final destination, a 4 star hotel complete with swimming pool on the outskirts of the historic walled city of Derry. 4 star hotel, dinner, B&B
Monday 9th August (190 miles) : today sees us leave Northern Ireland and enter the lovely county of Donegal. Isolated geographically from the rest of Southern Ireland, its people have maintained a distinct cultural identity and this has been used to market the county with the slogan “Up here it's different”. Our route takes us through the Glenveagh National Park in the Derryveagh Mountains past the Blue Stack Mountains before dropping to the bustling town of Donegal. Keeping the Atlantic close by, we enter County Sligo, which was the home, inspiration and final burial place for the poet laureate W. Yates. Our day ends at a 4 star hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. 4 star hotel,Dinner, B&B
Tuesday 10th August (155 miles): We slow the pace down today as we enter County Mayo, allowing you plenty of time to explore some of the wildest but beautiful coastline of Ireland. There’s even chance to cross over to Achill Island and ride a scenic circular route known as the ‘Atlantic Coast Drive’. However, all routes will take us to another 4 star hotel overlooking the sea near Westport. 4 star hotel, Dinner, B&B
Wednesday 11th August (165 miles): Lots to see today as we head southwards through the Connemara National Park. Passing the imposing Kylemore Abbey the ‘Twelve Pins’ are next. This range of 12 peaks dramatically rises out over the numerous lakes and flat bog land that sweeps down to the golden beaches of the coastline. There are too many roads to explore before we must continue southwards through the University city of Galway and into County Clare. Taking the scenic coastal road we pass The Burren, meaning ‘rocky land’ in Gaelic, this large limestone plateau retains the heat and provides a unique micro-climate resulting in a botanical environment more suited to Mediterranean plants. To the south of the Burren are the Cliffs of Moher breath-taking cliffs which rise some 200m directly out of the sea and extending some 8kms. Finally time to unwind as we arrive at our accommodation for the night, a 4 star Golf and Leisure Hotel in a charming seaside village. The hotels' facilities include sauna,steam room, jacuzzi and 17metre swimming pool. 4 star hotel,Dinner,BB
Thursday 12th August (150 miles): A short ride brings us to the banks of the River Shannon where we take the Killimer-Tarbert ferry to cross to the south. Passing through Tralee - home to the famous ‘Rose of Tralee’ beauty contest – we ride the Dingle Peninsula taking the opportunity to ride the Connor Pass, the highest pass in Ireland. Passing the beautiful ‘Inch’ beach our day ends at the popular tourist town of Killarney, our home for the next two nights.
Your accommodation whilst here is at an award winning B&B which we have used many times before, although it has no dining facilities, it is just 200 yds from the lively town centre, and is ideally placed for the numerous music bars and restaurants. B&B
Friday 13th August (free day): Plenty to do and see around this lively town. For those who prefer to ride, our B&B lies at the start of the famous ‘Ring of Kerry’. On return, you have another night to enjoy the Irish music bars and perhaps a pint or two of the ‘Black Stuff’. B&B
Saturday 14th August (240 miles): Number of route choices today, but I would recommend starting the day with one of my favourites, the Beara Peninsular. With roads too narrow for tourist coaches this provides some great roads and fantastic scenery. From here there is then the possibility to take the coastal road past Cork to Wexford with the option to call in at Blarney Castle, Waterford Crystal or perhaps the Dunbrody Famine Ship. Our final night enjoys sea views and is conveniently situated close to the ferry terminal. 4 star, Dinner, B&B
Sunday 15th August (10 miles): A short ride takes us to the ferry terminal from where we catch a 0800 hrs ferry to Fishguard. The ferry should arrive at 1115 hrs from where we make our way home.
Personal Travel & Breakdown Assitance Cover
On all European tours (including Southern Ireland) we require clients to take-out some form of Personal Travel and Accident/Breakdown cover. This is essential for repatriation of yourself and your motorcycle in the event of an accident or medical emergency. If you have an existing policy you should check that your company would repatriate your bike, even if undamaged, should you be unable to ride it (many do not!) .
We also strongly urge you to take out insurance that includes cancellation cover in the event of accident, illness or redundancy when you make your booking. Information on such companies can be found on our insurance page http://www.motorcycletours.co.uk/more/travel-insurance.html
The itinerary is based on a Cairnryan to Belfast outward ferry return Rosslare to Fishguard.
|1 bike, 2 persons, sharing a room||£950 each|
|1 bike, 1 person, sharing a room||£965|
|1 bike, 1 person, own room||£1250|
|Deposit £100 per person|