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From 20th June 2021
To26th June 2021
Category Guided Tour
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Price€ 1150
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You can feel more relaxed, more welcome here than in almost any other country in the world. Ireland is famous for its atmosphere, with good reason.

This tour is designed to take in some of the very best the west and north of this little country has to offer with a perfect mix of breath-taking scenery, excellent biking, lively towns, ancient history and a fantastic cultural experience Ireland is famed for. From Clifden to Belfast our itinerary takes us along the lacy shoreline of loughs, coves, islands and bogs of the Bay Coast to the the Surf Coast. Thrill seekers and sensitive souls alike lose their hearts to the Surf Coast, where pounding waves and poetic silence exist side by side. Leaving the Surf Coast we arrive at the Northern Headlands – Rocky, Remote & Romantic. From the sheer granite walls of some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Sliabh League to lonely Fanad Head Lighthouse and Ireland’s most Northerly point at Malin Head. Untouched, off-radar and crying out for exploration, this rugged and remote area marks the north-western corridor of the Wild Atlantic Way. Entering Northern Ireland we embark on a journey along the Causeway Coastal Route – Rated as one of the top five road trips in the world and voted the Number 1 Region in the World to visit by Lonely Planet in 2018, it offers the perfect combination of rugged coastline, dramatic towering cliffs, gorgeous little villages / towns with mythical stories and warm hospitable people. 

While the WAW is the backbone to part of this tour; it’s all the extras that make it the perfect itinerary from Clifden to Belfast. Who hasn’t heard of the Wild Atlantic Way? – Our little green Island in the North Atlantic is home to the world’s longest defined coastal touring route at approximately 2,500km; the Wild Atlantic Way is a sensational journey of soaring cliffs and buzzing towns and cities, of hidden beaches and epic bays.  It’s true the Irish are great international travellers but one thing that has become very apparent, from our previous tours and weekends away in Ireland, is how many hiddem gems off the beaten track, people have never heard of or seen before; even from people who thought they knew and had travelled all of Ireland! 

Key Information

Start Location
Clifden, Co. Galway
Finish Location
Belfast City, Co. Antrim
Duration
6 days & 7 nights
Distance
circa 1,250km
Pillion Supplement
€575
Single Supplement
€275
Rental Motorcycles Available
Yes. Please contact us for a quote

In Connemara, water and land merge in a lacy shoreline of loughs, coves, islands and bogs. Our route takes us North out of Clifden via the Sky Road and on to Killary Harbour and along The Bay Coast – where the Wild Atlantic Way skims North around huge bays. The largest of these being Clew Bay which is said to have 365 islets and islands, one for every day of the year. Killary Harbour is a picturesque fjord, which forms a natural border between Galway and Mayo, in the heart of Connemara. Ringed by mountains, the fjord is often speckled with dolphins. Killary is also well known for producing some of Ireland’s most delicious mussels – taste the celebrated shellfish at the Connemara Mussel Festival in Tullycross. We’ll ride across the road bridge to Keem Strand on Achill Island, with its towering sea-cliffs, exposed mountains and sweeping sandy beaches. On Achill, while sheltering under Slievemore Mountain, you can wander through a strange and long abandoned settlement known simply as the Deserted Village. There’s history and culture too: elegant Georgian Westport House; the stronghold of legendary pirate queen Grace O’Malley on Clare Island… and Connemara’s Derrigimlagh Bog – where the world’s first transatlantic flight landed.

Leaving the Bay Coast behind at Belmullet we travel along the Surf Coast – thrill seekers and sensitive souls alike lose their hearts to the Surf Coast, where pounding waves and poetic silence exist side by side. This jagged stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way is renowned for its surf and attracts some of the world’s top waveriders. But that’s only the beginning. There’s a cultural richness along the Surf Coast too, from the Neolithic Céide Fields to a lively festival scene and, of course, the legacy of poet WB Yeats, who immortalised the landscapes of his childhood in some of his best-known works – including the Lake Isle of Innisfree. Land and sea come together to create something truly special at Mullaghmore Head. Classiebawn Castle dominating the surrounding landscape with its Gothic splendour; and nearby Ben Bulben, the flat-topped mountain famed in Irish mythology and the poetry of WB Yeats. Downpatrick Head in County Mayo is another spectacular headland of great beauty 38 metres above the sea. The ruins of a church, stone cross and holy well mark the site of an earlier church founded by Saint Patrick. Then there’s the impressive sea stack known as Dún Briste. Legend says the people living there were rescued using ships’ ropes when high seas separated the stack from the mainland in 1393.

Travelling further north we arrive at the Northern Headlands – Rocky, Remote & Romantic. From the sheer granite walls of some of Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Sliabh League to lonely Fanad Head Lighthouse and Ireland’s most Northerly point at Malin Head. Untouched, off-radar and crying out for exploration, this rugged and remote area marks the north-western contour of the Wild Atlantic Way. But there’s warmth and wit to be found among the vibrant, Irish-speaking community. This is a place that will lift your spirit. Fanad Head is a wildly exposed headland. It’s also the most northerly point of the beautiful Fanad Peninsula, known for the iconic Fanad Head Lighthouse, as well as stunning scenery and incredible beaches. Watch out for grey seals bobbing in the sea, pretty coves and powerful waves crashing across the rocks, maybe even a breaching whale in the distance. Malin Head is at the very tip of the Inishowen Peninsula, Ireland’s most northerly point. Over millions of years the wild Atlantic has carved dramatic crevices into the rugged headland, such as Hell’s Hole – a long, deep, narrow chasm where the swells below churn and roar. About 16km north of the village of Malin is Banba’s Crown, named after one of the mythical queens of Ireland, which offers panoramic views of this magnificent coast.

Entering Northern Ireland we embark on a journey along the Causeway Coastal Route – Rated as one of the top five road trips in the world, it offers the perfect combination of rugged coastline, dramatic towering cliffs, gorgeous little villages / towns with mythical stories and warm hospitable people. Hugging the Atlantic coast from Derry / Londonderry to Belfast the Causeway Coastal Route is studded with sandy beaches, fishing villages, gorse-covered valleys and fuchsia-edged clifftop paths. Absorbing this epic landscape from the seat of a motorcycle is wonderful and an assault on all the senses. The sounds of the crashing waves, the birds soaring up above, the salty taste from the sea on your lips and the wind whistling past your ears – these are all part of this legendary land’s beauty. Every second on the Causeway Coastal Route should be savoured every step of the way.

Did you know the Causeway Coastal Route was voted the Number 1 Region in the World to visit by Lonely Planet in 2018! Here’s some of the reasons why:

  • Carrickfergus Castle – one of the best persevered medieval structures in Ireland. 
  • The Gobbins – exhilarating suspension bridges, caves, steps and tunnels.
  • Picturesque Ballygally where the local hotel is haunted – but by a friendly ghost. 
  • Slemish mountain – an extinct volcano is where, according to legend, Saint Patrick tended sheep after being captured and taken to Ireland. 
  • Glenarm Castle with its historic walled gardens and sumptuous house interior.
  • The mythical nine Glens of Antrim. The spectacular coast road to Cushendall, capital of the Glens, offers must-see views on route to your last stop – the pretty-as-a-picture Cushendun. Look out for the caves behind the village as seen in Game of Thrones®.  
  • Torr Head, the closest point to Scotland with stunning views of Fair Head and Rathlin Island.
  • The legendary Dark Hedges. Game of Thrones® fans know it as the epic Kings Road in Westeros. This is selfie heaven as well as a piece of natural paradise planted by the Stuart family in the 18th century to impress visitors.
  • Rathlin Island is the experience for you. Just embrace the spirit-enhancing and rugged tranquillity of our only inhabited island. 
  • In Ballintoy Harbour follow the winding road from the village past the white-washed parish church. Spoiler alert: the harbour doubled as exterior Iron Islands shots in Game of Thrones®.
  • Giant’s Causeway! Legend says it’s the remains of a causeway built by an Irish giant to meet a challenge to a fight by a Scottish giant. Or maybe the intriguing stones are volcanic. Either way the place is epic. 
  • Dunluce Castle. Perched dramatically on cliffs, it has already inspired C.S. Lewis’s Narnia.
  • Derry-Londonderry – Ireland’s only remaining walled city with a rich history.

More Information

Tour particpants should arrive in Clifden Sunday afternoon 20th June latest. Accommodation is included for Sunday night.

Day 1 Clifden to Belmullet

Day 2 Belmullet to Ardara

Day 3 Adara – optional ride out 

Day 4 Ardara to Letterkenny

Day 5 Letterkenny to Balllycastle

Day 6 Ballycastle to Belfast

Day 7 Depart at leisure

Some Highlights & attractions include:

  • Sky Road, Clifden
  • Killary Harbour
  • Doolough Valley / Sheefry Mountains / Sheefry Pass
  • Achill & Keem Bay
  • Downpatrick Head
  • Gleniff Horseshoe Drive
  • Classiebawn Castle on Mullaghmore Head
  • Glengesh Pass
  • Glencolumbkille 
  • Sliabh League Cliffs
  • Gweedore / Bad Eddie Wreck
  • Glenveagh National Park
  • Fanad Head Lighthouse
  • Inishowen Peninsula & Malin Head
  • NW200 Road Racing Circuit & Joey Dunlop Memorial Garden
  • The Dark Hedges – Game of Thrones
  • Old Bushmills Distillery
  • Giants Causeway
  • Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge
  • Causway coastal route
  • Belfast
    • Titanic Exhibition Centre
    • Black Taxi Tour
    • St Georges Market
    • Botanic Gardens
    • Belfast City Hall

Note: This tour is designed for participants using their own motorcycles. Rental Motorcycles are available such as BMW R1250GS, F750GS or Honda CRF1100 Adv Sports – please contact us for pricing and availability.

Included in this tour:

  • B&B accommodation in high quality hotels (including arrival night)
  • 3 evening meals
  • Tour guide(s)
  • Ferry crossing

Not included:

  • Fuel, tolls, lunches, local attraction entry fees & anything not listed above.

As with all our guided tours we carefully select very good standard 3 – 5* hotels. Over the years we have built up a vast selection of tried and tested hotels around the world and we select hotels for their character, facilities and service rather than just on their star rating.  Hotel standards vary all over the world and a 4* in Africa or South America is not always the same as in Western Europe.

 

Pre trip we provide you with Tour Specific Information that gives you detailed information about how to prepare and plan your tour, and what to expect when on tour.  These are a few FAQ that many people have. If you have any further queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.

What are the roads and driving like?

As with most countries in central Europe; the roads on this particular tour, while all paved, vary quite a bit. From sublime newly laid grippy asphalt to some narrower scenic sections along the Wild Atlantic Way, in the mountains and through rural countryside . We try to avoid the busier main single carriage routes as much as possible and use rural less trafficked roads. As is typical in Ireland don’t be surprised to find animals and agricultural vehicles wandering along rural roads. 

What bike is suitable to bring?
Generally speaking we recommend adventure or touring style motorcycles as the most suitable.  However, sport-touring and cruiser motorcycles may also be suitable subject to you being comfortable riding it for the distance / duration of the tour and considering the road conditions as described above. As average speeds are quite low we persoannly prefer light and agile as opposed big super comfy mile munchers.

What riding experience do I need?
Generally speaking we recommend all participants to be experienced tourers in Ireland and/or beyond. Obviously, some destinations are easier than others, as classified by our difficulty ratings, and should you have concerns please do not hesitate to contact us. It is your responsibility to ensure your motorcycling skills are up to the requirements for this tour. Obviously advanced riding skills increase enjoyment factor and reduce risk.

Do I have to ride in a group?
No!  We do not make you ride in convoy and we offer you the freedom to decide how you would like to ride. However, we find most people prefer to ride with the group without the need to navigate. We use either the ‘drop off’ or ‘buddy’ systems when group riding (depending on country and complexity of navigation); these are tried and tested systems of group riding and allow riders to ride at their own pace. Full details are provided at pre-trip briefings. Daily departure times are set every evening for the following morning depending on the days route and points of interest. If you prefer to ride on your own, we provide you with a map and route cards with recommendations for lunch or coffee stops and hotel information. We offer a very flexible approach with an emphasis on maximum enjoyment.

Is this ride suitable for a passenger?
Yes. Pillion passengers should be experienced tourers / travellers. 

What is the average group size?
Our groups are normally between 8 – 14 riders (some riders will have passengers). Most riders are from the Ireland, but we do also have overseas riders who may take part. From time to time we may split into smaller groups depending on itinerary.

What documents do I need?
You will need your original documents as follows: 

  • Passport and Driving Licence.  Passengers only need their passport.  
  • If you are bringing your own motorcycle, we recommend bringing your motorcycle registration document (RF101 / log book) and your motorcycle insurance.
  • In addition, you must have valid travel/medical insurance.
  • For internation clients – Visas as required. Please ensure that you are fully aware of all passport and visa requirements and that you allow adequate time to obtain them.
  • We recommend an international driving permit available from: https://www.theaa.com/driving-advice/driving-abroad/idp Whilst driving permits are not always accepted or demanded they are handy to have! 

What will the weather be like?

Depending on season / time of year we will advise expected weather conditions in the pre-trip information and also suggest the most suitable gear based on our experience. It is imperative that tour participants have suitably adequate gear. Please note our tour calendar is carefully planned taking into account the most suitable seasons / local weather for the destination. However, as much as we would like, we cannot always guarantee the best weather. Particularly considering the un-predictable climates the world has been experiencing.

What about my health when I am abroad?
You need to be physically fit and healthy and also take the necessary health precautions.  It is essential for you to consult your doctor or travel clinic for up-to-date medical travel information prior of travel, particularly if you have a pre-existing medical condition. Please ensure that you are fully aware of all official travel advice, local customs, current affairs, travel requirements and medical/travel advice. Please check with your GP regarding recommended inoculations. 

Do I need Travel / Medical Insurance?
It is a condition of you travelling with us that you are adequately insured.  Your insurance policy must cover you for the costs of any medical expenses, medical treatment or repatriation needed, due to injury or illness on this trip, including those that occur whilst motorcycle touring, either as the rider or a passenger.  It is important that your insurance company understands that the main purpose of your trip is motorcycle touring, using your own large capacity cc motorcycle or a rental motorcycle.  Your insurance must cover you for the full duration of the trip and for all countries we travel through.

In addition, we strongly recommend that your insurance policy has cover for loss or damage to your personal belongings, delay at your outward or homeward point of departure, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and cancellation and curtailment. We do not refund your deposit simply because you failed to take out insurance in sufficient time. Some travel insurance policies do not cover motorcycle travel over a certain cc or for a prolonged duration.

Minimum Numbers
We require a minimum number of 8 riders on this tour.  If we do not have this number of bookings, then we reserve the right to cancel the tour.

Booking:

  • Overlanders may accept a booking online, via telephone or by email. To confirm a booking a deposit is required – once the deposit is received the booking is confirmed.

Payments & Fees:

  • A deposit is required at time of booking.
  • Guided tours – 50% required at least 60 days prior to the shipment / travel date.
  • All payments must be made in full at least 30 days prior to the shipment / travel date.

Cancellation/Amendments/Refund Policy:

  • Please note that all payments and deposits are non refundable nor transferrable if cancellation accrues within one month before the shipment / tour date.
  • Where possible we will try to accommodate any amendments you wish to make.
  • In the event of curtailment no refunds shall be made.
  • Refunds may be processed via the original method of payment, except for cash transactions where refunds will be provided by cheque.

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