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The history of Celtic Rider...

Motorcycle Rental Ireland Limited is the registered name for Celtic Rider Ireland Motorcycle Rental & Tours, which is wholly 100% Irish owned by Paul & Siobhan Rawlins. In early 2007, having overcome many stumbling blocks, in particular attaining the required insurance, we eventually managed to make our dream become a reality and in the process, pioneered Motorcycle tourism in Ireland. ‘Avid bikers ourselves since the mid-1970s, and with many years of experience both traveling at home and abroad, using a combination of motorcycle rental and bringing our own bikes, we have dreamed of sharing this unique gem of an island with our fellow riders from around the world, and now we can!' Siobhán Rawlins.

'We are now in a position to put our lifelong experience to good use by providing top quality motorcycle hire in Ireland, mostly BMW GS motorcycles, with a fleet of 42 new motorcycles. We offer a top end service for discerning motorcyclists from around the world. My first full time job was as a motorcycle dispatch rider for the Irish state in early 1976 delivering urgent government telegrams and body organs around the island of Ireland, it was the beginning of a love affair with both motorcycling and this ancient island I was born in. Our company, Celtic Rider, Pioneered Motorcycle tourism and without doubt is Ireland's number one Irish owned motorcycle rental and self-drive tour company and we can provide you with everything you need to enjoy the beautiful Irish countryside, our stunning coastal seascapes and amazing roads. We have travelled these roads ourselves for over 40 years, and over this time spent touring we have stayed in some fantastic B&B's and hotels in traditional Irish towns and villages, and these are what we choose to share with you, our fellow riders', Paul Rawlins.

Our rental station is located only 16 miles from downtown Dublin City and 25 miles from Dublin Airport, Ireland's international airport for North American and Canadian tourists. We work from home in a peaceful quite town land called Bishopscourt; our original house was built in 1527 for the keeper of horses for the Bishops of Leinster, who resided 400 yards away in Bishopscourt Estate. Country roads abound in this area, which is world famous for its horse racing and breeding industry in the fertile plains of county Kildare.

Celtic Rider - Ireland is truly unique, with wild and beautiful scenery, a genuine friendly and hospitable English speaking people, a land of ancient history and deep culture - our island is unique and unspoiled. Ireland is the perfect place to escape the daily grind of life and to explore on two wheels, or four with our modern automatic car rental option. Our roads lend themselves to freedom and adventure. Ireland differs fundamentally from other countries and represents a high quality holiday destination, full of incomparable and unforgettable experiences. Celtic Rider Motorcycle Rentals in Ireland and Motorcycle hire in Scotland will help you with your journey of discovery. Ours is a caring Irish family owned business, and we ask you to trust us to make your dreams become a reality.

Thank you..

Meet the team


Paul Rawlins
Founder / Partner

Paul Rawlins, founder of Celtic Rider Ireland along wife his wife Siobhan in early 2007, lifetime motorcyclist, with interesting first job at age 16 to 21 years as a Dispatch rider for the Irish State, delivering urgent government telegrams and body organs around the island of Ireland. Pioneered Motorcycle Tourism in Ireland back in 2007 and eventually won Small Business of the year in Ireland in 2013. Proud Irishman, born and reared in Dublin.

Siobhan Rawlins
Founder / Partner

Siobhan Rawlins, married to Paul since 1982, best friends and business partners working together with always the same goal, sincere advisor and travel expert, mother of our three grown up children, loves experiencing new places and chatting with people. Interests are quilting and design, reading, hill walking , adventure touring.

Louise Rawlins
Administration Manager

Louise Rawlins Traynor, daughter of Paul & Siobhan, educated in an All Irish language school, followed by three years in college studying architecture and design, managed a successful interior design company, than came on board Celtic Rider Ireland in 2015 to assist the running of the family business in a myriad of ways.

Liam McDonagh
Fleet Manager

Liam McDonagh, trusted lifelong friend, a natural mechanic who from a very young age showed a unique talent and understanding of all things mechanical. Fleet manager of Celtic Rider since the company started up in early 2007, knows very well how to keep our bikes in tip top condition, and also gets clients holidays started in good humour when picking them up in our minibus.

Respected worldwide

Celtic Rider has the backing of, and works with, the Irish Tourism Board, to enhance and make valuable the experience of visitors to our fair land.

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Our Awards

Small Firms Association
Fingal County Enterprise Board

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