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Proud Winner of National Small Firms association ‘Outstanding Small Business 2013’ awarded to Celtic Rider Motorcycle Rental & Tours Ireland.
Celtic Rider, Motorcycle Rentals in Ireland has compiled a selection of award winning self-guided tours with routes and accommodation included in the price. This has taken quite some effort on our part but we feel it to be a wonderful option for our clients. We have found from our clients feedback over the years, that they were extremely happy with our choice of quality Irish B&B or hotel accommodation, and location in traditional towns and villages. All motorcycles are fitted with Garmin Zumo 590 LM GPS to get you to your accommodation without the hassle of getting lost. Also the Garmin can easily be set to avoid main roads etc., this guarantees to keep you on minor country roads. The choice is yours to make on a daily basis…
Day 1 – Celtic Rider to Carndonagh, Inishowen Peninsula (192 Miles/ 307 Km)
Collection from your hotel at 8.30am, arriving in Celtic Rider 30 minutes later. Pack and enjoy tea/coffee before sitting through our award winning safety Orientation Course.
After your Safety Orientation Course and ride out you will then begin your first day’s route on your tour. Heading for Virginia, through the agricultural midlands of Ireland. Enjoy lunch in Virginia, then continue up towards Carndonagh.
Skirting around Derry, you will be riding Inishowen Peninsula. Continuing on to your accommodation where you will reside for two nights.
Carndonagh offers some great local pubs and restaurants. Food in Irish restaurants tends to be local produce, and there will be no shortage of Irish culture to be found in this magical town.
Day 2 – Option day – Carndonagh to Carndonagh (105 Miles/ 170 Km)
Option A – Ride the Inishowen 100, a spectacular ride on the Inishowen Peninsula
- Follow our Garmin route: first stop is Five Fingers Strand, the largest sand dunes in Europe.
Continue north to Bamba’s Point in Malin Head, most northerly part of Ireland to enjoy awesome ocean views.
Ride on to Fort Dunree, magnificent military museum towering over Lough Swilly
Next is the magical Mamore Mountain Pass, with wonderful ocean views from the viewing area.
Stopping at the Glenevin car park in Clonmany village, take the short walk along an ancient gorge to view Glenevin Waterfall.
Next on the list is Doagh Famine village in Doagh Isle, an authentic small Irish village to see for yourself what life was like during the 1840s in Ireland.
Continue to Carndonagh accommodation.
Option B – Ride to the Giants Causeway along the north Antrim Coast
- Ride to Greencastle for the short ferry crossing to Magilligan Point in Co. Derry
Continue along the route in your Garmin towards Ballycastle, than take the small coast road to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. A 15 minute walk is involved but the narrow bridge walk is good fun..
Ballintoy Harbour is your next optional stop, nice place for refreshments beside the sea.
Next stop is the Giant’s Causeway – which is a World Heritage Site, famous for its basalt columns.
Continue to Bushmills with an opportunity to visit Bushmills Distillery.
Drive along the coast to Portrush with the option to visit Dunluce Castle.
Journey onwards to either Magilligan point for the ferry or Derry city.
Optional tour of the walled city of Derry.
Continue to Carndonagh via Derry or the ferry.
Day 3 – Carndonagh-Donegal
- Breakfast than depart Carndonagh
Follow the route to Quigley’s point than Muff, onwards to Fanad head
Great riding up to Fanad Head lighthouse, built in 1817, majestic ocean views
Ride to Glenveagh National Park and visit Glenveagh Castle
View Mount Errigal mountain towering above you
Continue along Barnesmore Gap to Donegal town
Enjoy Donegal town for two nights
Day 4 – Your second day in Donegal. (Donegal to Donegal) (88 Miles/ 141 Km)
- Easy days ride, or visit Donegal Castle, in the town centre, Magee’s Donegal tweed shop, than take the ferry across Donegal bay from the town centre.
Follow the Garmin route heading west, first town is Killybegs, Ireland’s deep sea fishing port, largest trawlers in the world fish from here.
Continue to Teelin than Carrick village and look for sign for Slieve League Cliffs, the ride up is awesome, and the cliffs are the highest in all of Europe, 2000 ft.
The view over the Atlantic Ocean is simply breath-taking.
Departing the cliffs ride to Glencolumbkille, than to Ardara via the amazing Glengash pass.
From Ardara ride to Clooney and Glenties.
Return to Donegal town via Frosses and enjoy the surrounding Bluestack mountains.
Relax and enjoy Donegal town.
Day 5 – Donegal to Westport. (2 nights in Westport) (156 Miles/ 250 Km)
- Departing Donegal head south, Drumcliff is where Ireland’s beloved poet W.B.Yeats is laid to rest. Benbulbin table top mountain dominates the skyline.
Must visit is the ‘Ceide Fields’ visitor centre, the oldest and largest stone walled village in the world, 5200BC.
Ride south through Ireland’s most remote area, from Bangor ride Ballycroy National Park, please stop at the Ballycroy visitor centre, Europe’s largest expanse of blanket bog, local people working there will happily tell you the history of this region.
View the Nephin Beg Mountains and look out for local people cutting turf.
The ride to Mallarany is spectacular as it winds along the sea.
There is a nice Abbey, Burrishoole Abbey, between Mallaranny and Newport, optional but worth visiting.
Check into Westport accommodation for 2 nights.
Day 6 – Your second day in Westport. (Westport to Westport) (130 Miles/ 206 Km)
- Leaving Westport for Maam Cross we are now heading for the spiritually haunting experience of Connemara National Park, a magical ride.
From Maam cross ride to Roundstone coastal village than continue to Clifden.
From Clifden town take the aptly named ‘Sky Road’ with outstanding sea views are you ride higher and higher to the viewing area.
Continue to Kylemore Abbey for hot scones and freshly brewed tea This is a magnificent Benedictine Abbey in a stunningly beautiful wooded valley.
Ride to Leenane village look at Irelands deepest fjord, than ride the incredible and narrow Doo Lough Mountain Pass with towering mountains on either side of you.
Ride back now Westport via Louisburgh and admire Irelands holy mountain ‘Croagh Patrick’ en route back to Westport.
Day 7 – Westport to Bunratty (2 nights in Bunratty) (132 Miles/ 210 Km)
- Departing Westport ride to Leenane than skirt around Galway city.
Take the N67 coast road to Kinvara village, optional visit to Dunquire Castle, you can walk up a very narrow stone stairwell to the top of the castle.
Optional visit to Aillwee caves, a subterranean cave deep under the Burren, a great tourist attraction. Park bikes in the upper car park with fantastic views across Galway Bay.
The Burren National Park is unique in the world; it is a vast limestone plateau covering 400 sq kms(250 sq miles).
Next stop is Poulnabrone megalithic portal Tomb, many thousands of years old. You are now in the heart of the Burren National Park.
Skirt around Ennis and continue to Bunratty village.
Enjoy a four course medieval meal in Bunratty castle, or a traditional night of Irish food and dance in the Corn Barn, alternatively Durty Neely’s is a great old pub in the village.
Day 8 – Your second day in Bunratty (Bunratty to Bunratty) (117 Miles/ 186 Km)
- Ride to Ennistymon and continue to the Cliffs of Moher, magnificent vertical cliffs towering over the Atlantic Ocean, shortlisted to be one of the great natural wonders of the world.
Travel onwards to Doolin, optional and exciting ferry ride to see the cliffs from the ocean, spectacular on a sunny day.
Follow the route north along the coast road to Blackhead, stopping at Murrooughtoohy car park. Take a walk on this bizarre limestone beach with millions of boulders deposited from the last ice age, and beautiful wild orchids living in cracks in the limestone rock. A short walk brings you to the ocean.
Continue along the route to Ballyvaughan than ride to Lisdoonvarna ( famous the world over for its matchmaking festival in Sept) via Corkscrew hill, very tight hairpins
Follow the route to Kilfenora, interesting visitor centre there, optional, continue back to Bunratty accommodation via Carrofin.
Day 9 – Bunratty to Killarney (2 nights in Killarney) (146 Miles/ 223 Km)
- Leaving Bunratty take the road to Killimer and board the ferry for the short crossing to Tarbert in Kerry.
Listowel, famous for horse racing, than Tralee and ride to Camp village on the Dingle Peninsula, described by the National Geographic magazine as one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
From Camp ride to Stradbally and take the road signed Conor Pass, a mountain ride with everything you could wish for as a motorcyclist, mountain, sky and ocean views, awesome ride.
From Dingle ride along the coast taking in Inch beach and on Killorglin, famous for its Puck fair, to your destination, Killarney.
Killarney, affectionately known as the ‘Jewel of the South West’ is a great town, buzzing with great restaurants and pubs.
Day 10 – Your second day in Killarney. Rest or ride the famous ‘Ring of Kerry’ (132 Miles/ 210 Km)
- Either take a rest day and cruise the Killarney lakes taking in the majestic mountain views and a pony and trap ride over the Gap of Dunloe, plus a bit of shopping, relax if you wish.
Alternatively, ride the world famous Ring of Kerry, and the incredible Gap of Dunloe, the most beautiful glaciated valley in Europe, a challenging ride but very much worth the effort.
Continue around the route, deviate to ride the Skellig Ring, another awesome off shoot off the main Ring of Kerry.
- Continue back to Killarney accommodation.
Day 11 – Killarney to Celtic Rider Rental Station (195 Miles/ 311 Km)
- From Killarney ride to Mitchelstown and on to Cashel and visit The Rock of Cashel, this is where Queen Elizabeth came on her historic visit to Ireland in 2011.
The Castle was the seat of the high Kings of Ireland for over 1000 years, well worth visiting.
Enter Celtic Rider last fuel stop before returning the bikes.
Return to Celtic Rider Rental Station.
We will arrange the drop off to Dublin city accommodation or Dublin Airport.
Pricing & Details
- €3,332 Single Rider
- €4,312 Rider + Pillion
- €5,862 Riders Sharing
- BMW F700GS, Honda NC750X / CB 500X / CMX 500, Yamaha V-Star 950
- €3,590 Single Rider
- €4,570 Rider + Pillion
- €6,185 2 Riders Sharing
- BMW R 1200 GS, BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
- €4,140 Single Rider
- €5,120 Rider + Pillion
- €7,295 2 Riders Sharing
- Harley Davidson Street Glide, Indian Springfield
Hire of waterproof protective riding clothing including, riding jacket, trousers, boots and gloves €10 each person/per day
If you would prefer to stay in a blend of B&B Guest Houses and 4 or 5 star Hotel accommodation, contact Celtic Rider for custom pricing.
The Celtic Rider Package
- Rental of motorcycle , which includes, top box, side cases and inner bags
Accommodation in Irish owned B&B guesthouses of a very high standard, personally hand selected by Paul Rawlins, founder and owner of Celtic Rider
Award winning 2 hour long orientation course specifically designed for riders from countries that ride on the opposite side of the road to Ireland which is guaranteed to enhance your overall riding experience, here in Ireland
Transfer to and from Celtic Rider Rental Station from either Dublin City or Dublin Airport
Comprehensive insurance, with an excess of €1,500 which is the maximum charged for accidental damage or theft
Unlimited mileage, full tank of fuel on departure, to be returned with full tank of fuel.
- The latest Garmin Zumo 590, with our award winning routes pre-programmed for each days ride, map and comprehensive advice, prior to your departure
Helmet – Approved European Standard plus Richa Rainsuit
Breakdown cover, (excludes punctures as all bikes are supplied with repair kits)
Celtic Rider merchandise, Including t-shirt, baseball cap, neck buff, warm fleece hoody and badges
Free secure storage of luggage cases at our premises
Breakfast every morning at your lodgings
Not included are fuel, food, drinks, ferries, parking, entrance to tourist sites, fines, tickets or any other personal costs you may incur during your trip
Some of Our Small Print
To avail of our Motorcycle Rentals in Ireland, Riders must have a full license for riding the category of motorcycles that we rent and the rider must be 25 years of age or older.A pre-authorisation for damage excess of €1500 will be reserved on your credit card on collection of the motorcycle. For motorcycles going abroad the damage deposit is €2500. This is the maximum cost charged in the event of accidental damage or theft. Your signature on the rental agreement page shall constitute authority for us to debit the final total charges against your account and your specific card-issuing organization. Celtic Rider office staff must be notified immediately of any accidents.
Please refer to our Terms & Conditions