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Celtic Rider, Motorcycle Rental 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)

  • Generally, we ask riders to make their way to Celtic Rider between 9.30 am and 10am. Then after the bit of paperwork, enjoy our short safety orientation video in the classroom, and just as important, on the road of today’s actual route, for about an hour or so.
  • 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.

  • 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.

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 1840’s 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

  • 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

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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.

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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 Clonakilty (105 Miles/ 167 Km)

  • Departing Killarney we now ride past Kenmare towards Bantry, heading west to Tousist and then the magical ride over the twisty Healy pass, construction started during the great Famine years of the 1850s.
  • Onwards to Adrigole, Ballylickey, great views of Bantry Bay.

  • Ride to Clonakilty town in west Cork.

  • Check into Clonakilty accommodation and enjoy the evening in this lovely west Cork market town.

Day 12 – Clonakilty to Clonakilty (60 Miles/ 96 Km)

  • Leaving Clonakilty, follow the route to Drumbeg Stone Circle, than continue to Baltimore and visit Baltimore Beacon, a short walk is required to get to the beacon.
  • Optional visit to Kinsale, a gourmet coastal town and optional ride up to Charles’s Fort, a 17th Century star shaped fort, with 5 bastions. This is an excellent example of coastal fortification.
  • Lots of coastal routes to explore.

  • Return to Clonakilty.

Day 13 – Clonakilty to Celtic Rider Rental Station (197 Miles/ 313 Km)

  • Departing Clonakilty ride towards Cork city.
  • From Cork take the M8 to Cashel, the Rock of Cashel was the seat of the high Kings of Ireland for over a 1000 years. Nice place to visit and have lunch in the town.

  • Choose “Celtic Rider last fuel stop” in your Garmin before returning the bikes

  • Returning to our rental station, we can assist with unpacking, your motorcycle or Spyder check-over, and complete the paperwork and pre-auth. If you don’t have a taxi App on your phone we can call one for you.
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Pricing & Details *please note that we endeavor to keep all prices as stated below, however due to certain peak times some accommodation providers costs increase and this can be reflected on your quote. All prices below are ‘From’ the price stated but more often they are the actual price stated.

Category A

  • From €7,180 Rider + Pillion
  • From €10,160 2 Riders Sharing
  • BMW F750GS

Category B

  • From €7,070 Rider + Pillion
  • From €10,740 2 Riders Sharing
  • BMW R 1250 GS, BMW R 1250 GS Adventure

Category C

  • From €8,520 Rider + Pallion
  • From €12,200 2 Riders Sharing
  • Can-Am Spyder F3

Optional extras

Hire of premium guaranteed waterproof KLIM riding gear is €20 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

  • Third Party insurance, with an excess of €1,500 which is the maximum charged for accidental damage or theft

  • Full tank of fuel on departure, to be returned with full tank of fuel, tank bags are free of charge if you want one.

  • 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 bandana.

  • 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

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