CELTIC RIDER Motorcycle Rental Isle of Man, 14 Day Wild Ireland & Isle of Man TT Races – TOUR ‘B’
Start date Sunday 29th May 2020 return to Celtic Rider Sunday 11th June 2020
After much research, Celtic Rider Ireland is proud to announce the launch of our ‘Wild Ireland Adventure & Isle of Man TT Races’ tour.
Clients have two tour options for our new Wild Ireland & Isle of Man TT Races tour. During tour ‘B’, riders will depart our Celtic Rider rental station and make their way west towards Doolin, in County Clare. Doolin is located beside the famous Cliffs of Mohar, and from day one of this tour you will be immersed in Irish culture, land and seascapes, hospitality and cuisine. Tour ‘B’ will then bring you up the west coast, to Westport, Donegal, Carndonagh and then Belfast, where you will board a ferry for the Isle of Man. Riders will then stay on the island for the duration of what could be one of the most exciting motorcycle-racing times they will ever experience! A full 5 days of World class racing on public roads and not a straight stretch of road on this mountainous island, with speeds of up to 200 mph, and steeped in history and tradition.
All accommodation will be booked by Celtic Rider, and riders will reside in the main area of Douglas where the starting line for the racing is only a short walk away. Riders will capture most of the race schedule (three out of four race days), and be fully immersed in the excitement of what the Isle of Man TT Races has to offer. After the racing, riders will return to Belfast by ferry. From there you will make your way back to our Celtic Rider rental station where we will greet you and bring you back to your hotel/airport.
Day 1 – Celtic Rider station to Doolin, Co. Clare 29th May 2020 (157 Miles / 251 KM)
- Collection form your hotel/airport, bringing you to our Celtic Rider station.
Collect bike(s), then enjoy our safety orientation course, receive your Celtic Rider merchandise.
Ride out with one of our Celtic Rider team to accustom you to our roads, signage, roundabouts etc….
From Celtic Rider you will make your way to Doolin, County Clare for the evening. En route a visit to Poulnabrone dolmen, a 4200BC portal tomb is optional.
When you arrive you can check into your hotel and relax for the evening after first riding to the famous eight wonder of the World, the Cliffs of Moher.
Day 2 – Doolin to Westport 30th May 2020 (157 Miles / 251 KM)
Departing Doolin the ride along the coast to Murrooughtoohy and Blackhead is simply mind-blowing. A short few miles into todays ride brings you to Murrooghtoohy, watch out for the sign on your left and park up.
Murrooghtoohy is unique in all the world, a limestone beach, part of the Burren National Park, covered in millions of boulders from the Ice age, beautiful wild orchids grow profusely among fissures in the rock, and the ocean is just a short 400 metre walk
Skirting around Galway city todays ride is magical as it takes you through an ancient hauntingly beautiful landscape, a wilderness of moorland and brooding mountains, Connemara National Park.
Onwards to Clifden Town, nice traditional Irish town, good place to stop for lunch. From Clifden Town you will ride the aptly named ‘Sky Road’ with beautiful sea views.
Next must visit place is Kylemore Benedictine Abbey, set amongst a stunning backdrop, amazing gardens and good restaurant.
Onwards to Leenane, Irelands deepest fjord, Killary harbour, than ride the stunning Doo Lough Mountain Pass and on to Westport town, voted best town in Ireland, good food and Irish traditional music await you in the local pubs.
Day 3 – Westport to Westport 31st May 2020 (157 Miles / 251 KM)
Optimal rest day, hire a bicycle and ride the great western greenway, take a boat trip, alternatively ride to Achill Island, largest island off our coast.
Leaving Westport for Achill island along Clew Bay, first optional stop is Burrishoole Abbey, saved in your Garmin in ‘Favourites’ set in lovely quiet countryside adjacent to a still lake.
Continue along the route to Mallarranny, and on to Achill sound, than ride over the bridge onto Achill Island itself.
The ride across the island is very dramatic and wild, with a mix of great ocean views and mountain passes.
Onwards to Keem Beach, a lovely blue star beach, ideal place for a swim on a hot summers day.
Ride back to Westport for the evening and enjoy this wonderful town, voted best town in Ireland in 2012.
Day 4 – Westport to Donegal 1st June 2020 (159 Miles / 253 Kms)
- Leaving Westport for Donegal todays ride takes you through the most remote part of Ireland, Ballycroy National Park.
Please visit Ballycroy National Park visitor and information centre, like all visitor centres in Ireland, this place is beautifully designed and staffed by local people, very willing to inform tourists about the history and landscape of this outstanding wilderness of moorland, with the Nephin Beg Mountains in the distance.
Visit Drumcliff, the burial place of W.B. Yeats, Irelands most beloved poet and storyteller. The mighty Benbulbin, a table top mountain, dominates the skyline in the background.
From here continue onto Donegal town. Donegal is known for its woollen mills, and here you will find the Foxford and Magee Wool shops. The Magee wool factory is located close by if you are interested in touring the factory. Also, check out Donegal Castle, conveniently located on the town edges.
Good restaurants are ‘The Harbour’ and ‘The Olde Castle’.
Check into Donegal accommodation.
Day 5 – Donegal to Donegal 2nd June 2020 (112 Miles / 178 Km)
Today’s ride is short in distance but totally awesome.
From Donegal ride to Killybegs, Ireland’s deep seas fishing port.
Continue to the highest sea cliffs in Europe, Slieve League Cliffs, via Carrick, turn right 100 mts after ‘The Rusty Pub’. The ride up is beyond memorable as it the sight from the upper car park.
Continue back down from the Slieve League cliffs and ride to the Irish speaking village of Glencolumbkille.
Next is a great mountain pass ride over Glengash Pass, some tight hairpins involved.
Continue on the route programmed on your Garmin GPS to Clooney, Glenties than on to Donegal accommodation & enjoy Donegal town for the evening.
Day 6 – Donegal to Carndonagh 3rd June 2020 (112 Miles / 178 Km)
- Ride to the highest sea cliffs in Europe, the majestic Slieve league cliffs, stunning Atlantic views and awesome ride up.
Leaving Slieve League for Carndonagh on the Inishowen Peninsula, you first head for the wild Glenveagh National Park and Castle.
Wild Irish red deer roam freely in Glenveagh National Park, as do Golden Eagles.
Entering Glenveagh National Park, note the towering mountains around you, most noticeable is Mt. Errigal, a quartzite capped mountain.
From Glenveagh visitor centre, take the dedicated mini bus to Glenveagh Castle, along Derryveagh Lake, a stunning castle, a very interesting guided tour.
Ride onwards to Carndonagh town, on the wild Inishowen peninsula, the highest part of Ireland.
Day 7 – Ride the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula on the Inishowen 100 route. 4th June 2020 (100 Miles / 160 Km)
- Follow the route on your Garmin, your first stop is Five Fingers Strand, the largest sand dunes in Europe.
Continue north to Bamba’s Point in Malin Head, the most northerly part of Ireland, enjoy awesome sea views.
Ride on to Fort Dunree, a magnificent military museum towering over and overlooking 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 must visit place is Doagh Famine village in Doagh Isle, an authentic small Irish village, see for yourself what life was like during the 1840s in Ireland.
Continue to Carndonagh accommodation.
Day 8 – Carndonagh to Belfast 5th June 2020 (130 Miles / 207 Km)
- Departing Carndonagh for Belfast today’s ride is along the A2, the famous North Antrim coastal causeway route.
Optional visit to the Giants Causeway, a Unesco heritage site. A bit commercialised but worth walking the Unesco Site as it is a World renowned natural wonder.
Optional stop at Ballintoy Harbour (Game of Thrones) and again at Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. There is a 10 minute walk to this sea stack over a narrow foot bridge.
For the very adventurous, a short detour from Cushendon to Torr Head can be added, but bear in mind that the road is a single track with steep inclines and sharp turns.
Great views of Scotland can be seen from here (Rathlin Island and the Mull of Kintyre) across the Irish Sea.
Onwards to accommodation in Belfast city.
I highly recommend the black Taxi tour, a political tour of the city, this takes around 90 minutes, it will leave a lasting impression on you.
The cathedral quarter in Belfast is great for socialising, with a good choice of pubs, and several pubs also serve good food. Whites bar, opened in 1630, on Winecellar street is amongst the bars I recommend to try out.
Check into your accommodation, your ferry will be early tomorrow morning.
Day 9 – Depart Belfast Port, arrive in Douglas, Isle of Man (Two hour 40 minute sailing) 6th June 2020 First day of racing. First race at 11am.
- Arriving into Douglas early this morning, make your way to your nearby accommodation. Check in and relax, enjoy breakfast. Today marks the beginning of race week, with the first race starting at 11am, the RST Superbike Race, followed by the Sure Sidecar TT Race at 2pm. Make your way to the starting line, called Bray Hill. The bottom of Bray Hill has great viewing points of racers accelerating away over Ago’s Leap.
Other spectacular viewing points are outside the pub at Quartersbridge, Union Mills- get there early! The Hawethorn is a very fast part of the course, also Barregarrow hosts a very fast left hand curve but viewing is very limited. From Ballaugh Bridge you’ll see riders speed away after taking the bridge and being momentarily airborne! You can view here from the Raven Hotel or the opposite side of the road (which does have the better viewing point). Also, viewing from the Quarry Bends at the Wildlife Park car park entrance is spectacular. You must also try the Sulby Crossroads, here there is no shortage of atmosphere with the Sulby Glen Hotel being one of the busiest venues. Offering good food and beverages, this area offers you the chance to see some high-speed action as the bikes tear up on the straight! Another spectacular viewing point is the Gooseneck and Guthries. From this area you can take a hike up towards Gutheries Memorial and take in the coastal views of Scotland and the Cumbrian Coast.
Back to your accommodation, relax and dinner.
Restaurants to try out that are nearby to your accommodation include Artisan, 14North, La Mona Lisa, L’Experience, Portofino, and Little Fish Café. Note that some of these restaurants may have to be reserved, I advise you to choose one and reserve a table for tonight.
Day 10 – Tour the Isle of Man. Option to relax or tour North and North East of the island 7th June 2020
- After a truly exciting and very long first day we recommend that you take in some scenery. We recommend that you buy a transport ticket, this gives you access to the bus, Electric Tram, Steam Train and Horse Tram!
Also, a must see while you are in the Isle of Man is the Snaefell Wheel and the Great Laxey Wheel, also known as the Lady Isabella. The Laxey Wheel is over 72 foot in diameter, dating back to 1865. It is the largest working water wheel in existence and definitely worth viewing. If you are getting here by train use the North Electric Train, hop off at Laxey and take the Snaefell Mountain Railway there. This is also shown in Day 5, although I recommend using Day 5 to stay on the train and continue to the end of both lines, North and South.
The Isle of Man is rich in ancient heritage sites and burial grounds. There are 141 listed ancient monuments across the island, the parish of Maughold in the NE of the island produced the largest collection of crosses and slabs in the 6th-13th Century.
The Manx Transport Museum is located in Peel, on the East of the island. This is a free entry, must-see for all riders, as all transport memorabilia both past and present is on view in the newly renovated building.
The Isle of Man coastline circles the island for 95 miles. The west coast offers some great wildlife sightseeing opportunities, with boat rides to see basking sharks, seals, whales and dolphins, this is something that I really recommend you do. There are 12 chartered boat companies, email us for information. Another option for those interested in diving. Renowned for its clear waters and underwater wildlife, the Isle of Man is hugely recognized as one of the finest areas for diving in the British Isles. Contact Discover Diving or Mann Scuba Diving. Other water adventures include sea kayaking. Contact 7th Wave or The Adventure Centre.
Day 11 – Day two of racing. First race at 10.45am 8th June 2020
- Today you’ll witness the Monster Energy Supersport Race starting at 10.45am, followed by the RL 360 Quantum Superstock TT Race at 1.45pm. Again check out some of the great viewing points, and soak in the atmosphere.
Day 12 – Isle of Man. Option to relax or go sightseeing by train along the East coast 9th June 2020
- Planning today you can go South by Steam Train, which leaves from Douglas every two hours from 9.50am and finishes at Port Erin. Along this coastal route you can hop off at Ballasalla and view the ancient monastery of Rushen Abbey. Take a leisurly strool along the river to Silverdale Glen which has a lovely café and boating lake. Further down the line is Castlwtown, where you’ll find four unique heritage sites; Castle Rushen, the Nautical Museum, the Old Grammar School and the Old House of Quays. Here you will find restaurants along with shops and pubs. Coming to the end of the line is Port Erin. Stoll along the harbour, enjoy the café’s, restaurants or take a break on the sandy beach. Of course this route can be taken by bike also.
Heading North by Electric Train, this trains sets off quite often. Take the train at the north of Douglas promenade. Taking you to Ramsey, where you will see the impressive boating lake at Mooragh Park. Passing through Groudle Glen, home to the restored Groudle Glen Railway and making your way to Laxey. I recommend you hop off at Laxey and walk the Mines Trail, which includes the Great Laxey Wheel and the Great Laxey Mine Railway. From here you can also visit the Snaefell Wheel (if you have not already visited it). Further up the northern line the tram stops at Dhoon Glen, Glen Mona, Ballaglass and Cornaa; all are worth strolling around and visiting the café’s, beaches and glens. Further on stops include Ballajora, Dreemskerry, Lewaigue and Belle Vue. Each of these stops are convenient for visiting Maughold Church, Maughold Head and the beaches of Port Mooar and Port Lewaigue. When you reach the end of the line you’ll be in Ramsey, a few minutes walk out of town will bring you to two famous attractions; The Grove Museum of Victorian Life and Milntown House.
Day 13 – Day three of racing. First race at 10.45am. Your ferry departs this evening for Belfast where you will stay for one night 10th June 2020
- Monster Energy Supersport TT Race at 10.45, followed by the Bennetts Lightweight TT Race at 1.45pm, followed by the SES TT Zero Race at 4.25pm.
Again, check out some of the advantage points today, make your way around the 38Mile track and settle yourself in for a great day of racing.
After an enjoyable day of racing on the island, your ferry departs tonight late in the evening. Check into your hotel in Belfast for the evening when you arrive back to Belfast.
Day 14 – From Belfast, make your way back to Celtic Rider today taking your time. Upon arrival enjoy some refreshments and then we will drop you back to your hotel/airport 11th June 2020
Today you will leave Belfast and make your way back to Celtic Rider. After a long trip be sure to take your time. When you arrive back at Celtic Rider you will be greeted with tea/coffee and a warm welcome. Your Certificate of Completion will be printed for you, and we will then drop you back to your hotel.
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.
- From €7,600 Single Rider
- From €8,875 Rider + Pillion
- From €13,705 2 Riders Sharing
- BMW F750GS, Honda NC750X / CB 500X / CMX 500, Yamaha V-Star 950
- From €7,880 Single Rider
- From €9,155 Rider + Pillion
- From €14,265 2 Riders Sharing
- BMW R 1250 GS, BMW R 1250 GS Adventure
Hire of premium guaranteed waterproof KLIM riding gear is €20 per day.
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 bandana, 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
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