CELTIC RIDER’s 17 Day Isle of Man TT Races & Wild Ireland Adventure – TOUR ‘A’
Start date Friday May 5th June 2020 return to Celtic Rider Saturday June 21st 2020
Clients have two tour options for our new Wild Ireland & Isle of Man TT Races tours. During Tour ‘A’, riders will depart our Celtic Rider rental station and make their way up to Belfast, where they will depart for the Isle of Man early the following morning. Riders will then stay on the island for the duration of what could be one of the most exciting motorcycle race week’s they will ever experience… a full 5 days worth of World class racing on public roads, and not a straight stretch of road on this mountainous island! 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, 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 on the evening of the 10th of June. From there you will begin your eleven day tour of Ireland, riding along our famous ‘Wild Atlantic Way’ route, absorbing our captivating land and seascapes and our wonderful culture and cuisine.
After much research, Celtic Rider Ireland is proud to announce the launch of our ‘Isle of Man TT Races & Wild Ireland Adventure’ tour for 2020!
Day 1 – Departing Celtic Rider station to Belfast Friday 5th June 2020 (120 Miles / 192 Km)
- Collection form your hotel/airport, bringing you to our Celtic Rider station.
Collect bike, then enjoy our Safety Orientation Course with brunch and receive your Celtic Rider merchandise.
Ride out with one of our Celtic Rider team to accustom you to our roads, signage, roundabouts etc….
Today you will make your way straight to your Belfast accommodation. Check out the Cathedral Quarter in the city for food and a social drink.
Return early to your hotel, relax and sleep before making your way to Belfast Port, where you will board the very early morning ferry to Douglas.
Day 2 – Arrive in Douglas, Isle of Man 6th June 2020 (Two hours, 40 minute sailing)
- Make your way to your accommodation, enjoy breakfast.
First Race is the RST Superbike Race starting at 11am 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 3 – 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.
Day 4 – Racing from 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 5 – 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 6 – Racing from 10.45am and return ferry to Belfast late this evening 10th June 2020
You are best to pack and check out of your accommodation as this evening you board your ferry back to Belfast to commence your Wild Irish Adventure! Firstly though, 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 the racing, enjoy dinner and then board your ferry. Check into your accommodation when you arrive in Belfast.
Day 7 – Begin your Wild Irish Adventure! Belfast to Carndonagh 11th June 2020 (142 Miles / 228 Km)
Ride to the North Antrim Coastal Causeway route in Northern Ireland via Derry city. Regardless of whether you are a Game of Thrones fan or not, this is a special day’s ride for you. This days ride takes you past several sites used in the multi-award-winning TV Series.
Ride onwards via Cushendall.
For the competent rider, you can take the Torr head coastal section for a few miles, with nice views of Scotland, but the roads are narrow and steep, bear this in mind before deciding to deviate from the recommended route. Forwards towards Ballycastle….
Next place is Ballintoy Harbour. Ballintoy is a beautiful little harbour with great sea views.You will find a nice café/restaurant, and also Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Great fun and photo opportunity to walk across to the sea stack. This is about a 10 minute walk from the parking area. GOT fans will recognize the Iron Islands Harbour.
Shortly afterwards the route takes you to the Unesco World Heritage site, the Giants Causeway. This is very touristy but nonetheless worth visiting and a remarkable rock formation to experience. If the tide has been in and gone, explore the pools in the columns to see the minute sea life in the form of anemone, crustaceans, shrimp and the like. Cast your eye along the scenery for GOT settings.
Bushmills is also an optional visit with Bushmills Whiskey Distillery located there. This is one of the oldest whiskey distilleries in the World.
The ride takes you past Dunluce Castle. Built c1500, the iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. The castle is the set for House of Greyjoy in GOT.
Continue up onto the Inishowen Peninsula. Carndonagh is in a beautiful location of Ireland and you reside here for two nights.
Day 8 – Inishowen 100, a spectacular ride on the Inishowen Peninsula 12th June 2020 (100 Miles/ 170 Km)
Follow the route on your Garmin, first stop is Five Fingers Strand, largest sand dunes in Europe.
Continue north to Bamba’s Point in Malin Head, most northerly part of Ireland, enjoy awesome sea views.
Ride on to Fort Dunree, 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.
Return to your Carndonagh accommodation.
Day 9 – Carndonagh to Donegal 13th June 2020 (112 Miles/ 178 Km)
Your first stop off today is Glenveagh visitor centre, take the dedicated mini bus to Glenveagh Castle, along Derryveagh Lake, a stunning castle, very interesting guided tour.
Leaving Glenveagh National Park, note the towering mountains around you, most noticeable is Mount Errigal, a quartzite capped mountain.
Wild Irish red deer roam freely in Glenveagh National Park, as do Golden Eagles.
Making your way to Donegal where you will stay for one night. Donegal town boasts a great selection of craft shops and wool & knit shops.
Day 10 – Donegal to Westport 14th June 2020 (159 Miles/ 253 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 11 – Your second day in Westport 15th June 2020 (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 12 – Westport to Bunratty 16th June 2020 (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 13 – Bunratty to Dingle 17th June 2020 (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. Continue onto your accommodation in Dingle for the night.
Day 14 – Dingle to Killarney 18th June 2020 (45 Miles / 73 Km)
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 15 – Killarney to Kinsale 19th June 2020 (109 Miles / 175 Km)
From Killarney, todays route takes you past the exciting Molls Gap first.
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.
Making your way towards Clonakilty, before arriving in the beautiful harbor town of Kinsale where you check in for the evening. Kinsale has an abundance of great restaurants and bars with live music.
Day 16 – Kinsale to Kilkenny 20th June 2020 (131 Miles / 209 Km)
Today’s first stop is the enchanting Blarney Castle, just outside Cork, to kiss the Blarney stone at the parapet of this great castle, the gift of eloquence is bequeath to all who kiss this mystical stone!
Continue to Midleton, optional stop at the Old Midleton Whisky Distillery.
Onwards over the popular mountain pass called ‘The Vee’ with great views across 4 counties of lush Irish country side.
Stop off at Cahir and the great Cahir Castle.
Day 17 – Kilkenny to Celtic Rider Ireland 21st June 2020 (80 Miles / 120 Km)
Visit the magnificent Kilkenny Castle and St. Canices Cathedral and 9th century round Monastic tower, both in the town.
Make your way to Celtic Rider via Wicklow National Park, passing through the four counties of Kildare, Wicklow, Carlow and Kilkenny.
Upon arrival to Celtic Rider enjoy some refreshments and then we will drop you back to your hotel or the airport.
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 €8,935 Single Rider
- From €10,435 Rider + Pillion
- From €16,150 2 Riders Sharing
- BMW F750GS, Honda NC750X / CB 500X / CMX 500, Yamaha V-Star 950
- From €9,275 Single Rider
- From €10,775 Rider + Pillion
- From €16,830 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