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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…
CELTIC RIDER 21 DAY WILD IRELAND & SCOTLAND TOUR
New for 2016 and after much research, Celtic Rider Ireland is proud to launch our newest self-drive Motorcycle Tour of Ireland & Scotland!
The Wild Atlantic Way route is the longest defined coastal ride in the World. Spanning the length of the west Irish coastline, it is 2,500km of wild, rugged, wonderful roads. Our self-drive tour will take you to all 6 national parks, plus alongside the most dramatic coastal sections each day. A truly mind blowing visual treat of Ireland’s greatest land and seascapes. Onwards then to Scotland for the third week, again the routes and places you will experience are truly impressive. Its important to say at the outset that the first and foremost priority in the creation of this fantastic tour and indeed all our tours is the quality of the ride itself, in other words… the landscape, both coastal and inland, and of course the roads chosen.
Day 1 – Celtic Rider Rental Station to Kilkenny (115Miles/ 183 Km)
Great days ride.
Transfer to collect bike(s), then enjoy our safety orientation course.
Follow the pre-programmed route to Kilkenny city via the rugged Wicklow national park.
Visit Glendalough 5th century monastic site and have lunch at the hotel.
Continue to Kilkenny medieval city as per the Garmin instructions.
Check in to Kilkenny accommodation.
Visit the magnificent Kilkenny Castle and St. Canices Cathedral and round tower, both in the town.
Day 2 – Kilkenny to Kinsale, ‘The day of the Great Castles’ (131 Miles/ 209 Km)
- Depart Kilkenny todays ride takes you to the beautiful coastal gourmet town of Kinsale and the official start of Celtic Rider’s Wild Atlantic Way tour.
First stop is Cahir and the great Cahir Castle, optional visit.
Continue to Lismore and another great castle, Lismore Castle, not open to the public but the Castle gardens are well worth visiting. Also Lismore Hotel is quite nice for food. Lismore Hotel is the first hotel built in Ireland.
Onwards over the popular mountain pass called ‘The Vee’ with great views across 4 counties of lush Irish country side..
Continue to Midleton, optional stop at the Old Midleton Whisky Distillery.
Next 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!
Onwards to the exciting coastal town of Kinsale with its abundance of great restaurants, also of interest is Desmond’s Castle in the town, now a wine museum, and the great Charles Fort, found in your Garmin in the ‘Favourites’ section.
Check into your accommodation.
Day 3 – Kinsale to Killarney (2 nights in Killarney) (145 Miles/ 232 Km)
- Departing Kinsale for Killarney, affectionately known as the ‘Jewel of the South West’ todays ride is very interesting.
First stop is Drumbeg Stone Circle, also known as Druids Alter, this site is 3200 years old.
Onwards to Baltimore and Baltimore Beacon with great views over Baltimore Bay. Short walk to the beacon from the car park, be careful not to go to close to the edge of the cliffs!
Ride to the Beara Peninsula, the warmest part of our island due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, and the amazing Healy Pass, a twisty mountain pass started to be built during the great famine years on the 1850s.
Continue to Molls Gap via Kenmare, a great scenic mountain ride, than onwards to Killarney.
En route to Killarney stop at Ladies View, outstanding view over the lakes of Killarney, than Torc Waterfall, short walk, are well worth it, both are saved in your Garmin in ‘Favourites’ and well sign posted too.
Killarney town nestles in Killarney National Park, surrounded by majestic rugged mountainous countryside including the MacGillycuddy Reeks, Irelands highest mountain range.
Check into Killarney accommodation
Day 4 – Your second day in Killarney. Rest or ride the world famous ‘Ring of Kerry’ 130 miles/206 kms.
- 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 Ring of Kerry, and also ride the Skellig Ring, another awesome off shoot off the main Ring of Kerry route.
Continue back to Killarney accommodation
Day 5 – Killarney to Dingle (77 Miles/ 132 Km)
- Ride to Dingle via Blennerville, optional stop at Blennerville Windmill.
Today’s ride takes you passed a famous pub called ‘The South Pole Inn’ in Anascaul, ancestral home of Tom Crean, Arctic explorer.
Onwards to Ireland’s highest mountain pass, Conor Pass, with incredible ocean views of both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
Be careful as streams often run across the narrow road near summit of the pass!
From Dingle, ride a truly mind blowing coastal road called the ‘Slea Head Drive’.
A visit to the ‘Blasket Islands Visitor Centre’ is advised.
Continue back to Dingle or Cloghane accommodation for the evening, great town and village for music and food.
Day 6 – Dingle to Doolin (147 Miles/ 234 Km)
- Depart Dingle, ride over Conors Pass the opposite direction, great views of inland corrie lakes from the last ice age.
Follow route in Garmin to Brandon Head viewing point, stunning ocean views.
Continue to Tarbert for the delightful ferry crossing to Killimer in Clare.
Ride to the towering majestic cliffs of Moher, – which is a World Heritage Site, famous the world over.
Return to Doolin accommodation, optional ferry from Doolin to the base of the cliffs of Moher, unbelievable amount of wild birds nest near the base. It’s very common to see otters, dolphins and whales.
Doolin is famous in Ireland as a traditional Irish music hub with live music daily in the quaint pubs in this little village.
Day 7 – Doolin to Westport (2 nights in Westport) (170 Miles/ 272 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.
Onwards to Westport accommodation.
Day 8 – Your second day in Westport (Westport to Westport)107 miles/170 kms.
- 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 the ‘Favourites’ section) 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 9 – Westport to Donegal (2 nights in Donegal) (159 Miles/ 253 Km)
- 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 burial place of W.B. Yeats, Irelands most beloved poet and storyteller. The mighty Benbulbin, a table top mountain, dominates the skyline.
Entering Donegal town, check out Donegal Castle and Magee’s tweed shop, conveniently located 100 yards from each other in the town centre.
Good restaurants are ‘The Harbour’ and ‘The Olde Castle’.
Check into Donegal accommodation for 2 nights.
Day 10 – Your second day in Donegal. (Donegal to Donegal) 88 miles/ 140kms.
- 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 meters after ‘The Rusty Pub’. The ride up is beyond memorable as is 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 11 – Donegal to Carndonagh (2 nights in Carndonagh) (112 Miles/ 178 Km)
- Leaving Donegal for Carndonagh on the Inishowen Peninsula, we are now heading 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, stunning castle, very interesting guided tour.
Ride onwards to Carndonagh town, on the wild Inishowen peninsula, highest part of Ireland.
Day 12 – Your second day in Carndonagh. Ride the Inishowen 100, a spectacular ride on the Inishowen Peninsula (100 Miles/ 170 Km)
- Follow the route on your Garmin, first stop is 5 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
Your next must see 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 to your accommodation.
Day 13 – Carndonagh to Belfast (One night in Belfast) (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. 10 minute walk to this sea stack with 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 or near Belfast city.
I highly recommend the black Taxi tour, a political tour of the city, takes around 90 minutes, it will leave a lasting impression on you.
The cathedral quarter in Belfast is where its at for socialising, good choice of pubs, several serve good food, and taxi is cheap to get back to your accommodation.
Whites bar, opened in 1630, on Winecellar street is amongst the bars I recommend.
Day 14 – Belfast to Edinburgh in Scotland (125 Miles/200Kms)
- If departing your hotel early there is time to ride up to Belfast castle, great views over the city and wonderfully landscaped gardens. The ferry is only 10 minutes from the castle, located in favourites.
- Ferry departs at 11.30am, takes 2.5 hours.
I advise having lunch on the ferry, thus allowing to ride straight to Edinburgh
Initially hugging the coast you’ll head west to the great city of Edinburgh along the route downloaded in your Garmin.
After checking into your accommodation for the evening, enjoy this vibrant city.
The whisky tour is good fun, and there are good restaurants and pubs in plentiful numbers. The Royal mile from Edinburgh Castle to parliament buildings should be experienced.
Day 15 – Rest day in Edinburgh
- Plenty of options today, the city tour bus being one of them along with tours of the Botanical Gardens, Scottish Whiskey museums, and plenty more.
Great museums and art galleries, Cathedrals and parks.
Edinburgh Castle itself, home to Scotland’s Crown Jewels.
A blend of beautiful old architecture and new modern buildings, just a really beautiful old city to walk through.
Day 16 – Edinburgh to Pitlochry vis Trossachs National Park (155 Miles/250Kms)
- Departing Edinburgh for Pitlochry you initially ride over the great Forth Bridge. A new bridge is under construction, awesome to look over at.Today’s ride is brilliant.
First stop is Stirling and one of the most important castle’s in Scotland, Stirling Castle, built in the 12th century. Old cobble lock steep streets up the castle, with really nice views over the town and countryside.
Onwards to Lough Lomond, hugging the Lough and then into the heart of Trossachs National Park, truly a beautiful place to ride through.
Lough Lomond, stunning twisty ride, with superb lake and mountain views.
Continue to Pitlochry town, which is located in a most scenic, clean, fresh mountainous area. Good locally produced food is readily available in the pubs and restaurants in this quaint town.
Check into your accommodation, its been a long days ride, expect an early night.
Day 17 – Pitlochry to Inverness, city of the Highlands (105 Miles/ 168 Kms)
- Onwards through Cairngorm National Park, very impressive views of the Grampian and Cairngorm Mountains.
This is an awesome ride, the Cairngorms is the largest national park in the UK.
Continue to Inverness and enjoy the hospitality of the capital city of the Scottish highlands.
Day 18 – Inverness to Portree, Isle of Skye via Lough ness (114 Miles/182Kms)
- Another amazing days riding ahead as you ride past Lough Ness and the famous Urquhart castle.
Today’s ride heads to Invermorrison than on a westerly direction to the coast.
Onwards to Portree, located in the North West area of the highlands. Ride over the Skye bridge to reach the island.
This is remote and tranquil, a Gaelic fishing village stronghold for many centuries.
Check into accommodation and relax in this old tiny village.
Day 19 – Portree to Oban via Glencoe (125 Miles/199Kms)
- Depart Portree first optional stop for a truly excellent photo opportunity is at ‘Eilean Donan Castle’ remembering ‘The Highlander’ film! Stunning place for photographs, wonderful when the tide is in.
Continue along the route in your Garmin to the Five Sisters Mountain Range.
Onwards to the Glencoe area, enjoy the lovely scenery through this mountain pass.
Onwards to Oban, you have a choice of some great seafood restaurants as the town has a long history of fishing.
Oban is a coastal town with a wide selection of cafes, restaurants and optional boat trips. It also has an old single malt whisky distillery from the late 17th century. The walk along the promenade into the town is very impressive.
Day 20 – Oban to Glasgow city via Loch Lomond (98Miles/157Kms)
- Departing Oban, the ride today takes you to the cosmopolitan city of Glasgow.
More wonderful scenery is in store today as the route cuts through Trossachs National Park and skirts along Loch Lomond.
Loch Lomond is huge, the largest inland body of water in the UK.
Arriving in the old city of Glasgow, which in relatively recent years has become a vibrant European city, you will notice straight away its stunning architecture. Red stone buildings, fantastic squares, massive statues honouring great Scottish inventors and writers, its really nice.
Check into accommodation and enjoy the diverse rich night life and bars of this Victorian city on your last evening.
Day 21 – Depart Scotland, return to Celtic Rider (200 Miles total)
- Onwards to the ferry as per the Garmin, arriving in Belfast at around 2pm, Northern Ireland.
Follow the Garmin, skirting around the docklands of Belfast to the M1 back to Dublin. it takes around three hours to get to Celtic Rider.
After returning bikes to Celtic Rider, than we will transport you in one of our mini-buses to downtown Dublin City or Dublin Airport after discussing and listening to your stories and observations of this most impressive tour of our island of Ireland and the majestic highlands of Scotland. Since 2007 when Paul Rawlins, founder of Celtic Rider, pioneered motorcycle tourism in Ireland, we have being made aware over the years of the history of forced emigration that took place during several centuries from both Ireland and Scotland, and with this in mind at the outset of creating this great tour, we feel the routes will satisfy riders whose ancestral origins came from the lands of the Celts. This is a paramount philosophy we have in Celtic Rider, our tours deeply immerse overseas riders in the real countryside and traditional villages and towns of the land they pass through.
Pricing & Details
- €8,065 Single Rider
- €10,015 Rider + Pillion
- €14,065 2 Riders Sharing
- BMW F700GS, Honda NC750X / CB 500X / CMX 500, Yamaha V-Star 950
- €8,380 Single Rider
- €10,330 Rider + Pillion
- €14,880 2 Riders Sharing
- BMW R 1200 GS, BMW R 1200 GS Adventure
- €9,440 Single Rider
- €11,390 Rider + Pillion
- €16,910 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
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