7 Day - West Coast of Ireland Self Guided Motorcycle Tour7 Days (6 Nights) 140 miles per day average
West Coast Tour is one of our most popular self guided motorbike tours in Ireland. The west coast has some of the most dramatic scenery in Ireland and is home to many of the attractions you have heard of. It is wild and rugged, with soaring mountains, jagged coastlines and the type of roads bikers dream of. From the beauty of Achill Island to the mountains of Connemara, the lunar landscape of The Burren and, the icing on the cake, The Kingdom of Kerry (video).
About our routes: We have spent many happy hours riding around Ireland to find the very best motorbike roads. They have been refined over three years to produce the daily routes you will find stored on the GPS fitted to each bike.
Day One - Counties Down & FermanaghCounty Down is the home county of Irish Motorcycle Adventures so it's the one we love best! The Mourne Mountains, made famous by the song 'Where the Mountains of Mourne Sweep Down To The Sea', are on the route. You will travel along the shores of Strangford Lough, a tidal sea lough with 365 islands and an abundance of wildlife. County Down is a lush, green county with rich agricultural land. With small fields bounded by hedges, it's a beautiful place to meander along the back roads taking in the scenery. The Fermanagh lakelands are a must see. Your route will take you close to the shores of Lough Erne with its 154 Islands and pre-Christian settlements. Fermanagh is another lush, green county with some great roads and
lots to see.
Day Two - Counties Sligo & MayoCounty Mayo is our first stop in the West of Ireland, with its majestic mountains and rugged coastline. Mayo was one of the counties hardest hit by the Irish Famine and it suffered mass depopulation. On the coast you will visit Achill Island, the biggest island in Ireland, which has a great circuit called the Atlantic Drive. See the big Atlantic rollers break on the coast and remember the next parish west is New York!
Day Three - County Galway - ConnemaraAs you pass the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north,
go through lake-rich Roundstone Bog and admire the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, you'll know you're in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape. Connemara has long been regarded as the 'real' emerald of Ireland. Highlights like 'The Famine Village', a restored village deserted at the time of the Irish famine, the world famous Kylemore Abbey and Connemara National Park all add to the haunting landscape. In the north is Croagh Patrick, a pyramid shaped mountain where Saint Patrick is said to have banished snakes from Ireland. It must have worked because to this day we have no wild snakes!
Day Four - Counties Clare, Limerick & KerryTo the north of the county, the rugged Atlantic coast rises nearly 700 feet above the sea at the Cliffs of Moher. A couple of miles away, you'll find an amazing karst limestone region called the Burren, which features caves, underground streams and rare alpine flora. The area also has plenty of fascinating archaeological sites, including the 5000-year-old Poulnabrone Dolmen.
The end of the day sees you travelling over the stunning Connor Pass on the Dingle peninsula.
Day Five - County KerryWhat to say about County Kerry or the 'Kingdom of Kerry', as it is known?! It is by far the most dramatic landscape you will see in Ireland and certainly the most beautiful. The main features are its three peninsulas, Dingle, Iveargh and Beara, which have distinct characteristics. From soaring mountains to golden beaches, to alpine landscapes and sub tropical flora due to the gulf stream, they have it all. Not to mention McGillicuddy's Reeks, the mountain range which dominates the county. You will explore all three peninsulas, visiting the famous Ring of Kerry and places like the Tim Healey Pass. This county will blow you
Days Six & Seven - The Heartland of IrelandAs you start to travel home, you will be cutting diagonally across the very centre of Ireland. This is an area rarely travelled by the tourist buses of the west coast. It will give you a glimpse into the life of everyday Ireland. From the bogs to the plains, no visit would be complete without seeing the 'Heart of Ireland' .
Cost of this 7 Day Tour £1759(Based on 1 person riding a BMW F650 GS)
Add a pillion passenger for £100
Upgrade to a BMW R1200 GS or GS Adventure for £140
Waterproof suit and helmet included free of charge
Lowered Bikes Available
(Prices shown include rental of motorcycle, top box and side cases with liner bags, Garmin GPS with daily routes, maps, itinerary booklet with route descriptions and points of interest, top quality B&B and hotel accommodation, comprehensive insurance and 24hr breakdown cover. Not included is fuel, food (except breakfast), drinks, ferries, parking, entrance to tourist sites, fines, tickets or any other personal costs you may incur during your trip).