No touring season would be complete without a visit to the “Emerald Isle” and the West Coast
counties of Donegal and Mayo are amongst our favourite in Ireland. The rugged landscape of the
Wild Atlantic Way coastline combined with the warm welcome from the locals are just two of the
reasons we enjoy touring in this part of the world.
Our tour starts with an early morning ferry crossing from Holyhead into Dublin Port with an arrival
into Ireland at mid-day giving us ample time to enjoy the riding roads as we cross the country to
County Donegal. We return this year to our hotel on the outskirts of Letterkenny which is ideally located
for our planned ride-outs.
County Donegal has been referred to as “the wild child of Ireland” as it is home to stunning scenery,
lakes, mountains and spectacular coastline. During our stay we have two ride-outs planned making
the most of the roads which curve through the National Park of Glenveagh and along part of the
Wild Atlantic coastline. The most northerly point of the country, Malin Head, is just over an hour
from our hotel and we will be including a visit to the Slieve League sea cliffs which rank amongst the
tallest in Western Europe as they drop 600 metres into Donegal Bay.
Travelling south we will step back in time and visit Glencolumbkille Folk Village, a thatched-roof
replica of a rural village offering a glimpse into daily life as it was during past centuries. The museum
is perched on a hillside overlooking the sandy curve of Glen Bay Beach. We then ride into County
Mayo to stay in the coastal town of Westport at our hotel for three nights overlooking Clew Bay.
The hotel has a pool and sauna which you can relax in before dinner. We have two ride-outs
organised visiting the Famine Memorial at Croagh Patrick, riding through Lough Doo Pass and along
Killary Harbour, Ireland's only fjord. We explore the riding roads through the Connemara National
Park taking in views of the “Twelve Pins” of the Connemara mountains and yet more of the coves
along the Wild Atlantic Way on Achill Island.
We have a cross country route to Dublin Port for our final day of riding in Ireland and are booked
onto a mid-afternoon ferry crossing to Holyhead.