...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. Our hotel for this tour is on the outskirts of Letterkenny and 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 visit the Tower which was built in the 1800’s as a lookout to help defend against possible French attack with an afternoon coastal route along the west side of Loch Swilly.
Out to the west are the Slieve League sea cliffs which rank amongst the tallest in Western Europe as they drop 600 metres into Donegal Bay and offer spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Travelling south we 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.
During our stay in Westport we have two ride-outs organised riding through Doo Lough 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.