The “craic” when touring in Ireland

They say you go to Ireland for the “craic” which is an Irish word for fun, enjoyment and general banter…… well we had that in spades on our most recent motorcycle tour of the Lots of laughter at AvocaWest Coast of Ireland, and we have to thank everyone who joined us for making it a great tour.

We had a good ferry crossing to Dun Laoghairie and then headed over to The Wicklow Mountains with a coffee stop at The Avoca Handweavers before riding through the Wicklow Gap, hardly a car to be seen, stunning scenery and a fab road for motorcycling with open views and “flik-flak” bends.  Taking photos Wicklow GapThere is a layby at the top which is worth stopping at just to take in the views and we had lots of budding photographers when we stopped there.Wicklow Gap scenery  The ride down from the mountain top is excellent and the sun made an appearance just to top the day off nicely!

Our first night of this tour was actually on the East Coast of Ireland, but next day we rode across the breadth of Ireland to our base for the next 3 nights in County Clare on the West Coast. They call it the Wild Atlantic Way and it is easy to see why when you have waves crashing against the coast line, The Cliffs of Moher which rise to 702 ft at their highest point and stretch for 5 miles along the coast line and Wild Atlantic coast roadThe Burren which is an amazing karst landscape which has great roads to ride through offering views of the sea and the surrounding hillsides with houses dotted on the horizon……. the roads are not too bad either!! and we would recommend them to any motorcyclist out there 🙂

We had a slightly “mixed bag” with the weather, but we keep being told “you don’t come to Ireland for the sun“!!  Our ride on Saturday to The Cliffs of Moher certainly made that statement true…. with a storm crashing in from the Atlantic mid way through the day, which meant that we had to make our way back to the hotel and hunker down with all the locals for the afternoon!  It made for an interesting walk for some of the group who were with us who braved the beach and came back with excellent skin having had an exfoliation from the sand blasting against them 🙂 Our group singers!But everyone took the hiatus from riding in good humour and enjoyed the craic at the bar into the evening with music laid on after dinner by the hotel.

Sunday the winds had died down and we did what we came for – motorcycling through County Clare, up the coast road before riding inland and along the shores of the Shannon River.  We’d like to thank everyone at Goosers Bar for making us all so welcome, serving lunch to 22 hungry motorcyclists in record time and with great service, if ever you are riding by that way call in, you will not be disappointed.

Sadly, the tour had to come to an end as we rode from the West Coast back across Ireland to Dun Laoghairie for our ferry back to the UK, we took the direct route on Ireland’s longest motorway the M7 – not a bad road for a motorway either as you cross through several counties and have great views of the Irish hills.  We certainly enjoyed riding the Irish roads, meeting the people who were so very welcoming….. so much so we are going back next year 🙂