2019 Tours Update

With two of our 2018 tours completed over recent days we are already being asked what our plans are for 2019.  We already have a comprehensive schedule planned and will be updating our website over the coming weeks with more information.  If you would like any details of the tours for next year and would like to register your expression of interest please contact us at info@dragonmototours.co.uk, call us on 07816 396614 or look out for the website updates on our tours page.

There will be two tours in Wales in 2019, one in April and the other in September.  Staying in the UK we shall be running our Devon tour in May which proved very popular when we last visited this county in 2017.

A touring season would not be complete without a sail across the Irish Sea and in late May 2019 we will be doing a two centre tour of the West Coast of Ireland staying in the counties of Donegal and Mayo.

Eight of our tours will be in mainland Europe – 3 in Spain,

2 in France, 2 in Germany and 1 in the Italian Dolomites.

Our clients enjoyed our Spain and Millau tour in 2017 so much that we are repeating it next year, albeit in reverse!!!  We’ll start in France and ride south with 3 days close to the Bridge and The Tarn Gorge before crossing the Pyrenees into Spain for a few days before a ferry sailing back to the UK.  Our other Spanish tours will include a 4 night stay on the Mediterranean coast and our ever popular Flavour of Spain will run in October 2019 – although this one will have a slightly “different flavour” to the previous three 🙂

Not everyone has the luxury of a 10 to 12 day tour and with this in mind we have 3 shorter European tours scheduled, the Saarland region of Germany in early May, the Black Forest in July and the Ardennes region of France and Belgium in late September.

 

County Donegal April 2018

Our first tour of 2018 has been and gone and we have had a great few days in County Donegal with a group of clients who took the spirit of Ireland to heart.  Given the time of year and the winter Ireland has experienced we were extremely lucky with the weather – certainly not warm enough to dip a toe in the Atlantic but in the main dry and clear and when it came to our visit to The Slieve League sea cliffs it was a superb day with blue skies.

This tour had been a long time coming with it being over 5 months since our last tour, whilst we enjoy the planning elements of a tour over the winter there is nothing quite like riding the roads, taking in the scenery and meeting the people.  The phrase “the craic in Ireland…” is often quoted but it is so incredibly true – everywhere we went people came up to us to ask where we’d travelled from and what would we be doing in Donegal, all of the cafes and visitors locations gave us a terrific welcome, not to forget the scones which are a “must have” whilst on the Emerald Isle 🙂

Laura checking her brake light!

Alex needed a swap from the Thruxton

The tour was not without its challenges – a sticking brake light for Laura, a swap in pillion seats for Alex and a puncture for Steve!  All thankfully resolved, although it did involve quite a bit of time on the ground for Geraint for the brakelight and puncture 🙂

The County of Donegal is almost beyond description which is why we never tire of returning to the area – in fact our 2019 tour is already scheduled for May – let us know if you are interested at info@dragonmototours.co.uk    The area has The Wild Atlantic Way coastal route, Ireland’s most northerly point at Malin Head and the Glenveagh National Park to name only a few of the rugged and beautiful locations.  The roads in places may be undulating given the peat the tarmac is laid over but in the main the grippy asphalt and sweeping bends through the National Park make for a seriously smile inducing ride – and when you turn a corner to see a (fortunately..) extinct volcano your day is complete!!!

We have several “thank yous” to do for this tour – Ireland for being as dramatic and stunning as ever, the weather for being kind to us – only a bit of mizzle with the a downpour coming as we checked in at Dublin Port to return home!  The cafes and people we visited for being so welcoming and last but not least our clients for making the tour such a lot of fun 🙂  A very big THANK YOU from The Dragons