Ireland – Kings, Castles, and a Game of Thrones – 10 Day Adventure

$3,999.00

May 8th-17th, 2020 Dublin,  Ireland

Join Authentic Moto Travels on the ultimate 10-Day Ireland Adventure.   We begin in Dublin on May 8th.  We’ll help you arrange a motorcycle or car rental for 7 days beginning the morning of May 11th through May 18th.

Enjoy a fully guided and immersive adventure for significantly less than a self-guided tour.

This is a Mostly All-Inclusive trip.  Mostly All-Inclusive means single occupancy accommodations, breakfast, dinner, attractions, and ground transportation are all included for the duration of the adventure.

The only additional costs are flight/transportation to Dublin and back, vehicle rental, fuel, lunch, extra activities, and souvenirs.

Accommodations will be primarily at Irish owned hotels, inns, and guest houses.

During the trip, you’re welcome to venture off on your own.  Simply let the group leader know your intention that day.

Please contact us with any questions.

Select any additional options below to customize your trip.

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Description

10-Day Ireland Grand Adventure

May 8th-17th, 2020 Dublin, Ireland

Ireland is an ancient and magnificent land full of life, culture, history, and excitement.  Authentic Moto Travels brings you Kings, Castles, and a Game of Thrones – Ireland 10 Day Adventure.

Begin With Dublin by Day and Night

Arriving in Dublin, we’ll visit many of Dublin’s beautiful sights and features.

Ha’Penny Bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin

In Dublin, we’ll explore O’Connell Street, the River Liffey, and the Famous Ha’ Penny Bridge.  Across the river, glance at the Book of Kells at Trinity College and walk through Dublin Castle.   It’s a pleasant stroll to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse.  This is where they brew all Guinness products.  Any visit to Dublin must include a stop at Jameson Distillery.

Temple Bar, Dublin

Evenings, we’ll enjoy the Temple Bar area, by night.  We’ll be celebrating with dozens of new friends as we enjoy Dublin’s finest riches, its people.

Monday, May 11th, we leave Dublin and journey through Ireland and Northern Ireland.

In Ireland, one drives on the left side of the road.  It’s also a little bit different than the USA and most of Europe.  Part of the first day’s riding includes a safety orientation course to get us ready for Ireland.

During this unique experience, we’ll traverse backroads to Ireland’s best destinations, film locations, and natural wonders.

Rock of Cashel

One of the first places we’ll visit is the Rock of Cashel.  The Rock of Cashel is a perfect starting point as it brings together Ireland’s long legacy and its trademark stunning scenery. Silhouetted against the sky, the Rock is home to over 1,000 years of rich history.

Blarney Castle Photo: Ryan Hunt

We’ll also spend time at the enchanting Blarney Castle, just outside Cork.  Yes, you’ll get to kiss the authentic Blarney stone at the parapet of this towering castle.  It’s said that the gift of eloquence is bequeathed to all who kiss this mystical stone!

Ring of Kerry

Feel the Force at Skellig Michael and ride the world-famous ‘Ring of Kerry.’

A crucial part of Star Wars – The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi filmed on the Skellig Islands just off the west coast and on the adjacent mainland.

If you desire, this is your chance to walk in the footsteps of Rey and Luke Skywalker.  Stand in the ruins of a monastery dating back to 800 AD.

One can board a boat and sail around the islands.  Since Skellig Michael is a protected site, only a limited few are allowed to land on the Island and explore it, each day.  Book early for the best chance to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Gap of Dunloe, Killarney

Ride the world-famous Ring of Kerry, and the incredible Gap of Dunloe.  It’s rightfully called the most beautiful glaciated valley in Europe.  It’s a challenging ride but well worth the effort.  We’ll also ride the little traveled Skellig Ring.  It’s a visually stunning off-shoot of the main ‘Ring of Kerry’ route.

During this grand adventure, we will ride many mountain passes, including Ireland’s highest mountain pass, Connor Pass.  Connor Pass features incredible ocean views of both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

County Clare

Cliffs of Moher

No trip to Ireland is complete without a visit to the towering majestic Cliffs of Moher. This World Heritage Site is famous the world over.  The beauty here must be experienced to be believed.

The Quiet Man promo poster

Cong is a must-visit for any John Wayne fan.  “The Quiet Man” with Maureen O’Hara was almost entirely filmed in Cong.  While there, climb the ruins of the Cong Abbey and the nearby ‘Monk’s Fishing Hut.’

Ashford Castle

A five-minute ride away is Ashford Castle.  Explore this pristine 13th-century castle.  Walk the spectacular grounds and transport yourself to a distant age.

Our next stop is Donegal.   The town center features Donegal Castle and Magee’s tweed shop.  Nearby is the impressive Glengash Pass.   There’ll be some tight hairpins involved, but it’s well worth it.

Game of Thrones – Northern Ireland

If you are a Game of Thrones fan, we’ll visit many sites used in the multi-award-winning TV Series.

Northern Ireland is a separate country from (Republic of) Ireland.  It’s under British rule, so distance is in miles, and we’ll be paying with British Currency (Pound or Quid).

Downhill Beach is the first stop.  GOT fans will know it better as Dragonstone in Season 2.

Dunluce Castle is a short distance away. Built circa 1500, the iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle bears witness to a long and tumultuous history. The castle also serves as the House of Greyjoy in Game of Thrones.

Giant’s Causway

Just a few minutes beyond is ‘Giants Causeway,’ a Unesco World Heritage Site. It’s a remarkable rock formation to experience. If the tide is low, we’ll be able to see the pools in the columns.

Ballintoy is a beautiful little harbor featured in GOT with splendid seaside views.  Those brave enough can try the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge.

Ballintoy Harbor leads to Ballycastle.  It’s from there that we’ll take the Torr head coastal section for a few miles.  Torr head road is a bit narrow and steep, but it features excellent views of Scotland.  Torr road leads to Cushenden and the Cushenden Caves.

After the Caves, we’ll ride onward to Belfast via Cushendall.

Belfast

Belfast has a colorful history that deserves some exploration.

On our way back to Dublin, we’ll visit a few more unique locations, including the Ward Estate and Castle and Inch Abbey.  The ruins of Inch Abbey have existed since the year 800 AD.

Inch Abbey

 

About the Pace

To truly experience Ireland, you should not race around.  Leave that to the Isle of Man to the west.  We will keep an ideal pace.  One will miss everything if going too fast.  If you do ‘feel the need for speed’ and won’t have it any other way, you’re free to set out on your own and meet up with the group later.

Additional Details

For the first time, this adventure allows your choice of Motorcycle or Car Rental.  The trip is led on a motorcycle.  All prices and arrangements for car or motorcycle rentals, including the deductible deposit, are your choice and responsibility.  We are happy to help make this simple.  Please contact us for any assistance.

Please consider Celtic Rider, our preferred motorcycle rental partner.

Motorcycle and Car passengers are welcome on this trip.  Please select the ‘Passenger’ option and enter the person’s name.

If you wish to share a room with a friend, The primary rider must book first.  The rider sharing the room can then register using the shared option.   Please contact us for details and instructions.