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 the ultimate 10-Day Ireland Motorcycle Adventure.
Begin With Dublin by Day and Night
Arriving in Dublin, we’ll visit many of Dublin’s beautiful sights and features.
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.
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 begin the riding 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.
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.
We’ll also spend time at the enchanting Blarney Castle, just outside Cork. Yes, you’ll get to kiss the one true Blarney stone at the parapet of this towering castle. It’s said that the gift of eloquence is bequeath 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 key part of Star Wars – The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi was 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, Luke Skywalker, and Chewbacca. 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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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 with great seaside views. Those brave enough can try the Carrick-a-rede rope bridge. For GOT fans, Ballintoy Harbour was where Theon was baptized in front of his sister Yara in season two.
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 has a colorful history that deserves exploration. A significant highlight is the Titanic Museum. It’s a state of the art museum that uses holograms and interactive projections to give guests an experience of building and traveling on the ill-fated ship. The Museum sits right on the site where the RMS Titanic was built.
Before we conclude the trip and return the bikes, 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.
About the Riding Pace
This trip, for the first time, allows up to three passenger cars to join the group. If you select the Rental Car Option, the cost of the motorcycle rental is automatically removed. All prices and arrangements for the rental car, including the deductible deposit, are your responsibility.
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 add the shared option. This may sound confusing. Please contact us for details and instructions.
The cost includes a BMW F 700 GS or Honda NX700 Rental. If you wish to change to a bigger or smaller bike, please select your desired option.
Rent waterproof standard protective riding clothing including, riding jacket, trousers, boots, and gloves €15 each person/per day.
Rent premium waterproof KLIM riding gear for €20 per day.
Some Important Information About Motorcycle Rentals
Riders must have a full M1 license, and the rider must be 25 years of age or older.
A pre-authorization of €1500 (approx. $1700USD) will be reserved on your credit card upon rental of the motorcycle to cover the Insurance deductible. This is the maximum cost charged in the event of damage or theft. Your signature on the rental agreement page shall constitute authority for Celtic Rider, the rental company, to debit the final total charges against your account and your specific card-issuing organization.