Biking Trips in Ireland

Biking Trips in Ireland
From the quaint home of Limerick to the castles of Blarney, Ireland offers the bicycle traveler many sites, sounds and historic regions to tour. Touring Ireland by bicycle typically sees you traveling on cobbled roads, rural pathways and often competing with sheep for space on the roads. If you have Ireland in sight for a bicycle tour, there are many companies that offer guided bike trips in the land of shamrocks.
 

Iron Donkey Bicycle Tours

Iron Donkey is based out of Northern Ireland and offers a variety of different trips around the country. Guided, self-guided and custom trips are available. Trips include bicycles, meals, a support van, should you get tired en route, and lodging at inns and home stays.



Your guides are well versed in bicycle mechanics and maintenance, local lore and history, and have medical training. Bike as little or as much as you wish each day. The average distance between inns and lodges is about 20 miles. If you want to bike more, guides arrange to go out for side trips for exploring the countryside. Bring your own bicycle clothing, town clothing, cameras and personal items.



Iron Donkey Bicycle Touring

15 Ballyknockan Road

Saintfield

County Down

Northern Ireland BT24 7HQ

+011-44-2890-813200

irondonkey.com

 
 

Cycle West Ireland

Cycle West Ireland runs bicycle trips through Connemara, the Western Shores, the ancient forts of the Aran Islands and the Burren. Trips include a support van with bike equipment and tools, guides, meals and lodging, as well as side trips such as kayaking or boating around the Ireland coast.



If your party wants custom tours, Cycle West accommodates by arranging private guides, vans and lodging. Single supplements are available to those traveling solo. Tours last from four to nine days, depending on your needs and timeline. Bring your own cycling clothing, personal items and non-bicycle clothes.



Cycle West Ireland

27 Pairc na hAbhann

Athenry

County Galway

Ireland

800-204-1452

cyclewest.com

Cycle Holidays Ireland

Cycle Holidays Ireland specializes in West Ireland, with trips heading into the Burren, Cliffs of Mother, Connemora, and the Shannon Basin. Cycle Holidays provides each participant with a cell phone so you can explore on your own and get away from the support van with no fear of getting lost.



Simply push the speed dial setting and you are speaking with your guides. Meals and inn or bed and breakfast lodging are included. Your guides speak Gaelic, which is still spoken in this section of the country. Side trips include kayaking, horseback riding and boating along the shores of Ireland.



Cycle Holidays Ireland

Gortanumera

Portumna

County Galway

Ireland

+01-1353-878-3-1200

cycleholidaysireland.com

 

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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