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North by NorthWest Donegal

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North by NorthWest Donegal Bike Tour North by NorthWest Donegal Bike Tour

Our breathtaking self guided Donegal bike tour is truly a memorable adventure.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway in stunning surrounds, or fancy an exhilarating outdoor adventure, the NorthWestern Headlands of Donegal have it all!

Donegal ~ St Johns Point ~Killybegs  ~ Glencolmcille ~ Adara ~ Donegal
9 Days/ 8 Nights Self Led Bike Tour, from Euro 790.00 per person

With breathtaking scenery, golden beaches, rugged islands and a beautiful array of wildlife, this northern – almost untouched – stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way is an absolute essential, any time of year.

It’s no wonder Donegal was named the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet for 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller.

Day 1: Welcome to Donegal

Your Donegal Bike Tour tour starts in Donegal town.

Be sure to take time to explore Donegal Castle. Built by the O’Donnell chieftains in the 15th Century, beside the river Eske in Donegal Town, the Castle was rebuilt in Jacobean style in the 16th Century by Sir Basil Brooke, after Hugh O’Donnell burnt it to the ground rather than let it fall into enemy hands. Information panels chronicle the history of the castle and guided tours are available.

Day 2: Lough Eske Loop

This morning we meet you and provide you with a full bike fit out and detailed tour briefing.  Following the briefing, today’s  ride takes you along the quiet roads and tranquil shores of Lough Eske,  in the mystical surroundings of the Blue stack mountains.

If you have not had enough time to explore the town ~ you can spend the afternoon browsing and relaxing. Perhaps take a local tour on the Donegal Waterbus and discover the rich history of this region. Relax and enjoy the traditional pubs, music and restaurants in the town tonight. Distance: 26kms/16mi

 

Donegal Bike Tour Donegal Bike Tour

 

Day 3: Donegal to Killybegs

Today, your bike ride takes you west along Donegal Bay.  You pedal the quiet roads of St John’s Point Peninsula following alongside the Atlantic Ocean. View the remains of Rahan Castle and the Killaghtee Cross.

Continue to your overnight destination in the traditional fishing village of Killybegs. Once the second largest fishing port in the county, Killybegs is the gateway to Sliabh Liag one of the signature points on the Wild Atlantic Way noted amongst the highest sea cliffs in Europe with stunning panoramic views across Donegal Bay.  Distance: 39kms/ 24mi. 

 

Slieve League, Co. Donegal, Ireland Slieve League, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Day 4: Killybegs to Carrick

Following the coastline west from Killybegs this morning the scenery becomes quite dramatic. Bike through the village of Kilcar, famous for its production of Donegal Tweed. Just a short ride from Carrick, you will encounter  towering cliffs, golden sandy beaches and breathtaking headlands. Visit the cliffs at Slieve League – one of Ireland’s greatest attractions.

These stunning cliffs are some of the finest marine cliffs in Europe. Accessible all year round and standing 600m tall, the sheer drop down into the crashing Atlantic swells below is quite the sight. Stand on the edge and breathe in deep – guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs!

If you can, take an archaeological tour too; you’ll learn about the region’s rich and interesting history. Be sure to also pay a visit to the nearby Tí Linn craft shop, where you’ll find a gorgeous selection of Irish giftware items, or grab a coffee and cake in the charming Tí Linn Café. If you fancy a maritime adventure, you can gaze up at these immense cliffs from the sea on a local boat tour – which takes you out to meet the area’s friendly dolphins.  Overnight in Carrick, Distance: 47km /29mi.

Day 5: Carrick – Glencolmcille – Carrick Loop

Today you cycle to the valley of Glencolmcille, a place of tremendous natural beauty and changing colours. You will be in awe of the sorrounds today: mountains, lakes, sea cliffs and beaches; a place of quiet roads, stone walls and fuschia-bordered lanes. It is an ancient corner of Ireland witnessed by 5000 years of history, the sites of dwellings and the tombs of the Megalithic period and by the cross inscribed stones of early Christianity. Distance: 33km /22mi.

 

Donegal Sheep in Landscape

Day 6: Carrick to Ardara

This morning you bike through the peatlands and bogs of Donegal.  The region is a colourful palette of heathers, mosses, lichens and rough grasses.

You bike the Glengesh Pass ~ a windy section of road which links Glencolmcille to our beautiful Ardara. This meandering cycle can assault your senses with the magnificent scenery that abounds and bring you back in time. Enjoy the magnificent views before a well earned descent! A pleasant, unspoilt trip that is well worth taking.  Arrive at tonight’s overnight destination, the heritage town of Ardara with its selection of pubs and restaurants. Distance: 22km /13mi.

Day 7: Ardara Loop Ride

The possibilities today are endless. Take the leisurely 8 km bike ride along beautiful Loughros Point. Alternatively, cycle to the golden sandy beach, caves and waterfall at Maghera. A third option is to cycle around Dawros Head. Here you can step back in time to view the Kilclooney Dolmen, and the mystical Doon Lough Fort. The choice is yours!  Or simply take time to enjoy this heritage town.

The town boasts top class blue flag beaches and a first rate links golf course. The name Ard a’ Ratha which means ‘high hill of the fort’ comes from the earthen ring-fort, which crowns the hill to the northeast of the town.

Ardara has been long associated with the tweed and knitwear industries.  From the 1870’s this trade became a cottage industry with home spun and hand dyed woollen and tweed items being created.  The Ardara Heritage Centre, formally the town Courthouse, profiles the development of the tweed industry.  To this day several shops in the town still sell high quality tweed and knitwear.  Distance: up to  37km /29mi. 

 

DonegalBay

 

Day 8: Ardara to Donegal

Cycle back to your starting point in Donegal Town. Cross more wild boglands as you climb out of the town. Great views open up over Donegal Bay with its many headlands and islands. Enjoy one last descent to the pleasant village of Mountcharles. Return to your starting point in Donegal Town, completing your biking tour around the beautiful and historic coast.  Distance: 30km /18mi. 

Day 9: Departure

The final day of your Donegal bike tour brings you back to your starting point in Donegal Town.

From here it’s time to depart, taking with you treasured memories of your biking adventure, the natural wonders and friendly people of Donegal.  Distance: 30km /19mi.

 

What’s Included?

Self-Guided bike tour price includes:
• Bed and breakfast accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and B&B’s
• Quality, 24 speed, hybrid bicycle hire (E-bike available for a supplement)
• Welcome meeting and bike set up on first morning
• Daily luggage transfers
• Emergency support
• Comprehensive guide booklet
• All maps and guide notes
• GPS unit with all routes pre-programmed (one per group)

What’s not included?

  • Any personal expenses – drinks, medical, gratuities etc.
  • Lunches or evening meals
  • Any extra days/nights
  • Any costs to cycle repairs that are caused by bad care of bicycles
  • Water Bottles are NOT provided,
  • Transport costs to and from Donegal Start Point

Dates and Pricing

9 Day/8 Night Self Guided Cycling Tour: Prices 2018

2018 Self-Guided Tour Prices

Tours available: 03 April 2018 – 30 September 2018
Peak Season: 01 June 2018 – 31 August 2018

Price per person sharing: €790
Peak Season: €850
Single occupancy: €150
E-bike: €110

Short Tour Options

The 9 day/8 night bike tour is the ideal amount of time needed to appreciate the area at its best. We understand though, that this is not always possible. With that in mind we offer the following as shorter tour options. Details of each day can be found in the main “Treasures of Coast and History” bike tour itinerary.

8 Day/7 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Donegal.
Day 2: Donegal to Killybegs
Day 3: Killybegs to Carrick
Day 4: Carrick – Glencolmcille – Carrick
Day 5: Carrick to Ardara
Day 6: Around Ardara
Day 7: Ardara to Donegal
Day 8: Departure

Price: Off-peak – €730, Peak – €780, Single supplement – €130, E-Bike – €95

7 Day/ 6 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Donegal.
Day 2: Donegal to Killybegs
Day 3: Killybegs to Carrick
Day 4: Carrick – Glencolmcille – Carrick
Day 5: Carrick to Ardara
Day 6: Ardara to Donegal
Day 7: Departure

Price: Off-peak – €670, Peak – €710, Single supplement – €110, E-Bike – €80

6 Day/5 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Donegal.
Day 2: Donegal to Killybegs
Day 3: Killybegs to Carrick
Day 4: Carrick to Ardara
Day 5: Ardara to Donegal
Day 6: Departure

Price: Off-peak – €600, Peak – €640, Single supplement – €90, E-Bike – €65

5 Day/4 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Killybegs
Day 2: Killybegs to Carrick
Day 3: Carrick to Ardara
Day 4: Ardara to Killybegs
Day 5: Departure

Price: Off-peak – €550, Peak – €570, Single supplement – €70, E-Bike – €50

Helpful Notes

Getting to Donegal

This cycling tour starts and finshes in Donegal Town. It is easily accessable from Dublin, Ireland West and Belfast airports. Use the links below to check the bus timetables.

If you are arriving in Ireland at a different location and would like advice on how to get here let us know and we will help you to plan your journey.


From Dublin Airport and Dublin City

By Bus: Direct buses run to Donegal Town from Dublin Airport and City every 2 hours. Timetable


From Ireland West (Knock) Airport

By Bus: Frequent buses run to Donegal Town direct from the Airport. Timetable


From Belfast City and Airports

By Bus: To Derry/Londonderry Timetable and then change for Donegal Timetable