We meet up in the town of Donegal. The following day we start our cycle by heading along the wonderful coastline towards the Slieve League Marine Cliffs on our way to the first nights stop, the Irish speaking village of Glencolmcille.
Over the week we keep to quiet backroads passing some of Ireland’s most wonderful coastal scenery. Dramatic mountains fall into the Atlantic Ocean interspersed with some of the most unspoilt beaches you are likely to find. We continue through a rolling landscape of quiet sleepy villages and stop in Leo’s pub where Enya and Clannad first sang.
Our cycle brings us through Glenveigh, Ireland’s largest National Park where conservationists work hard to keep the wild rhododendron under control. Our rest day is in the seaside village of Dunfanaghy before we continue on our journey to the town of Rathmelton. Our last days cycle see us exploring the wonderful Fanad peninsula before a final transfer brings us back to Donegal town for a final night on the tour.
We run both guided & self guided tours in Donegal for you to choose from.
The group meets up with the guide at 6.30pm in the bar of The Abbey Hotel in the centre of Donegal Town.
After an introductory talk, an evening meal is organised in the hotel bar while your luggage is being transferred to
our central guesthouse accommodation in Donegal that night. There is a chance later on this evening to meet again in a local pub to hear some music..
Sunday: Donegal – Glencolumcille 61 km
After being fitted out with your bike you then begin the tour with a wonderful coastline cycle out of Donegal town to our lunch stop just outside the village of Carrick. After lunch we cycle up to a viewing point of the spectacular Slieve League Cliffs the highest marine based cliffs in Europe. In the afternoon we head to our night stop in the village of Glencolumcille passing freshly cut peat drying in the surrounding bogs.
Monday: Glencolumcille to Dungloe 60km
Today we head up into wild highland country along quiet backroads with a wonderful open landscape. There follows a wonderful descent down the dramatic Glengesh Valley to the beautiful Maghera beach. The beach is well worth stopping at for a walk across its wonderful white sands to explore the caves of Maghera. You can also go for a wonderful swim in the lagoon here and pretend you are in the Caribbean before heading to the village of Ardara for a pub lunch. In the afternoon we continue along a quiet bog road before heading to the coastal town of Dungloe where again we stay in local guesthouses.
We continue through a rolling landscape through quiet sleepy villages and stop in Leo’s pub where Enya and Clannad first sang. Later we cycle toward the spectacular Mount Errigal and stop for lunch at the base of this mountain. In the afternoon we cycle up to a wonderful view of the Poison Glen and then descend through an empty mountainscape towards Dunfanaghy. You have the option of visiting Glenveagh National Park on this afternoon.
Wednesday: Rest day in Dunfanaghy
The village overlooks Portnablagh Beach and dunes where you can swim, swing a golf club or take a change of saddle, to gallop down the beach.
Thursday: Dunfanaghy to Millford 44km
The morning’s cycle takes you through isolated highland country roads with a worthwhile detour to Doe Castle.
We stop for lunch in Downings on the Rosguill Peninsula. A roller coaster ride around the coast affords spectacular views of white sandy beaches as we wend our way down to our evenings accommodation in the town of Millford.
Friday: Millford to Rathmelton / Donegal 70km
IToday we cycle the beautiful and remote Fanad Pennisula stopping for lunch in Port Salon. We continue along the shores of Lough Swilly through Rathmullan from where the last Earls of Ireland fled to Europe in 1607, thus ending the old Irish Order. The final leg of our cycle brings us to Rathmelton where our coach will then transfer you back to Donegal town for a farewell night on the town together before heading our separate ways the
following morning. .
Saturday: Tour Ends
After a leisurely breakfast, back to reality!
The roads are all sealed and the route is designed to ensure that you spend most of the week on quiet back roads, away from the main tourist routes. Routes have hilly sections that require a good level of fitness.
The nearest international airports are Shannon and Dublin. Buses depart each city for Sligo on a regular basis. There is also a regular train service from Dublin to Sligo. Schedules are provided in your tour package.
Our escorted bicycle tours include all services provided to our “Individual” riders, as well as the following additional services:
2018 departure dates: June 30
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$1345|
|Single rooms on request||$400|
|Single share||No surcharge|
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Self guided tours are available from April to October and can start any day of the week.
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$1400|
|Single room surcharge (on request)||$400|
|High season surcharge for July & August departures||$65|
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