If you are flying into Ireland you may well arrive early and be a little weary from your travels. Your first day therefore takes this into account and you will transfer directly to your first hotel in the beautiful village of Adare, Co. Limerick – “Ireland’s Prettiest Village”. You will spend the day at leisure exploring this wonderful location enjoying the shops, pubs, castle, monuments, and walking routes by the river. You can unwind from your travels and prepare for the tour ahead.
Day 2 – RetroVentures HQ Co. Limerick to Spanish Point Co. Clare
220km / 140mi / 3.5hrs riding
After breakfast, you'll transfer from your hotel / B&B in Adare to the RetroVentures HQ just down the road. Here you'll get introduced to your retro ride. Tea, coffee and refreshments will be served. After a tour and safety briefing, you'll hit the road for your first ride heading north.
You'll take a leisurely ride to Bunratty Castle in Co. Clare where your adventure begins. After exploring the castle and grounds there is short hop to the west coast of Co. Clare. You'll enjoy a lovely night in west Clare, renowned for its stunning wild west ocean location.
Day 3 – Spanish Point Co. Clare to Westport Co. Mayo
400km / 250mi / 7.0hrs riding
You are now well and truly on the Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. Today you’ll head north taking in Lehinch, the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Fanore, Black Head and the quaint village of Kinvarra. We’ll then skip around the coast of Co. Galway through Salthill, Spiddal, and the stunning Connemara Coastline through Roundstone, Bunowen Bay, Derrigimlagh and into the town of Clifden. You’ll then take in Sky Road, Omey Island, Cleggan Harbour and the stunning Killary Harbour before heading into Co. Mayo past Doo Lough and into Louisburgh. From here it’s a short ride via Old Head to Westport.
Or there is an optional more leisurely direct route to Westport where you’ll spend the night in this wonderful sea-side town.
Day 4 – Westport Co. Mayo to Donegal Co. Donegal
400km / 250mi / 6.5hrs riding
Heading north again today, you will start exploring the rugged northwest coast passing through delights such as Keel Beach, Keem Strand, Claggan, Downpatrick Head, Lackan Strand, Killala Quay, and Mullaghmore.
Youe’ll stay the night in the town of Donegal where you can enjoy the town’s nightlife, pubs and live music. There is also an easier route which will shave a good few miles off the day but you’ll still see a wonderful choice of sights along the way.
Day 5 – Donegal Co. Donegal to Derry Co. Londonderry
420km / 265mi / 7.0hrs riding
Today you’ll head west and then north along the breathtaking Donegal coast seeing Mountcharles Pier, Sliabh Liag, Cnoc Fola, Doe Castle, Lisfanon Beach, Pollan Bay, Malin Head, Kinnagoe Bay, Magilligan Point View and through the historic city of Derry.
There is also a shorter route will reduce your mileage a good bit. Tonight you will stay just outside Derry City ready for the bonus day tour of Northern Ireland tomorrow.
Day 6 – Derry Co. Londonderry to Derry Co. Londonderry
290km / 180mi / 4.0hrs riding
A bonus day today exploring Northern Ireland. You’ll take in the Old Bushmills Distillery, the famous Giant’s Causeway and Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge. There is an optional round trip back to Derry taking in the Antrim Glens and scooting north of Belfast City or a direct route from Derry to the main attractions and straight back. Alternatively, if you don’t fancy riding today you can take the day off and explore the fascinating City of Derry / Londonderry. You’ll stay a second night just outside Derry City.
Day 7 – Derry Co. Londonderry to RetroVentures HQ Co. Limerick
400km / 250mi / 6.5hrs riding
So your final day is another long one. You’ll head all the way back to RetroVentures HQ but take a scenic jaunt across country. It is a long day but you can take it easy. You’ll pass through historic cities of Omagh and Enniskillen before making our way south through Boyle, Ennis, Limerick City and home!
Once back at the RetroVentures HQ, you can return your bike, unload your luggage, get 'de-briefed', and then you’ll be given the option of a final night’s stay in Adare with transfer, or a transfer to your next destination, whether that be the airport or another part of Ireland to continue your holidays. For those flying out the next day, we can arrange overnight accommodation in Adare or at the airport and a transfer to the airport. Transfers to Adare, or Limerick City or Shannon airport are included but a 3rd night’s accommodation will be extra.