Day 1 - Your Arrival in Ireland and Your First Day at Leisure
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 / B&B 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 Kinsale Co. Cork
200km / 125mi / 3.0hrs 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 south.
You'll take a leisurely ride to Blarney Castle in Co. Cork where your adventure begins. You can explore the castle and grounds before the remaining short hop to Kinsale on the south coast of Co. Cork. You can also take an extended tour to the Jameson Middleton Distillery and the town of Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic. You'll enjoy a lovely night in beautiful Kinsale in its coastal waterside location.
Day 3 - Kinsale Co. Cork to Glengarriff Co. Cork
300km / 190mi / 5.0hrs riding
Today you'll join the Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Way is the world’s longest defined coastal touring route. Today you’ll head west taking in Old Head of Kinsale, Timoleague Abbey, Inchydoney Island, Galley Head, Toe Head Bay, Lough Hyne, Baltimore Harbour, Schull Harbour, Toormore Bay, Barley Cove, Mizen Head, Sheep’s Head, Seefin, Bantry Bay, and Glengarriff.
Or tou can take a more direct route from Kinsale to Schull and a longer stop at Mizen Head or take a ferry ride to Garnish Island in Glengarriff. You’ll spend the night in Glengarriff, a most serene waterside location and the gateway to the Beara Peninsula in preparation for Day 4.
Day 4 - Glengarriff Co. Cork to Sneem Co. Kerry
400km / 250mi / 6.5hrs riding
Passing Whiddy Island View, you’ll head to the base of the Healy Pass on the Beara Peninsula and you’ll ride what is probably Ireland’s best mountain riding road. The spectacular Healy Pass takes you to Kilmakillogue Harbour and then anti-clockwise around the peninsular to Kenmare River View, Dooneen, Garnish Point, Castletownbear, and then take the spectacular Cork / Kerry mountain pass to Kenmare. After a break in Kenmare, you’ll embark on a magical tour through Molls Gap, the Black Valley, the Gap of Dunloe, the Glencar National Park, Blackstones, Lough Caragh, and Glenbeigh. Then it’s onwards around the Ring of Kerry taking in Rossbeigh Strand, Cahersiveen, Portmagee, Valencia Island, Bray Head, Kerry Cliffs, Coomanaspic, Ballinskelligs, Waterville (Charlie Chaplin’s holiday home), and Sneem.
There is an optional shorter route but you will still benefit from the best parts of the ride. This evening will be spent at a spa resort overlooking the glorious Kenmare Bay where recovery will be the name of the game. THIS IS A VERY LONG DAY RIDING SO YOU NEED TO LEAVE BY 8am!!
Day 5 - Sneem Co. Kerry to Spanish Point Co. Clare
420km / 265mi / 6.5hrs riding
You’ll head to Killarney today via the twists and turns of the Killarney National Park and head to Dingle via Killorglin and Inch Strand. From Dingle, you’ll embark on the breath taking Slea Head Drive and then climb the elevated Conor Pass. You’ll then ride the north shore of the Dingle Peninsular towards Castlegregory and onward to Tralee, the market town of Listowel, an optional diversion to the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, and then take the ferry across the famous River Shannon to Co. Clare. You’ll tour the southern half of the Clare coast taking in Kilrush, Carrigaholt, Loop Head, Bridges of Ross, Kilkee Cliffs and onto the west Clare coast.
There is an optional shorter route where you can head straight to west Clare for a more relaxed ride and enjoy the stunning Atlantic views.
Day 6 - Spanish Point Co. Clare to Westport Co. Mayo
400km / 250mi / 7.0hrs riding
Heading north through Co. Clare you’ll take in Lehinch, the Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, Fanore, Black Head and the quaint village of Kinvarra. You’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.
There is an optional more leisurely direct route to Westport where you’ll spend the night in this wonderful sea-side town.
Day 7 - Westport Co. Mayo to RetroVentures HQ Co. Limerick
250km / 160mi / 4.5hrs riding
Your final day’s riding will bring you back to Adare but via the stunning towns and villages of Cong, Galway City, Gort, Feakle, Scarriff, Killaloe and Limerick City. There is a shorter route if you are just too exhausted to go the long way!
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.