Lands of the Celts: Ireland & Scotland

Explore the mythical lands of the Celts

Lands of the Celts: Ireland & Scotland

Immerse yourself in the exquisite Celtic landscapes and culture of Ireland and Scotland in this fantastic 16 day/15 night motorcycle tour.

First ride the Wild Atlantic Way, the world’s longest coastal touring route on the West of Ireland. The west coast of Ireland is divided into distinct regions and on this tour you’ll discover them all – from the otherworldly Southern Peninsulas to the sheer Cliff Coast, the Bay Coast to the Surf Coast, and finally the Northern Headlands. Each section of coastline brings it own delight and stunning landscape, so whether you’re hugging the coast, or crossing Ireland’s highest mountains, breathtaking views unfold at every turn.

From here you’ll ride through Northern Ireland, and take the ferry to the mystical and mythical land of Scotland. Spend a night in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National park before riding to the ancient Isle of Skye, where we have included a rest day. From here we’ll visit the famous Loch Ness, explore the Scottish Highlands, and stay in Cairngorms National Park, before making your way to Edinburgh.

The riding is engaging, with plenty of twisty scenic roads. Nearly every day we arrive at a new location after 5 or 6 hours riding. Each evening we stay in lively towns where you can relax or engage in the local Irish and Scottish social scene, normally with a great range of restaurants and pubs to explore.

Your Guide
Guided tour by Lemonrock co-founder Paul

The Bike & Gear 

  • 14 days BMW motorcycle rental equipped with panniers, removable linings and top box
  • GPS Satellite Navigation with pre-programmed routes carefully planned by LemonRock 
  • EU Approved Helmet (4 & 5 star Sharp ratings) for rider and pillion
  • Bluetooth Intercom
  • Comprehensive motorcycle insurance once you meet our insurer’s requirements, subject to excess (see T&C’s)
  • Full orientation to make sure you feel comfortable riding the bike prior to your tour
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Breakdown cover & puncture repair kit

Accommodation, Food & Other Details

  • 15 nights accommodations in 3 & 4 star B&B’s and hotels. Start and finish your tour at the 4 star Trim Castle Hotel.
  • 7 evening Group Dinners
  • Airport transfers from Dublin Airport to Trim
  • Ferries to Scotland and Isle of Skye
  • Irish or Scottish breakfast every morning of your tour
  • Daily riding coffee stops (or hot beverage of your choice)
  • Special local experiences along the way
  • Access to a personal app / virtual road book which you can download to your smartphone
  • Souvenir printed roadbook
  • Enjoy a welcome reception on the evening of your arrival to meet the Lemonrock Team and your fellow riders
  • Lemonrock merchandise (buff, earplugs and t-shirt)
  • Complimentary luggage storage at our premises

Bikes

  • Upgrade your bike to a different model
    • BMW R1250GS (+€30 per day)
    • BMW R1200GS (+€20 per day)
    • BMW R1200R (+€20 per day)
    • BMW F750GS (+€10 per day)
    • Harley Davidson Street Glide (+€30 per day)
  • Price reduced by €140 per day if you ride your own bike

Riding Gear

  • Rent protective clothing for €15 per day
    • Jacket, pants, gloves and boots 

Insurance

  • Reduced collision damage waiver for €25 per day
    • Preauthorised credit card €1000
    • Damage maximum liability €1000
    • Theft maximum liability €1500
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Fuel
  • Ferries (other than stated)
  • Tolls
  • Parking
  • Fines
  • Admission fees (other than stated)
  • Gratuities
  • Anything else that is not mentioned in “what’s included”

Tour Facts

Tour Type Guided
Date July 12th - 27th 2020
Duration 16 days (14 riding days)
Hotel Nights 15 nights bed & breakfast in fantastic 3 & 4 star hotels and B&B's
KM's 3,978km, riding approx 283km per day
Skill Level Intermediate to experienced: Routes include switchbacks and narrow roads. Should be comfortable with endurance riding.
Highlights Giants Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry, Trim Castle, Conor Pass, Connemara National Park, The Burren, Loch Ness, Inverness, Edinburgh, Slieve League and Northern Ireland, Isle of Skye, Bushmills Distillery, Atlantic Sky Road, Achill Island, Cairngorms National Park, Galloway National Park, Loch Lomond, Edinburgh Castle
Participants 10 Bikes Maximum
6 bikes Minimum

Meet your Guide, Paul!

Our company co-founder and life long motorcycle enthusiast, Paul will lead this tour. Paul is a relaxed but thorough and professional motorcyclist who is well traveled and experienced on riding these types of roads.  Formerly a motorcycle sidecar racer, his motorcycling style ensures the ride is progressive, safe and considerate. He is also a handy person to have around when things go wrong, as he can turn his hand to most “mcivor” style roadside repairs!  Paul is a keen sailor and angler and has a love of the countryside, which will be evident when you ride in his company. Knowledgeable and happy to converse on any topic, except politics!

Some pictures of this tour!

Itinerary

Explore the itinerary for this tour! Routes are subject to change.

ARRIVAL

  • Complimentary pick-up from Dublin Airport
  • Check in to your 4 star accommodation in Trim
  • Early check in when available for international arrivals
  • Check out your bike and riding gear
  • Kick back and enjoy the facilities of the hotel or explore Trim Castle, the largest Norman castle in Ireland.
  • Tour Briefing
  • Group welcome reception and dinner is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow riders in person.

Day 2 – 335km/ 209m (4hrs 30 mins riding)

Bike orientation – We take time to make sure you are comfortable on your bike, have the correct riding gear and ready for Ride Briefing for today

Today you’ll start with some nice riding routes as you ride through the lush meadows of Co. Meath, then making your way through the Heartlands of Ireland and staying in the lively town of Killarney (4 star).

Day 3  – 248km/ 155m (6 hours 25mins including lunch and breaks)

  • Our route starts out on the famous Ring of Kerry, which is a “must do” on every visitors list while in the South West of Ireland. We ride the Ring in a clockwise direction so that you ride with the sea on your left and in the opposite direction of the coaches – it’s the perfect way to see the Ring of Kerry!
  • Riding with Kenmare Bay on your left, you’ll pass through Parknasilla and then we divert up to see Staigue Fort. Back onto the ring for  Coomakista Pass which offers fantastic views over Kenmare Bay
  • The Skellig Ring scenic drive starts in Waterville  and takes in the wonderful Valentia Island accessed by bridge from the picturesque Portmagee and Ballinskelligs.
  • Valentia Island – The Valentia Island Tetrapod Footprints are the most extensive of the four Devonian trackways in the world.  Riding down the island you’ll reach Knightstown where you can take a short ferry ride to Reenard Point back onto the mainland – with options for excellent lunch breaks in either town.
  • Cahirsiveen, Mountain Stage, Kells Bay, Glenbeigh – these are famous parts of The Ring of Kerry. You can switch off your intercoms and enjoy the spectacular views in silence!
  • Killorglin – Home to the famous annual Puck Fair. Puck Fair, (‘poc’ being the Irish for a male goat) is one of Ireland’s oldest fairs. The “Queen of Puck”, traditionally a young school girl from one of the local primary schools, crowns the goat “King Puck“. It takes place each August 10th. The goat is released unharmed!
  • Dingle – Truly a gem of a town!  Dingle is famous for its pubs and music night life and Fungi the dolphin!  Our optional rest day stay’s a second night in Dingle.  There’s lots to see and do!
  • Overnight in Dingle, Co. Kerry (4 star)

Day 4  – 302km/ 189m (7 hours 30 mins including lunch and breaks)

  • Slea Head – Start early as this route is very popular with tourists!  The Slea Head Drive is a circular route beginning and ending in Dingle, that takes in stunning views on the western end of the peninsula.
  • The Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass in Ireland, and provides the most dramatic and scenic way of entering or leaving Dingle. This narrow, twisting road runs between the town of Dingle and Kilmore Cross on the north side of the peninsula on through Castlegregory.  It’s a lovely biking route but take time to stop and look back at the views!  You’ll pass through Blennerville which was the main port of emigration from Co. Kerry to North America during the Great Famine.
  • Tarbert to Killimer Ferry – We prefer this route instead of riding up through Adare and Limerick, which we will see on the way home. You cross the Shannon Estuary leaving Kerry and crossing into Co. Clare.  Here you will appreciate one of the many wonders of the Wild Atlantic Way, with ever changing scenery.
  • The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of one million visitors every year and are a Signature Discovery Point in the heart of the Wild Atlantic Way. They stretch for 8km as the crow flies, along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland and reach 214m (702 feet) at their highest point. Evening is the best time to view the Cliffs, in our experience, as the sun sets west over the Atlantic.
  • Overnight in Kinvarra (3 star)

Day 5 – 320km/ 200m (6 hours 15 mins including lunch and breaks)

  • Blackhead Lighthouse – more noteworthy for the moon like landscape which slopes down to the Atlantic than for the lighthouse itself, it’s a serene spot to savour.
  • The Burren National Park – The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. You can spend hours riding around here – its landscape is very different to other parts of the Wild Atlantic Way. We like to visit the Burren Smokehouse (it’s not what you think!) and the set location for Fr. Ted, where Mrs. Doyle lookalikes still serve cups of tea!  Ah go on, go on, go on!!
  • Roundstone, Connemara – it’s a very picturesque village by the sea, and have a great selection of restaurants and gourmet food pubs.
  • Visit to Matt Molloy’s pub, in Westport – Matt Molly is a member of the famous Chieftains – where live traditional musicians play 7 nights a week in an authentic intimate setting. Not to be missed!
  • Overnight in Westport, Co. Mayo (3 star) Westport is a regular winner of Ireland Tidiest Town and is truly a gem to visit. 

Day 6 – 262km/ 164m (4 hours 25 mins) 

  • Newport nestles on the shore of Clew Bay which is famous for its 365 Islands and is a pleasant seaside resort and part of an attractive and unspoiled coastline.
  • Mulraney – acclaimed as Ireland’s best small tourist town, a European Destination of Excellence – it is a superb stop for taking a walk on the beach and enjoying the spectacular views.
  • Achill Island – Achill has a long history of human settlement and there is evidence that Achill was inhabited as many as 5,000 years ago. Megalithic tombs and promontory forts testifying to this can be seen at Slievemore, along the Atlantic Drive and on Achill Beg Island.
  • Kildamhnait Castle is a 15th century tower house associated with the O’ Malley Clan, who were once a ruling family of Achill. Grace O’ Malley, or Granuaile, the most famous of the O’ Malley’s was born in Clare Island around 1530. Her father was the chieftain of the barony of Murrisk. The O’Malleys were a powerful sea faring family, who traded widely and refused to submit to English rule. Grace became a fearless leader and gained fame as a sea captain and pirate.
  • Ballina, situated on the famous River Moy, is Mayo’s largest town.
  • Enniscrone – There are 5km of safe, clean golden beaches. For eight decades people have come to bathe in hot sea water and seaweed renowned for its therapeutic qualities.  Look out for the eclectic glamping village which plans to offer quirky accommodation in a range of vehicles, including London Taxis or 747 jet!
  • Overnight in Beach Bar Guesthouse. Evening dinner included at the Beach Bar.

Day 7 – 278km/ 174m (6 hours 30 mins)

  • Heading East towards Sligo town up through Strandhill where you can stop for a nice coffee or an ice cream
  • Onwards with the Atlantic Ocean in view towards Ballyshannon and Donegal Town.
  • Take the time to visit Slieve League, noted as being the highest sea cliffs in Ireland over 600m sheer drop into the ocean.
  • Follow the coast road onwards to Glencolumbkille and Glengesh Pass, which is Donegal’s answer to the Stelvio Pass, except more beautiful!
  • The route takes you up as far as Gweedore and into Glenveagh National Park
  • Finally ride down through Church Hill and into Letterkenny for your evening and a well earned rest.

Day 8 – 146km/ 91m (4 hours 12 mins)

Today we are taking a shorter ride on the North Antrim Coastline. Follow the famous North West 200 race track where legends have raced before you. We will stop off to visit Bushmills Distillery, which is reputedly the oldest whiskey distillery in the world! We may take a few “wee drams” with us to savour later back at the hotel.

Our hotel this evening is themed on The Game of Thrones, featuring one of the intrinsically carved GOT Doors.

As we will arrive at the hotel early, we can use the time to relax or alternatively visit the close by Giants Causeway and explore the famous rope bridge at Carrick a Rede. Either way, we will need to get an early night in preparation for a longer day travelling the next day to Scotland!

Day 9 – 384km/ 240m (7 hours 15 mins including 2 hours on ferry)

We need an early start to ride the 8 or so miles to Larne to pick up our ferry for Scotland. The ferry takes about 2 ½ hours and has good facilities, so it’s a good opportunity to have lunch and be ready for the road when we disembark. We take an easterly route before heading northwards to our first overnight destination in Drymen, near Loch Loch Lomond.

Day 10 – 348km/ 218m (5 hours 40 mins)

Our route today takes us to Glencoe, Fort Augustus along the shores of Loch Ness before heading North Westwards toward the Isle of Skye. We are staying two nights in Portree, the “capital” of the island. Dinner is included both nights at our stay in Portree.

Day 11 – Rest Day

Well deserved at this stage, but some may wish to ride around the island to explore or simply take a day off and wander around the very picturesque town of Portree. The town is perched on cliffs overlooking the harbour, so there is plenty to see and do for the culturally curious!

Day 12 – 485km/ 303m (6 hours 44 mins)

One of the features of motorcycling in the Scottish highlands are the longer distances needed to be covered, so today’s ride is our longest of the tour. By this stage everyone should be bike fit so it should be a good day’s ride and finishing up in the national park of Cairngorms. Our route will bring us along the western seaboard as far as Ullapool before heading inland through the highlands to the east coast, finally southwards to Cairngorms, where we stay for the night.

Day 13 – 250km/ 156m (4 hours)

Today we have a shorter ride south through the Cairngorms National Park to get us into Edinburgh a little earlier, so we have time to explore this beautiful city. A tour of Edinburgh Castle is a must see and it is situated close by our hotel. Edinburgh has increasingly become known for its culinary experiences, so we have a selection of very nice restaurants to explore!

Day 14 – 310km/ 194m (5 hours 30 mins)

Today’s ride takes us through some lovely riding roads towards Dunfries where we can visit Robert Burns house and absorb some of the Scottish literary culture. Finally our ride takes us through the Galloway Forest Park to our overnight destination. We can have a leisurely night here as our ferry in the morning does not depart until 11:30am.

Day 15 – 310km/ 194m (6 hours 35 mins including ferry to Ireland)

Our ferry is very close by the hotel so we should be on the high seas by 11:30 and making our way back to the Emerald Isle! Once we arrive in Belfast, we have a choice of riding the main motorway bak to Trim, which will get us in for an early final dinner, or if the weather is on our side, we can take a more circuitous route down the Ards Peninsula and meander through some of the lesser known parts of Northern Ireland before crossing over to Carlingford by a short ferry. We will make our decision on the day and plan for the best outcome!

Our final evening will include dinner and some festivities in the historic town of Trim.  

Transported back to Dublin Airport for your flight home. 

Personalised App

Included in your tour package is a personalised itinerary which you can download to your phone.

We include everything from your flight details and airport transfers to hotel check in references. You’ll also find points of interest and our favourite places to explore along the riding route, as well as some frequently asked questions, contact numbers and manuals.

We will send this to you and your group ahead of time so that you can start reading before your trip! On arrival, we’ll also present you with a souvenir road book.

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Pricing

Lands of the Celts: Ireland & Scotland Tour

Solo Rider
priced from
€4,000*/pp
  • *Own Bike Option
  • €6,350 with Suzuki DL650XT
  • €6,770 with BMW R1250GS
  • Other Bikes Available
  • Single Room
Rider & Pillion
priced from
€2,850*/pps
  • *Own Bike Option
  • €3,830 with Suzuki DL650XT
  • €4,040 with BMW R1250GS
  • Other Bikes Available
  • Double or Twin Room
2 Solo Riders
priced from
€3,500*/pps
  • *Own Bike Option
  • €5,460 each with Suzuki DL650XT
  • €5,880 each with BMW R1250GS
  • Other Bikes Available
  • Shared Double or Twin Room

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