Ireland Bikefest 2020 Tour
Get ready to explore the exciting and raw Wild Atlantic Way – the world’s longest defined coastal touring route.
Ride through the 5 coastal counties of Sligo, Mayo, Galway, Clare & Kerry and then enjoy 3 nights in Killarney at the 4 star hotel, The Brehon, which is located next to the festival site for Ireland BikeFest.
Now in its 14th year, BikeFest is a must attend annual international festival attracting all brand bike enthusiasts in their tens of thousands from all over the world. As one of Europe’s premier free open motorcycle festivals, this 3 day motorcycle and music extravaganza takes place across Ireland’s June Bank Holiday weekend and plans on going larger again in 2020.
- BMW Rental Motorcycles equipped with panniers, removable linings and top box
- 9 nights accommodation in 3 & 4 star B&B’s and hotels. Start your tour in the heritage town of Trim, Co. Meath, and finish your tour at the 4 star hotel & spa, The Brehon, located on the grounds of Ireland BikeFest.
- Airport transfers from Dublin airport
- Irish breakfast every morning of your tour
- GPS Satellite Navigation with pre-programmed routes carefully planned by LemonRock
- EU Approved Helmet (4 & 5 star Sharp ratings) for rider and pillion
- 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
- Begin your tour with the bike fully fuelled, to be returned with a full tank
- Access to a personal app / virtual roadbook which you can download to your smartphone
- Souvenir printed roadbook
- Enjoy a welcome drink on the evening of your arrival
- Lemonrock merchandise (buff & earplugs)
- Complimentary luggage storage at our premises
- Protective clothing such as jacket, pants, gloves and boots (€15 per day)
- Transfers to/ from Dublin, Shannon or Cork Airports
- Reduced collision damage waiver
- Travel insurance (recommended)
- Ferries (other than stated)
- Admission fees
- Anything else that is not mentioned in “what’s included”
|Tour Type||Self Guided|
|Group Ride||May 24th - June 2nd 2020|
|Duration||10 days vacation, 8 riding days|
|Hotel Nights||9 nights bed & breakfast in fantastic 3 & 4 star hotels and B&B's|
|KM's||1700km, riding approx 212km per day|
|Skill Level||Intermediate: Routes include switchbacks and narrow roads|
|Highlights||Cliffs of Moher, Ireland Bike Fest, Killarney, Dingle, Westport|
Some pictures of this tour!
DAY 2 – 240Km – approx Overnight Sligo
- Following a orientation ride, your first day’s riding will take you northwestwards into Northern Ireland
- Enniskillen in on the south eastern shore of Lower Lough Erne
- The route takes a scenic ride along the lough towards Belleek where you enter back into the Irish Republic
- We now head southwards along The Wild Atlantic Way towards Bundoran and Sligo town, before heading west to our destination.
- Overnight in Beach Bar Guesthouse. which is one of of our more eclectic destinations! Evening dinner included at the Beach Bar.
Day 3 – 242 Km – Overnight Westport, Co. Mayo
- 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!
- Ballina, situated on the famous River Moy, is Mayo’s largest town.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mulraney – acclaimed as Ireland 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.
- Overnight in the fun town of Westport
Day 4 – 225 Km – Overnight Kinvara, Co. Galway
- Ride through the mystical Doolough Pass, towards Letterfrack and Clifden.
- Roundstone, Connemara – it’s a very picturesque village by the sea, and have a great selection of restaurants and gastro pubs.
- The Burren National Park – The word “Burren” comes from an Irish word “Boíreann” meaning a rocky place. You can spend hours riding around here – it’s 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!)
- 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.
- Overnight in Kinvara, a beautiful sea port village, where you can visit Dunguaire Castle.
Day 5 – 265 km Kinvara to Dingle
- 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.
- Loop Head lighthouse on the most prominent point of Co. Clare provides special views and takes you along by the Kilkee Cliffs, which are similarly beautiful as the Cliffs of Moher, but certainly less of a tourist destination.
- Tarbert to Killimer Ferry – 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.
- Ride down through the famous Conor Pass which is the highest mountain pass in Ireland, and provides the most dramatic and scenic way of entering Dingle. This narrow, twisting road runs between the town of Dingle and Kilmore Cross on the north side of the peninsula on through Castlegregory.
- Overnight in Dingle – famous for its music, pubs and attractive harbour. If you have time a boat trip to see the resident dolphin, Fungi!
- After dinner, an optional ride out around Slea Head, where the most wonderful sunsets can be viewed.
Day 6 – 260 Km – Dingle to Killarney, via Ring of Kerry
- 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!
- 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!
- The Skellig Ring scenic drive starts in Waterville and takes in the wonderful Valentia Island accessed by bridge from the picturesque Portmagee and Ballinskelligs.
- Approaching Valentia Isalnd from Reenard Point, just outside Cahirsiveen, you can take a short 10 min ferry to Valentia Island
- 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 access the mainland to Portmagee over a sea bridge.
- The Skellig Ring continues where you will come to the Kerry Cliffs, Coomskista Pass and weather permitting spectacular views of the famous Skellig Islands, home to Hans Solo of Star Wars fame. The more eagle eyed among you will also see the smallest of the 3 islands, which is called – Lemonrock, where we get our company name!
- Riding with Kenmare Bay on your right, you’ll divert up to see Staigue Fort.
- On reaching Kenmare, we take the route to Killarney over the famous Molls Gap through the Killarney National Park.
- Overnight in Killarney, Co. Kerry – home to Ireland BikeFest and Lemonrock.
- Unpack and relax as you enjoy the facilities of The Brehon for the next 3 nights.
DAY 7 & 8 – Ireland BikeFest – Optional ride outs
- Ireland BikeFest is at your doorstep. Live music, motorcycle displays and ride-outs are organized each day to allow you explore Killarney National Park and its environs.
- Harley Davidson will have bikes available to test ride
- Each night in the INEC convention centre free live bands are playing – just 200 yards from your hotel
Day 9 – Killarney to Trim – 336 Km
The ride back to Trim you can relax on the motorway, but we prefer to ride through a more scenic route in Ireland Hidden Heartlands.
Your route will take you along the south of the Shannon Estuary by passing Limerick City and northwards on the west side of Lough Derg, Killaloe, Portumna, Birr, Tullamore, Kinnegad and onto Trim, where you will overnight.
We will meet you on your arrival to Trim to pick up the bikes or the next morning if you prefer.
- We will meet you at your hotel to collect the bikes and riding gear and wish you farewell!
- Trim is a short distance from Dublin City – which has a regular bus service to the city centre.
- Alternately, you can get a 40min taxi ride direct to Dublin Airport.
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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