Ireland is Perfect for a Cycling Vacation
Ireland is custom made for a cycling holiday. It is relatively flat, the distances between towns and villages are small and the whole country is geared for tourism – with very good maps. It is also relatively safe and pretty much wherever you go is achingly beautiful. It helps that the roads are in good condition and the people are really friendly.
Whether tourists choose to cycle along the coast or wend their way inland or whether they choose a guided tour or prefer the self-guided option, Ireland will never disappoint them. The weather is mostly mild. It does rain quite a lot, even in summer, but it’s a gentle rain.
Great Pubs, Reasonable Accommodation
The pub life in Ireland is great. No matter where, there’s a pub with some company, good beer and something to eat, usually a pot of hot soup ready and waiting – at night there is often live entertainment.
If visitors are looking for comfy, reasonable accommodation, they should ask at the pubs as they often have rooms upstairs.
Three Companies That Offer Great Cycling Holidays in Ireland:
Irish Cycle Hire operates like a car hire company. Hire a bike on a round trip or pick it up in one place and drop it off in another. There is also a choice of child seats, car racks, hand-bar bags and other accessories to go with the touring bike for a great cycling holiday in Ireland.
They have some fixed price self-guided tours like the Kerry Tour which is an eight day tour; a Ring of Kerry Tour that includes the awesome Dingle Peninsula and an eight day Dingle Tour that kicks off in Killarney and covers the Burren and Connemara. These Kerry Tours are very popular cycling holidays.
All These BikeTours Around the Dingle/ Kerry Region Include:
- Accommodation in good quality B&B’s and Guesthouses
- Luggage transport
- Daily route description and information pack
- Free Phone Help Line
- Support van in each area
They also supply the bikes and equipment for the tour. The bicycles are good quality 21 speed touring bikes or mountain bikes.
Aran Islands, Connermara, Burren, Shanon River – West of Ireland Cycle Holidays
Cycle Holidays Ireland’s tours operate exclusively in the West of Ireland. With this jolly bunch of locals, tourists can cycle along the banks of the Shannon, admire the splendor of Connemara, the isolation of the Aran Islands and the rugged beauty of the Burren. They don’t want to worry their clients with maps so they keep tabs on them at all time (discreetly) and have innovative ways of guiding them around. Their website has details of all the accommodation facilities they use, so check it out.
Guided and Self-Guided Cycling Vacations of Ireland and Northern Ireland
International player, Iron Donkey Tours offers both a self-guided and guided cycling vacation options for Ireland. Irish born, Tony Boyd, founder of Iron Donkey, whose bicycle touring experiences over the years have taken him to five continents and have included two 12 month solo trips, knows and understand the essential requirements for the very best bicycle tours.
They offer a wide range of self-guided tours in Ireland and one in Northern Ireland. Iron Donkey has three guided group itineraries:
- Connemara and the Aran Islands (7 nights)
- Clare and The Burren (7 nights)
- The Causeway Coast and Glens of Antrim (7 nights)
These are only three companies of the dozens involved in the cycling vacation business in Ireland.
Cycling holidays are a perfect way to see this lovely and interesting country, so shop around and find the right bike tour or rental place to suit your needs and your pocket.