Emerald Ireland - 14 days

With your own motorcycle through Ireland and Northern Ireland! The island on the western edge of Europe entices with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. Lush, park-like landscapes alternate with barren mountain ridges and rugged coasts, white sandy beaches with breathtaking cliffs.

Pricing

Price
- The prices indicated are Bed and Breakfast minimum prices for the low season. Please ask for an individual offer for your desired travel date. - (Bed & Breakfast variant: You will usually stay in typical bed and breakfast accommodation - private guest rooms with shower/WC. "Bed and breakfast is the classic way to live in Ireland. In private houses we offer you comfortable rooms with shower/WC. Legendary is the Irish breakfast, which is also served with warm meals. Please note that bed-and-breakfast accommodation can also be located outside built-up areas. If necessary, restaurants or pubs are within "riding distance". )
Price per person in double room and 2-bed cabin (rider) €1,189.00 $1,322.71 ?
Price per person in single room and 1-bed inside cabin (rider) €1,729.00 $1,923.44 ?
Price per person in double room and 2-bed inside cabin (pillion passenger) €999.00 $1,111.35 ?
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- The indicated prices are hotel minimum prices for the low season. Please ask for an individual offer for your desired travel date. - (Hotel option: You will usually stay in middle class hotels, in smaller towns sometimes also in bed and breakfast accommodation. In Dublin, we usually deliberately choose a hotel just outside the city centre, but make sure that it is connected to public transport and has good parking facilities. This has the advantage that you do not have to cross the city centre, and parking is scarce and expensive. Hotel prices in Dublin's city centre have also risen dramatically in recent years. )
Price per person in double room and 2-bed cabin (rider) €1,559.00 $1,734.32 ?
Price per person in single room and 1-bed inside cabin (rider) €2,599.00 $2,891.28 ?
Price per person in double room and 2-bed inside cabin (pillion passenger) €1,379.00 $1,534.08 ?
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Bookable options:
Extra charge for the transport of a motorcycle with sidecar on the ferry(s). Price per vehicle and trip. €66.00 $73.42 ?
Buffet breakfast on the ferry Newcastle - Amsterdam (IJmuiden) €10.00 $11.12 ?
Buffet breakfast on the ferry Amsterdam (IJmuiden) - Newcastle €10.00 $11.12 ?
evening buffet on the ferry Newcastle - Amsterdam (IJmuiden) €24.00 $26.70 ?
evening buffet on the ferry Amsterdam (IJmuiden) - Newcastle €24.00 $26.70 ?
Cabin, 1-berth outside €14.00 $15.57 ?
Cabin, 2-bed outside (double bed) | Occupancy with at least 2 persons €16.00 $17.80 ?
Cabin, 2-bed outside (single beds) | Occupancy with at least 2 persons €32.00 $35.60 ?
Cabin, 2-bed interior (double bed) | Occupancy with at least 2 persons €8.00 $8.90 ?

Features

Features
Ferry passages Amsterdam (Ijmuiden) - Newcastle - Amsterdam (Ijmuiden) in a 2-bed cabin inside (bunk beds) with shower/WC (without on-board catering)
Ferry crossings Cairnryan - Belfast, Killimer - Tarbert and Dublin - Holyhead (no cabin, no catering)
Motorcycle transport on the ferries
11 nights in hotels or bed and breakfast accommodation in rooms with bath or shower/WC
Breakfast (except on 12th day in Dublin)
Route description and GPS data
Maps and information material
one travel book per room
Not included features
Everything that is not listed under services
Parking fees
Toll
optional excursions and visits
local tax

More details

More details
Arrival Please note that the ferry from/to Amsterdam is included in the price. The tour will be driven with your own motorcycle.
Meals on the ferries On the ferries meals are offered in the on-board restaurants - payable on the spot. On some ferry routes we offer pre-bookable meal packages. You will then find these under the optional services in the price section of the trip and can only be booked directly in connection with the trip, a subsequent booking is not possible.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Interesting witnesses of human history are embedded in this grandiose natural spectacle: passage graves, Stone Age dolmens, early Christian monastery complexes, defiant castles next to elegant palaces and stately homes. In the evening the local pub entices with typical Irish live music - sometimes melancholic, sometimes fiery and intoxicating!

Tour character:

In Ireland you always ride on well maintained roads. However, these are often narrow and angled and the asphalt is a bit coarser than ours. In lonelier regions, also quadrupeds participate in the traffic (sheep). If you take it easy and relaxed, the Irish streets are wonderful to enjoy. The daily stages of the journey are deliberately not chosen too long, here and there you can choose from alternatives of varying lengths. At the end of the journey, in England, there is a longer motorway stage.

1st day: Arrival

Individual arrival at the ferry port of Amsterdam (IJmuiden), embarkation and departure (approx. 17.30 hrs) towards Newcastle in Great Britain. Overnight stay on board.

2nd day: Newcastle - Lowlands (about 250 km)

Arrival in Newcastle (northern England) in the morning (about 09.15). Disembarkation and journey through the "bottleneck" of Great Britain to the Scottish Lowlands. Overnight stay in the Lowlands.

3rd day: Lowlands - Belfast - Antrim Coast (approx. 240 km + ferry passage Scotland - Ireland)

After breakfast ride through Galloway Forest Park to Cairnryan Ferry Terminal and ferry crossing to Belfast in Northern Ireland. You leave the city "on your left" and ride on the coastal road along the Antrim Coast. The Antrim Coast Road is one of the most beautiful coastal roads in Europe. On the coast, near Bushmills, is also Giant's Causeway: more than 40,000 basalt columns form the cliffs and plateaus near the sea. In Bushmills you can visit the famous whiskey distillery. Overnight stay on the Antrim Coast.

4th day: Antrim Coast - Letterkenny - Donegal (about 290 and 370 km respectively)

On the coast it is worth stopping at the ruins of Dunluce Castle. A part of the castle fell into the Atlantic Ocean centuries ago with the steep cliff. Via Londonderry/Derry you reach County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland. Londonderry/Derry is the only city in Ireland whose medieval city wall is still completely preserved. County Donegal is one of the loneliest regions of the Emerald Isle. Via Letterkenny and along the Glenveagh National Park you reach the Slieve Leagues, which at over 600 metres is one of the highest cliffs in Europe. Overnight stay in/near Donegal.

5th day: Donegal - Achill Island - Westport (approx. 270 or 360 km)

Along the coast we continue south today. In Sligo the ruins of Sligo Abbey (13th century) are worth seeing. Near Sligo, at Drumcliff, is the tomb of the poet William Butler Yeats. With an optional detour via Achill Island - where Heinrich Böll wrote his "Irish Daily" in the fifties - you continue on to Westport. Overnight stay in/near Westport.

6th day: Westport - Connemara - Galway (approx. 220 km)

Through the secluded high moorland of County Mayo you will ride to Connemara, one of the most romantic landscapes in Ireland. Passing Killary Harbour, picturesquely situated Kylemore Abbey, the small town of Clifden - the tourist centre of Connemara - and the Twelve Bens mountain range, you will ride to Galway. Overnight stay in/near Galway.

7th day: Galway - Burren - Cliffs of Moher - Tarbert (approx. 230 km)

Today you ride to County Kerry - and pass two scenic highlights. You will reach the Cliffs of Moher, which plunge over 200 meters vertically into the Atlantic Ocean. A unique sight! In the immediate vicinity is the extensive karst area of Burren. A treeless landscape of limestone stretches seemingly endlessly. With a small ferry across the Shannon you can reach Tarbert in County Kerry. Overnight stay in/with Tarbert.

8th day: Tarbert - Dingle Peninsula - Killarney - Kenmare (approx. 270 km)

Today you can let the Dingle Peninsula take effect on you. The coastal road leads to the cliffs of Slea Head, the Gallerus Oratory and the colourful fishing village of Dingle. Dingle is already located in the Gaelic-speaking area of Ireland, the so-called Gaeltacht. Here, many locals - mainly older ones - still speak the Irish language, which has been almost completely replaced by English. Dingle is also known for its lively music scene. Continue towards Killarney. A visit to Muckross Manor, situated between two lakes, with its partly original furnishings from Victorian times is exciting. Overnight stay in/at Kenmare.

9th day: Iveragh Peninsula & Ring of Kerry (approx. 200 km)

The Iveragh Peninsula is on the agenda today! The Ring of Kerry is Ireland's most famous scenic road, which runs between the Atlantic Ocean and the highest mountains in Ireland, the Mcgillycuddy Reeks. The Ring offers incomparable views and it is always worthwhile to make small detours. The picturesque village of Sneem is worth a stop and a short stroll through the centre. And the Staigue Stone Fort is a ring fort at least 2,000 years old. You can reach it via a small side road. A little off the Ring of Kerry, the Skellig Coast Road takes you to the far west of the peninsula and finally to the small port of Portmagee. Overnight stay in/at Kenmare.

10th day: Kenmare - Rock of Cashel - Kilkenny (about 230 km)

From Kenmare you first ride to Cashel with the famous "Rock of Cashel", which plays a - literally - outstanding role in the history of Ireland. The ruins of important buildings from different eras are gathered in a very small space. Overlooking the plain is the picturesque ruin of Hore Abbey (13th century). Your daily destination is Kilkenny with Kilkenny Castle. Overnight stay in/near Kilkenny.

11th day: Kilkenny - Wicklow Mountains - Dublin (about 170 km)

For the last stage you follow a really beautiful route through the Wicklow Mountains. Highlights are the early Christian monastery district of Glendalough, the ride along the old military road and the huge park of Powerscourt House. Then you continue on to the Irish capital and have time to explore. Dublin is divided by the river Liffey into a southern and a northern half. Important stops in the south of the city are Trinity College with the famous "Book of Kells", the elegant Georgian houses, Christ Church and St. Patrick's Cathedral. In the north of Dublin is O'Connell Street with prestigious buildings such as Postoffice, and there are also many shopping opportunities. If you want to learn something about Irish Whiskey, visit the Jameson Experience Center. You can finish the evening in a pub in the Tempel Bar district. Overnight stay in Dublin.

12th day: Dublin - Holyhead - Yorkshire Dales (approx. 260 km + ferry passage Ireland - Wales)

In the morning the ferry leaves for Holyhead in Wales. From here a somewhat longer motorway stage leads to the north of England. At the foot of the Yorkshire Dales, it's worth stopping off at the picturesque Skipton on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal. Overnight stay in the Yorkshire Dales.

13th day: Yorkshire Dales - Newcastle (approx. 180 km)

Ride through the Yorkshire Dales on tiny roads. Afterwards embarkation on the ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam and departure (approx. 17.00 hrs). Overnight stay on board.

14th day: Arrival in Amsterdam

In the morning (approx. 9.45 am) arrival in Amsterdam (IJmuiden) and individual journey home.