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Skiff outside boathouse at Teelin Pier

Un’esperienza meravigliosa. Nonostante abbia fatto questo viaggio in solitaria, non mi sono mai sentita sola poiché ho incontrato così tante persone amichevoli – e anche animali! – lungo tutto il percorso e anche perché sapevo che voi, Nóra e Seamus, eravate sempre pronti ad assistermi. La pedalata è stata a tratti faticosa ma mi ha dato l’incredibile opportunità di visitare posti remoti e incantevoli con il mio ritmo. Ultimo ma non meno importante, avere avuto qualcuno che trasportasse la mia pesante valigia è stato impagabile!”

An amazing experience. Despite having done it solo, I never felt alone both because I met so many friendly people (and animals too!) all along the way, and because I knew that you Nora and Seamus were always there to support me. The ride was at times hard but that has given me the incredible opportunity to visit mesmerising spots and remote areas at my own pace. Last but not least, having you carry my heavy suitcase was priceless!

Federica, Italy, Highlights of the Highlands Tour, August 2016

Bike tour Donegal 2016 Self-guided bike tour Donegal Ireland

Nora and Seamus, you did an excellent job! De manier waarop jullie zorg droegen voor ons en alles wat we maar nodig hadden gedurende de fietsreis, was voortreffelijk! We vroegen ons wel eens af of het allemaal niet te veel was voor jullie, al die zorg. We hoopten met het boeken bij Ireland by Bike op een zorgeloze vakantie, zonder geode en geregel; en dat is precies wat we hebben gekregen. Of het nu de keuze van B&B’s ,de fietsroutes of de routeboekjes waren, aan alles was te merken dat jullie deze vakanties met veel liefde en overgave organiseren. We zullen jullie zeker aanbevelen aan onze vrienden!

(“Nora and Seamus, you did an excellent job! The way you took care of us and of all the things we needed, was remarkable. Sometimes we worried if it wasn’t too much for you to handle. We hoped to have a carefree holliday, without any hassle, and that is what we got. In every aspect it was noticeable that you organize these holidays with a lot of love and care. We would surely recommend you to our friends!”)

Ilse en Answina, Utrecht 2016. (Custom Cycling and Walking Tour) July 2016

Bike and Hike on the Wild Atlantic Way IrelandHiking and Biking in Donegal on the Wild Atlantic Way with Ireland by BikeOne of the many magnificent beaches which are waiting to be discovered on your bike tour in Donegal on the Wild Atlantic WayA free wee library some of our cyclists came across while cycling along the Wild Atlantic Way with Ireland by Bike

 

 

Cycling holiday Benbulben Sligo“We would go again in a heartbeat and will continue to tell our friends. Donegal was stunning and the hospitality incredible. Why go anywhere else?”

D. & L. Reynolds, AL, U.S.A, (North West Grand Tour), May 2016. (Click here to see blog.)

 

“Ci congratuliamo con voi per la vostra brillante organizzazione del giro in bicletta. E’ la sesta volta che trascorriamo le vacanze in bicletta senza guida nel Nord Europa e la vostra agenzia è stata di gran lunga la migliore a cui ci siamo mai appoggiati, dalla gestione dei dettagli prima della partenza sino ai saluti finali. Abbiamo sinceramente apprezzato la vostra assistenza durante il giro, i suggerimenti circa i locali in cui mangiare e tutte le sistemazioni per dormire. Per cortesia, ringraziate tutti i nostri ospiti per la loro calorosa ospitalità. Uno speciale ringraziamento a Mary della cittadina di Carrick per le colazioni spettacolari e a Barbara ad Ardara per la sua stupenda energia e il suo entusiasmo (e per la sua nuova bellissima casa).”

(“I would like to congratulate you on your brilliant organization of the bike tour. It is the sixth time that we spend our holidays on self-guided bike tours in Northern Europe and your company is by far the most efficient we have ever used, from the pre-tour details to the final greetings. We have truly appreciated your assistance during the tour, the suggestions about where to eat and all the accommodations. Please, say thanks to all our hosts for their lovely hospitality. A special mention to Mary in Carrick for the fabulous breakfasts and to Barbara in Ardara for her wonderful energy and spirit (and for her beautiful new house).”)

‘Simona and Marco from Italy’

Cycling Holiday in Ireland, Simona and Marco

“If you like to ride a bike and want to see a beautiful country, take this tour. It was my favourite vacation that I have ever taken. I highly recommend it!”

Ron Pauley, Ohio, U.S.A. Treasures of Coast and History.  June 2016img_0445 img_0496

“I really enjoyed the combination of landscape, scenery, sports and travelling. I will absolutely recommend it to anyone who is interested in this kind of holiday. And I’m also quite sure, it won’t be the last one for me. Thanks again!”

Metin Kisa, Vienna, Austria. (Knock to the Hills of Donegal Tour, May 2016.)

Self-guided bike touring with Ireland by Bike

Bike tours on the Wild Atlantic Way

Cycling touring in Ireland

 

 “Back Roads and Beyond” was our first self-guided bike tour in another country. We were doing it to celebrate a 65th birthday! Nora and Seamus organized and supported us with every rotation of our pedal, choosing excellent routes to ride and comfortable warm B&B’s to end each day. Having the luggage transferred and our B&B chosen ahead of time was so great. We could not have done this on our own. Their knowledge of the country was invaluable in every way. They were open, honest, knowledgeable and approachable.
There can be no other way to see Ireland! The Irish people were open, friendly and very welcoming. They are not jaded toward tourists but rather helpful and encouraging. We often got the side-ways nod as we cycled, the nod that says, “Not my cup ‘o tea but good for you!” Thank you Nora & Seamus!

Rochelle and Warren Brubacher, BC, Canada. (The Backroads and Beyond), July 2016.)

“Art and I had a most wonderful adventure on our recent (April 1-8) “Highlights of the Highlands” holiday in Ireland. From stunning scenery to quiet roads and a variety of climbing challenges, from lovely B&B’s and gracious hosts/hostesses to charming villages, from dependable bikes to near-perfect cue sheets and maps, Seamus Gallagher, owner of Ireland by Bike, has planned an experience we will remember for years to come. We were lucky that the weather was ideal (cool and dry, mostly—of course, good clothing and rain gear helped) and that we arrived in the middle of lambing season—sweet singles and twins were thriving all along the Wild Atlantic Way!

We have recommended this tour to all of our cycling friends—anyone who chooses this tour will not be disappointed!”

Julane and Art Anderson.  Maryland, U.S.A.  Highlights of the Highlands.  April 2016.

View Julane and Art’s amazing photo album from their trip here.  (External link)

“We are back home in Canada and wanted to let you know that our family cycling tour as planned and supported by Ireland by Bike was exceptional.

The hybrid bikes, detailed route planning with maps and GPS, and the B&B style accommodations all exceeded expectations – this part of Ireland is so beautiful and the small towns we biked through or stayed in each had their own wonderful expression of Irish history and Celtic culture.

Thanks for the memories.”

Beedell family, Ottawa, Canada, North West Grand Tour May 2015.

Cycling Holiday, Donegal, Ireland, Bike Tour in Donegal, IrelandBike Tour Ireland, Glenveagh National Park.

We wanted to go on a bike trip in late May 2015, but couldn’t decide where to go – France, Italy, or Spain – maybe Ireland.  We knew that the weather would most likely be great in the first 3 countries and would most likely be bad in Ireland.  So why choose Ireland?

In a nutshell:

Wow! The scenery is stunning, beautiful, incomparable – especially the sea cliffs.
Seamus is an amazing host.  Words do not do justice.
The weather was challenging (rain, hail, wind, but also sun).
The people of Ireland are gracious, welcoming, and they take care of you – you have to experience it to believe it!

My wife and I were on the 11-day Cycling and Walking Tour in late May 2015.  Compared to other bike trips in France and Italy it was both easier (terrain) and harder (weather).  We were in Donegal during an unusually cold and wet May, or so we were told.  And yes, you do hear “no one comes to Ireland for the weather” an awful lot.

But regardless of the weather (or maybe because of it), people were exceptionally friendly and welcoming — almost beyond reason.  At two different B&Bs when we came in from the elements wet and cold, we were immediately taken care of by wonderful innkeepers (Rosaleen in Glenties and Geraldine in Glencolmcille).  And I mean taken care of: we were placed near a peat fire, had our wet clothes dried, and provided with scones and hot tea.  Afterwards, all was well in the world.

Donegal is a very special place. It is a generally quiet place, visually spectacular, a little browner in some parts than expected (from the peat), and the Glenveagh highlands were reminiscent of the Alaskan tundra (a surprise to us).  In Donegal town, we heard traditional Irish music in a pub (not the touristy rendition that is heard in many places) and even had great Indian curry.

Biking along the coast from Killybegs to Glencolmcille or Glencolmcille to the Maghera Beach Caves near Ardara — were among the most memorable days of our lives.   But it was the hiking at Slieve League and the sea cliffs near Glencolmcille that were our favorite parts of the whole trip.

But I’m saving the best for last – and this is Seamus.  You’ve probably already read that he is amazing, is a wonderful man, takes care of you, and all that.  And he is all this and more.  But, the impression that I am left with is this: Seamus is a truly caring man who really wanted us to have the best possible vacation.   And he made it happen.  For example, during a break in an otherwise rainy forecast, Seamus offered to break with the schedule, drive back down to Donegal Town to pick us, drive us the opposite direction to Glencolmcille (a lot of driving on his part), and then dropped us off at the trail head for what became for us, one of all time great hiking experiences. The views were breathtaking and this was only made possible because of his generosity (and knowledge of the area).

So, if all this talk of rain scares you a little – don’t be turned off by it.  We were in Ireland during a bad patch – even for the Irish.  And, in spite of it (or because of it), we experienced one of the best adventures that we have ever had.

Bob and Brenda Ryan, VA, USA,  Backroads and Beyond, May 2015

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