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Treasures Of Coast and History

9 Day/8 Night Self-Guided Cycling Tour: Overview

Difficulty Rating: 2.5/5 Average Daily Distance: 25 km Terrain: HillyTCH Irealnd Cycling Holiday, Glencolmcille


Allow salty sea breezes to blow away every last bit of your stress. Get an invigorating foot massage from mother nature as you walk barefoot along a beautiful sandy beach. Fill your lungs with the rich smell of heather, bluebells or a multitude of other wild flowers and plants. Travel back through the mists of time as you stand in a 5,000 year old court tomb. Above all, feel a sense of total freedom!

This is our most popular cycling holiday. It follows one of the most stunning stretches of the “Wild Atlantic Way”. This is the area where we are privileged to live, where the beauty of the landscape, the fascinating history and legendary local hospitality inspired us to share it with others.

This tour starts in Donegal Town, which is easily accessible from both Dublin and Ireland West airports.  Feel the freedom! – Book Now for 2018


Highlights of this self-guided bike tour include:Treasures Of Coast and History Self-Guided Bike Tour Map

  • Donegal Town and Castle
  • Biking along the stunning coast
  • Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Sliabh Liag
  • Cycling down Glengesh Pass
  • Heritage towns of Ardara and Donegal
  • 5,000 years of history in Glencolmcille
  • Famous Irish hospitality
  • Friendly local Pubs



Treasures Of Coast and History

9 Day/8 Night Self-Guided Cycling Tour: Itinerary

Difficulty Rating: 2.5/5 Average Daily Distance: 25 km Terrain: Hilly


Ireland by Bike self-guided cycling tours along the Wild Atlantic WayDay 1: Arrive Donegal Town.
Your cycling holiday begins in historic Donegal Town. Getting here is easy with direct bus services from both Dublin and Ireland West airports. Spend the evening relaxing in this very pleasant town with its many great pubs and restaurants.




Ireland Bike Tour, Sheep near Lough Eske

Day 2: Around Lough Eske. 26 km
Following breakfast we will meet you to provide you with everything you need for your upcoming bike tour, and to answer any questions you may have. You will then be set to begin your new cycling adventure. Your first day of cycling takes you around tranquil Lough Eske, nestled at the foot of the Bluestack Mountains. Back in Donegal you can visit the 15th Century Donegal Castle, or take a trip on the Donegal Bay Waterbus. Alternatively you can spend the evening relaxing, (or shopping if you like!)


Cycling Vacations Ireland, TCH St John's Point

Day 3: Donegal to Killybegs. 38 – 53 km
Today you cycle along the ever-changing coastline between Donegal and Killybegs. You’ll pass quiet bays, beaches and inlets. Cycle along narrow peninsulas and headlands. Bike along St. John’s Point, where the Atlantic Ocean will lie on both your left and right. The views in all directions here are magnificent. Continue west to your overnight destination in the bustling fishing village of Killybegs, where much of Ireland’s Atlantic catch is landed.


Cycling Holiday, Donegal, Ireland. Day 4: Killybegs to Carrick. 21 – 35 km
West of Killybegs you cycle along one of the most memorable stretches of coastline you will ever see. Cycle through Kilcar, a centre for traditional tweed production, before reaching your overnight destination of Carrick. A short bike trip from Carrick brings you to the stunning Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Cliffs – one of Ireland’s greatest treasures and a sight not to be missed. Here you also have the opportunity to view the cliffs from below, with a boat trip from nearby Teelin Pier.


Bike tour in donegal Ireland. Day 5: Carrick – Glencolmcille – Carrick. 25 – 33 km
Today your cycling holiday brings you through 5,000 years of Irish History.  The title of a book about the area, “5,000 Years In Stone”, says it all.  Stone age court tombs, dolmens from the bronze age, early Christian standing stones and Celtic ring forts overlooked by a watchtower from the Napoleonic era. Set in one of the most beautiful spots you will ever visit, there could hardly be a better place to explore by bike.



Cycling Holidays, Donegal, Ireland. Day 6: Carrick to Ardara. 22 km
Cycle over wild boglands as you climb gradually to emerge at the head of dramatic Glengesh Valley. The bike ride down the valley will be one to remember. Choose between stopping to admire the amazing views or enjoying the thrill of the descent. At the bottom of the valley is your overnight destination in the heritage town of Ardara. This lively town has a great selection of pubs, many of which feature regular traditional music sessions.



Ireland Cycling Vacations, Electric Bike Tour Near Ardara

Day 7: Around Ardara. 0 – 35 km
The possibilities today are endless. Take the leisurely 8 km bike ride along beautiful Loughros Point. Alternatively, cycle to the golden sandy beach, caves and waterfall at Maghera. A third option is to cycle around Dawros Head. Here you can step back in time to view the Kilclooney Dolmen, and the mystical Doon Lough Fort. The choice is yours!  Return once again to Ardara. Spend another night exploring its many pubs.



Cottage, Glengesh, DonegalDay 8: Ardara to Donegal. 30 km
Cycle back to your starting point in Donegal Town. Cross more wild boglands as you climb out of the town. Great views open up over Donegal Bay with its many headlands and islands. Enjoy one last descent to the pleasant village of Mountcharles. Return to your starting point in Donegal Town, completing your biking tour around the beautiful and historic coast of Donegal.



Travellin home after cycling holiday, Donegal, IrelandDay 9: Departure
Following breakfast it is time to depart — taking with you memories of your cycling adventures in one of the world’s most beautiful places.




Treasures Of Coast and History

9 Day/8 Night Self Guided Cycling Tour: Accommodation


After a day spent cycling and exploring, you will need the comfort of knowing that a friendly welcome and a comfortable bed awaits.

With this in mind we have carefully chosen your accommodation with the needs of the cyclist in mind. For the most part we use traditional family run Bed and Breakfasts, where you will always be made welcome. These establishments tend to cater much more to the needs of the adventure traveller than the larger hotels.

All of the rooms we book have thier own bathroom.

In the morning you’ll get a hearty Irish breakfast that will keep you going for most of the day.

Bed and Breakfast cycling HolidaysBike Tour Accommodation, Dining room

Cycling Holiday Accommodation








Treasures Of Coast and History

9 Day/8 Night Self Guided Cycling Tour: Prices 2018


2018 Self-Guided Tour Prices

Tours available: 03 April 2018 – 30 September 2018
Peak Season: 01 June 2018 – 31 August 2018

Price per person sharing: €790
Peak Season: €850
Single occupancy: €150
E-bike: €110

Self-Guided bike tour price includes:

• Bed and breakfast accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and B&B’s
• Quality, 24 speed, hybrid bicycle hire (E-bike available for a supplement)
• Welcome meeting and bike set up on first morning
• Daily luggage transfers
• Emergency support
• Comprehensive guide booklet
• All maps and guide notes
• GPS unit with all routes pre-programmed (one per group)

Not included in price:

• Travel to and from start/finish of tour (Donegal Town)
• Meals other than breakfast

Longer Tours

We will happily put together self-guided cycling holidays lasting longer than 8 Days. Contact us for itineraries and prices.

Extra Days

If you wish to avail of an extra day’s accommodation and bicycle hire at any location during your tour, this can be arranged at a cost of €80 per night/person sharing. Single supplement – €15

Treasures Of Coast and History

9 Day/8 Night Self Guided Cycling Tour: Bikes and Equipment


It may sound obvious, but in order to enjoy a bike tour, you will need a good bicycle! We give you a choice of a high quality hybrid or electric bike.

Hybrid Bikes

Ireland by bike Kellys Axis

The bicycle we use on our tours is a high quality 24 speed hybrid bike. This type of bikes combines the best features of road and mountain bikes, making them the perfect choice for touring the type of terrain you will encounter on an Ireland by Bike tour.


Electric Bikes

Electric bike tours Ireland. Kalkhoff agattu impulse

Kalkhoff agattu

We use the high quality Kalkhoff Agattu Impulse. This bike combines an excellent battery life lasting up to 180 km with the comfort and versatility of an all terrain bike. Perfect for bike touring in the hilly terrain of North West Ireland.



Along with your bicycle, we also provide the following equipmentBike touring equipment

  • Helmet
  • Front carrier bag with map holder
  • Mudguards
  • Rear luggage carrier
  • Lock
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Pump
  • Spare inner tube

We do not normally provide rear pannier bags as these tend to slow the bicycles down. Our daily luggage transfers should mean that the front carrier bag easily holds day to day needs. However if you require rear panniers we can provide them at no extra cost.

If you would like to use your own pedals and saddle we will be more than happy to fit these to our bikes. We are also quite happy for you to use your own helmet if you would prefer.

Treasures Of Coast and History

9 Day/8 Night Self Guided Cycling Tour: Short Tours


Short Tour Options

The 9 day/8 night bike tour is the ideal amount of time needed to appreciate the area at its best. We understand though, that this is not always possible. With that in mind we offer the following as shorter tour options. Details of each day can be found in the main “Treasures of Coast and History” bike tour itinerary.

8 Day/7 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Donegal.
Day 2: Donegal to Killybegs
Day 3: Killybegs to Carrick
Day 4: Carrick – Glencolmcille – Carrick
Day 5: Carrick to Ardara
Day 6: Around Ardara
Day 7: Ardara to Donegal
Day 8: Departure

Price: Off-peak – €730, Peak – €780, Single supplement – €130, E-Bike – €95

7 Day/ 6 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Donegal.
Day 2: Donegal to Killybegs
Day 3: Killybegs to Carrick
Day 4: Carrick – Glencolmcille – Carrick
Day 5: Carrick to Ardara
Day 6: Ardara to Donegal
Day 7: Departure

Price: Off-peak – €670, Peak – €710, Single supplement – €110, E-Bike – €80

6 Day/5 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Donegal.
Day 2: Donegal to Killybegs
Day 3: Killybegs to Carrick
Day 4: Carrick to Ardara
Day 5: Ardara to Donegal
Day 6: Departure

Price: Off-peak – €600, Peak – €640, Single supplement – €90, E-Bike – €65

5 Day/4 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Killybegs
Day 2: Killybegs to Carrick
Day 3: Carrick to Ardara
Day 4: Ardara to Killybegs
Day 5: Departure

Price: Off-peak – €550, Peak – €570, Single supplement – €70, E-Bike – €50

Treasures Of Coast and History

9 Day/8 Night Self Guided Cycling Tour: Getting Here


This cycling tour starts and finshes in Donegal Town. It is easily accessable from Dublin, Ireland West and Belfast airports. Use the links below to check the bus timetables.

If you are arriving in Ireland at a different location and would like advice on how to get here let us know and we will help you to plan your journey.

From Dublin Airport and Dublin City

By Bus: Direct buses run to Donegal Town from Dublin Airport and City every 90 minutes. Timetable

From Ireland West (Knock) Airport

By Bus: Frequent buses run to Donegal Town direct from the Airport. Timetable

From Belfast City and Airports

By Bus:

From Belfast Airport to Derry/Londonderry Timetable and then change for Donegal Timetable

From Belfast City to Derry  Timetable





Treasures Of Coast and History

9 Day/8 Night Self Guided Cycling Tour: Booking


To book this self-guided cycling holiday on line please go to our booking page. Once you have filled out the booking form you will then be asked to pay a deposit of €100 per person using PayPal. If you would like to pay using an alternative method contact us and we will gladly make alternative arrangements. Once you have paid the deposit your booking is secure. We will respond to your booking within 2 working days.

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