“It was a wonderful trip and we are so happy we did our first bike tour with Ireland by Bike. Company was great and well organized. Routes were great and distances just right.” Katharine and Chuck Hope, CA, U.S.A. (Causeway Coast Tour, May 2019).
Thanks again for the flawless organization and support during our recent trips (August 2019). We had a fabulous time and have recommended Ireland by Bike to all of our friends here in Switzerland. Don’t be surprised if you soon see a deluge of Swiss adventure seekers. We very much appreciated the personal attention from you and the friendly welcomes we received from everyone along the route… it seems you two are on a first name basis with everyone we met! The “Backroads and Beyond” trip, with an itinerary that included both biking and hiking was a nice mix. Chris particularly enjoyed the atmospheric walk from Glencolmcille over Glen Head to Port.
“We were pleased beyond words with the two tours (Yeats Country/Lakelands and The Causeway Coast) we took in August, 2019 with Ireland by Bike. The owners have planned extraordinarily beautiful routes through Northwest and Northern Ireland, chosen charming B&B’s, supplied near flawless cue sheets/maps paired with a GPS unit, and provided exceptional in-person and phone-call service. The scenery on The Causeway Coast tour was absolutely stunning with dramatic cliffs meeting the sea, lush farmland with roller coaster hills, and deep green glens. Seamus and Nora, your cycling tours top our list of favorites!”
My wife and I loved our bike trip with Ireland by Bike. The routes Seamus designed are gorgeous – through open meadows, by oceans and inlets, and across mountain valleys. This is a truly stunning part of the world. What made it especially nice is that 80% of the roads had almost no traffic. We also loved the freedom of a self-guided tour. We started early some days, and after lunch on other
days – whatever we felt like. We took more or fewer side trips, based on how energetic we felt. If we found an especially relaxing spot, we stopped there for hours. No-one told us what to do, or when to do it. It was an adventure, that we could control.
It was also quite comfortable. The B&B’s were all well done, with wonderful hosts who often met us with tea and snack ready. Having our luggage transported every day by Ireland by Bike made things really easy. And the way they provided directions for the routes was simple to follow. We made it even more comfortable by using eBikes. We got lots of exercise, but those uphill climbs were so much easier, as were those last 10 km of each day’s biking. eBikes also make it easier to stop/start to take lots of photos, and as a couple in our 60’s, ebikes let us do more of the optional routes.
We’ll be coming back again, for sure. At least 10 times each day, my wife and I said to each other “this is so beautiful!” We met open and friendly people all along the way. We explored cliffs by the ocean, beaches with caves, a 4000 year old “dolmen,” lighthouses, castles, and farms. This was actually our 30-year anniversary celebration. It was perfect!
Ray Friedman and Jen-Jen Lin, TN, U.S.A. Highlights of the Highlands. July 2019
“We all really enjoyed our visit this past July. Thank you for a great trip! The rides, scenery, B&Bs and (most of all) the people were phenomenal. Thanks again for a great trip.”
Skip and Martha Lankford (with Larry and Kathy Banner) VA, USA
Treasures of Coast and History: July 2018
“Great experience for us. First time and our expectations were met or exceeded. Thanks Seamus, Nora and family!”
-Bruce and Tracy Miller, BC, Canada. Treasures of Coast and History. August 2018
“One of our most enjoyable holidays ever. The scenery is spectacular. We loved the quiet roads. The local people in the cities, towns and villages were so friendly and hospitable.”
Ed and Karen Dillon, Ontario, Canada. Highlights of the Highlands. August 2018
“Since I have been home, I have recommended your tours to all of my friends. The tour we picked was perfect for us. We took advantage of the two day stops to rest, visit local pubs, and see the villages.”
Dianna Daniel, USA. Yeats Country and Lakelands, July 2018
“Hi Seamus and Nora. Thanks again for another great cycling trip. The route was excellent and varied. Everything – bike, B&Bs, GPS were absolutely fine. I very much enjoyed the trip. I’m glad you persuaded me to go to Rathlin Island as that was such a great day with fabulous views.”
Fergus McTaggart Cheshire, UK Causeway Coast June 2018.
“This was my first time on a cycling vacation, and prior to training for this trip, I hadn’t been on a bike in close to 10 years. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by how smoothly everything went. I gave excellent marks for the value for the money because of how nice it was to have the entire trip essentially planned out for us. To not have to deal with the hassle of booking, logistics, and hauling around gear and luggage was wonderful.
On the whole, I had a most amazing time, especially as we were blessed with gorgeous weather for most of the trip. All the B&Bs we stayed at were well kept, with wonderful hosts. Seamus and Nora were wonderfully responsive to any requests or concerns we had during the trip. The views were gorgeous at every turn, from the breath taking seaside cliffs at Port to the simple joy of seeing and smelling the gorse brightening all the roadsides and hillsides.”
-Clara Ni, Virginia, USA. Highlights of the Highlands June 2018