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Highlights of the Highlands

10 Day/9 Night Self-Guided Bike Tour

Difficulty Rating: 3/5 Average Daily Distance: 45 km Terrain: Hilly

Bike Tour OverviewCycling at Glenveagh, Ireland

County Donegal is truly one of Ireland’s gems.  So much so that National Geographic Traveller named it as the worlds coolest destination for 2017.  It’s the perfect place to experience one of Ireland’s best bike tours. Smell the refreshing salty sea breezes, or cycle across an open expanse of Irish bogland. Walk barefoot along a sandy beach and be awe-struck by the ever changing panoramas. A feast for the senses awaits you as you explore one of the country’s least known regions. This self-guided cycling holiday allows you to cycle at your leisure. Use our legendary tour notes to really get to know the region. Feel secure in the knowledge that we are only a phone call away.

This bike tour starts in either Donegal Town or at Donegal Airport, and completes a loop around County Donegal. On most days you cycle around 45 – 50 km (25 – 28 miles). This tour is suited to anyone with a moderate level of fitness. If cycling on hilly terrain is a problem, then opt for one of our electric bikes, where even the toughest hill becomes flat! Escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life with one of the best bike tours you will ever experience.
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Highlights of this self-guided bike tour include:Self-guided bike tour Highlights of the Highlands

    • Biking North West Ireland’s spectacular coastline
    • Donegal Town and Castle
    • Biking over remote boglands
    • Glenveagh National Park and Castle
    • Mount Errigal and the Donegal Highlands
    • Ancient History at Glencolumbcille
    • Traditional Irish Culture and Music



10 Day/9 Night Self-Guided Bike Tour

Difficulty Rating: 3/5 Average Daily Distance: 45 km Terrain: Hilly

Bike Tour Itinerary

Bike Tour Ireland at Donegal AbbeyDay 1: Arrive Donegal.
This self-guided bike tour starts in Historic Donegal Town. Depending on your time of arrival, we may arrange to meet you on the evening you arrive or alternatively, on the following morning. You might like to explore the town or even go for a short cycle. Donegal Town is steeped in history, with its imposing 15th century castle and ruined abbey. It also has a great selection of lively pubs and cafés.



HOH Bike Tour, St Johns Point

Day 2: Donegal to Killybegs. 38 km
Cycle west along Donegal Bay. The smell of the sea will soon be all around, as you pass quiet bays and inlets. Cycle along the narrow Peninsula of St. John’s Point, where you will have the Atlantic Ocean on both your left and right. View the remains of Rahan Castle and the Killaghtee Cross. Continue to your overnight destination in the bustling fishing village of Killybegs.



Biking Ireland near Slieve League Cliffs

Day 3: Killybegs to Glencolmcille. 47 km
Your bike tour now takes you west from Killybegs. Here the scenery becomes ever more dramatic. Towering cliffs, golden sandy beaches and rocky headlands create a magnificent panorama. Visit the cliffs at Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) – one of Ireland’s greatest attractions. In the evening, make your way to the valley of Glencolmcille. Ancient history, the thriving Gaelic culture, vibrant traditional music and the wonderful natural beauty form a truly unique location for your overnight stop.


Highlights of the Highlands bike tour, Granny Valley, DonegalDay 4: Glencolmcille to Glenties. 40 km
Today the remoteness of the landscape dominates. You can visit the deserted fishing hamlet of Port before cycling through one of the most sparsely populated areas in Ireland. Descend through dramatic Granny Valley to Maghera where a pristine beach, a series of caves, and dramatic Assarancagh Waterfall await. Cycle on to the heritage town of Ardara. Your overnight stop is in the pretty village of Glenties.



Relaxed Cycling Vacations Ireland. At Kilclooney DolmenDay 5: Glenties – Portnoo – Glenties, or rest. 0 – 52 km
You can choose how much or how little cycling to do today – depending on your mood. The stunning area west of Glenties around the villages of Portnoo and Rossbeg is just waiting to be explored. Here you can also visit mystical Doon Lough Fort and the late stone age dolmen at Kilclooney. Alternatively you can simply relax.




Cycling Holiday Beach Day 6: Glenties to Annagry. 48 km
The early part of today’s cycle allows you to experience the unique splendour of Ireland’s blanket bogs. Heathers, mosses, lichens and rough grasses create an artist’s dream landscape. Further on you have the chance to visit one of the many inhabited islands off the Donegal Coast. Arranmore is a 20 minute ferry trip from Burtonport. The trip itself makes the journey worthwhile! Spend some time exploring the island before making your way back to the mainland. Cycle past beautiful golden beaches to the village of Annagry.


Ireland bike tour. Mount Errigal. Cycling Holiday with Ireland by BikeDay 7: Annagry to Churchill/Letterkenny. 48 km
The unique beauty of the Donegal Highlands is all around during today’s cycle. Pass beneath the peak of majestic Mount Errigal. Further along is the hauntingly beautiful Poisoned Glen. Your cycling tour then takes you to Glenveagh National Park. Red deer and golden eagles live here, among the pristine lakes and mountains. Follow the paths through the park to the shore of Lough Gartan. Spend the night in the lush farming area around Churchill.


Cycling Holiday in Ireland, Gleveagh, Donegal Day 8: Churchill/Letterkenny to Glenties. 45 km
Heading south from Churchill you cycle along the southern edge of Glenveagh National Park. Climb gradually to the viewing point at the end of Glenveagh with its lake nestled in the mountains. From there descend along a beautiful quiet valley, with the Glendowan Mountains on your left and Slieve Snacht on your right. You’ll need no reminding here why bike tours in Ireland are simply the best way to see the country! Follow peaceful roads overlooking the Gweebarra Estuary. Then it’s back once again to Glenties.


Ireland Bike Tour, Sheep near Lough EskeDay 9: Glenties to Donegal.  34 km
The final cycle of your bike adventure brings you back to your starting point in Donegal Town. From Glenties you pass through more boglands as you climb above the town. Great views of Donegal Bay with its many inlets and islands open before you. Pass through the village of Mountcharles, and back to Donegal Town. You may also decide to include the cycle around Lough Eske today. Spend your final night in this very pleasant town.


Cycle touring in Donegal, IrelandDay 10: Departure
After breakfast it is time to leave your Donegal cycling holiday behind. Bring with you your memories of a tour around one of the most beautiful and friendly regions in the world.



10 Day/9 Night Self Guided Bike Tour

Difficulty Rating: 3/5 Average Daily Distance: 45 km Terrain: Hilly


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. Before long you will feel as if you always belonged.

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








10 Day/9 Night Self Guided Bike Tour

Difficulty Rating: 3/5 Average Daily Distance: 45 km Terrain: Hilly

Dates and Prices

Tours available: 01 April 2020 – 10 October 2020
Peak Season: 01 June 2020 – 31 August 2020

Price per person sharing: €945
Peak Season: €1,035
Single occupancy: €245
Bicycle: €125
E-bike: €215

Self-Guided bike tour price includes:

• Bed and breakfast accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and B&B’s
• Welcome meeting and bike set up on arrival evening or first morning
• 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 9 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

10 Day/9 Night Self Guided Bike Tour

Difficulty Rating: 3/5 Average Daily Distance: 45 km Terrain: Hilly

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.


Bicycle Equipment and Accessories

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.

Short Bike Tour options.

The 10 day/9 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 “Highlights of the Highlands” bike tour itinerary.

9 Day/8 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Donegal
Day 2: Donegal to Killybegs
Day 3: Killybegs to Glencolmcille
Day 4: Glencolmcille to Glenties
Day 5: Glenties to Annagry
Day 6: Annagry to Churchill
Day 7: Churchill to Glenties
Day 8:Glenties to Donegal
Day 9: Depart
Price: Off-peak – €895, Peak – €975, Single supplement – €220, Bicycle – €115,  E-Bike – €195

8 Day/7 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Donegal
Day 2: Donegal to Killybegs
Day 3: Killybegs to Glencolmcille
Day 4: Glencolmcille to Glenties
Day 5: Glenties – Portnoo – Rossbeg – Glenties
Day 6: Glenties to Annagry
Day 7: Annagry to Letterkenny
Day 8: Depart
Price: Off-peak – €825, Peak – €895, Single supplement – €195,  Bicycle – €105, E-Bike – €175

7 Day/6 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Donegal.
Day 2: Donegal to Killybegs
Day 3: Killybegs to Glencolmcille
Day 4: Glencolmcille to Glenties
Day 5: Glenties – Annagry
Day 6: Annagry to Letterkenny
Day 7: Depart
Price: Off-peak€740, Peak€800, Single supplement – €170, Bicycle – €95,  E-Bike – €155

6 Day/ 5 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Donegal.
Day 2: Donegal to Killybegs
Day 3: Killybegs to Glencolmcille
Day 4: Glencolmcille to Glenties
Day 5: Glenties to Donegal
Day 6: Depart
Price: Off-peak€645, Peak€695, Single supplement – €145, Bicycle – €83, E-Bike – €133

5 Day/4 Night Bike Tour

Day 1: Arrive Killybegs
Day 2: Killybegs to Glencolmcille
Day 3: Glencolmcille to Glenties
Day 4: Glenties to Killybegs
Day 5: Depart
Price: Off-peak€545, Peak€585, Single supplement – €120,  Bicycle – €70, E-Bike – €110


Longer Tours

We can also offer moderate self-guided bike tours of Ireland’s North West up to 14 nights duration. Contact us for itineraries and prices.

9 Day/8 Night Self Guided Bike Tour

Difficulty Rating: 3/5 Average Daily Distance: 45 km Terrain: Hilly

Getting Here

This cycling tour starts and finishes in Donegal Town. It is easily accessible from Dublin, Ireland West and Belfast airports. Use the links below to check the bus timetables. It is also possible to start this tour at Donegal Airport.

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



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 by credit card. 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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