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Belt Drive Betty Ireland Tour 2013


Ireland’s First Motorcycle Rental Company

Motorcycle Motorcycle Rental Rental Ireland Ireland Ltd. Ltd. Unit Unit 54, 54, Premier Premier Business Business Park, Park, Ballycoolin, Ballycoolin, Dublin Dublin 11, 11, Ireland Ireland P: P: +353 +353 (0) (0) 11 8665777 8665777 E: E: info@celticrider.com info@celticrider.com Web Web www.celticrider.com www.celticrider.com VAT VAT No No IE IE 9660106E 9660106E

Recommendation and some advice from Paul, founder of Celtic Rider. I believe the first days ride on all our self-drive guided tours should not exceed 4 to 5 hours. The reasoning behind this is that Celtic Rider is more than just a rental station; our team of Irish staff want to engage and assist our overseas clients and be part of your experience of our country and its people. After arriving, chatting for a while, packing up the motorcycle and attending our safety orientation classroom course, followed by one of Celtic Riders trained staff riding out with you for approximately 30 minutes, it can be around 12pm before you actually begin your ride. Also, in most cases, riders are riding on the opposite side of the road and it’s important to familiarise oneself with this new experience. The route description contains particular places of interest, called favourites, which you will find in the Garmin provided, under ‘Favourites’ All these places are optional to visit, but some flagged as must experience . Must visit and experience are coloured Red in this document. Again all these are to be found in ‘Favourites’ in your Garmin. Our tours are based upon staying 2 nights with most accommodation providers. There is a simple logic to this plan. By the time you first arrive to each provider it is most likely to be evening time, so the following day you have the choice to ride the recommended route, which is generally through national parks which include dramatic coastal views, or take a rest day, or ride part of the route. However, in all cases, if you find the days ride is taking longer than expected, and you wish to return to the provider, simply go to ‘Favourites’ select the accommodation provider relevant for that day in your itinerary and the Garmin will take you back the fastest way. An overview of how to use the particular Garmin assigned to you will be provided on the day you arrive at our Rental Station. . At all times please stay focused on the road ahead as Irish roads are unlike most other countries and most riders tend to underestimate the sheer amount of bends and narrowness of the roads. Thank you for your custom, it is greatly appreciated, and our Celtic Rider team wishes you a safe and memorable adventure in our Emerald Isle. The actual daily routes are only to be found in the Garmin Zumo GPS units provided to our clients who select one of our self-drive packaged tours. Note. Our routes are planned for each day, and bring you along specific roads chosen by Paul. Because Celtic Rider may use several accommodation providers in each area, you need to refer to your accommodation itinerary and enter the name of your provider as you approach the area.

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Ireland’s First Motorcycle Rental Company

Motorcycle Motorcycle Rental Rental Ireland Ireland Ltd. Ltd. Unit Unit 54, 54, Premier Premier Business Business Park, Park, Ballycoolin, Ballycoolin, Dublin Dublin 11, 11, Ireland Ireland P: P: +353 +353 (0) (0) 11 8665777 8665777 E: E: info@celticrider.com info@celticrider.com Web Web www.celticrider.com www.celticrider.com VAT VAT No No IE IE 9660106E 9660106E

Day 1. Celtic Rider to Donegal. (Saved as a route on your Garmin) (140 Miles or 223 Km) After completing our award winning safety orientation course, which is a 30 minute training room session showing signs and images you will encounter as you ride Ireland, followed by 40 minutes on the road, your first days ride begins Follow route downloaded to your Garmin Zumo GPS, stopping for lunch at the ‘Lakeside Manor Hotel’, ‘Favourites’ located in Virginia, (50 miles from Celtic Rider, 1 hour drive). This hotel is built beside lovely Lough Ramor and does excellent food. Continue onwards to Donegal via lower Lough Erne along the selected route, this is a great driving road full of sweeping bends and nice views of the lough and its maze of islands. Ride on to accommodation provider in Donegal where the host family will take good care of you for the duration of your time with them. Donegal Castle, (Saved in Favourites) home of the powerful O’Donnell family from the 5th to the 16th century is well worth visiting. Located in the centre of Donegal town and recently restored to its original condition and now open to the public. Magee’s store is renowned worldwide for it Donegal tweed and Irish craftwork, Reels pub has Irish music and good craic (fun and music) each evening, the Castle Inn is good for food. When you arrive in Donegal, you will need to enter your chosen accommodation provider as per your itinerary. Red Hugh O’Donnell’s Castle Donegal

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Ireland’s First Motorcycle Rental Company

Motorcycle Motorcycle Rental Rental Ireland Ireland Ltd. Ltd. Unit Unit 54, 54, Premier Premier Business Business Park, Park, Ballycoolin, Ballycoolin, Dublin Dublin 11, 11, Ireland Ireland P: P: +353 +353 (0) (0) 11 8665777 8665777 E: E: info@celticrider.com info@celticrider.com Web Web www.celticrider.com www.celticrider.com VAT VAT No No IE IE 9660106E 9660106E

Day 2. Donegal to Donegal. (Saved as a route on your Garmin) (141 Miles or 226 Km) After enjoying a home cooked breakfast depart Donegal accommodation provider for the start of an amazing days ride. Follow the route on your Garmin GPS, initially riding through Barnesmore gap with boulders strewn around you from the Blue Stack mountains just inches from the side of the road. Onwards to Glenveagh National Park and Castle, ( Favourites) in the heart of the Derryveagh and Glendoran mountains. This is a must experience place! Glenveagh Castle is reached by small mini buses dedicated to running non-stop from the fabulous visitor centre and museum, entrance fee €7, and a special parking area for motorcycles is provided. Glenveagh Castle and Gardens, is simply awesome as is the tour of the interior rooms. Enjoy lunch or refreshments at the Castle. Leaving Glenveagh visitor centre, note the majestic mountains around you, in particular, Murrisk and Errigal, as you continue on to Teelin via Glengesh Pass, and then to the Slieve League cliffs. Park in the upper car park for the majestic view of a 2000 foot mountain cliff dropping into the wild Atlantic ocean below. The ride up is very exciting and you will come to a farm gate, just open and close behind you as you ride up, the gate is used to keep animals from coming down the mountain. From Slieve League cliffs, ride to accommodation in Donegal via Killybegs, Ireland’s largest deep sea fishing port, a very picturesque harbour with the biggest fishing boats in Europe Slieve League Cliffs

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Ireland’s First Motorcycle Rental Company

Motorcycle Motorcycle Rental Rental Ireland Ireland Ltd. Ltd. Unit Unit 54, 54, Premier Premier Business Business Park, Park, Ballycoolin, Ballycoolin, Dublin Dublin 11, 11, Ireland Ireland P: P: +353 +353 (0) (0) 11 8665777 8665777 E: E: info@celticrider.com info@celticrider.com Web Web www.celticrider.com www.celticrider.com VAT VAT No No IE IE 9660106E 9660106E

Day 3. Donegal to Westport (Saved as a route on your Garmin) (156 Miles or 250Km) After packing up the motorcycle the ride today is to the coastal heritage town of Westport in Mayo. Again follow the route, first optional stop is Drumcliff, ( Favourites) final resting place of WB Yeats From Drumcliff ride to the Ceide fields and Minnaun cliffs Mayo Cliffs Ceide fields and Minnaun cliffs (Favourites) located on the R314, north Mayo coastline. The Ceide fields visitor centre is very modern and explains the history of this area. The Ceide Fields Neolithic site is the oldest stone walled fields and village in the world, built over 6000 years ago. Just opposite the entrance is a small viewing area overlooking looking Minnaun Cliffs. Continue your ride via Bangor and Ballycroy national Park, the most remote part of our island. A visit to the Ballycroy visitor centre is a must, it is very interactive with beautiful views from the restaurant upstairs. There are education officers who are very willing to tell the story of this area,

Minnaun Cliffs

Mayo which contains Europe’s largest expanse of Blanket bog, located in the Owenduff and Nephin Beg mountain range. Departing the visitor centre the ride is magical into Mallaranny with twisty narrow roads, great ocean views and the hillside beside you is heavy with heather and gorse. From Mallaranny the coastal ride is lovely with views over Clew Bay. Continue to Westport accommodation. The Sheebeen pub is excellent for good food, music and the craic. Also, Matt Malloy’s in the town is great for music too. When you arrive in Westport, you will need to enter your chosen accommodation provider as per your itinerary.

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Ireland’s First Motorcycle Rental Company

Motorcycle Motorcycle Rental Rental Ireland Ireland Ltd. Ltd. Unit Unit 54, 54, Premier Premier Business Business Park, Park, Ballycoolin, Ballycoolin, Dublin Dublin 11, 11, Ireland Ireland P: P: +353 +353 (0) (0) 11 8665777 8665777 E: E: info@celticrider.com info@celticrider.com Web Web www.celticrider.com www.celticrider.com VAT VAT No No IE IE 9660106E 9660106E

Day 4. Westport to Westport (Saved as a route on your Garmin) ( 130 Miles or 206 Km) Very possibly this day will rank as one of the best motorcycle rides of your life. Both Paul and Mick adore this route, and it ranks very high with their choice of scenic routes. Just follow the route that Celtic Rider has downloaded into the Garmin Zumo provided. Entering Leenane (Leenaun in Irish) you will be taken along the road to Maum then Maam Cross with the Partry Mountains to your left and the Maumturk mountains to your right. Arriving at Maam crossroads follow the route on your Garmin to Roundstone Coastal Village and continue up the coast road with views of Galway Bay to Clifden town. From Clifden you will start an incredible ride called The Sky Road. Kylemore Abbey

The Sky Road (Favourites). Ride up and up, the views across the ocean and islands below are breath-taking. You will continue on this route until you come to ‘Kylemore Abbey’, please take 45 minutes off the bike to visit this Abbey, walk for a while and take some refreshments. Kylemore Abbey is now a Benedictine Monastery set in a stunning location and gardens adjacent to a beautiful lake. Continue afterwards to Leenaun and ride through Doo Lough mountain pass to Louisburgh with the ‘Sheefry hills’ to your right and ‘Mweelrea Mountains’ to your left. You will see a sculpted Celtic cross on your right commemorating those who perished in the ‘Great Irish Famine’, indeed the road you are on is a famine road where many souls perished, a spiritual place indeed. From Louisburgh you will pass ‘Croagh Patrick’, Irelands most Holy Mountain, on the coastal road back to your accommodation in Westport.

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Ireland’s First Motorcycle Rental Company

Motorcycle Motorcycle Rental Rental Ireland Ireland Ltd. Ltd. Unit Unit 54, 54, Premier Premier Business Business Park, Park, Ballycoolin, Ballycoolin, Dublin Dublin 11, 11, Ireland Ireland P: P: +353 +353 (0) (0) 11 8665777 8665777 E: E: info@celticrider.com info@celticrider.com Web Web www.celticrider.com www.celticrider.com VAT VAT No No IE IE 9660106E 9660106E

Day 5 Westport to Doolin (Saved as a route on your Garmin) ( 127 Miles or 202 Km) Departing Westport todays route takes us to Doolin village in Co. Clare via the Burren national park and the stunning Cliffs of Moher. The Burren is a vast limestone plateau, largest in Europe, approximately 400 square kms. Beautiful orchids grow wild in this harsh environment. A visit to Poulnabrone Dolmen is strongly recommend, this Portal tomb dates back into the mists of time, 4200 BC. The Aillwee subterranean caves and wild bird sanctuary is also on the route today, from the upper car park there are great views across Galway bay. Next stop is Murrooghtoohy, a most bizarre place where the Burren meets the ocean, thousands of boulders from the Ice age litter this mountainous region. Doolin village is famous for traditional Irish music. Poulnabrone Portal Dolmen 3200 BC

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Ireland’s First Motorcycle Rental Company

Motorcycle Motorcycle Rental Rental Ireland Ireland Ltd. Ltd. Unit Unit 54, 54, Premier Premier Business Business Park, Park, Ballycoolin, Ballycoolin, Dublin Dublin 11, 11, Ireland Ireland P: P: +353 +353 (0) (0) 11 8665777 8665777 E: E: info@celticrider.com info@celticrider.com Web Web www.celticrider.com www.celticrider.com VAT VAT No No IE IE 9660106E 9660106E

Day 6. Doolin to Dingle (Saved as a route on your Garmin) (107 Miles or 170 Km) Doolin to Dingle town on the Dingle Peninsula via the Ferry from Tarbert to Killimer. Today you will ride over Irelands highest mountain pass, Conor Pass, a magical mountain ride with amazing sea views and inland corrie lakes. Before starting the ascent a brief detour to Brandon Point is advisable, the Atlantic ocean view is really beautiful. In the distance you can just about see the ‘Seven Hogs’ or Magharee islands’. Dingle is a vibrant coastal town with a nice Marina and fishing boats. Conors Pass

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Ireland’s First Motorcycle Rental Company

Motorcycle Motorcycle Rental Rental Ireland Ireland Ltd. Ltd. Unit Unit 54, 54, Premier Premier Business Business Park, Park, Ballycoolin, Ballycoolin, Dublin Dublin 11, 11, Ireland Ireland P: P: +353 +353 (0) (0) 11 8665777 8665777 E: E: info@celticrider.com info@celticrider.com Web Web www.celticrider.com www.celticrider.com VAT VAT No No IE IE 9660106E 9660106E

Day 7. Dingle to Killarney (Saved as a route on your Garmin) ( 98 Miles or 156 Km) Dingle to Killarney town, known affectionately as the ‘Jewel of the south west’ via Slea Head, with great views of the Blasket Islands. Slea head is the very west of Dingle peninsula, and a visit to the ‘Blasket Visitor Centre’ is very informative. The ride brings you to Kate Kearney’s cottage in Beaufort, than over the ancient roads of the ‘Black Valley’ and the ‘Gap of Dunloe’, this ride is not for the fainthearted. No tour buses are ever allowed on the mystical route through the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains. Originally a track between villages, this road is over 2700 years old. Onwards to Killarney town. View of the Great Blasket Islands from Slea Head Coastal Road

Day8. Killarney to Kinsale. (Saved as a route on your Garmin) (144 Miles or 230 Km) Today’s ride takes you to the Beara peninsula and the twisty Healy Pass, a beautiful route through the Caha Mountains which was cut through the Caha Mountains during the Famine years of 1850s. You will notice sub-tropical vegetation in many places as the Beara Peninsula is kept warm from the influence of the Gulf Stream, bring warm ocean water all year round. Next stop is the ‘Beacon’, a white painted Beacon lighthouse at the harbour entrance was built by the British government after the great rebellion of 1798. The ocean and harbour views are really lovely from the Baltimore Beacon. Next stop is Drumbeg stone circle, a bronze age megalithic site dating back 5000 years, and finally stopping for the evening in Kinsale coastal town, known for its gourmet style restaurants.

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Ireland’s First Motorcycle Rental Company

Motorcycle Motorcycle Rental Rental Ireland Ireland Ltd. Ltd. Unit Unit 54, 54, Premier Premier Business Business Park, Park, Ballycoolin, Ballycoolin, Dublin Dublin 11, 11, Ireland Ireland P: P: +353 +353 (0) (0) 11 8665777 8665777 E: E: info@celticrider.com info@celticrider.com Web Web www.celticrider.com www.celticrider.com VAT VAT No No IE IE 9660106E 9660106E

Ladies View Killarney National Park

Day 9. Kinsale to Kilkenny. (Saved as a route on your Garmin) (126 Miles or 202 Km) Departing Kinsale todays route takes you to Blarney Castle and the famous ‘Blarney Stone,. A kiss of the mythical stone ensures the ‘Gift of the Gab’. The views across the Irish countryside from the parapet of this magnificent castle are very beautiful. From Blarney to Cashel, another magnificent Castle, the route brings to the ancient 6th century medieval city of Kilkenny, with its great castle and Cathedrals. Kilkenny Castle

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Ireland’s First Motorcycle Rental Company

Motorcycle Motorcycle Rental Rental Ireland Ireland Ltd. Ltd. Unit Unit 54, 54, Premier Premier Business Business Park, Park, Ballycoolin, Ballycoolin, Dublin Dublin 11, 11, Ireland Ireland P: P: +353 +353 (0) (0) 11 8665777 8665777 E: E: info@celticrider.com info@celticrider.com Web Web www.celticrider.com www.celticrider.com VAT VAT No No IE IE 9660106E 9660106E

Day 10. Kilkenny to Celtic Rider Dublin

(Saved as a route on your Garmin) (117 Miles or 186 Km) Departing Kilkenny for Celtic Rider todays ride is over the old military roads of the Wicklow national park. A visit to Glendalough, an early 6th century monastic settlement is advised as this is a spiritual place nestled in a wooded valley. Onwards through Sally’s gap, a wilderness of moorland and bog, the source of Dublin’s river liffey and the water from which Guinness is made. Return bikes to Celtic Rider. Glendalough Monastery 6th Century

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Ireland’s First Motorcycle Rental Company

Motorcycle Motorcycle Rental Rental Ireland Ireland Ltd. Ltd. Unit Unit 54, 54, Premier Premier Business Business Park, Park, Ballycoolin, Ballycoolin, Dublin Dublin 11, 11, Ireland Ireland P: P: +353 +353 (0) (0) 11 8665777 8665777 E: E: info@celticrider.com info@celticrider.com Web Web www.celticrider.com www.celticrider.com VAT VAT No No IE IE 9660106E 9660106E

Route Map

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Belt Drive Betty's 10 Day Ireland Motorcycle Tour