Helping more than 23,000 travelers’ dreams come true since 2003

Site Navigation

Treasures of the Donegal Coast

  • 5

    (5)

  • 7 nights | 18 miles/day
  • Difficulty Level: 3
  • Self-guided from: €730
  • View Dates

Tours using road, hybrid or touring bikes:

  1. Mostly flat
  2. Flat with some gentle slopes
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs
  5. Extensive climbing

Tours using mountain bikes:

  1. Mostly flat, wide trails
  2. Some gentle slopes, wide trails
  3. Rolling, hilly terrain and/or narrow trails
  4. Some long and/or steep climbs and/or technical trails
  5. Extensive climbing and/or highly technical trails
  1. Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  2. Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  3. Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge.
  4. Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year.
  5. Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  6. Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.

Tour description

This cycling tour takes you along one of the most stunning stretches of coastline in the world. Make your way along the coast, where every turn will leave you awe-struck with ever-changing panoramas.

You'll visit unique ancient sites on this cycling holiday. Ireland has a history that stretches back more than 5,000 years. Here you can visit sites from virtually every era right up to the present. Marvel at stone age court tombs, bronze age dolmens, Celtic ring forts – impossibly situated in lakes and on mountains, and early-Christian standing stones and monasteries.

Take a break to visit rural pubs, where the hospitality of the locals will soon have you feeling like you are in a second home. Hear vibrant traditional music, unique to this part of Ireland, handed down unchanged for generations.

This tour is available with more or fewer days and nights. Please inquire for further details.

Daily program

Day 1: Arrival to Donegal
If you arrive early you can explore the town - the ancient seat of the O'Donnell Clan. Alternatively we will suggest a short cycle route, where you can familiarise yourself with your new surroundings. Spend the evening relaxing in this historic town with its many pubs and restaurants.
Overnight in Donegal.

Day 2: Donegal – Killybegs (24-33 miles/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.
Overnight in Killybegs.

Day 3: Killybegs – Carrick (13-22 miles/21-35 km)
West from Killybegs the landscape becomes ever more dramatic. Golden sandy beaches, towering cliffs and sheltered bays await round every turn. Through Kilcar Village, a centre of traditional tweed production, before reaching your overnight destination of Carrick. A short bike trip from Carrick brings you to the stunning Slieve League Cliffs – one of Ireland's greatest treasures. Here you also have the opportunity to view the cliffs from below, with a boat trip from nearby Teelin Pier.
Overnight in Carrick.

Day 4: Carrick – Glencolmcille – Carrick (16-21 miles/25-33 km)
Take a bike tour through 5,000 years of Irish History. “5,000 Years In Stone”, the book title about the Glencolmcille Valley, says it all. Stone age court tombs, dolmens from the bronze age, and early Christian inscribed standing stones are all overlooked by a watchtower from the Napoleonic era. Today's cycle brings you to this mystical land. Spend the day immersed in history, before cycling back to Carrick for the night.
Overnight in Carrick.

Day 5: Carrick – Ardara (14 miles/22 km)
From Carrick cycle north through wild boglands. You climb gradually before emerging at the head of the beautiful 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.
Overnight in Ardara.

Day 6: Loop tours from Ardara (0-21 miles/0-35 km)
The possibilities today are endless. You can take the leisurely 8 km bike ride along stunningly beautiful Loughros Point. Alternatively, cycle to the golden sandy beach, caves and waterfall at Maghera. A third option is to head out around Dawros Head. Here you can view the Kilclooney Dolmen. Nearby is the mystical Doon Lough Crannog (fort built in a lake). The choice is up to you. Return to Ardara – for a traditional music session to celebrate.
Overnight in Ardara.

Day 7: Ardara – Donegal (18 miles/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.
Overnight in Donegal.

Day 8: Departure after breakfast

Dates

Daily: Apr 3-Sep 30, 2018
Low season: Apr 03, 2018 - May 31, 2018, Sep 01, 2018 - Sep 30, 2018
High season: Jun 01, 2018 - Aug 31, 2018

Prices

Tour package
Per person, double occupancy
€730
High season surcharge
€50
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€130
Bike Rentals
Electrically assisted bike
€95
Extra Nights, Donegal
Per person, double occupancy
€80
Single room surcharge (1 person/1 room)
€15
Please note: Instead of operating bicycle tours ourselves, BikeTours.com represents local bicycle tour operators around the world. Review the tour operator's information and terms below, then submit your booking request through BikeTours.com. The primary benefits of booking your tour through BikeTours.com include:
  • Lower cost: You pay local tour company prices—less than what big American companies charge
  • Variety: Choose from more than 200 tours offered by local operators in 35 countries.
  • Advice: Our informed advisors help you choose the trip that's right for you.
  • Great exchange rates: Pay low rates thanks to the millions of dollars in foreign currency we buy each year. Or pay in euros!
  • Convenience: We handle the full booking and payment process.
  • Support: We’re your advocates from initial planning through final pedal stroke.
Contact us with any questions about booking and paying for your tour through BikeTours.com. We look forward to serving you!

Ireland by Bike Terms and Conditions

In the event of cancellations we will refund payments as follows:

Self-guided tours -

  • 31 days prior to departure: 90% refund or alternative tour arrangement.
  • 30 days to 21 days prior to departure: 75% refund or alternative tour arrangement.
  • 20 days to 11 days prior to departure: 50% refund or alternative tour arrangement.
  • 10 days to 5 days prior to departure: 25% refund.
  • 4 days to 1 day prior to departure: 0% refund.

Guided tours -

  • 61 days prior to departure: 90% refund or alternative tour arrangement.
  • 60 days to 31 days prior to departure: 75% refund or alternative tour arrangement.
  • 30 days to 21 days prior to departure: 50% refund or alternative tour arrangement.
  • 20 days to 8 days prior to departure: 25% refund.
  • 7 days to 1 day prior to departure: 0% refund.

Cycling Ability
In booking a cycling tour you assume responsibility for your competence as a cyclist and your ability (medically and physically) to complete your chosen tour. You also accept the normal risks associated with cycling on public roads. We recommend that you take out personal accident insurance to cover the period of you cycle tour.

Payments
In order to protect your payments we recommend that you take out cancellation insurance.

Changes to Tour Itinerary
We make every possible effort to avoid any changes to advertised tours. Occasionally due to factors beyond our control e.g. roadworks, adverse weather, etc. some minor changes may be unavoidable.

If changes are necessary at the time of booking e.g. if our first choice accommodation is not available we will inform you and give you the option to cancel or change dates.

If your arrival time is delayed due to flight cancellation, illness etc. you should contact us immediately. We will make ever possible effort to rearrange your cycling tour to suit your new arrival time. However we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate changes.

Problems and Complaints
In the event that you encounter problems during your tour you should contact us. We will attempt to resolve the problem immediately. For your own convenience we strongly recommend that you familiarise yourself with how to fix punctures, prior to your cycling holiday.

We will respond to all complaints made after tours are completed, within 2 working days.

All photos used by permission. ©Ireland by Bike

Ratings

Ratings Snapshot

  • 5 Star 5
  • 4 Star 0
  • 3 Star 0
  • 2 Star 0
  • 1 Star 0

Average Ratings

  • Overall

    5

  • Difficulty level (Actual vs. expected) 3.8
  • Value 5
  • Included meals 4.8
  • Bikes & equipment 4.6
  • Hotels or boat 4.4
  • Scenery 5
  • Ease of navigation 4.4
  • Tour documents 4.4
  • Local tour company services 5
  • Route selection 4.8
  • Guides (if applicable) 5

Reviews

Steve M September 13, 2017

Beautiful scenery!

Routes were very good, scenic and mostly back roadshows. We found the terrain challenging though the daily Milage was reasonable.

Martha July 20, 2017

So lovely! There were so many times during the week we said "THANK YOU SEAMUS" for finding the lovely tiny roads along spectacular scenery.

This was the perfect bike trip: BEAUTIFUL rides (THANK YOU SEAMUS!), comfortable places to stay with welcoming hosts and great food spots each town.
Bikes were perfect. The roads were bike friendly. The people welcoming. The side trips added adventure, history and new views.

bluewindows October 19, 2016

Well wasn't that fun!

My wife and I decided to try our first biking vacation in Ireland. As we're both over 60 we found the hills to be a bit challenging at times. But when we needed a rest we'd just stop and be amazed at the views in every direction. From our first ride around Lake Eske to the cliffs near Carrick to the descent towards Ardara, we enjoyed all the memorable stops on our adventure. As another writer encouraged, try to catch some local music. Just excellent!

PennyDreadful October 1, 2016

Lovely and Idyllic Trip!

Such green vistas, amazing coastal scenery, contrasted by the ubiquitous sheep splashed with color (never did manage to get a satisfactory picture of their markings), happy cows and Justin Bieber-looking Shetland Ponies. Fantastic side trips to solitary beaches & caves, a rowing trip to a ring fort island. Make sure to stay out late one night and marvel at the local and family feel of the music-makers at the pubs.
Recommend the trip in late May, we had almost perfect weather.

emma June 7, 2016

Amazing adventure!

This was a great trip for 2 friends to take together! It was my first bike trip ever and I can't wait to go on another! The bikes were comfortable enough for me to ride without padded shorts and there was a lot of flexibility in extending or taking short cuts most days, to accommodate how we were feeling. It was great to feel active every day! Some of the hills were a challenge but we always made it. I commute to work on a bike in San Francisco but don't do any longer rides. The food was excellent and we had great luck with the weather. The trip was a great mix of beautiful scenery, small town charm, and history/culture. I highly recommend it!