IN SEARCH OF EMERALD GIANTS
18th - 26th May
IRELAND AND THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY
All on Tarmac
Ride your own bike
Ride with group or self navigate
Choice of camping/bunkhouse, or hotel
Highlights include Ring of Kerry, Healy Pass,
Gap of Dunloe, Cliffs of Moher and Beara Peninsula
Average of around 170 miles per day
£745 per rider camping/bunkhouse
£1195 hotel on twin share hotel basis
includes ferry, accommodation, back up vehicle and routing.
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WHAT IS IT
In Search of Emerald Giants is a week long lap of Ireland, catching the ferry out from Fishguard to Dublin in Wales, and heading counter clockwise to pick up the stunning Wild Atlantic Way. We'll ride all the epic passes such as Healy Pass and Priest's Leap, stopping off along the way at iconic locations such as the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, home of Father Ted's house and the most southerly point of Mizen Head. We'll eat in local Irish bars and complete the loop by heading across to Belfast, taking the overnight ferry to Liverpool to get you home early Sunday morning.
HOW IT WORKS:
This trip is supported in that there will always be option to ride with a guide, however it is always encouraged where riders wish to ride at a quicker or slower pace, or take in a slightly different route then there is the flexibility to do that, with a paper and GPX road book and accommodation stops provided prior to departure.
Daily distances will be around 160 miles, with some slightly less, some slightly more. At all times the most scenic route will be taken, this will often include single track roads and mountain passes, occasionally with grass strips down the middle. The riding can be slightly challenging, certainly if the weather is poor, but again, all riders have the option to adapt the route to suit their abilities and preferences. No one will be forced to remain with the group, or ride roads they don't feel comfortable riding.
WHO IS IT FOR?:
The run is for anyone who wants to see more of Ireland and to enjoy the company of others on this laid-back road trip adventure. It'll will be a mix of camping and bunkhouse, so participants will need to be prepared for a bit of wet and windy weather, but there's great camaraderie in that, and when the sun shines in Ireland there's no other place like it.
In terms of bike choice, this run is suitable for most machines. If you come with a heavily laden large capacity bike then it can be a bit of a handful on the tighter lanes or on campsites - so I'd advise packing light - and bikes as small as 125cc would cope just fine, although if you can't keep to national road speeds then you would be encouraged to self-navigate rather than having the group slow to your pace. But from experience, most bikes and riders, whatever their pace, always get there at about the same time!
The price includes the return ferry to and from Ireland, road book, guiding services, and all camping and bunkhouse accommodation along the way. The road book and GPX files will be issued approximately 2 months ahead of the departure date. There will also be a back up van on this one in case anyone has bike issues, and also a place to get a cup of tea first thing in the morning.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
The price doesn't include fuel, food and spending money. Riders will also need to check their own vehicle insurance to make sure cover extends to Ireland, with breakdown cover advised. It also advised that you take out suitable travel insurance and note that there is no provision for personal injury insurance. Riders embark on this trip at their own risk.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?:
You need a well serviced and travel ready machine. It needs fresh tyres and any other consumable for what will be approximately a 1000 mile trip.
You will need decent riding kit, including sturdy boots and good waterproofs. Camping kit will also be needed, consisting of a basic pack list of tent, sleeping bag and inflatable mat. It's optional to take cooking equipment as usually there are local amenities nearby. And the van will have a stove for hot water.
Pillion riders are welcome, with an additional fee of £250 per pillion rider. Please notify me by email at the time of making the booking.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
To secure you place click on the 'register now' button below, which will take you to a payment area where you can pay a £75 deposit to secure your place. The remainder of the balance will be due further down the line, with further information also provided upon sign up.
FOR ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS PLEASE JUST MESSAGE ME USING THE CONTACT BOX BELOW.
NEW FOR 2024!
A HOTEL OPTION FOR IRELAND
For 2024 there's also a hotel option for Ireland. The dates will be the same and will take the same route at the same pace, just with hotel accommodation on the evening. This will be managed and supported by David Shaw and Steve Nash. Twin share, doubles and single supplements are available.
Single bed room 7 nights: £1495
Twin room 7 nights: £1195 per person
Double room 7 nights (one bike): £1695
Double room 7 nights (two bikes): £1845
To book, please click on the 'register now' button above.