Celtic Rider Ireland tours are officially approved by Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland. We are Ireland’s first and largest Motorcycle Rental & Touring company, now specializing in self-guided car tours.
Proud Winner of National Small Firms association ‘Outstanding Small Business 2013’ was awarded to us, Celtic Rider Motorcycle Rental & Tours Ireland. We are also the winners of ‘Dublin Business of the Year 2011’.
Celtic Rider’s car rental Ireland and UK, has compiled a selection of award-winning self-guided tours with fantastic daily routes, safety orientation and great accommodation included in the price. This has taken quite some effort on our part, and is an ongoing important component of the development of Celtic Rider. It really is a most wonderful option for our clients. Indeed over 80% of our turnover is now self-guided tour packages, versus hire only. We have found from our client’s positive feedback over many years, that they were extremely happy with the routes we created, which are designed to allow overseas riders to maximize their experiences each day. Our choice of quality B&B and hotel accommodation’s is exceptional as is the location of the accommodation providers in traditional towns and villages. All cars are modern, automatic, and come fitted with a Garmin Zumo 590 GPS cradle in which each day’s route is downloaded, including the addresses of all accommodation provider’s.
Day 1 – Celtic Rider to Dublin city accommodation
- Today is the first day of your 14 Day IOM, England & Scotland Experience. Pick-up from your hotel at 8.30am, arrival shortly afterwards to Celtic Rider. Meet the team, have tea/coffee and be introduced to your motorcycle. Receive your Celtic Rider merchandise and begin packing. You will be furnished with inner liner bags which will fit into your top box and side cases. You are welcome to a tank bag and/or waterproof roll-up bag also.
Sit through our award-winning Safety Orientation Course, this will fill you in on Irish, UK and European road laws and what to watch out for when riding. Followed by one hour Safety Ride-out with a Celtic Rider team member.
Depart Celtic Rider, making your way to your Dublin accommodation where you will stay for the evening. Enjoy our capital city for the evening, its great atmosphere, restaurants of the highest quality, pubs, museums and many more attractions.
As the ferry departs twice weekly from Dublin city port, Wednesday’s at 10.45am, Sunday’s at 11.15am, motorcycles need to be picked up from Celtic Rider the day before.
Day 2 and 3– Dublin city to Douglas, Isle of Man (Ferry from Dublin City Port, 3 hours)
As the ferry departs twice weekly from Dublin City port (Departing Wednesday’s at 10.45am and Sunday’s at 11.15am) arrive at least 45 minutes prior to sailing.
On arrival into Douglas, check into your accommodation where you will stay for the next two nights. As you will be based in Douglas, the start line of the infamous TT race is instantly accessible and is truly a wonderfully exciting course, at just under 38 miles. From Bray Hill, drive around the island anticlockwise, up to the thrilling Gooseneck bend and then over some bridges, and corners… Imagine these racers pick up speeds of over 200 mph!
A must-see while you are in the Isle of Man is the Snaefell Wheel and the Great Laxey Wheel, also known as the Lady Isabella. The Laxey Wheel is over 72 foot in diameter, dating back to 1865. It is the largest working water wheel in existence and definitely worth viewing. If you are getting here by train use the North Electric Train, hop off at Laxey and take the Snaefell Mountain Railway there.
The Isle of Man is rich in ancient heritage sites and burial grounds. There are 141 listed ancient monuments across the island, the parish of Maughold in the NE of the island produced the largest collection of crosses and slabs in the 6th-13th Century.
The Manx Transport Museum is located in Peel, on the east of the island. This is a free entry, must-see for all drivers, as all transport memorabilia both past and present is on view in the newly renovated building.
For the second day on the island we suggest talking a steam engine railway trip, these are both scenic and charismatic experiences. Located at the north of Douglas Promenade the steam train takes you Also as there is just over 660 miles of road, with little villages, a lot are on the coast, with excellent scenery and interesting old places to visit.
Day 4 – Isle of Man to Windermere, via the Lake District of England (42 Miles / 66 Km)
Departing the IOM at 8.45 am on the Steam Packet Company ship, you arrive in Haysham, England at 12.15pm. The drive to the lakeside town of Windermere is very enjoyable, all minor country roads, before entering the Lake District National Park.
Check into your Windermere accommodation for the evening
Windermere is located in north-west England and has the largest natural lake in England, surrounded by mountain peaks and old villages. This is where the great children’s writer Beatrix Potter resided and where the Beatrix Potter attraction is located.
Experience the relaxed boats cruises across the lake, which borders Lancashire before enjoying your evening meal in one of the local restaurants.
Day 5 and 6 – Windermere to Edinburgh (150 Miles / 240 Km)
Departing Windermere todays route passes one lake after another, firstly into Carlisle, then Selkirk, then the twisty Tweed Valley route to Peebles, and finally Edinburgh, a beautiful university city. Check into your accommodation for the evening. Enjoy this vibrant cultural city. There is an abundance of good restaurants, bars and attractions to enjoy.
The whisky tour is entertaining and fun, a few tour companies have these on offer. Also, the walk along the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to the Scottish Parliament Buildings should be experienced. Lined with cobbles and shrouded with history, it is one of the most poignant experiences in Edinburgh City.
Edinburgh certainly is a city designed for visitors. City tour buses being one attraction, along with tours of the Botanical Gardens, Scottish Whiskey museums, and plenty more…
There are some great museums and art galleries, cathedrals and parks to wander around.
Edinburgh Castle itself, home to Scotland’s Crown Jewels is a must-see for all tourists!
A blend of beautiful old architecture and new modern buildings, just a really beautiful old city to walk through.
Day 7– Edinburgh to Pitlochry via Trossachs National Park (155 Miles / 250Km)
Departing Edinburgh, today’s route brings you to one of the most beautiful towns in Scotland, Pitlochry. Beginning your route you’ll drive over the great Forth Bridge. A new bridge is under construction and awesome to look over at. Today’s drive is brilliant, exciting and on some great roads.
Your first stop is Stirling and one of the most important castles in Scotland, Stirling Castle. Built in the 12th century this castle has served also as a palace for the kings and queens who lived there. Both architecturally and historically a very interesting visit. The steep old cobblelock streets up the castle, with really nice views over the town and countryside should not be missed.
Onwards to Lough Lomond, hugging the Lough before riding into the heart of Trossachs National Park, truly a beautiful place to drive through up in the highlands of Scotland.
The twisty roads make for some fun riding around Lough Lomond, it is a superb lake with stunning views all around.
Pitlochry is home to Scotland’s smallest whiskey distillery, Edradour Distillery. Established in 1825, pop in and see for yourself how this tiny distillery works, and taste it’s wonderful goods at the end of the tour. Admission is only £10 and you are only minutes away from this evening’s accommodation.
Continue on to Pitlochry town which is located in a most scenic, clean, fresh mountainous area of Scotland. Check into your accommodation and after a long days drive, enjoy a hearty meal in whichever of the pubs or restaurants you choose. Good locally produced food is readily available in the pubs and restaurants in this quaint town, enjoy a hearty meal in whichever you choose.
Day 8 – Pitlochry to Inverness, City of the Highlands (105 Miles / 168 Km)
Departing Pitlochry town you’ll be making your way through Cairngorm National Park, notice the impressive views of the Grampian and Cairngorm Mountains around you.
This is an awesome route, the Cairngorms National Park is the largest national park in the UK.
Skiing is popular in this national park and you will come across ski slopes and huge cable cars dotted around the area.
Continue to Inverness, check into your accommodation and enjoy the hospitality of the capital city of the Scottish highlands.
Day 9 – Inverness to Thurso, via John O’Groats, on the NC 500 (139 miles / 222 Km)
Heading north-east along the newly opened North Coast 500, todays drive brings you to the town of Thurso or Wick. These are 5000 year old Norse coastal towns on the northern tip of Scotland With a latitude 59.6 it is on the same line as Hudson Bay, only 30 degrees Celsius warmer in winter due to the Gulf Stream.
The coastline is stunning and offers up some spectacular ocean vistas. You’ll see ruined castles and sea stacks, and drive past quiet fishing villages. This is the wide open country and really is a lovely drive.
On the north-west tip of Scotland is the world famous John O’Groats, just 11 miles from Dunnet head, the very most northerly part of England.
On arrival into the town, check into your accommodation provider and explore and savour the local cuisine, in particular the bounty fresh from the North Sea.
Day 10 – Thurso/Wicks to Ullapool (159 Miles / 254 Km)
Today’s route takes you south-west towards the town of Ullapool along the NC500 route, which offers both stunning ocean views and wild countryside.
The picturesque fishing town of Ullapool, is located on the shore of Lock Broom.
This area is low is population, a very unspoilt natural environment, with nice walks in and around the town.
On arrival, check into your accommodation. Enjoy the fresh sea air and a nice meal in one of the local establishments.
Day 11 – Ullapool to Portree, Isle of Skye via the majestic Skye Bridge (119 Miles / 190 Km)
Leaving Ullapool for Portree on the Isle of Skye, via the wonderful Skye Bridge, todays drive finishes with the NC 500 route.
Entering Portree, a small fishing village and note the towering mountains around you, I advise riding the A885 route north of the village, it’s a magical drive and brings you anti-clockwise around the peninsula.
The Isle of Skye forms part of the Hebrides Island off the west coast of Scotland.
Check into your accommodation and enjoy your evening in Portree.
Day 12 – Portree, Isle of Skye to Oban via Glencoe (125 Miles / 199Kms)
Departing Portree, today’s first optional stop is at the ‘Eilean Donan Castle’ remembering ‘The Highlander’ film! It is a stunning place for photographs and wonderful when the tide is in.
Continue then along your route to the Five Sisters Mountain Range, you’ll see a line from an unbroken high mountain shoulder, five fine peaks raise their heads skywards, each connected by a ridge of swooping curve… a spectacular sight.
Onwards to the Glen Coe area, enjoy the lovely scenery through this mountain pass. Glen Coe is often considered one of the most beautiful places in Scotland, and is a part of the designated National Scenic Area of Ben Nevis and Glen Coe area.
Onwards to the port town of Oban where you have a choice of some great seafood restaurants as the town has a long history of fishing.
Oban is a coastal town with a wide selection of cafes, restaurants and optional boat trips. It also has an old single malt whisky distillery from the late 17th century. The walk along the promenade into the town is very impressive.
Day 13 – Oban to Glasgow city via Loch Lomond (98Miles / 157Kms)
Departing Oban, the drive today takes you to the city of Glasgow. Glasgow sits in Scotland’s western Lowlands and is a vibrant, cosmopolitan port city. Notice the Victorian and art nouveau architecture. This wealthy city offers a wonderful array of cultural and heritage museums, bars and other attractions.
Again today’s route offers some wonderful scenery as the route cuts through Trossachs National Park and skirts along Loch Lomond.
Loch Lomond is huge, the largest inland body of water in the UK.
Arriving in the old city of Glasgow, which in relatively recent years has become a vibrant European city. Notice the Victorian and art nouveau architecture. Red stone buildings, fantastic squares, massive statues honouring great Scottish inventors and writers, it’s really nice.
Check into your accommodation and enjoy the diverse rich night life and bars of this Victorian city on your last evening.
Day 14 – Depart Scotland, return to Celtic Rider (200 Miles / 320 Km total riding mileage)
- Departing Glasgow city, the 80 mile/ 120km drive to Cairnryan for the 11.30 am ferry to Belfast takes approximately two hours and15 minutes. Arriving in Belfast at around 2pm, you will then follow your Garmin route, firstly skirting around the docklands of Belfast to the M1 back to Dublin. It takes two to three hours to arrive back at Celtic Rider, a distance of 120 miles/ 190kms.
After returning your bikes to Celtic Rider, we will then transport you in one of our mini-buses to Dublin City or Dublin Airport after discussing and listening to your stories and observations of this most impressive tour of the Isle of Man, England and the majestic highlands of Scotland. Since 2007 when Paul Rawlins, founder of Celtic Rider, pioneered motorcycle tourism in Ireland, we have being made aware over the years of the history of forced emigration that took place during several centuries in both Ireland and Scotland, and with this in mind at the outset of creating this great tour, we feel the routes will satisfy drivers whose ancestral origins came from the lands of the Celts. This is a paramount philosophy we have in Celtic Rider, our tours deeply immerse overseas drivers in the real countryside and traditional villages and towns of the land they pass through.
Pricing & Details – *please note that we endeavor to keep all prices as stated below, however due to certain peak times some accommodation providers costs increase and this can be reflected on your quote. All prices below are ‘From’ the price stated but more often they are the actual price stated.
Category A - Compact Car
- From €7,900 Two People Sharing
- Volkswagen Golf, Opel Astra or similar
Category B - Saloon Car
- From €12,540 Four People, Two Rooms
- Škoda Octavia, Volkswagen Passat or similar
Category C - Minivan/People Carrier
- From €16,450 Six People, Three Rooms
- Ford Galaxy or similar
Although our chosen accommodation providers are a blend of four star guesthouses and hotels which were hand-selected by Paul Rawlins, it is possible to upgrade your package to a five star accommodation tour. Also, it is possible to request a night in a castle, on a golf course or somewhere that you can take a boat ride. Our team of Celtic Rider staff are on hand to assist with your every request, please inquire about any day trips or specific accommodation that you desire.
The Celtic Rider Package
- Transfer to and from Celtic Rider Rental Station from either Dublin City or Dublin Airport
- Accommodation in Irish owned B&B guesthouses of a very high standard, personally hand selected by Paul Rawlins, founder of Celtic Rider
Sit through our award winning 2 hour Safety Orientation Course specifically designed for drivers from countries that drive on the rights hand side of the road. This is guaranteed to enhance your overall touring experience here in Ireland and has proven to be an invaluable experience for all of our past clients.
- You are covered with fully comprehensive insurance and we request no damage deposit for car tours!
All of our car tours set off with a full tank of fuel, please bring your car back full. There is a gas station only 2 kilometres from our premises.
- All of our cars are set up with the latest Garmin Zumo 595. Our award winning tours are pre-programmed for each day’s route. You will receive a map and a detailed itinerary at the beginning of your tour.
Breakdown cover is included.
Celtic Rider merchandise for everyone! This is inclusive of a t-shirt, baseball cap, neck buff, fleece hoody, badges and embroidery patch
If you do not have enough room in your car for your luggage you are welcome to store your luggage at our dedicated Luggage Storage Room for free.
A full breakfast is included every morning at your lodgings.
Some of Our Small Print
Drivers must be over 25 years of age and hold a full car licence for a minimum of one year. If any passengers wish to drive this is ok subject to prior arrangement, we simply ask all prospective drivers to sign the rental agreement and take a photocopy of their driving license.
Please refer to our Terms & Conditions