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 offices to Donegal
- Transfer to collect Car, off to Celtic Rider, attend and enjoy safety orientation course before departure.
- Head North west along the N3, I recommend stopping at Lakeside Manor Hotel in Virginia for lunch, a nice hotel beside beautiful Lough Ramor , 50 miles from Celtic Rider, plenty of parking space at this quaint hotel.
- This drive briefly takes you through northern Ireland, along upper and lower Lough Erne. There are no customs checks in Ireland anymore, the only difference you will notice are the speed signs are in miles, not km.
Entering Donegal town, check out Donegal Castle and Magee’s tweed shop, conveniently located 100 yards from each other in the town centre.
Check into Donegal accommodation for 2 nights.
Good restaurants are ‘The Harbour’ and ‘The Olde Castle’
Call into Reels Pub, traditional music every evening, real turf fire
Day 2 – Donegal to Donegal
- Follow the Garmin route up through Barnesmore gap, a smugglers haven in time gone by. Continue the drive to the stunning Glenveagh National Park and Castle in North West Donegal, with the majestic Derryveagh mountains all around you.
The Castle is set in a beautiful garden, nice to relax in for a while, have some refreshments and enjoy the short guided tour of the Castle itself.
Departing Glenveagh note Mount Errigal, Ireland’s most iconic mountain, with its quartzite top.
Continue riding along the route through wild and remote Donegal to Ardara, then drive the Glengash mountain pass
Onwards to Carrick, then Teelin village, follow the route to ‘The Rusty’ a small old pub and just 100 metres after the pub you turn right to the start of the ascent to the highest sea cliffs in Europe, Slieve League Cliffs, at 2000 ft high.
The drive up is as memorable as the amazing view from the upper parking area, accessed by opening a farm gate on the way up. Often there are trawlers fishing, they look like tiny dots on the Atlantic ocean from the summit of the cliffs.
Return to Donegal accommodation via Killybegs, Ireland’s deep sea fishing port, very photographic coastal town.
Day 3 – Donegal to Westport
- Departing Donegal head south , Drumcliff is where Ireland’s beloved poet W.B.Yeats is laid to rest. Benbulbin table top mountain dominates the skyline
Must visit is the ‘Ceide Fields’ Visitor centre, the oldest and largest stone walled village in the world, 5200BC
Drive south through Ireland’s most remote area, from Bangor, drive the Ballycroy National Park, please stop at the Ballycroy visitor centre, Europe’s largest expanse of blanket bog, local people working there will happily tell you the history of this region
View the Nephin Beg Mountains and look out for local people cutting turf
The drive to Mallarany is spectacular as it winds along the sea
There is a nice Abbey, Burrishoole Abbey, between Mallaranny and Newport, optional but worth visiting
Check into Westport accommodation for 2 nights
Day 4 – Westport to Westport
- Leaving Westport for Maam Cross we are now heading for the spiritually haunting experience of Connemara national park, a magical drive.
From Maam cross drive to Roundstone coastal village then continue to Clifden
From Clifden town take the aptly named ‘Sky Road’ with outstanding sea views are you drive higher and higher to the viewing area
Continue to Kylemore abbey for hot scones and freshly brewed tea This is a magnificent Benedictine Abbey in a stunningly beautiful wooded valley
Drive to Leenane village look at Irelands deepest Fjord, Killary, then drive the incredible and narrow Doo Lough mountain pass, the Gem of Mayo, with towering mountains on either side of you
Doo Lough Pass is steeped in history, some quite sad as many Irish people died of starvation along this pass during the great hunger, the famine years of the late 1840s.
There is a stone cross commemorating those who perished and a famine walk every year along this stunningly beautiful area. The words on the cross are very poignant and it is worthwhile to stop here for a short while.
Drive back now Westport via Louisburgh and admire Irelands holy mountain ‘Croagh Patrick’ en route back to Westport
Day 5 Westport to Dublin
- Travel back to Celtic Rider in Dublin.
Again, enjoy the agricultural midlands of Ireland as you drive back to Celtic Rider.
Continue to last fuel stop, located in Favourites in your Garmin, gas up and return to Celtic Rider Rental station in Dublin.
We will assist with unpacking the car, check over of car and paperwork before arranging drop off to your Dublin hotel or Dublin Airport.
Pricing & Details – *please note that we endeavour 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
- €2,425 Two People, One Room
- Volkswagen Golf, Opel Astra or similar
Category B - Saloon Car
- €3,410 Four People, Two Rooms
- Škoda Octavia, Volkswagen Passat or similar
Category C - Minivan/People Carrier
- €4,420 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