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Tour

Highlands of Donegal

Highlands of Donegal

Degree of difficulty - B/C

We keep to quiet backroads passing some of Ireland's most wonderful coastal scenery. Dramatic mountains fall into the Atlantic Ocean interspersed with some of the most unspoilt beaches you are likely to find. We continue through a rolling landscape of quiet sleepy villages and stop in Leo's pub where Enya and Clannad first sang.

We meet up in the town of Donegal. The following day we start our cycle by heading along the wonderful coastline towards the Slieve League Marine Cliffs on our way to the first nights stop, the Irish speaking village of Glencolmcille.

Our cycle brings us through Glenveigh, Ireland's largest National Park where conservationists work hard to keep the wild rhododendron under control. Our rest day is in the seaside village of Dunfanaghy before we continue on our journey to the town of Ramelton.  Our last days cycle see us exploring the wonderful Fanad peninsula before a final transfer brings us back to Donegal town for a final night on the tour.

DAY 1 DONEGAL
On arrival in Donegal you should make your way to your B&B and explore the area

DAY 2 DONEGAL TO GLENCOLUMKILLE 39 miles/62km
After being fitted out with your bike you then begin the tour with a cycle out of Donegal town towards the wonderful coastline where we continue to our lunch stop in village of Carrick. After lunch you cycle up to a viewing point of the spectacular Slieve League Cliffs one of the highest marine based cliffs in Europe. In the afternoon you head to your night stop in the village of Glencolumcille passing freshly cut peat drying in the surrounding bogs.

DAY 3 GLENCOLUMKILLE TO DUNGLOE 38 miles/60km
Today you head up into wild highland country along quiet back roads with a wonderful open landscape. There follows a wonderful descent down the dramatic Glengesh Valley to the beautiful Maghera beach. The beach is well worth stopping at for a walk across its wonderful white sands to explore the caves of Maghera. You can also go for a swim in the lagoon here and pretend you are in the Caribbean (!) before heading to the village of Ardara for a pub lunch. In the afternoon you continue along a quiet bog road before heading to the coastal town of Dungloe where again you stay in local guesthouses.

DAY 4 DUNGLOE TO DUNFANAGHY 39 miles/63km
You continue through a rolling landscape through quiet sleepy villages and can visit Leo's pub where Enya and Clannad first sang. Later you cycle toward the spectacular Mount Errigal and stop for lunch at the base of this mountain. In the afternoon you cycle up to take in a view of the Poison Glen and then descend through an empty mountainscape towards Dunfanaghy. You also have the option of visiting Glenveagh National Park in the afternoon.

DAY 5 DUNFANAGHY
The village overlooks Portnablagh Beach and dunes where you can swim, swing a golf club or take a change of saddle, to gallop down the beach.

DAY 6 DUNFANAGHY TO RAMELTON / RATHMULLAN 39 miles/62km
The morning’s cycle takes you through isolated highland country roads with a worthwhile detour to Doe Castle. You stop for lunch in Downings on the Rosguill Peninsula. A roller coaster ride around the coast affords spectacular views of white sandy beaches as we wind our way down to our evenings accommodation in the town of Ramelton.

DAY 7 CIRUCULAR TOUR OF AREA – DONEGAL 23 miles/38km
Today you cycle the beautiful and remote Fanad Pennisula stopping for lunch in Port Salon. You continue along the shores of Lough Swilly through Rathmullan from where the last Earls of Ireland fled to Europe in 1607, thus ending the old Irish Order. The final leg of our cycle brings us to Rathmelton where we will then transfer you back to Donegal town for a farewell night on the town together before heading home the following morning

For more details please have a look at the tour dossier.

2017 GROUP TOUR 
€ 810.00 per person sharing
€ 245.00 single room supplement

2017 SELF GUIDED TOUR 
€ 810.00 per person sharing off peak
€ 845.00 per person sharing July & August
€ 245.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others )
€ 350.00 solo tour supplement (if travelling alone on a self guided tour)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights accommodation with breakfast (mix of small hotels and guesthouses )
- 1 evening meal
- Bike rental including a pannier bag
- Guide in a support van (on guided tour)
- Luggage transfer
- Route details and maps
- 24 hour service hotline

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tours are available from April to October and can start any day of the week.

On this tour we use a mix of guesthouses and small hotels.
Below is a list of places that we typically use, although of course this is depending on availability.

DONEGAL

Eske Villa Donegal Eske Villa Donegal1

Eske Villa Luxury Bed & Breakfast is only 200 meters from Donegal town center.

GLENCOLMCILLE

Millstone BB Glencolmcille Millstone BB Glencolmcille1

Your host Geraldine Byrne will welcome you in Millstone B&B

DUNGLOE
Hard to believe, but we don't have an image availablefor this cozy guesthouse in Dungloe
 Ardcrone House

DUNFANAGHY

Arnolds Hotel Dunfanaghy Arnolds Hotel Dunfanaghy1

For two nights we will stay in the well established Arnolds Hotel.

RAMELTON

Ardeen House Ramelton Ardeen House Ramelton1

Ardeen House: The historic Victorian house gives you
a relaxed feeling the moment you walk through the front door.

CrammondHouse Ramelton CrammondHouse Ramelton1

Crammond House is another great option for our stay in Ramelton.

How to get to Donegal:

If arriving to Ireland by plane, Dublin airport is the best option for transferring to this tour

From Dublin airport:
There is a direct Bus service from the airport to Donegal town available.  
Check Bus Eireann timetable for more information
You can also go with Bus Eireann from Dublin City to Donegal town

As always please contact us in the office for more information (info@cyclingsafaris.com).

I like to let you know that the trip was fantastic, all went well, the weather treated me more than kindly and Tony McGennis had made sure that all went very smooth. 
Please keep up the trips through Ireland, they are all a treat and Donegal I found particulary special with its very welcoming people and the breathtaking landscape!

Doris Reddin (Donegal self led 2014)

We had a great holiday in Donegal. Everything went very well.

Regula v. A. & Fritz K. 2013

The routes were utterly spectacular. The sights exceeded all expectations. The daily adventures we had, thanks to your plans, I cannot heap enough praise on.

Shaun Scott M. & David P. 2012

We were extremely impressed with Cycling Safari's customer service at every stage of the trip, from booking and preparation to post-trip.

Shaun Scott M. & David P. 2012

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