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Ireland - Castles & Kings

Price from €885 per person

Degree of difficulty -

Start: MALAHIDE DUBLIN

Finish: DUBLIN

Daily Ave: 35-75km

Weekly Ave: 266-286km

Self

Guided

Terrain: A mainly low lying terrain with gentle climbs. Afternoon of Day 2 and afternoon of day 3 do have climbs

This tour takes you through some of the most historic areas in Ireland.  From the 5000 year old burial chambers at Newgrange to the stately castles such as Trim and Malahide Castles.

The route takes you out of Dublin on quiet back roads through the farm lands that service the city to the beautiful and historic Boyne Valley. On roads undiscovered by tourists the route heads north through the spectacular Cooley Mountains to the medieval town of Carlingford. Returning to Dublin through the rich pasture lands of Meath and Kildare the route passes the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland at Tara.

There is a mixture of hilly and flat roads on this tour. Leaving and approaching Dublin the roads are largely flat but are hillier further north.

Tour Itinerary

7 Night Tour

Day
1

Malahide, County Dublin image 1

Malahide, County Dublin

The tour starts with an overnight stay in this attractive Dublin sea side village.

Malahide, County Dublin image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
2

Malahide to Drogheda 34 mi. / 55 km image 1

Malahide to Drogheda 34 mi. / 55 km

You leave the picturesque seaside village of Malahide following the shores of the swords estuary past flocks of wild birds into the north Dublin market gardens which provide much of the city’s vegetables. Keeping to quiet undiscovered roads you return to the coast passing the towns of Laytown and Bettystown before reaching the river Boyne where you turn east and follow it upstream to the historic town of Drogheda which suffered the wrath of Oliver Cromwell in 1649. The town is a bustling place with plenty of bars and restaurants.

Malahide to Drogheda 34 mi. / 55 km image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
3

Drogheda to Carrickmacross 22 mi. /35 km image 1

Drogheda to Carrickmacross 22 mi. /35 km

Your route is a short one today but you will need to be up early to give some time to view the wonderful historic sites which are within the first 10km. Leaving Drogheda and continuing upstream next to the majestic Boyne Soon after this you come to the historical highlight of the tour, the Newgrange Burial Chamber. This UNESCO World Heritage site is more than a passage tomb. At over 5000 years old its design, construction and astrological complexity defy comprehension. Heading into the pasture lands with views of the Cooley mountains appearing and disappearing as you travel through drumlin country to our accommodation where you have the possibility of staying in a 14th-century castle.

Drogheda to Carrickmacross 22 mi. /35 km image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
4

Carrickmacross to Carlingford 42 mi./ 67km image 1

Carrickmacross to Carlingford 42 mi./ 67km

On pleasant, mostly flat roads through rich dairy lands, our route winds its way north through the busy town of Ardee, visiting sleepy villages. We head on to the Cooley peninsula with its stone walls and forest shaded lanes. You climb to the Long Woman’s grave and descend to the northern side of the peninsula with the spectacular panorama of Carlingford Lough and the Mountains of Mourne sweeping down to the sea (as in the famous song) before you. It is a short ride along the coast to your accommodation in the medieval village of Carlingford.

Carrickmacross to Carlingford 42 mi./ 67km image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
5

Rest day in Carlingford image 1

Rest day in Carlingford

Carlingford is a wonderful place for a rest day. You will deserve a rest having crossed the ridge the day before. If you are feeling energetic you can hike up on to Slieve Foyle which soars upwards from the village. In the village centre there is an adventure centre which can organise all manner of activities from gentle strolls to high wire, from a quiet paddle in a kayak to abseiling on the mountain. Or you could spend a pleasant day wandering around the villages many historic buildings, punctuating your tour with visits to some of the village’s cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Rest day in Carlingford image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
6

Carlingford to Trim 34 mi. / 54 km image 1

Carlingford to Trim 34 mi. / 54 km

Your day starts with a transfer to Kingscourt, an unselfconscious midland Irish town. From here you head south to the heritage town of Kells or Ceannus Mor as it is known in Irish. It was here that the Book of Kells, a lavishly illustrated handmade copy of the scriptures penned by monks circa 800 ad, was found. You travel on through rich farmland on mainly flat roads through the Irish (Gaelic) speaking region of Racthcarin returning to the banks of the Boyne at your overnight stop in the town of Trim. Don’t miss the largely intact 12th century Trim Castle which has featured in several movies.

Carlingford to Trim 34 mi. / 54 km image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
7

Trim to Dublin 34 – 47 mi. / 55 - 75 km image 1

Trim to Dublin 34 – 47 mi. / 55 - 75 km

Today’s ride is largely flat through stud farms and fertile fields. You leave the Boyne again take in the Hill of Tara a site of historical, mythical and religious significance where 142 kings are said to have ruled from. Crossing into county Kildare as you approach the valley of the Liffey which runs through the centre of Dublin City. Your final few kilometres are through Phoenix Park. This is one of the largest city parks in the world. As you ride through you can spot herds of deer within 3km of the city centre. The accommodation tonight is in wonderful harbour town of Dun Laoghaire,  which has so much to offer in its own right but also a short train journey from Dublin city centre.

The tour finishes the next morning after breakfast.

Trim to Dublin 34 – 47 mi. / 55 - 75 km image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
8

Awaiting Acommoation Image

Dublin / Dun Laoghaire departure

Tour finishes after breakfast.

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

Prices / Dates

2020 SELF GUIDED TOUR
€ 885.00 per person sharing off peak
€ 920.00 per person sharing July & August
€ 255.00 single room occupancy (if travelling with others)
€ 395.00 solo tour supplement (if travelling alone on a self guided tour)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights bed & breakfast accommodation ( mixture of small hotels and guesthouses )
- 1 evening meal
- Bike rental (incl. locks, repair kit, pannier bag, bottle cage)
- Luggage transfer 
- All route details and maps 
- 24 hour service hotline
- GPS tracks available (on request)

Not included:
Helmet rental (on request) €10
E-bike supplement: €100 (on request only, subject to availability)

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tours are available from 18th April to 3rd October and can start any day of the week.

Accommodation

(Subject to availability)

MALAHIDE  image 1

MALAHIDE

Overnight in Malahide is either in the quirky Castle Lodge Guesthouse or in Island View Hotel overlooking the sea. With a warm and relaxing atmosphere and a short way from Malahide Castle its the perfect way to start a tour.   

MALAHIDE  image 2
DROGHEDA image 1

DROGHEDA

This boutique style townhouse in Drogheda is a real treat. A late Victorian building is a wonderful place to spend an evening and short walk from the river or town centre.    

Scholars Hotel 

DROGHEDA image 2
CARRICKMACROSS image 1

CARRICKMACROSS

The Riverbank in Carrickmacross is set in idyllic countryside. This stone building offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere in a peaceful setting. 

CARRICKMACROSS image 2
CARLINGFORD image 1

CARLINGFORD

McKevitt's Village Hotel is situated in the centre of Carlingford. Not far from the medieval streets of the town with old school pubs. It makes a fantastic place to spend an evening   

Belvedere house is placed in the heart of the town. Belvedere House is warm and welcoming modern B&B with a really nice restaurant . With spacious rooms with all the amenities you would expect makes this a great place to stay      

CARLINGFORD image 2
TRIM  image 1

TRIM

This 4 start Hotel, Trim Castle Hotel, overlooks the truly magnificent castle. This modern hotel has everything you could want from a new hotel but still keeps a friendly and warm atmosphere. 

Another accommodation we are using in Trim is the historic Highfield House built in the 1800s and with many peaces of original house still on display to see. It really is on of a kind. 

TRIM  image 2
DUBLIN image 1

DUBLIN

Haddington House in Dun Laoghaire with its fabulous location on the coast of the Irish Sea overlooking the bay. The hotel is a short walk to the harbour its a beautiful area to explore.

DUBLIN image 2

Travel

How to get to Dublin (Malahide):

The best airport to fly into would be Dublin  

From Dublin airport:
Bus service direct from the airport to Malahide is available (Check 
DublinBus or GetThere.ie for more info)

From Shannon airport:
There is a bus service to Dublin city available, approx €16 per person (Check JJKavanaghCoaches for info).

Alternatively from Shannon you can take a bus into Limerick city ( approx 30 minutes ) and from here take a bus or a train to Dublin 
Then take a Dublin Bus to Malahide village

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

Tour Reviews

We had a great tour! The accommodations were comfortable, the routes were interesting and easy to follow (most roads were not too busy with traffic), the luggage transfers went smoothly, and the bikes were generally good.
Overall, we were very pleased and would book with the company in future.

Kimberley & Joe Knobel (Castles & Kings self guided tour, 2017)

We had a great time. The travel accommodations were superb, the itinerary perfectly matched our hopes and expectations, all the Cycling Safaris Staff which whom we had contact with were marvellous, very helpful. Overall I would give the tour and Cycling Safaris: A+.
Thank you for helping us have a most lovely vacation.

Mary Krystine (Castles & Kings 2016)

Tour FAQ

What support do I get on self guided tours?

On a self guided tour we will organize your bike hire, the accommodation and the luggage transfer. Your route details will be waiting for you in your first night’s accommodation. In the route details you will also find recommendations for lunch stops and places to have dinner. You will set off by yourself and the luggage will be transferred to the next stop by our local taxi transfers. And should there be a day you won’t be able to cycle, it is possible to arrange a lift with the luggage transfer.

You can also contact us in the office (info@cyclingsafaris.com) or on our emergency number if you need assistance.

You can start the cycling tour on any day that suits you.

If you prefer to cycle with a support van and/or guide we are happy to send you a customized quote for this.

On a self guided tour it is possible to add extra days or shorten the trip if you wish to or we can customize the route for you.

What bikes are provided?

In 2020 we will be using the GIANT CITY bicycles for our tours.
To see the specification for this you can visit the website:
www.giant-bicycles.com/gb/escape-city ( Gents model )
www.giant-bicycles.com/en-ie/bikes/model/alight.2.city/28581/99470/ ( Ladies model )

Bikes come in different sizes and in gents and ladies style frames.

It is very important you give us your height on booking so that we can allocate the correct bike to you.

For a supplement of €100 its possible to book an e-bike

We are using EASE-E+ 2 ELECTRIC BIKE or similar please click here for more details

How fit do I need to be for the Castles & Kings Tour?

Looking at a scale from 1 - 10 (1 = easiest, 10 = hardest) we are giving this tour 6 points.

This is a great opportunity to discover some of Irelands historical gems.

The route takes you out of Dublin on quiet back roads through the farm lands that feeds the city to the beautiful and historic Boyne Valley. On roads undiscovered by tourists the route heads north through the spectacular Cooley Mountains to the medieval town of Carlingford. Returning to Dublin through the rich pasture lands of Meath and Kildare the route passes the ancient seat of the High Kings of Ireland at Tara.


There is a mixture of hilly and flat roads on this tour.

The average daily cycling distance is from 35-75 km. 

Is GPS available?

We offer Garmin files on request, but you need to bring your own device.

What do bring on a tour?

We would seriously recommend that you bring padded cycling shorts and / or a gel saddle cover that will definitely make your day’s cycling more comfortable. Cycling gloves are also a good investment. You can also bring your own saddle which we should be able to attach to our bikes.

We provide pannier bags (not waterproof) in which you can keep your day-to-day items. Otherwise, you may prefer to use a daypack and there are back carriers on each bike for this purpose.

We do not provide rain gear so be sure to bring your own lightweight waterproofs.

Don’t forget sun cream, sunglasses, sun hat as well as a bathing suit for that refreshing dip in the Atlantic Ocean.

Our rental bikes don’t have lights – no problem on the long summer evenings, but if you are traveling in May or September, please bring your own light or high-visibility vest.

Finally, if you wish to use toe clips please bring your own pedals with toe clips which we can attach to our bikes (the pedals on our bikes do not accommodate toe clips).

Can I upgrade accommodation?

On this tour you will be staying in Malahide, Drogheda, Carrickmacross, Carlingford, Trim & Dublin.

Please click here for a sample accommodation list.


On request, we can upgrade the accommodation.

Prices / Dates

2020 SELF GUIDED TOUR
€ 885.00 per person sharing off peak
€ 920.00 per person sharing July & August
€ 255.00 single room occupancy (if travelling with others)
€ 395.00 solo tour supplement (if travelling alone on a self guided tour)

Tour Includes

- 7 nights bed & breakfast accommodation ( mixture of small hotels and guesthouses )
- 1 evening meal
- Bike rental (incl. locks, repair kit, pannier bag, bottle cage)
- Luggage transfer 
- All route details and maps 
- 24 hour service hotline
- GPS tracks available (on request)

Not included:
Helmet rental (on request) €10
E-bike supplement: €100 (on request only, subject to availability)

Self Guided Tour Information

Self guided tours are available from 18th April to 3rd October and can start any day of the week.

 

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