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Ireland - Highlands of Donegal

Price from €860 per person

Degree of difficulty -

Start: DONEGAL

Finish: DONEGAL

Daily Ave: 38-63km

Weekly Ave: 285km

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Terrain: The roads are all tarmaced & mostly on quiet back roads. Some steep climbs and winding roads. Undulating terrain.

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.

Tour Itinerary

7 Night Tour

Day
1

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DONEGAL

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

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7 Night Tour

Day
2

DONEGAL TO GLENCOLUMKILLE 39 miles/62km image 1

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.

DONEGAL TO GLENCOLUMKILLE 39 miles/62km image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
3

GLENCOLUMKILLE TO DUNGLOE 38 miles/60km image 1

GLENCOLUMKILLE TO DUNGLOE 38 miles/60km

Today you head up into the 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.

GLENCOLUMKILLE TO DUNGLOE 38 miles/60km image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
4

DUNGLOE TO DUNFANAGHY 39 miles/63km image 1

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.

DUNGLOE TO DUNFANAGHY 39 miles/63km image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
5

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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.

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7 Night Tour

Day
6

DUNFANAGHY TO RAMELTON / RATHMULLAN 39 miles/62km image 1

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.

DUNFANAGHY TO RAMELTON / RATHMULLAN 39 miles/62km image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
7

CIRUCULAR TOUR OF AREA – DONEGAL 23 miles/38km image 1

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.

CIRUCULAR TOUR OF AREA – DONEGAL 23 miles/38km image 2

7 Night Tour

Day
8

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DONEGAL DEPARTURE

The tour finishes after breakfast.

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

Prices / Dates

2019 TOUR PRICE
€ 860.00 per person sharing off peak
€ 895.00 per person sharing July & August
€ 255.00 single room supplement (if travelling with others )
€ 395.00 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, lock, repair kit & bottle holder
- Guide in a support van if we reach minimum of 8 people 
- Luggage transfer
- Helmet (on set departure date tour only)

- Route details and maps
- 24 hour service hotline
- GPS tracks available (on request)

Not included:
Helmet rental on self guided tours (on request only) €10

Group tour dates ( Red = booked out / not available, Blue = Limited Availability and Green = available)

29-June,

Self Guided Tour Information

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

Accommodation

(Subject to availability)

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DONEGAL

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

Family run and warm and welcoming on the banks of the tranquil river its the ideal place to start any tour.

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GLENCOLMCILLE

Your host Geraldine Byrne will offer you a warm welcome you in Millstone B&B.

Set in the countryside the B&B give a real view of the remote landscape that is Donegal 

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DUNGLOE

This cozy guesthouse in Dungloe Ardcrone House within a short walk from the village and the ocean.

Warm and relaxing it an ideal place to recharge and get a good nights sleep.

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DUNFANAGHY

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

This family run hotel is in the heart of the village overlooking the bay. With hotel be run for 5 generations by the same family you can expect the warmest of welcomes.

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RAMELTON

Ardeen House: The historic Victorian house gives you a relaxed feeling the moment you walk through the front door and only a short walk from the town centre. 

Crammond House is another great option for our stay in Ramelton again it has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere in the town centre 

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Travel

Travel to Donegal:

Dublin Airport is the best option for this tour. There is also a small airport in the area called Donegal Airport. But its located over 70 km outside of Donegal Town and the bus connections are very limited.

From Dublin Airport:

There are direct bus connections from Dublin Airport to Donegal Town. Bus Eireann timetableBus Eireann also brings you from Dublin City to Donegal Town.

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

Tour Reviews

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 particularly 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

Tour FAQ

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We are currently updating all our tour frequently asked questions. In the meantime hopefully most questions are answered in our tour dossiers at the bottom of our itinerary page

Of course please do not hesitate to email us should you have any queries at all

 

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