Many people visit Ireland to experience the warmth and generosity of the Irish people, but few rarely ventures further than the big cities of Dublin or Cork, and miss all the stunning scenery and picturesque landscapes that bless this country.
One of the best ways to explore what the island has to offer is by motorbike, allowing riders to enjoy the undulating, winding roads that make Ireland’s highways unique. Millions of people travel from all over the world to bike their way around the small towns and villages dotted across the country, with many famous routes and rides on offer to them.
As well as the spectacular scenery and snaking roads, there are more ways to enjoy a Motorbike holiday as Ireland has more pubs per head of population than any other country in the world. A visit to a typical Irish country pub should be high on your list of things to do, in order to experience the beer, banter, food and music found in most of the country’s hostelries. With a ratio of two pubs to every person living in Ireland, even if the one you find is closed, there is bound to be an open one close by.
Take It Easy
It is against the law to drink and drive in Ireland, so lock the bike up for the evening and take advantage of the reasonable prices on offer at many pubs for an overnight stay.
Sitting down with a map of Ireland and planning your own route is a good idea; however, there are many suggested routes to which are tried and tested that you may want to attempt.
Galway to Achill Island
A favourite course with bikers is travelling a return trip from Galway to Achill Island. On this journey, riders can experience exciting bending and dipping roads, passing through stunning surroundings and amazing scenic views.
The journey should take around 6 hours, keeping within the designated speed limits and covers 420 kilometres. It’s essential to drive with insurance in Ireland. It is recommended to split this trip up over 2 or 3 days and take advantage of an overnight stay on Achill Island.
Amongst the destinations on this route, include the national parks and castle ruins of Clifden, the popular small fishing village of Cleggan, the fantastic mountainous landscapes of Louisburgh and the historical and distinctive town of Cong.