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Donegal from Cliffs to Coast | Guided Group

Total distance 182 miles (291km)  | Average distance 40 miles (64km)

Donegal has been voted the #1 Coolest Place on Earth by National Geographic Traveller. Donegal is covered in rugged mountains, towering cliffs, white sand beaches and fishing villages. Donegal is still as remote today as it always has been, boasting traditional Irish cuisine, sports, music and language. Experience the freshest local food while biking the rugged coastlines and moors, retiring to beautifully unique lodgings each evening. 

This tour sees bikers take a route from the cliffs at Slieve League, some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, all the way through Glenveagh National Park and to the shores of Lough Swilly. The tour will then continue along the rocky coast of Ireland's northernmost point, Malin Head. 

What not to miss

  • Slieve League, some of Europe's highest sea cliffs
  • Northmost point of Ireland, Malin Head

What's included

  • 7 days professional guiding with a lead guide, plus assistant/support driver
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Meals (as stated in the itinerary)
  • Vehicle transport for ride support and luggage
  • Any required ferry transfers
  • Entrance and admission fees (as per itinerary)
  • Ride snacks
Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Ireland

Donegal from Cliffs to Coast | Guided Group

Day 1 Lough Eske and the Blue Stack Mountains | Distance 20 miles (33km)

You will start at the Sligo Train Station and transfer to the glittering shores of Lough Eske. From here, you will get on your bikes and enjoy an afternoon ride through the rugged, unspoilt backcountry and farmlands of Donegal on the backdrop of the remote Blue Stack Mountains.

Meals included: lunch and dinner

Day 2 Slieve League Cliffs and Glengesh Pass | Distance 29 miles (64km)

Today, you will explore southern Donegal, cycling up to the massive Slieve League Cliffs, some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, (three times the height of the Cliffs of Moher). Along the way, discover hidden waterfalls and descend into Glengesh Pass, a sweeping valley voted one of Ireland's most scenic routes. You will end the day in the beautiful village of Ardara, home to traditional Donegal tweed hand-weaving.

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 3 Donegal West Coast and Horn Head Peninsula | Distance 22 miles (35km)

Hugging the coast, you will discover an ancient Neolithic tomb as you cycle through timeless landscapes. Enjoy swathes of white sand beaches, quintessential farmlands and even the possibility of walking out to an island at low tide. You will then transfer to the charming town of Dunfanaghy before hopping back on your bike for a spectacular looped ride of the devilish Horn Head Peninsula. With the beautiful Sheephaven Bay over your shoulders, you can admire the golden moors and violet heathlands of Horn Head. 

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 4 Glenveagh National Park | Distance 22 miles (35km)

Today you will bike under the beautiful mountains and lakes of Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle, whose remote mountain setting was inspired by the Victorian idyll of a romantic retreat. Enjoy a beautiful panorama of the castle and valley before pedalling through the foothills of the majestic Derryveagh Mountains, passing under the shadow of iconic Muckish Mountain. In the evening, you can settle down with a drink by the open fire in a cosy pub. 

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 5 Lough Swilly Fjord | Distance 38 miles (61km)

Continuing north, you will bike along an elevated road that overlooks the azure shores of Lough Swilly, a huge glacial fjord between two peninsulas. Passing castles and bogs, explore the rocky coastal terrain in this little-travelled region of Donegal at the edge of the world. Back at your accommodation, enjoy panoramas over the white sand shores of the fjord Lough Swilly. 

Meals included: breakfast and lunch

Day 6 Malin Head | Distance 33 miles (54km)

You will follow the shores of Lough Swilly to bike the wild, remote roads of northern Donegal, passing quaint communities and desolate bogs. Your trip culminates at Malin Head, the northernmost tip of Ireland, which features in Star Wars: Episode VIII. You will finish your Donegal biking adventure with a spectacular descent to the shores of Lough Swilly for a final group dinner.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7 Departure

After a relaxing morning, it is time to say goodbye to the wilderness of County Donegal and transfer back to Sligo Train Station, where you can access direct service to Dublin and Dublin Airport. 

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Ireland

Donegal from Cliffs to Coast | Guided Group

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Ireland

Donegal from Cliffs to Coast | Guided Group

Local Accommodation

3-4 star

All accommodation on this trip is chosen due to its excellent location, service and comfort. All accommodations provide breakfast in comfortable, countryside B&Bs and guesthouses. Each is snuggled in some of Ireland's most beautiful scenery surrounding quaint villages.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Ireland

Donegal from Cliffs to Coast | Guided Group

Pricing 2019

Tour Only Prices (Transfers Included) 2019

Dates

Nights

Price

 

15 June - 21 June

7

£1895

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3 August - 9 August

7

£1895

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31 August - 6 September

7

£1895

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Extras

Single supplement from £238

Solo travellers

On this tour we do not require you to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. We will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender and if we cannot match you up we will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room. The cost of the single supplement is listed above.

Your cycling holiday in Cycling Holidays Ireland

Donegal from Cliffs to Coast | Guided Group

Total distance

Average daily distance

40 miles (64km)

Suitability

This trip is aimed at those who regularly enjoy road cycling and may have completed a multi-day cycle tour before. This trip includes the occasional day with steeper climbs, but with plenty of opportunities to stop and admire the view and take photographs.

Harder days are often followed by much easier ones both in terms of distance covered and the number of steep ascents. The support minivan is always on offer to those who need a break from riding. 

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