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Bike Tour
Donegal From Cliffs to Coast

7 review(s)

Next Trip(s): 1st Aug | 24th Apr Duration: 6 night(s)

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Trip created by Darragh Devaney
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Region: North West – Donegal & Sligo
Trip Type: Biking
Comfort: Classic
Confirmed: When 3 Traveller(s) Book
Deposit From €525.00


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Trip Details

Donegal, voted the #1 Coolest Place on Earth by National Geographic Traveller, is a corner of Europe overlooked by the rush of the modern world. By biking Donegal, explore rugged mountains, towering cliffs, swathes of white sand beaches and timeless fishing villages.

Today, biking Donegal, as romantically remote as it has always been, is a trip back in time. Traditional Irish cuisine, sports, music and language are an intricate part of Donegal. Experience the freshest local food while biking the rugged coastlines and moors of Donegal, retiring to comfortable and unique lodgings each evening.

Our biking Donegal route takes us from the cliffs at Slieve League – some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe – through the desolate but beautiful Glenveagh National Park, to the glittering shores of fjord Lough Swilly and along the rugged and rocky coast to Ireland’s northernmost point Malin Head – the backdrop for Star Wars Episode VIII. Hop on a bike and join us in discovering this cool, remote, off-the-beaten-path region of Ireland! 

Trip Highlights

  • Explore Slieve League, some of Europe's highest sea cliffs!
  • Cycle Donegal's remote landscapes - National Geographic's #1 Coolest Place on Earth.
  • Reach Ireland's northernmost point of Ireland, Malin Head - a Star Wars filming location.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 – Lough Eske & the Blue Stack Mountains

Start at the Sligo Train Station and transfer to the glittering shores Lough Eske. From here, we’ll hop on our bikes and enjoy an afternoon ride through the rugged and unspoilt backcountry and farmlands of Donegal on a backdrop of the remote Blue Stack Mountains. (L, D)

Distance: 33km/20miles

Day 2 – Slieve League Cliffs & Glengesh Pass

Today, we’ll 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 Glengesh Pass, a sweeping valley voted one of Ireland’s most scenic routes. End the day in the quaint village of Ardara, home to traditional Donegal tweed hand-weaving. (B, L)

Distance: 64km/40miles

Day 3 – Donegal West Coast & Horn Head Peninsula

Hugging the coast, pedal to the sound of crashing waves pounding on the rocky shores. We detour to explore the fascinating Kilclooney Dolmen, an ancient tomb from the Neolithic era. Donegal’s tiny villages and rural landscapes are a veritable time capsule of rural Ireland. After a transfer to the northern stretch of Donegal, we’ll have the chance to explore a spectacular looped ride of the Horn Head Peninsula from the coastal town of Dunfanaghy, rolling through vast moors and desolate bogs, all the while overlooking the sparkling waters of Sheephaven Bay. (B,L)

Distance: 35 km/22 miles

Day 4 – Glenveagh National Park

Today, we’ll bike under the hauntingly 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 castle and valley before pedalling through the foothills of the majestic Derryveagh Mountains, passing under the shadow of iconic Muckish Mountain. In the evening, settle down with a pint by an open fire in a cosy pub! (B, L)

Distance: 64 km/40 miles

Day 5 – Lough Swilly Fjord

Continuing north, we’ll 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 our accommodation, enjoy panoramas over the white sand shores of the fjord Lough Swilly. (B, L)

Distance: 61 km/38 miles

Day 6 – Malin Head

We’ll follow the shores of Lough Swilly to bike the wild, remote roads of northern Donegal, passing quaint communities and desolate bogs. Our trip culminates at Malin Head, the northernmost tip of Ireland, which features in Star Wars: Episode VIII. A short walk around this rocky headland will transport you to another world! We’ll finish our biking Donegal adventure with a spectacular descent to the shores of Lough Swilly for a final group dinner. (B, L, D)

Distance: 54 km/33 miles

Day 7 – Depart

County Sligo has long been associated with Ireland’s national poet WB Yeats, who drew inspiration from the surrounding mountains, lakes and landscapes. We stop at a tiny monastery under the shadow of the impressive and iconic Ben Bulben mountain to visit the famous poet’s final resting place. We then head to the bustling Sligo town – a lovely place for last minute souvenir shopping – before we say goodbye to Ireland’s rugged west coast. (B)

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What's Included

Accommodation - Accommodation in carefully selected guest houses and hotels Read More

This trip, the Bike Tour of Donegal From Cliffs to Coast features local accommodations chosen for their excellent location, service and comfort. All accommodations provide breakfast. Relax by the fire in comfortable, countryside hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses snuggled into some of Ireland’s most beautiful scenery surrounding quaint villages known for hand-weaving, the famous Glenveagh National Park and the glittering shores of the fjard Lough Swilly.

We do not charge single person supplements to people booking on their own. However, you will be expected to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you specifically require a single room you will have to pay the single supplement charge of €250 but this is subject to availability.

Meals - Meals Info (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Read More

Breakfast is provided each morning, as well as lunch and snacks throughout the trip. Dinner is provided on the first and final evening of the trip. The other nights of the trip are free for you to dine where you choose. Local pubs and restaurants offer a wide choice of local dishes. Your guide can provide you with a list of local recommendations and can help you make any necessary reservations.

Travel - All transport throughout the trip Read More

You will be met by your Wilderness Ireland Guide at Sligo Train Station at 12.00pm noon on Day 1 of your trip. You will be dropped of at Sligo Train Station at 12.00pm noon on the last day of your trip.

You can reach Sligo Train Station via a direct service from Dublin. Please contact us for more detailed information on reaching the start of this trip. Alternatively, please see our Travel to Ireland section here.


Trip Dates & Prices

Trip Dates for 2020 Availability Status Price Book
1st Aug - 7th Aug 2020 Trip Full FULLY BOOKED €2,100
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24th Apr - 30th Apr 2021 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €2,100 Book Now
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21st Aug - 27th Aug 2021 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €2,100 Book Now
18th Sep - 24th Sep 2021 8 place(s) left UNCONFIRMED €2,100 Book Now

Make This Trip Private

Sometimes it's nice to get family and friends together and travel privately for some quality time. This means you benefit from all the features of the group departure, including hand-picked accommodation and expert local guides and we'll take care of it all. Then you can make your choice of departures dates and we'll get back to you to finalise the details.

Speak to an Expert

One of our team members, Darragh is Wilderness Ireland’s Operations Manager. As the team’s resident bike expert, Darragh has helped research, design and even guide nearly all of Wilderness Ireland’s bike trips. When not in the office, Darragh can usually be found exploring a little-known corner of Ireland on two wheels or camping in the countryside with his family.

- Darragh Devaney

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Difficulty Grades Explained

Blue Grades 4-6

The road cycling trips that we offer are graded to take into account a combination of the general level of fitness required and the number of miles cover as well as the daily ascent and estimated saddle time.

Our blue graded trips are aimed at people who regularly enjoy road cycling and may have completed a multi-day cycle tour before. These trips include the occasional day with steeper climbs, but with plenty of opportunity to stop and to admire the view and take photos.

Harder days are usually followed by much easier ones both in terms of how much distance we cover that day and the number of steep ascents. Most days these trips allow plenty of time for exploring the surrounding area and to enjoy relaxed lunches.

Distance typically range from 30-50 miles each with rolling terrain. On some days you can expect some more challenging climbs and steeper descents. But remember, our support minivan will always be available to offer you a ride if you need it!

Before joining this trip, the questions you should be asking yourself are:

Are you happy being on your bike for around six hours each day for several days in a row?

Do you regularly ride your bike most weeks or have you done a multi day tour recently?

Are you comfortable climbing and descending steep roads?

Trip Reviews

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 7 review(s) of Bike Tour – Donegal From Cliffs to Coast



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That’s why we read each of our client’s reviews and although we don’t respond to all of them, if it’s glowing feedback then we get the satisfaction of helping to make your vacations truly memorable.


Bill Phillips

Reviewed on 18/08/2019

Age: 70 - 80
Country: United States
Trip Date: 03/08/2019
Trips Taken: 1

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

Fantastic trip in every way. Even the rain just added to the memories (and I never thought I would say that!) By the way, the rain only soaked us one day, and we were prepared! We also had sunshine every day and this made our sightseeing spectacular. I have a titanium travel bike, but due to logistics, we decided to rent and the Trek bikes we had were perfect for the terrain, hills, and weather. This was the right choice. I would advise renters that water bottles are provided and the bike packs on the rental bikes are really spacious for virtually all necessities. ( I know you said something similar, but for some reason, I thought I should bring an extra pack anyway....not needed :-)! Providing Garmins with route guidance was very much appreciated and added real security for the routing. Some of us would have liked a handlebar mirror as well, though everyone was a safe rider and no significant accidents occurred. Thanks again for providing a great travel experience to Ireland. We loved it! By the way, we spent another week in the more touristy areas in the south.... also a great experience in other ways, but Wilderness Ireland was great Craic!


Beth Steucek

Reviewed on 12/08/2019

Age: 60 - 70
Country: USA
Trip Date: 03/08/2019
Trips Taken: 1

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

Yes I will being telling all my friends


Rick Cook

Reviewed on 03/07/2019

Age: 60 - 70
Country: United States
Trip Date: 15/06/2019
Trips Taken: 2

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

It was a first rate experience from start to finish. Biking in Donegal truly is one of those once in a lifetime experiences, with challenging routes, breathtaking scenery, wonderful people, and comforts beyond expectations. It should not be missed!

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