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    Challenge Yourself on a Cycling Tour of Five Countries

    Author: Dawn Rainbolt, PR Manager
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    For most people, multi-country itineraries and crossing country borders are accomplished via airplane, car or train. But what if you could visit all 5 countries of Ireland and the United Kingdom by bike and boat?

    Dive into adventure this summer on an epic 796km (495-mile) bike journey across the beautiful and diverse landscapes of Ireland and Britain. The  Five Countries Cycling Tour, operated jointly by Wilderness Ireland, Wilderness Scotland and Wilderness England, you’ll cycle through some of the most exciting and alluring landscapes each of the 5 countries have to offer.

    England & Wales

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    Depart on the Five Countries Cycling Tour in the Yorkshire Dales


    Over a twelve-day period, cyclists on the Five Countries Cycling Tour will start their journey by meandering through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales in northern England – recently the Grand Depart for the Tour de France – before exploring the Forest of Bowland, an official Area of Outstanding Beauty, one of the last remainders of the ancient wilderness that once stretched across England.

    After England, the next part of your adventure is in the majestic mountains of Snowdonia National Park in Wales, a place steeped in Welsh culture, history and mythology.


    Ireland & Northern Ireland

    Once in Ireland, you’ll start in the lively capital city of Dublin before transferring to Donegal, one of Ireland’s most remote – though also one of its most stunning – regions. Perfect for cycling through the wilderness, you’ll visit the majestic landscapes of Glenveagh National Park before cycling through the remote countryside to overlook Lough Swilly, a spectacular glacial fjord, in the north of Donegal.

    Take in cliffside castles and quaint villages, listen to the roar of waves and stare out at the wide ocean spreading across the horizon as you arrive in Northern Ireland.

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    Cycling along beautiful routes in Donegal


    The Five Countries Cycling Tour then brings you along the Northern Irish coastline through dramatic backdrops and unique panoramas, including the famous Giant’s Causeway, an ancient geological site made up of 40,000 basalt columns.

    The route then sweeps along the scenic Antrim Coast, one of the most dramatic though challenging cycling routes in the country. Follow the Torr Scenic Route through wild landscapes and windswept villages – some of which you may recognise from the TV series, Game of Thrones – until taking a boat to your final country, Scotland.

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    Hiking along the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland




    In Scotland, you’ll cycle through the relatively undiscovered regions of Dumfries and Galloway, weaving your way through lovely villages and silent countryside, before arriving at the final leg: the beautiful boulevard leading up to the entrance of the gorgeous Drumlanrig Castle to end your epic journey!

    The Five Countries Cycling Tour may be a challenge, but it’s entirely worth it in the end! All in all, you’ll cycle through some of the most gorgeous, intriguing and historic corners of all five countries on this bucket-list adventure.

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    End your cycling adventure at Drumlanrig Castle where the pedal bicycle was invented in 1839


    For more information or to reserve your place on this exciting adventure, see Wilderness Scotland’s website.

    See more exciting Wilderness Ireland biking trips here! Or, browse our other active trips in Ireland. If nothing suits your needs, submit a tailor-made query to have a trip custom-built for you.

    The Five Countries Cycling Tour – Locations: Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales

    Meet the Author: Dawn Rainbolt

    American by birth but European in spirit, Dawn has called the US, Costa Rica, Spain, England, Poland, France and now Ireland home over the years. While she has travelled to more than 30 countries, she has fallen in love with the rich Irish culture and sweeping landscapes of Ireland. Armed with a Masters Degree in Tourism Marketing and a love of writing and photography, she is Wilderness Ireland's Marketing Executive since 2017.

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