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Failte go Celtic Rider

Fáilte go Celtic Rider, Motorcycle Rental & Tours Ireland! Welcome to Celtic Rider, Ireland's first and largest motorcycle rental company. Established in 2007 by Paul & Siobhán Rawlins, with the intention of sharing our beautiful island of Ireland to all motorcycle enthusiasts and now offering self-guided car tours also, Celtic Rider has paved the way in the adventure tourism industry and now proudly offers a self-drive tour programme to include Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man with many more in the pipeline. Ireland is naturally rugged, wild, with beautiful scenery, stunning coastlines, a friendly welcoming English speaking people and is steeped in ancient history - our island is unique and unspoiled and ideally suited to escaping the norm and discovering your adventurous side. Ireland is entirely different from anywhere else you have visited, a world class destination full of iconic experiences, yours to discover. Let us help you on your journey of discovery. Our rental station is conveniently located to Dublin, our capital city. Motorcycle Rental Scotland has now become a reality with our newly launched 21 day tour, taking in the 14 day Irish Wild Atlantic Way tour and then boarding a ferry to Scotland from Belfast for the last week of your trip. This new tour will prove to bring sheer delight to riders, whilst offering fantastic roads to ride on, amazing land and seascapes and hospitality along the way that is simply outstanding and will leave a lifetime of lasting impressions on you.

Click the button below to view the 21 Day Wild Ireland & Highlands of Scotland Tour.
Also, newly launched for 2017 is our ‘Wild Ireland & Isle of Man TT Races’ tours. This trip incorporating the World famous Isle of Man TT Races has two tour dates. Riders have the option of riding Ireland for a week before departing to the Isle of Man, or riders can go directly to the Isle of Man by ferry and ride Ireland after the races. What really excites us about the Isle of Man part of this tour is the astonishing amount of options that you have whilst on this small island; there are plenty of excursions, both for the adventurous and the cautious. Diving, sea kayaking, abseiling, climbing, sailing, boat trips, hill walking, over 140 listed ancient monuments to visit, this small island of only 221 square miles (32 miles long, and only 14 miles wide), boasts over 660 miles of road and 99 miles of coastline. Every second day of race week is a rest day, and in this time we recommend for you to travel the island, take in the scenery, visit the museums and enjoy what this gem of an island has to offer.

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Our Bikes: 42 motorcycles in our fleet, mostly BMW, standard height and factory lowered options available. Celtic Rider Motorcycle Rental Ireland offer a range of world-class touring bikes to suit the discerning biker. Included in the rental cost of our motorcycles is tax, fully comprehensive insurance and unlimited mileage. All bikes come with full luggage systems, full tank of petrol plus a cable lock. In addition we can provide fuel tank bags in most cases free of charge.

Celtic Rider Ireland Tours are officially approved by Tourism Ireland and Failte Ireland.

Proud Winner of National Small Firms association 'Outstanding Small Business 2013' awarded to Celtic Rider Motorcycle Rental & Tours Ireland.

Celtic Rider, Motorcycle Rental in Ireland has compiled a selection of award winning self-guided tours with routes and accommodation included in the price. This has taken quite some effort on our part but we feel it to be a wonderful option for our clients. We have found from our clients feedback over the years, that they were extremely happy with our choice of quality Irish B&B or hotel accommodation, and location in traditional towns and villages. All motorcycles are fitted with Garmin Zumo 590 LM GPS to get you to your accommodation without the hassle of getting lost. Also the Garmin can easily be set to avoid main roads etc., this guarantees to keep you on minor country roads. The choice is yours to make on a daily basis...

Day 1 - Celtic Rider to Carndonagh, Inishowen Peninsula (192 Miles/ 307 Km)

  • Follow our Garmin route: first stop is Five Fingers Strand, the largest sand dunes in Europe.
  • Continue north to Bamba’s Point in Malin Head, most northerly part of Ireland to enjoy awesome ocean views.
  • Ride on to Fort Dunree, magnificent military museum towering over Lough Swilly
  • Next is the magical Mamore Mountain Pass, with wonderful ocean views from the viewing area.
  • Stopping at the Glenevin car park in Clonmany village, take the short walk along an ancient gorge to view Glenevin Waterfall.
  • Next on the list is Doagh Famine village in Doagh Isle, an authentic small Irish village to see for yourself what life was like during the 1840s in Ireland.
  • Continue to Carndonagh accommodation.

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Day 2 - Option day - Carndonagh to Carndonagh (105 Miles/ 170 Km)

Option A - Ride the Inishowen 100, a spectacular ride on the Inishowen Peninsula

  • Breakfast
  • Ride to Greencastle for the short ferry crossing to Magilligan Point in Co. Derry
  • Continue along the route in your Garmin towards Ballycastle, than take the small coast road to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. A 15 minute walk is involved but the narrow bridge walk is good fun..
  • Ballintoy Harbour is your next optional stop, nice place for refreshments beside the sea.
  • Next stop is the Giant’s Causeway – which is a World Heritage Site, famous for its basalt columns.
  • Continue to Bushmills with an opportunity to visit Bushmills Distillery.
  • Drive along the coast to Portrush with the option to visit Dunluce Castle.
  • Journey onwards to either Magilligan point for the ferry or Derry city.
  • Optional tour of the walled city of Derry.
  • Continue to Carndonagh via Derry or the ferry.

Option B - Ride to the Giants Causeway along the north Antrim Coast

  • Breakfast
  • Ride to Greencastle for the short ferry crossing to Magilligan Point in Co. Derry
  • Continue along the route in your Garmin towards Ballycastle, than take the small coast road to Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. A 15 minute walk is involved but the narrow bridge walk is good fun..
  • Ballintoy Harbour is your next optional stop, nice place for refreshments beside the sea.
  • Next stop is the Giant’s Causeway – which is a World Heritage Site, famous for its basalt columns.
  • Continue to Bushmills with an opportunity to visit Bushmills Distillery.
  • Drive along the coast to Portrush with the option to visit Dunluce Castle.
  • Journey onwards to either Magilligan point for the ferry or Derry city.
  • Optional tour of the walled city of Derry.
  • Continue to Carndonagh via Derry or the ferry.

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Day 3 - Carndonagh-Donegal

  • Breakfast than depart Carndonagh
  • Follow the route to Quigley’s point than Muff, onwards to Fanad head
  • Great riding up to Fanad Head lighthouse, built in 1817, majestic ocean views
  • Ride to Glenveagh National Park and visit Glenveagh Castle
  • View Mount Errigal mountain towering above you
  • Continue along Barnesmore Gap to Donegal town
  • Enjoy Donegal town for two nights

Day 4 - Your second day in Donegal. (Donegal to Donegal) (88 Miles/ 141 Km)

  • Breakfast.
  • Easy days ride, or visit Donegal Castle, in the town centre, Magee’s Donegal tweed shop, than take the ferry across Donegal bay from the town centre
  • Follow the Garmin route heading west, first town is Killybegs, Ireland’s deep sea fishing port, largest trawlers in the world fish from here.
  • Continue to Teelin than Carrick village and look for sign for Slieve League Cliffs, the ride up is awesome, and the cliffs are the highest in all of Europe, 2000 ft.
  • The view over the Atlantic Ocean is simply breath-taking.
  • Departing the cliffs ride to Glencolumbkille, than to Ardara via the amazing Glengash pass.
  • From Ardara ride to Clooney and Glenties.
  • Return to Donegal town via Frosses and enjoy the surrounding Bluestack mountains.
  • Relax and enjoy Donegal town.

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Day 5 – Donegal to Westport. (2 nights in Westport) (156 Miles/ 250 Km)

  • Breakfast.
  • Departing Donegal head south, Drumcliff is where Ireland’s beloved poet W.B.Yeats is laid to rest. Benbulbin table top mountain dominates the skyline.
  • Must visit is the ‘Ceide Fields’ visitor centre, the oldest and largest stone walled village in the world, 5200BC.
  • Ride south through Ireland’s most remote area, from Bangor ride Ballycroy National Park, please stop at the Ballycroy visitor centre, Europe’s largest expanse of blanket bog, local people working there will happily tell you the history of this region.
  • View the Nephin Beg Mountains and look out for local people cutting turf.
  • The ride to Mallarany is spectacular as it winds along the sea.
  • There is a nice Abbey, Burrishoole Abbey, between Mallaranny and Newport, optional but worth visiting.
  • Check into Westport accommodation for 2 nights.

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Day 6 – Your second day in Westport. (Westport to Westport) (130 Miles/ 206 Km)

  • Breakfast.
  • Leaving Westport for Maam Cross we are now heading for the spiritually haunting experience of Connemara National Park, a magical ride.
  • From Maam cross ride to Roundstone coastal village than continue to Clifden.
  • From Clifden town take the aptly named ‘Sky Road’ with outstanding sea views are you ride higher and higher to the viewing area.
  • Continue to Kylemore Abbey for hot scones and freshly brewed tea This is a magnificent Benedictine Abbey in a stunningly beautiful wooded valley.
  • Ride to Leenane village look at Irelands deepest fjord, than ride the incredible and narrow Doo Lough Mountain Pass with towering mountains on either side of you.
  • Ride back now Westport via Louisburgh and admire Irelands holy mountain ‘Croagh Patrick’ en route back to Westport.

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Day 7 – Westport to Bunratty (2 nights in Bunratty) (132 Miles/ 210 Km)

  • Breakfast.
  • Departing Westport ride to Leenane than skirt around Galway city.
  • Take the N67 coast road to Kinvara village, optional visit to Dunquire Castle, you can walk up a very narrow stone stairwell to the top of the castle.
  • Optional visit to Aillwee caves, a subterranean cave deep under the Burren, a great tourist attraction. Park bikes in the upper car park with fantastic views across Galway Bay.
  • The Burren National Park is unique in the world; it is a vast limestone plateau covering 400 sq kms(250 sq miles).
  • Next stop is Poulnabrone megalithic portal Tomb, many thousands of years old. You are now in the heart of the Burren National Park.
  • Skirt around Ennis and continue to Bunratty village.
  • Enjoy a four course medieval meal in Bunratty castle, or a traditional night of Irish food and dance in the Corn Barn, alternatively Durty Neely’s is a great old pub in the village.

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Day 8 – Your second day in Bunratty (Bunratty to Bunratty) (117 Miles/ 186 Km)

  • Breakfast.
  • Ride to Ennistymon and continue to the Cliffs of Moher, magnificent vertical cliffs towering over the Atlantic Ocean, shortlisted to be one of the great natural wonders of the world.
  • Travel onwards to Doolin, optional and exciting ferry ride to see the cliffs from the ocean, spectacular on a sunny day.
  • Follow the route north along the coast road to Blackhead, stopping at Murrooughtoohy car park. Take a walk on this bizarre limestone beach with millions of boulders deposited from the last ice age, and beautiful wild orchids living in cracks in the limestone rock. A short walk brings you to the ocean.
  • Continue along the route to Ballyvaughan than ride to Lisdoonvarna ( famous the world over for its matchmaking festival in Sept) via Corkscrew hill, very tight hairpins
  • Follow the route to Kilfenora, interesting visitor centre there, optional, continue back to Bunratty accommodation via Carrofin.

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Day 9 – Bunratty to Killarney (2 nights in Killarney) (146 Miles/ 223 Km)

  • Breakfast.
  • Leaving Bunratty take the road to Killimer and board the ferry for the short crossing to Tarbert in Kerry.
  • Listowel, famous for horse racing, than Tralee and ride to Camp village on the Dingle Peninsula, described by the National Geographic magazine as one of the most beautiful places on the planet.
  • From Camp ride to Stradbally and take the road signed Conor Pass, a mountain ride with everything you could wish for as a motorcyclist, mountain, sky and ocean views, awesome ride.
  • From Dingle ride along the coast taking in Inch beach and on Killorglin, famous for its Puck fair, to your destination, Killarney.
  • Killarney, affectionately known as the 'Jewel of the South West' is a great town, buzzing with great restaurants and pubs.

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Day 10 – Your second day in Killarney. Rest or ride the famous 'Ring of Kerry' (132 Miles/ 210 Km)

  • Breakfast.
  • Either take a rest day and cruise the Killarney lakes taking in the majestic mountain views and a pony and trap ride over the Gap of Dunloe, plus a bit of shopping, relax if you wish.
  • Alternatively, ride the world famous Ring of Kerry, and the incredible Gap of Dunloe, the most beautiful glaciated valley in Europe, a challenging ride but very much worth the effort.
  • Continue around the route, deviate to ride the Skellig Ring, another awesome off shoot off the main Ring of Kerry.
  • Continue back to Killarney accommodation.

Day 11 – Killarney to Celtic Rider Rental Station (195 Miles/ 311 Km)

  • Breakfast.
  • From Killarney ride to Mitchelstown and on to Cashel and visit The Rock of Cashel, this is where Queen Elizabeth came on her historic visit to Ireland in 2011.
  • The Castle was the seat of the high Kings of Ireland for over 1000 years, well worth visiting.
  • Enter Celtic Rider last fuel stop before returning the bikes.
  • Return to Celtic Rider Rental Station.
  • We will arrange the drop off to Dublin city accommodation or Dublin Airport.


Pricing & Details


Optional extras

Hire of waterproof protective riding clothing including, riding jacket, trousers, boots and gloves €10 each person/per day
If you would prefer to stay in a blend of B&B Guest Houses and 4 or 5 star Hotel accommodation, contact Celtic Rider for custom pricing.

The Celtic Rider Package

  • Rental of motorcycle , which includes, top box, side cases and inner bags

  • Accommodation in Irish owned B&B guesthouses of a very high standard, personally hand selected by Paul Rawlins, founder and owner of Celtic Rider

  • Award winning 2 hour long orientation course specifically designed for riders from countries that ride on the opposite side of the road to Ireland which is guaranteed to enhance your overall riding experience, here in Ireland

  • Transfer to and from Celtic Rider Rental Station from either Dublin City or Dublin Airport

  • Comprehensive insurance, with an excess of €1,500 which is the maximum charged for accidental damage or theft

  • Unlimited mileage, full tank of fuel on departure, to be returned with full tank of fuel.

  • The latest Garmin Zumo 590, with our award winning routes pre-programmed for each days ride, map and comprehensive advice, prior to your departure

  • Helmet - Approved European Standard plus Richa Rainsuit

  • Breakdown cover, (excludes punctures as all bikes are supplied with repair kits)

  • Celtic Rider merchandise, Including t-shirt, baseball cap, neck buff, warm fleece hoody and badges

  • Free secure storage of luggage cases at our premises

  • Breakfast every morning at your lodgings

  • Not included are fuel, food, drinks, ferries, parking, entrance to tourist sites, fines, tickets or any other personal costs you may incur during your trip

Some of Our Small Print

Riders must have a full license for riding the category of motorcycles that we rent and the rider must be 25 years of age or older.A pre-authorisation for damage excess of €1500 will be reserved on your credit card on collection of the motorcycle. For motorcycles going abroad the damage deposit is €2500. This is the maximum cost charged in the event of accidental damage or theft. Your signature on the rental agreement page shall constitute authority for us to debit the final total charges against your account and your specific card-issuing organization. Celtic Rider office staff must be notified immediately of any accidents.

Please refer to our Terms & Conditions

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Celtic Rider - Respected Worldwide

Paul Rawlins, owner of Celtic Rider is an official Ambassador for tourism in Ireland. He was part of a team chosen by the Minister of Transport, Tourism & Sport to create what is now known as the Wild Atlantic Way. Celtic Rider has the backing of Fáilte Ireland, the National Tourism Development Authority, Bórd Failte and the Irish Tourism Board in bringing tourism to Ireland. Paul led the Adventure Travel Tourism Association’s (ATTA) around the Wild Atlantic Way when it was first launched in 2014.

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