E-bike fleet Ireland by bike

Bicycle and Electric Bike Hire

Trekking/Touring Bicycle Hire

Well maintained, high-end Thompson bicycles, with high quality Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and gears.

Bicycle Rental Prices

1 day €20
2 days €38
3 days €55

Plus €15 on Subsequent Days

Deposit required:  €100 per bike plus valid photo ID.  ie current driving licence or passport.

E-Bike Hire

Top of the range Thompson Enigma electric bikes, featuring the powerful Bosch drive system and high quality Shimano hydraulic disc brakes and gears.

Ireland by bike e-bikeE-bike Rental Prices

1 day €35
2 days €70
3 days €100

Plus €30 on subsequent days

Deposit required:  €200 per bike plus valid photo ID,  i.e., current driving licence or passport.

Why Hire an E-Bike?

If you can cycle a bike you can cycle an e-bike.  The only difference is that e-bikes give you a boost when you pedal, especially on hills.  This makes the cycling much more enjoyable and relaxing.  Therefore you can travel further without tiring yourself out.  The range of our bikes is well in excess of 60 km.

Bikes and E-Bikes Supplied With:

  • Waterproof handlebar bag with map holder
  • Waterproof rear pannier(s)
  • Bike lock
  • Emergency bicycle repair supplies
  • Helmet if required (we recommend you bring your own.)

We recommend you bring a reusable water bottle.  For the benefit of the environment, we no longer supply plastic water bottles.

Bike and E-Bike Delivery Service

For your convenience we are able to deliver and collect bikes throughout Northwest Ireland. Delivery is charged at €1 per kilometer.

Hire your bike in the village of Carrick in South-West Donegal.  The area around Carrick has many spectacular sights,  including the Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Sea Cliffs, several pristine beaches and thousands of years of archeology.

 

Location

Suggested Cycling Routes

 

Sliver Strand and Glencolmcille

34 km

Bike to the pristine Silver Strand beach and explore the rich history of Glencolmcille.  Stop by the Glencolmcille Woolen Mills in Malinmore and also at the Glencolmcille Folk Village to see beautiful handcrafted goods and to soak up the local culture and history.  If you’re feeling extra energetic, take a hike to the Martello Tower at Glen Head

Bicycle Leaning on a fence beside the Silver Strand Beach in County Donegal
Map showing a cycling route from Carrick to the Silver Strand Becah

Take the R263 from Carrick towards Glencolmcille
Turn left onto the L1025 (4km)
Turn left onto the R263 (11 km) and continue to the Silver Strand (16 km)
Follow the R263 to Glencolmcille (24 km)
Follow the R263 back to Carrick.

 

Sliabh Liag Cliffs and Teelin Pier

14-17 km

Cycle to the viewing point to see the breathtaking cliffs at Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) rise 595 metres above the Atlantic ocean.  Experienced walkers can follow the walking trail to the top of the mountain.  Take the boat trip from Teelin Pier to experience the dramatic coastline.

Electric Bikes at Slieve League

Map of the cycling route from Carrick to Teelin Pier and Slieve League Cliffs

Take the road towards Teelin/Sliabh Liag Cliffs
Turn right 100 metres after the Rusty Mackerel Pub (3 km)
Bunglass, viewing point for Sliabh Liag Cliffs (7 km)
Return to Teelin. (11 km) Turn left to return to Carrick or right for Teelin Pier and boat trips.

Port a’ Chabhlaigh Beach, Kilcar, Muckross Head and the Secret Waterfall

36 km

Cycle winding back roads and explore the picturesque coastline.  Visit Studio Donegal – a traditional Donegal Tweed Handweaving Studio.  Picnic by the rock pools at the dramatic Muckross Head.

Woman with Bicycle at Muckross Head Viewing Point

Map of cycle route from Carrick to Kilcar, the Secret Waterfall, and Muckross Head

Leave Carrick in the direction of Killybegs. After crossing the Bridge, turn immediately right.
Turn right down the steep hill at the “Coast Road” sign. (2 km)
Turn right at crossroads. (3 km)
Turn right at T-Junction. (5 km)
In Kilcar village:  Turn Right in the Centre of the Village. (7 km)
Turn right for Muckross Head. (10 km)
Muckross Head. Safe beach is to the left. Headland to the right.
After leaving Muckross turn right towards Killybegs or left to return to Carrick
If turning left emerge on R263 and turn Right (16 km) Busy road for 2km. 
Stop at Largy viewing point. (18 km) 
Walk along the road for 200 metres to the lane leading to the secret waterfall. 
Return either by the same route or via the R263. 
Note: The secret waterfall can only be accessed at low tide. There is quite a short window to visit it.

Granny, Ardara and Glengesh

52 km

Cycle the glacial valleys of Glengesh and Granny.  Snap some photographs at Assaranca Waterfall.  Stop for lunch in the pretty village of Ardara.  Visit Donegal Design Makers Studio which is dedicated to showcasing designers and artisan craftspeople from County Donegal.

Biking down Granny Pass in South-West Donegal

Map of a cycle route from Carrick to Ardara, Granny, and Glengesh Passes

From Carrick take the L1125 towards Ardara. Turn left just before the bridge.
Turn left just after the small primary school. At the 80 km/hr signs. (6km)
Turn right. (7km)
T Junction. Turn right. (9 km)
Turn left up the steep hill. (11 km)
Follow this road through Granny Valley, including extremely steep descent 14 – 16 km. Continue past Maghera Beach and Caves (17 km), and Assarancagh Waterfall (18 km).
Emerge on N56. (24 km) Turn left for Ardara. Busy road for 1.5 km.
Ardara (26 km)
Return along N 56. Turn right at the sign for Glengesh Pass. (28 km)
Continue through Glengesh including 2km of very steep climbing and return to Carrick.

Places to Visit Once You’ve Hired a Bike

Hiring a bicycle is the perfect way to explore the many sites of interest in South-West Donegal.  Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

Sliabh Liag (Slieve League) Cliffs

The tallest sea cliffs in Europe, towering 595 metres above the Atlantic Ocean.  You can cycle all they way to the viewing point.  Experienced walkers can continue to the top of the mountain to reach the hair-raising One Man’s Pass.

Bunglas Sea Cliffs

Cloghanmore Court Tomb

This Megalithic Monument – located in Malinmore, Glencolmcille, is estimated to date to around 3,600 BC.  A must-visit site for archeology enthusiasts.

Cyclist looking into court tomb Co Donegal

Sliabh Liag Boat Tours

2-hour trips from Teelin pier to the bottom of Bunglas sea cliffs.  Get a unique view of the spectacular Donegal coastline and keep your eyes open for marine life like dolphins, basking sharks, and seals. sliabhleagueboattrips.com

Boat at Teelin Harbour ready to leave en route to see the Bunglas cliffs

 

Glencolmcille Folk Village

Restored traditional Irish villlage.  Experience life as it was in 1700s 1800s and 1900s Donegal.  Guided tours available.  glenfolkvillage.com

Traditional Cottages in the Glencolmcille Folk Museum. Restored as a museum and tourist attraction

 

Turas Cholm Cille

Megalithic standing stones in the valley of Glencolmcille were originally pagan but they have formed the basis of a “Turas” –  a yearly pilgrimage done by locals since early Christian times.  Many of the stones bear intricate carved designs.

Two cyclists at one of the Megalithic standing stones on Turas Cholmcille

Lookout Towers

Built during the Napoleonic wars, the entire coast of Ireland was once guarded from these heavily-fortified stone towers.  The towers at Glen Head, Malin Beg, Carrageen Head and St. John’s Point are all within range of our electric bikes.Martello tower on the Donegal coast

 

Pristine Beaches

Whether you want to swim, build a sandcastle, or just take a stroll along the coast, you will be spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches.  We especially recommend the Silver Strand, Muckross, and Glencolmcille beaches.  We just ask that if you hire a bike from us, please don’t cycle on the sand.

The Silver Strand Beach

Traditional Woolen Mills

Traditional methods of hand knitting and weaving have been handed down from generation to generation in South-West Donegal.  Visit Studio Donegal and the Glencolmcille Woolen Mill.

Woman sitting at a traditional hand loom

 

Traditional Irish Music

Live music sessions can be heard in the pubs of Carrick, Teelin, Kilcar, Meenaneary and Glencolmcille.  Several traditional music festivals run during the summer months and at the October Bank Holiday Weekend.  At the end of a long days cycling, reward yourself with a drink of Dulamán Maritime Gin – locally-distilled in Carrick by Sliabh Liag Distillery.

Musicians playing traditional Irish Music in a pub

Port

Located beside a unique beach of large, smooth, rounded stones, Port, which is no longer inhabited,  is an idyllic fishing village and harbour.  This is a spot with a unique “other world” feel.

Bike Hire Customer on his way to Port

 

Away To Me Sheepdog Trial Demonstrations

FJ and Meghan, a young local couple, offer authentic sheepdog demonstrations with thier very friendly clan of border collies.  As well as being informative, FJ and Meghan make this an experience full of craic!   awaytome.ie

Sheepdog trials in Donegal

 

Hill Walking

The Sliabh Liag Peninsula is a superb area for hill walking.  Experienced walkers should consider the strenuous but spectacular hike from Port to Ardara.  For a shorter walk try the climb to Glen Head.  Or book a week-long tour for an experience you’ll never forget.

Hill walking along the Donegal Coastline