County Donegal is a cyclist’s paradise, but it is equally as attractive for anyone who is willing to step off the bike to discover what lies hidden over the horizon. This 8 day adventure combines the best of both worlds. Savour the wonderful backroads, villages and jaw-dropping views of a bike tour and the undiscovered secrets of a walking tour. This mixed activity tour will take you as the name suggests – beyond even the backroads.
One of the great things about travelling by bicycle or by foot in Ireland is the chance to meet local people, and one of the best places to do this is at your accommodation. There is no better type of accommodation to suit cyclists and walkers than the type we use — the traditional Irish Bed and Breakfast (and occasionally small hotels). Here you will be guaranteed a warm welcome. The owners cater much more to the needs of the adventure traveller than the larger hotels.
Your host will serve you a delicious breakfast in the morning — which will set you up perfectly for the day ahead. All of the accommodations we work with cater for people with special dietary requirements.
Choose a single, double, twin (two single beds), or family (one double and one single bed) room. Rooms have their own private bathroom.
We make every effort to choose locations as close as possible to the village or town centre, so that you will be able to stroll out in the evenings to have a meal and then afterwards you can check out the local entertainment!
This cycling and Hiking tour starts and finishes in Donegal Town. It is easily accessible from Dublin airport. If you are flying Trans-Atlantic it is worth noting that most flights are overnight – arriving in Ireland in the early morning so you may want to consider a “recovery day” before starting to cycle.
Use the links below to check the bus timetables.
If you are arriving in Ireland at a different location and would like advice on how to get here, let us know and we will help you to plan your journey.
From Dublin Airport and Dublin City
By Bus: Direct buses (route 30/X30) run to Donegal Town from Dublin Airport and City every 90 minutes. For timetables see https://www.expressway.ie/ Look for route 30/X30
If you are arriving by car, on-street parking is available in Donegal Town. A permit lasting up to 1 month is available at a cost of €20.
To acquire a permit visit https://donegal-permit.giantleap.net/#/parking/products/agreement Select “Donegal Town”. We recommend No. 4 Car Park.
This tour finishes in Ardara. It is a short local bus journey back to your starting point in Donegal Town. Alternatively the 30 minute taxi journey will cost approximately €60.
To book the Backroads and Beyond self-guided biking and hiking tour with Ireland by Bike:
1: Book Online
Please use the booking form opposite. Once you have completed the form you will be asked to pay a deposit of €100 to secure your booking. Please note that this deposit is non returnable so it is important that you have all your travel details correct before proceeding to book.
We will get back to you confirming your booking. We make every possible effort to ensure that dates shown on the booking form are still available. However in the unlikely event that the date you requested is not available we will contact you to offer an alternative date.
3: Pay Balance
Full payment is required at least 4 weeks before your arrival date.
Once we have received full payment we will email you your bike tour accommodation list, along with your guide notes and any other essential information.
4: Enjoy Your Adventure
We will meet you on the morning of your first cycle and get you set up with your bike, notes, GPS etc . Time to relax and really enjoy your adventure.
Please see our Booking Terms and Conditions.