Trail of the Banshees
(Guided Tour) 10 days
Motohire Spain’s Trail of the Banshees, known elsewhere as the Wild Atlantic Way, forms part of the world’s longest coastal touring route.
Motohire Spain is proud to offer this fabulous tour, starting in the Summer of 2024.
5 – 12 People
Twin or Double
Wild Atlantic Way
- This trip includes many of the unmissable sights that the Emerald Isle has to offer. You will love riding in this land of rolling green fields, ancient myths and castles, not forgetting the “craic” – no one has fun like the Irish.
- Ireland is a stunning country to visit but for a biker, there’s nothing better than the western Atlantic coast, taking in the wonders of the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher, the limestone moonscapes of the Burren, the wilds of Connemara. We could go on…
- Our Wild Atlantic way Trail of the Banshees spans 10 days in all, from start to finish.
For those traveling internationally, we strongly advise arriving in Dublin 2 days at least before your tour departs for 2 main reasons: 1. to help you get over the jet lag, which will affect you, however seasoned a traveller you are, and 2. to visit the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. This is a superbly entertaining visit and we highly recommend it. There’s nothing in it for us – it’s just a brilliant thing to do in Dublin.
Note that times and mileages are “Google accurate” but don’t necessarily reflect our daily journeys as we’ll stop for coffees, photos, etc.
Day 1 Arrival day in Dublin, Ireland.
A friendly face from Motohire Spain will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel. Depending on arrival time, you may have time to relax or do some sightseeing before our detailed briefing session. Then, the whole group will get together for dinner in a local restaurant where you’ll get to know your fellow biking companions. Note that Day 1 and Day 10 of the itinerary are your arrival and departure days.
Day 2 Dublin – Dunmore East
Journey details: 220 km / about 4.5 hrs
A nice introduction to Irish roads on this ride southwards, starting with the delightful Wicklow mountains, and an early stop in the stunning lake-side village of Glendalough.
Then onwards to Wexford and our final stop on this first day in Dunmore East, including the short ferry crossing from Ballyhack to Passage East across the estuary of the River Barrow.
Day 3 Dunmore East – Kenmare
Journey details: 200 kms / 3h45
Heading south and west, we ride to Cork, the last port visited by the Titanic in 1912 and onto Glengarriff before heading north to our nights’ destination, Kenmare, over a twisty mountain pass. We leave County Cork behind us and enter County Kerry and the beginnings of the Wild Atlantic Way.
Titanic, docked in Cork, last place before disappearing
Day 4 Kenmare - Dingle
Journey details: 460 kms / 7h00
Today is the the Ring of Kerry. Known in Ireland as “the Kingdom.” When you tour the Ring’s placid lakes, majestic mountains, mysterious ruins, and charming villages, you’ll understand why. This ride round the Iveragh Peninsula is an exploration of Ireland’s spectacular beauty, from the Lakes of Killarney to the ancient stone forts of Cahersiveen. Arriving in Dingle, a hub of literary and creative culture, you’ll love the narrow streets and epic pubs, spirited live music and super seafood.
A village in the Ring of Kerry
Day 5 Dingle – Doolin
Journey details: 160 kms / 4h00 / local visits
Over the Conor pass today, one of Ireland’s highest mountain passes, providing the most dramatic views ranging from glaciated mountainscapes and corrie lakes to broad sweeping valleys. On this special day, we’ll also see the monumental cliffs of Moher and the Burren, veritable rock star of Irish vistas. Vast and moon-like, the Burren in County Clare is one of the most compelling of places. Cool grey rock etched with crevices and cracks tumbles down to the wild Atlantic, complemented by an incredible array of flowers, from native species to Arctic, Alpine and Mediterranean plants. The Tarbert to Killimer ferry will get us across the estuary from County Clare into Co. Limerick and on to our stay in Doolin.
Day 6 Doolin - Westport
Journey details: 250 km / 5h00
County Mayo, historically Ireland’s poorest county, is also its most hauntingly beautiful. The ride through Connemara’s vast and stark landscape as we head to our destination makes for a truly memorable day out. We’ll leave Co. Clare, head into Co. Galway, aim for a nice lunch spot in Roundstone, enter Co. Mayo and round off the day through the Doolough Pass before finding our base in Westport, one of Ireland’s gem towns.
Day 7 Westport – Westport: Rest day
Journey details: depends on how you’re feeling!
Options today include chillaxing in Westport itself, enjoying local hostelries and checking out the shops down by the quays. If you fancy hopping on your bike, head inland to the highly rated Museum of Ireland close to Castlebar, or the 12th century ruins of Cong abbey & / or the Quiet man museum if you happen to be a John Wayne fan! And if you’re feeling in need of spiritual sustenance, get out there and climb Croagh Patrick, Ireland’s holy mountain, with its spectacular views over Clew Bay.
Day 8 Westport – Sligo
Journey details: 240 km / 5h00
Day 9 Sligo – Dublin
Journey details: 220 kms / 4h00
The final stretch: Today we’ll part company with the Wild Atlantic way as we head south and east towards Dublin. You’ll visit the hidden gem that is the National Famine Museum in Strokestown, which recounts in detail the awfulness of the Great Hunger as it’s also known. Then onwards to a relaxing evening in your Dublin hotel.
Day 10 Departure day
We hope you’ll go home with fabulous memories and look forward to seeing you again. Slán go Fóill (see ya later)!
Included With your tour
- Airport or railway pickup on Day 1 of the tour.
- Additional equipment and clothing can be booked on request.
- A handy tour handbook showing the route and the highlights along the way.
- A multilingual guide who knows how to get you safely and entertainingly round the Emerald Isle for the duration of your trip (with 2nd guide and support vehicle for larger tours).
- Last but not least, your very own, very special, Motohire Spain tour souvenir!
Not included In The Tour
- Transport to Dublin, lunches, petrol / gasoline, drinks, tolls, personal spending and tips, and anything not included in the “Included in Tour” list.
Overnight stays in carefully chosen hotels & guest houses, guaranteed to be welcoming and friendly.
Delicious dinners each night and breakfast every morning.
- Very recent BMW GS motorcycles, all equipped with cases, top-boxes, and phone / GPS carriers.
Fancy making this a private tour, at dates that suit you? Drop us a line and we’ll be happy to organize your own bespoke tour.
Other riding options:
- Self-ride (regular rental in Spain): We’ll collect you at Malaga airport, drive you to the Motorhire Spain offices in Teba or Malaga, get you briefed and kitted up, point you in the direction of your choice and you’ll be in charge of your schedule for the duration. Latest satnavs are available or you can bring your own phone. Chargers and holders will be provided.
- Self-guided (Spain, Portugal and Morocco): Do you like the freedom of riding on your own but also the comfort of having all the little details organized for you, such as super places to eat and award-winning routes that you’d struggle to find on your own? If so, let the guys at Motorhire Spain help you. We’ll take care of all the tour details: great places to eat, a tour handbook, and a pre-loaded GPS. A friendly face from Motorhire Spain will meet you at Malaga airport, bring you to our Teba or Malaga offices for a comprehensive tour briefing, and set you on your way. If riding on your own is how you like to travel but you want to take advantage of MHS’s expertise then our Self-guided tours might be exactly what you’re looking for.
- Guided tours: As above, with the difference that you’ll be guided along the way by one of our friendly and highly experienced guides. Between us, we have over 60 years of riding experience round these parts, stretching from the loughs of Ireland to the deserts of Morocco, and having a guide allows you to relax and just enjoy the biking and the overall experience. Our guides are 100% discrete so if you want to be on your own in the downtime, that’s totally cool, and if you’d like to break bread and have a few beers with him or her, that’s cool too.
In all cases, we are just a phone call away in case you have any questions. Our fleet consists of highly maintained BMW GSs, ranging from 750 to 1300 cc.