GARBAGE RUN IRELAND
A RIDE AROUND THE EMERALD ISLAND - RAIN GUARANTEED!
**Apologies, this trip sold out in the first 24 hours. I've subsequently put on a second Ireland run commencing 4th July until the 12th. Same format as below, just one month later. Look for 'Ireland 2' in the online shop **
WHAT IS IT
Garbage Run Ireland is a near on full lap of Ireland and Northern Ireland, catching the ferry out of Fishguard in Wales, landing in Rosslare and heading anti-clockwise to ultimately pick up the Wild Atlantic Way, riding it all the way around into Northern Ireland. Along the way we'll take in some of the best riding roads including the Healy Pass and Priest's Leap, as well stopping off at iconic locations such as Slieve League Cliffs, Giant's Causeway and of course Father Ted's house for afternoon tea.
HOW IT WORKS
This trip is semi-guided in that there will always be option to ride with a guide, however it is always encouraged where riders wish to ride at a quicker or slower pace, or take in a slightly different route then there is the flexibility to do that, with a road book and accommodation stops provided prior to departure.
Daily distances will be around 180 miles, with some slightly less, some slightly more. Where possible the most scenic route will be taken, this will often include single track roads and mountain passes. The riding can be slightly challenging, certainly if the weather is bad, but again, all riders have the option to adapt the route to suit their abilities and preferences. No one will be forced to remain with the group, or ride roads they don't feel comfortable riding.
WHO IS IT FOR?
The run is for anyone who wants to see more of Ireland and to enjoy the company of others on this laid-back adventure. It'll will be predominantly camping so participants will need to be prepared for a bit of wet and windy weather, but as always there is nothing to stop anyone booking themselves into a hotel or B&B if that's what they'd prefer to do along the way. The pace of any of Garbage Run is never high with it always insisted that riders ride within their limits. In terms of bike choice, this run is suitable for most machines. If you come with a heavily laden large capacity bike then it can be a bit of a handful on the tighter lanes or on campsites - so I'd advise packing light - and bikes as small as 125cc would cope just fine.
WHO IS IT NOT FOR?
This is not for anyone wanting a fully guided luxury experience with hotel accommodation and full guiding provision. Like any Garbage Run, there is a basic framework to the trip, with routes and accommodation set, and riders can remain with me as the guide or do their own thing. The idea always is to encourage riders to make the trip their own, be it by self guiding at a slower or faster pace, taking alternative routes depending on riding preference and pace. Whilst there is no support vehicle, no rider will get left behind and efforts will always be made to rectify the problem, with breakdown cover essential, just in case.
The price includes the return ferry to and from Ireland, road book, guiding services, and all camping and bunkhouse accommodation along the way. The road book and GPX files will be issued approximately 2 months ahead of the departure date.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?
The price doesn't include fuel, food and spending money. Riders will also need to check their own vehicle insurance to make sure cover extends to Ireland, with breakdown cover and travel insurance both advised. It also advised that you take out suitable travel insurance and note that there is no provision for personal injury insurance. Riders embark on this trip at their own risk.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
You need a well serviced and travel ready machine. It needs fresh tyres and any other consumable for what will be approximately a 2000 mile trip.
You will need decent riding kit, including sturdy boots and good waterproofs. Camping kit will also be needed, consisting of a basic pack list of tent, sleeping bag and inflatable mat. It's optional to take cooking equipment as usually there are local amenities nearby.
Pillion riders are welcome, with an additional fee of £150 per pillion rider. Please notify me by email at the time of making the booking.
HOW DO I SIGN UP?
To secure you place click on the SIGN UP icon at the top of the page which will take you to a payment area where you can pay a £80 deposit to secure your place. The remainder of the balance will be due further down the line, with further information also provided upon sign up.
FOR ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS PLEASE JUST MESSAGE ME USING THE CONTACT BOX BELOW.
WHY I'VE PUT THIS TRIP ON
2019 was the first Garbage Run Ireland and whilst we got lucky with the weather it was undoubtedly a great week of riding, food, hospitality and good company. It made perfect sense to run the trip again for 2020. The riding especially is excellent, with Irish roads tending to be much quieter than in the UK. It's also an easy place to navigate and there are some spectacular camping spots and bunkhouses, as well as some excellent food and the hospitality is second to none. It's just a great place to ride a motorcycle and makes a perfect next step for anyone having already covered the four corners of the UK mainland.
IN A NUTSHELL:
A leisurely semi-guided exploration of Ireland and Northern Ireland, hugging the coastline to take in the famous Wild Atlantic Way.
Ring of Kerry
Afternoon tea at Father Ted's house (additional fee applies)
Most southerly and northerly points
Gap of Dunloe
Slieve League Cliffs
Saturday - meet at midday at the port of Fishguard on the west coast of Wales ready to set sail for the Irish port of Rosslare. We'll ride a short distance off the ferry before making camp for the evening.
Sunday - Today we head for Mizen Head, the most southerly point of Ireland, stopping off at the picturesque port town of Kinsale along the way.
Monday - This is where the trip comes alive, with some of the best riding you'll ever encounter. From Mizen Head we'll head north to tackle the rollercoaster road of Priest's Leap, wary of grass down the middle and meandering sheep. Then it's Healy Pass and onto the Ring of Kerry for a night of camping.
Tuesday - A slightly shorter day, chance for a lie in or a boat trip out to Skellig Michael, the island made famous by the recent Star Wars films. From there we head on round to the Dingle Peninsula - via the 'step-back-in-time' magic of the Dunloe Gap - for a choice of camping or bunkhouse.
Wednesday - We make up some ground today with an early start, made memorable by the climb up and over Connor Pass. We then make haste for the short ferry into County Clare. Here you have option to see Cliffs of Moher (although it really is a tourist trap) before ducking inland to pay a visit to Father Ted's house for afternoon tea.
Beyond Galway, the road takes us to Clifden.
Thursday - We see a lot of the coast today, heading up through the Ballycroy National Park and on along the Wild Atlantic Way, with some spectacular open-landscape riding, with barely another car on the road.
Friday - Today we head for the very top - Malin Head - taking in the Slieve League Cliffs along the way. These are much quieter and personally far more spectacular than Cliffs of Moher, but you can make up your own mind on that one. Again we had some excellent clear-road riding, ending up at one the most spectacular accommodation locations.
Saturday - We start with a short ferry across into Northern Ireland, heading for the Giant's Causeway and chance to have a good look around. The road beyond that, along the Antrim Coast, is one of the best, the day ending just outside Belfast with beers and some good home cooking.
Sunday - Sadly we head for home, catching the ferry back into Wales. We'll have covered some 1800 miles and seen the best that Ireland and Northern Ireland has to offer. An adventure to remember.
PLEASE NOTE: The route and itinerary is always subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances. Riders will also be updated if this is the case.