Cycling Holidays and Guided Cycling
Take a cycling holiday in Northern Ireland where the backdrop to your cycle will be nothing short of breathtaking, as you pass undulating glens, stunning coastline and quiet villages. The following cycling specialists offer cycling holidays for all types of two-wheeled visitors, from families to more serious enthusiasts.
A packaged cycling holiday is ideal because everything is looked after: routes, places of interest and places to stay. Packages offered usually include cycle hire, luggage transfers, maps and specialist accommodation to suit all budgets. Either enjoy getting to know the beautiful countryside of Northern Ireland in the company of other cyclists on a guided trip, or if you prefer, venture solo with a tailor-made itinerary on a self guided trip.
The following providers offer a variety of cycling holidays. There is something for everybody - however fit you are and wherever you wish to go!
BELFAST CITY BIKE TOURS
18-20 Kent Street, Belfast, BT1 2JA
Tel: 07592 208 716
Contact: Rory Martin
Belfast City Bike Tours offer fun, eco-friendly tours of Belfast City with local guides to show you the sites, some of which are only reachable by bike.
Our easy paced tours take in over 20 points of interest with plenty of photo opportunities. The tours are very safe, our bikes are cool, fun, extremely comfy and easy to pedal and our guides know the area inside out! We offer 3 tours: City Orientation Tour (2.5 to 3hrs- £15pp), Hilden Bike “N” Brew Tour (groups of 6+ by pre-booking only; 4.5hrs - £40pp) and Titanic Bike “N” Boat (3.5hrs - £25pp). Bike hire is also available with pick up in the city centre. Call 07592 208 716.
BUSHMILLS CYCLE HIRE
Tel: +44 (0) 28 2073 2869
Contact: Ross Torrens
Our mobile bike hire service takes the hassle out of hiring bikes. No more trekking to the cycle hire shop, we come to you and we’ll bring our hire bikes right to your door or wherever you’d like to start your route. Helmets, pumps, locks and a map are included in the cost of hire.
CAUSEWAY CYCLE HIRE
Tel: 07927 956 657
Contact: Joe Kennedy
A mobile bike hire company based in Portstewart on the North Coast. They hire bicycles primarily in Portrush and Portstewart, but also in Coleraine, Bushmills, Portballintrae and the Giant's Causeway. Bikes can be delivered direct to your campsite/holiday home/hotel.
CLEARSKY ADVENTURE CENTRE
Castle Ward Estate, Strangford, Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 7LS.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 4372 3933
Contact: Ellie Harvey
The Clearsky Adventure Centre is located at the head of the new multi-purpose trails network in the Castle Ward Estate. With trails to suit all ages and abilities, Clearsky can provide equipment hire for all ages and abilities too. They stock everything from toddler trailers to top-quality VITUS mountain bikes with hydraulic breaks and front suspension, so anyone from 9 months can be catered for.
CYCLE IRELAND TOURS
15 Kestrel Park, Conlig, Newtownards, Co. Down, BT23 7EJ
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9147 7024
Mobile: +44 (0) 7834 770 724
Cycle Ireland Tours is a Northern Ireland based company offering full on-road supported tours through out Ireland. Our tours are challenging multi-day trips designed for a regular cyclist with spectacular scenic routes and quality hotel accommodation and meals provided. The Tour of the North features routes through the Mourne and Sperrin Mountains, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the stunning Causeway.
IRON DONKEY BICYCLE TOURING
15 Ballyknockan Road, Saintfield, Co. Down BT24 7HQ.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9081 3200
Contact: Tony Boyd
Iron Donkey tours are aimed at experienced, independent cyclists who are looking for incredible scenery, exhilarating biking and a challenge, along with the opportunity to experience the Northern Irish countryside in the best way possible. The routes, which are unique to the Iron Donkey tours, have been developed over several years by a veteran of the saddle who knows exactly what the serious biker is looking for in a tour.
IRISH CYCLING SAFARIS
Belfield Bike Shop, UCD, Dublin 4.
Tel: +353 1 2600749
Contact: John Gaskin
Guided or self-guided cycling breaks along the Antrim Coast. Package includes, bed & breakfast accommodation, bike rental, Guide in a support van (guided tours only), Luggage transfer and route details and maps.
IRISH CYCLE TOURS
28 The Anchorage, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 7128733
Contact: John Ahern
Specialise in weekend, short-break and seven-day cycling tours. Guided, self-led and customised tours available. Package includes bed & breakfast accommodation, bicycle, maps, route notes, luggage transfer, back-up support and guide, Belfast City cycle tours are also available.
MOURNE CYCLE TOURS
13 Spelga Avenue, Newcastle, Co. Down, BT33 0DR.
Tel: +44 (0) 28 4372 4348 / 07710 615020
Contact: David Maginn
Self guided trips around the rolling Co. Down countryside including planned itineraries with meal breaks at quiet restaurants and pubs can be arranged. Bicycles can be pre booked and will be delivered to your holiday accommodation in the Mournes or Down region.
SPERRINS CYCLE BREAKS
An Creagán Visitor Centre
An Creggan, Omagh, Co.Tyrone, BT79 9AF.
Tel: +44 (0)28 8076 1112
Contact: John Donaghy
Visitors will relax at An Clachan Self-catering cottages and have free use of our mountain bikes throughout their stay. Cycle tour maps are provided to direct visitors to the many archaeological sites in the area. Facilities on site include: eight self-catering cottages, licensed restaurant, craft shop, interpretative exhibition, conference facilities, 5km forest walks and children's play area. Prices based on sharing.
WILDFLOWER CYCLING HOLIDAYS
Derryvaughan, Swanlinbar, Co. Cavan.
Tel: +353 49 9523923 / +353 87 6143527
Contact: James McManus
Offer a number of cycling and walking holiday tours, whether it’s just for one day, a weekend or it’s for a family holiday. Tours generally run between the months of April right up until the end of October.
EXPLORE IRELAND TOURS
Unit 204 – Business Innovation Centre, National University of Ireland – Galway, Galway.
Tel: + 353 (0) 91 553388
Contact: Sabina Murphy
Explore Ireland Tours are a specialist in activity holidays and adventure tours for all budgets. You’ll discover Ireland on our walking and biking tours which combine leisurely walks and bike rides each day with great cultural discoveries to some of the best known sites and many of our hidden gems.