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Introduction: Our Irish Ferry tale tour is to be sure as fine a tour you will get, sampling some of the most scenic and entertaining roads in the south of Scotland and Ireland. The route is awash with breathtaking scenery across moorland, forest, open country and coastline riding. Our bed and breakfast providers offer the usual warm and open Irish welcome, keen to share their home-place with us and giving excellent value for money. Although the theme of our tours is that of a sedate, relaxed nature, you will have several opportunities to open up the throttle that little bit more if you wish.
Approx 1000 miles over four days
Day 1 The Drive Oot (Approx 230 miles): We Start the day at our head office "The Chain Bridge Farm" in Melrose, around 09.00am with a departure time of no later than 09.30am. With full tanks we make our way to Stranraer for the Belfast Ferry, the first of four ferries we will experience on this Celtic trip.
As we travel we take full advantage of the meandering valleys across to Dumfries and Galloway region using quiet rural roads, passing through several small villages including Twynholm, the location of the David Coulthard Museum and Pitstop Diner.
After refreshments we are soon back on the road, continuing to Stranraer and our pre-booked Stena Line Ferry, normally the Caledonia. The crossing takes around 3hrs giving us time to have a meal and reminisce on a great day. On arriving at Belfast Ferry port we head for our overnight accommodation. This is subject to availability but is all booked in advance and normally within a 1hr ride from the ferry.
Day 2 The Jig-Aboot (Approx 270 miles): Fresh from our overnight stopover, and Irish hospitality we head north to take in some great coastal views, a little bit of local culture, with some magic roads for bikers.
This is a taste of Ireland day, entertaining roads with several stops along the way, these may include Carrick-A-Rede, a rope bridge strung 30m above the sea, the Giants Causeway, a natural phenomenon of hexagonal volcanic rock, Dunluce Castle, Bushmills Distillery and of course a small ferry crossing. The roads are varied and at times demanding all that you can give to stay on top of your game! Part of the way will see us running some of the "Wild Atlantic Way" amazing !At the end of our "Jig-Aboot" we get settled into our B&B, with a group meal out at a local restaurant, finishing off the evening back at our B&B with the usual Irish refreshments! (Remember we are biking the next day!)
Day 3 The Run-Aboot (Approx 215 miles): After a full hearty Irish breakfast we head out for a "Great Run-a-Boot" round some of Ireland's great inshore roads, including sections of the "Tandragee 100 Road Race". As we ride through the day, we once again enjoy running fine coastal roads, taking us to our third ferry and on to our B&B. Our final evening follows a similar format to the previous one - a group meal at a local restaurant and typical Irish hospitality. Remember not to over-indulge, we're biking tomorrow and on the "Big Ferry" crossing home!
Day 4 The Way Hame (Approx 225 miles): Its time to go hame, but its not the end of the "Tale". Once again after a Irish breakfast we say farewell to our hosts and ride out to the Larne Ferry. The crossing takes about 3hrs and we land at Cairnryan where we head east back to the Borders. We take full advantage of the varied road options to cut across the south of Scotland, meandering our way east eventually stopping at Moffat. There is the opportunity to end your tour here as there is access to the A74(M) south to Carlisle and the M6, or north to Glasgow, or Edinburgh, for those of us that are left, we continue our way back to Melrose and back to your overnight accommodation, (subject to previous arrangement) or to head home.
General Information :
:The theme of all our tours is for a relaxed and unhurried trip, taking in local scenery and points of interest. We try to run at a pace to suit all within the group but appreciate that some may wish to go faster than others and will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.
It should be noted that it is Tom's policy to avoid riding on motorways so please do not expect any! However, there are occasions when we have to be at a particular location at a specific time and therefore the planned route may be altered accordingly.
Prices: For individual or joint tours are available on enquiry; accommodation options and costs can also be made available on request, if required.
Dinning out: We are always happy to advise on where to dine and when at all possible we like to dine with the hole group.
Bike hire: For information on bike/equipment hire and our vehicle support service please refer to our webpage Bike and equipment hire etc.
The theme of all our tours is for a safe relaxed and unhurried exciting trip, taking in local scenery, points of interest and great twisty roads. We try to run at a pace to suit all within the group but appreciate that some may wish to go faster than others and will endeavour to accommodate such riders on appropriate sections of the tour.