What are the best motorcycle touring roads in Ireland?

words Alexa Wang

Ireland has some of the most beautiful motorcycle routes in Europe. Enjoy high mountain passes, coastal roads, lakeside rides and endless green valleys in one trip. You can stop off in Ireland’s rural villages and enjoy a pint of Guinness with the locals. 

Make sure to invest in motorcycle insurance before setting off on your next trip. It’s always best to be prepared for any unforeseen problems and accidents.

Here are the best motorcycle routes that Ireland has to offer.

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The Wild Atlantic Way

This route is a whopping 2,500kim long road from Ireland to Northern Ireland. It is the longest coastal route in the world and has some breath-taking views to offer. Watch the dark blue sea go by as you cycle through the countries. 

For the most part, riders cover one country per day and get a boat to Derry, before moving through the counties to Cork.

Kinsale to Killarney

The A-road from Kinsale to Killarney offers a magnificent view of greenery on your right and sea to your left. Kinsale and Killarney are fantastic towns and make for great city breaks on either end. Kinsale has the most restaurants in Ireland and is considered ‘Top Nosh Central’ by the Irish.

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Lough Corrib Scenic Loop Drive

Take a 150km drive from Galway City to the south of Cong County. Lough Corrib is the second largest lake in Ireland and features some stunning views. You can see castles, ruins and multiple sheep-lined roads – although sheep traffic may slow you down a little.

You can also visit the towns of Moycullen, Cross, Maam Cross, Oughterard and Headford.

The Phoenix Park Loop

If you’re looking for a short and chilled route for a week, try Phoenix Park. Enjoy a few loops on a Sunday afternoon and make it home by dinner. 

Copper Coast Scenic Drive

You can cover the 166km Copper Coast Drive in a full day or a few chilled days. The ride goes from Rosslare in County Dungarvan, Waterford, or Wexford. The choice Is up to you! 

You can look down on Hook Head Peninsula and Lighthouse from Waterford city and enjoy the views of Tintern Abbey. 

Ireland is one of the best places to take a motorcycle trip. Enjoy a day-long ride or venture on a week-long expedition through the various Irish villages and towns. Stunning views and motorcycle rides are the best way to spend a summers weekend.


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