The Atlantic Coast of Ireland is one of the most uniquely beautiful areas in the world, (in our not so humble opinion) and what better way to experience this dramatic coastline than by bike? In this weeks post we’ve got all you need to know about bike rental in Ireland for your Wild Atlantic Way cycling trip!
How it Works
When you arrive at your first hotel, your bike should be there waiting for you, ready for you to begin your cycle the following day. In some cases the bike will be waiting for collection in the local shop. It is very important that you check the bike before you start your journey, making sure everything is working properly. If you think there is something not quite right, let us know so your bike can get replaced and avoid trouble on your way (in that respect, it is similar to renting a car).Once you finish your cycle you can leave the bike at your accommodation, it will be collected from there.
If mid-tour, you decide you don’t need some of the bike accessories (pannier, etc…), make sure to pack them in your luggage so it can be transferred easily (avoiding additional charges and risk of losing the equipment). Do not leave pedals or any other bike accessories supplied behind in your hotel, as you will be charged for loss or damage of equipment.
A minimum period of 3 days applies when hiring a bike for your Wild Atlantic Way adventure. We work with local companies so the type of bike may vary from place to place, in the majority of cases we use hybrid bikes with 27-gears, break disks and 27.5 inch wheels, as standard. These bikes are specifically designed for the Irish terrain and will be adapted to your height (it is essential that you give the reservations team your exact height so you are provided with a suitable bike – particularly if you are cycling the Wild Atlantic Way with children). The bike comes with a rack, bottle holder, lock and reflectors. Contact our travel consultants if you would like to upgrade your hired bike.
Pannier bag (see picture beside to give you an idea of size) with a bike repair kit inside. (*If you don’t need it, just let us know in advance). The repair kit includes a pump, set of tools, spare inner tube and cables. It also comes with a bike lock. Please note that the panniers are not water-proof so it advisable to bring a dry bag with you for the trip.
Please let us know if you wish to hire a helmet, alternatively you can bring your own. Additional bike accessories can also be hired or purchased.
If you are cycling the Wild Atlantic Way with kids, let our travel consultants know in advance as we also have got various options: a trail for 3-4 year olds, trail gator with small 20″ bike for 4-8 year olds or 24″ bikes for kids from 8 years of age (120cm min). They will also give you suggestions for a children-friendly route/itinerary.
We have carefully planned the distances you will cover by bike on the Wild Atlantic Way, taking into account the nature of the terrain, type of track and other circumstances (If it’s a path shared with walkers or not, for example). If you feel distances for your Wild Atlantic Way cycle are too short or long, talk to our travel consultants when you are planning your trip. There is probably a good reason behind the mileage chosen, just ask us!
IrelandWays.com has a 24/7 emergency number should you need assistance and advice (this number is provided with your booking/holiday pack). However, we are not able to send someone to repair your bike on the Wild Atlantic Way cycling route.
Your bike comes with a repair kit for essential repairs such as flat tyres and punctures. In the unlikely event that you had a second puncture, we can provide you with the contact details for the closest bike repair shop (you will be responsible for repair costs). If you are in a remote area and don’t feel like walking, we can also get you contact details for local taxi drivers (a taxi transfer will be at your own cost).
If you feel you need a break from cycling, we might be able to organise a transfer for your bike but we will need 48hrs notice and there will be a cost associated to the bike transfer (as additional luggage transfer).
For more information on cycling in Ireland or to book your Wild Atlantic Way cycling trip, contact our travel specialists