Giant's Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Photo courtesy of Tour Operator.

The Irish love their salmon and soda bread. Photo via Flickr:Jeremy Keith

Bike and Sail Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland, Ireland Bike + Barge Tours

Discover Northern Ireland

  • On this unique sailing experience, you will bike and sail the exceptional and dramatic coastline of Northern Ireland. This small and rugged isle, engulfed by the surges of the Atlantic swell, is a place of natural beauty and diversity. While the Western side of the island is commonly frequented by tourists, the Northern region remains relatively undiscovered. Visits to important, historical and dynamic cities such as Bangor and Londonderry are combined with a unique sailing experience and the discovery of scenic landscapes and natural wonders by bike.

    The tour itinerary includes a visit to Rathlin Island and other hightlights such as the Giants Causeway and the Carrick-a-Rede-Bridge.

    Your floating accommodation for the week, the Thalassa also offers a hands-on experience for all who are interested in learning what it means to bring a tall ship into motion.

    Highlights:

    • The mighty city wall of Derry
    • The Giant's Causeway (one of the most facinating coastal roads on earth)
    • Carrick-a-Rede Bridge
    • Kebble Cliffs National Nature Reserve
    • Turf smoked native salmon
  • Bunk bed cabin: £ 1419 $ 2,263 1490 NOK 14900 kr 13754 $ 1,788 Single supplement: £ 286 $ 456 300 NOK 3000 kr 2769 $ 360 Child discount (up to age 16): £ 330 $ 527 347 NOK 3470 kr 3203 $ 416

    extra options

    Electric bike: £ 76 $ 122 80 NOK 800 kr 738 $ 96 Arrival Transfer from Belfast to Bangor harbor (only on embarkation day): £ 19 $ 30 20 NOK 200 kr 185 $ 24 Return Transfer from Bangor harbor to Belfast (only on disembarkation day): £ 19 $ 30 20 NOK 200 kr 185 $ 24 *Other exclusive transfers can be requested. Please ask.

    please note

    Traveling with children: Children in good physical condition and with a minimum age of 10 years old who have previous tour experience will be able to complete this itinerary.. Please note that the minimum height for a rental bike is 1.50 m (5ft.).

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    The closest international airport to embarkation is Belfast International Airport.

    Local Travel

    Airport Express 300 operates a regular service on weekdays and weekends. The bus leaves from the bus stop located opposite the terminal exit and costs £7.50 for a one way ticket. Busses will stop at Templepatrick, Royal Avenue, and the Belfast Europa Buscentre.

    Taxi, the International Airport Taxi Company, official taxi operator for the Belfast International Airport, are available for hire 24 hours a day 7 days a week outside the right hand door of the airport Exit lobby. Only taxis approved by Belfast International Airport are permitted to use the taxi rank. A list of sample fares is displayed in the exit hall of the terminal building.

    Optional Transfer can be booked on embarkation and disembarkation days only. Price is €20 per person one-way. Advance reservation required.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival so that you can be prepared and pack accordingly. A good website to research regional weather is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Helmet use is mandatory on this tour. You are strongly encouraged to bring your own (well-fitted) helmet. A limited number of rental helmets are available on board (reservation necessary).


Skill Level

This is a moderate to difficult tour in a hilly landscape with stages of 12 – 37 mi. (20 – 60 km) on quiet country and asphalt roads. In some instances, you will cycle on field paths. Main roads without separate bike paths are used only for short stretches. This tour includes some longer and steeper ascents on which you can always walk your bike. Strong headwinds may also be encountered. You are free to set aside a half or full day to swim or spend time on board the boat, instead of taking a planned bike tour.

Where You’ll Stay

On board the standard plus class sailing vessel, the Thalassa.

What’s Included

  • 8-day cruise on a three masted tallship with crew
  • 7 nights accommodations in a standard double cabin with shower
  • 3 x full board (breakfast, lunch AND dinner)
  • 4 x half board (breakfast, lunch OR dinner)
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Guided bike tours and visitations as described in the itinerary
  • Guided city tour on bikes in Bangor
  • Maps for the daily routes (on board)
  • Bed linens and towels
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • 21-speed hybrid touring bike with pannier

What’s Not Included

  • Individual arrival to boat
  • Collective Transfers from Belfast International Airport/Belfast City Airport (George Best)/Hotel Belfast to Bangor Harbor and vv (€20 per person, per way, only offered on embarkation/disembarkation days, advance reservation required)
  • Drinks on board (tally sheet, paid to the captain)
  • Bottled Water (€1 per .5 liter bottle)
  • Meals and beverages ashore
  • Entrance fees to museums and sights
  • Gratuities for crew and tour guides
  • Bicycle Protection (Optional - €10/hybrid bike, €20/ebike)
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike+Boat
TypeGuided
SkillModerate–Difficult
Length8 days
From1490 Rates
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Tour Dates

July 1, July 8, July 15, and July 22, 2018

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Day-To-Day Itinerary

2018 Schedule

Day 1 (Sunday): Embarkation in Bangor
Day 2 (Monday): Bangor - Glenarm - Cushendall (6-14 miles/9-21 km)
Day 3 (Tuesday): Cushendall - Cushendun - Rathlin Island - Ballycastle (14 + 6 miles/23 + 9 km)
Day 4 (Wednesday): Ballycastle - Londonderry (Sailing Day)
Day 5 (Thursday): Londonderry - Greencastle (Round-Trip) (42 miles/66 km)
Day 6 (Friday): Portstewart - Ballycastle (30 miles/48 km)
Day 7 (Saturday): Ballycastle - Cushendun - Bangor (14 miles/22 km)
Day 8 (Sunday): Disembarkation in Bangor

Our local agent reserves the right to make changes to the planned itinerary due to changing wind and weather conditions as well as organizational requirements.

Day 1 (Sunday): Embarkation in Bangor
Arrival to Belfast is organised individually, followed by a taxi ride to the boat in Bangor. An early arrival will give you time to visit the lively harbor town. The first evening meal will give you the opportunity to get to know your travel group and guides, who will accompany you for the duration of the week. Meals included: Dinner

Day 2 (Monday): Bangor - Glenarm - Cushendall (6-14 miles/9-21 km) (130 + 660 ft/ 40 + 200 m of elevation)
After breakfast we will take a guided tour around multifaceted Bangor on our bikes. Afterwards we leave the harbour of Bangor on board the Thalassa. The first crossing by boat will bring us to Glenarm, the oldest town in the region. We have the opportunity to cycle along one of the most scenic coastal stretches in Northern Ireland on our way to Cushendall, where we spend the night on anchor. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 (Tuesday): Cushendall - Cushendun - Rathlin Island - Ballycastle (Morning: 5 miles/8 km; Afternoon: 9 + 6 miles/15 + 9 km) (860 + 230 ft/260 + 70 m of elevation)In the morning a short first bike ride leads us from Cushendall to the nearby little coastal town of Cushendun. Here, we will pass by a cave, which was once a filming spot in the popular series Game of Thrones. After a coffee break we board the boat and take a majestic crossing to the nearby nature reserve, Rathlin Island. The small, rugged island is well known for its picturesque coastal landscapes as well as it’s extraordinary birdlife in the Kebble Cliffs National Nature Reserve on the western point of the island; our first stop on today’s island cycle tour. Thousands of brooding birds of all varieties settle here, amongst them the guillmots, kittiwakes, razorbills and puffins. Those who wish can also explore the southern point of the island by bike, inhabited by hundreds of seals. We cross over to the mainland and enjoy the evening in one of the cosy pubs of Ballycastle. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 (Wednesday): Ballycastle - Londonderry (Sailing Day)
Today we enjoy a day sailing on the Thalassa. Enthusiasts can seize their chance to hoist the sails, and tie the knots, whilst those looking to relax can find a quite space to read a book or gaze dreamily over the horizon. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 (Thursday): Londonderry - Greencastle (Round-Trip) (42 miles/66 km) (3,000 ft/900 m of elevation)
On today’s cycle tour we will leave Northern Ireland behind and will explore a small part of Donegal County. Numerous migratory and endemic bird species share this peninsula as a place of refuge and living space. Enjoy a marvelous 360° degree view from an old fortress, where you can look until Derry on one side and far up to Ireland and Northern Ireland on the other one. Back in Derry we go for a stroll on the well-maintaned city wall of the old town and visit some of the most important places of the long-lasting conflict in Northern Ireland. After an eventful day we board the Thalassa for a crossing to Greencastle. With a bit of luck we will have the chance to witness members of the local seal colony as they poke their heads out from under the water close to Greencastle. Meals included: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 (Friday): Portstewart - Ballycastle (30 miles/48 km) (1,350 ft/400 m of elevation)
Crossing to Portstewart, where we start our bike tour to Ballycastle. A couple of great highlights await us on today’s tour. A visit to the Bushmills distillery, Ireland’s oldest licensed distillery, gives us the chance to taste the famous whiskey produced here, as well as an education of the various whiskey types of Northern Island. After our visit we immerse ourselves in Irish mythology on a stroll to the ‘’Gi-ant's Causeway’’, following in the footsteps of the giant, Fionn Mac-Cumhaill. This UNSECO World Heritage site features 37,000 fascinating basalt columns thought to have been formed by lava flows more than 60 million years ago. Our cycling tour continues along rolling hills all the way to Ballycastle, where the Thalassa is already waiting. Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 (Saturday): Ballycastle - Cushendun - Bangor (14 miles/22 km) (1,350 ft/400 m of elevation)
Today we take part on our last bike tour along the Torr Head Scenic Road which offers incredible views along the way. Once more we find ourselves in Cushendun, the small holiday destination. A short stroll leads us past impressive caves and looming cliffs, along small coastal walkways to an idyllic sandy beach. Afterwards we board the Thalassa which takes us back to Bangor, where we spend a celebrative last evening meal on board together with guests, crew and guides. Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 (Sunday): Disembarkation in Bangor
After breakfast disembarkation and individual trip home or extended stay. Meals included: Breakfast

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Thalassa Northern Ireland Standard Plus Class Boat Standard Plus class boats contain cabins are more spacious, have private bathrooms, and either flat/low beds or bunk beds.

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