Celtic Rider
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Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
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Kill, County Kildare, Ireland

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Adam
2 contributions
Dec 2021
If you only take one trip in your life, the 21 day wild Ireland/Scotland tour needs to be the one!!!
Written 14 November 2022
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Dublinboy911
Toronto, Canada46 contributions
Sep 2022
Let me start by saying I have been riding motorcycles for more than forty four year. From two stroke three cylinders to four stroke six cylinders.
I have done many (ten I think) tours with Paul and his crew and all have been fun and exciting. Have had some fantastic weather and some not so fantastic,
that’s Ireland for you. I recentally sold my 2018 Goldwing Tour due to a re accuring left knee injury. I had booked a vacation in Ireland and contacted Paul at Celtic rider
to see if he had a smaller machine with less weight as the BMW GS1200s would be problematic for my knee which was improving.

Paul gets back to me with the words “CAN AM” I google it and let him know I have never ridden one but I was willing to give it a go. Ten minutes after leaving the rental
station I was in love. Semi automatic gear box extremely comfortable seat and tons of storage space. I drove for hours non stop with no butt issues. Driving through the small
towns was a treat as you never have to put your feet down, in fact you can take both hands off the bars while stopped at lights and stretch back. The other thing I really loved
was I lost all concern for gravel on the roads and in the parking areas. Really liked that and the same when I came across wet roads no issues at all.

Don’t get me started on the reverse, which was so handy coming out of parking spaces or making tight u turns on narrow road’s, just brilliant.

In a nutshell, easy to get on and off, comfy seat even compared to the Goldwing, loads of storage, reverse, digital easy to read dash, semi auto gearbox. And mostly a very secure, safe ride.

On the downside! As nothing is perfect in this world. They attract a lot of attention as they are so cool looking, people want to ask about them and have a closer look.

It didn’t bother me at all, in fact I met some lovely people and had some great chats in parking lots.

See you next June Paul, sending a deposit soon! A huge thanks to you and your team for pointing me towards the “CAN AM”
Written 29 September 2022
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Cecilia F Cesar
Canada3 contributions
Sep 2022 • Couples
Great routes, we'll organized, gave us a chance to explore a lot in 14 days. The hotels had good localization.

We rented a Spyder, which got a lot of attention during the ride, which was fun.

I would recommend the self- guided tour and if you have more time, a longer one would be ideal.
Written 20 September 2022
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Kathlene C
50 contributions
Jul 2022
We had a fantastic experience doing the Wild Atlantic Way self-guided tour via Celtic Rider. Paul Rawlins and his small team put together a first-class experience and every aspect of the trip was thoughtfully planned and executed, including pre-trip background
and guidance, airport/hotel transfers, bike pickup and orientation, bike prep, route planning and GPS mapping, lodging choices and reservations, and suggested POIs. We were welcomed at excellent small inns and hotels throughout the two week ride and Pauls' recommendations for food and drink were reliably terrific. And what a route! The scenery varies from serenely beautiful to charmingly rustic to jaw-droppingly magnificent, almost by the hour. Celtic Rider helped us make the most of the Wild Atlantic Way -- we'll be back to enjoy the back roads with them again.
Written 15 September 2022
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John H
1 contribution
Sep 2022
Celtic Rider is such a unique and well thought out Ireland experience, I would suggest this to everyone planning a trip there. I went on a solo 7 day trip. From start to finish, Paul and Liam make sure you are taken care of. The motorcycles are well appointed and perfect for the curvy and fun Irish roads (even in the rain!). You can tell they have meticulously planned these routes, mile for mile, with some of the most memorable sites I will ever see. And they towns and lodgings they book are just as special. They put you in touch with the taste of Ireland you're looking for. Like the title says, I am already starting to plan my next trip with Celtic Rider and would suggest it to anyone who rides.
Written 12 September 2022
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Bill T
44 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Great Service and help Paul and Liam took care of all our needs and more. The bikes were perfect and well prepared. The trip around Ireland was absolutely fantastic!
I would highly recommend Celtic Rider for your needs.
Written 6 September 2022
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Brenda S
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Solo
Where do I begin-Celtic Rider is such a fantastic company to hire from, to tour the beautiful country of Ireland, with also options to tour areas of the UK. This is the second time I’ve rented from them and it’s been nothing but wonderful. Everything from the pickup from the hotel to go to Celtic Rider, to the things that need to be done prior to leaving on your ride, the amazing trip, and back to Celtic Rider at the end. Paul and his family and crew make sure that they do everything they can to make your experience go smoothly and safely. The routes that are chosen that are in the gps and the accommodations chosen are top rate.
I was told that I was the first woman to tour Ireland on a CanAm Spyder F3 and I had NO hesitation touring Solo, especially on one of their motorcycles! The Spyder was fantastic, safe, and super fun! Never thought I’d ride one of those but definitely worth it. And plan to do it again in the next couple years.
Touring Ireland on a motorcycle is such an amazing adventure, and cannot recommend Celtic Rider highly enough!!
Written 29 August 2022
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farbermaf
Austin, TX4 contributions
Aug 2022
Fabulous! Magnificent!!

Totally agree with all who have recognized The Celtic Rider tour to be one of their most amazing and memorable experiences -- truly so!!

For me, a solo 8-days and 1,500 kilometers - no doubt, that was just the beginning of what will be the first of many UK rides to come.

Agree with other riders as well that Paul and Liam take care of all and everything needed to ensure the best of the best in terms of the rides, routes, and the stays - the accommodations and hosts at hotels, lodges, and B&B's were wonderful.

And, what may be even more special is the ability to go off-plan and route to encounter, create, and immerse one's self in truly magical in-the-moment moments.

Thank You Paul -- Thank You Liam
Written 26 August 2022
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Guy B
7 contributions
Aug 2022
If you think riding a motorbike around Ireland is a cool idea, do it. It was very cool. In fact, it was much easier than I had anticipated. The Irish are very respectful of motorbikes and the roads are absolutely perfect for riding at a pace comfortable for one who is not familiar with the roads. Simply, the pace of life in Ireland sets the tone for an easy-going riding style. Despite driving on the left I felt very comfortable riding in Ireland. The roads themselves are amazing, most with endless views. The only straight roads are the motorways (like interstate highways in the US).

We selected the 9-day tour of the Wild Atlantic Way. The tour was ideal in that the accommodations were in locations with easy access to food, entertainment, etc. As you know after a long day of riding you don’t want to get back on the bike. The routes were a good balance of distance and time at points of interest. Every day was completely full but not too exhausting.

I can’t say enough about Paul and Liam. Both made us feel completely comfortable and were very accommodating. Liam makes the best coffee in Ireland, make sure you try it! The bike performed flawlessly and was ideal for the roads in Ireland. We are considering the 21-day tour next!
Written 25 August 2022
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bkowal
Oakville3 contributions
Aug 2022
First off, if you are considering a motorcycle riding adventure in Ireland, just do it. Ireland will exceed your expectations, mine certainly were. There truly are some magical places, and Paul at Celtic Rider will make sure you get to see and experience them, he knows where are all the good stuff is. Also, make sure you book as much time as you can afford to, there is so much to see and do. After 11 days and around 3000kms on the bike, the wife and I felt there was so much more to experience.

After riding through most of North America, coast to coast in both Canada and the USA, I can honestly say that it is nothing like riding in Ireland. If you want endless stretches of highway through vast plains, Ireland is not for you. However, if you want tight mountain roads the seem to go on forever, very little traffic, and coastal views that will take your breath away, Ireland is the place to be. It seemed that every turn in the road produced a new postcard-picture-perfect vista. You will need plenty of time to stop, take pictures and enjoy the beauty.

So what is the riding really like? If you expect to ride fast and make big miles every day, you will be disappointed, it simply is not possible. The good roads are very narrow, tight, and visibility is very limited. The roads have no shoulders, and are often bordered with rock walls or very tall hedgerows. Add the fact that you can encounter anything on the road at any time, tractors, huge trucks, people walking, cows and sheep, lots and lots of sheep, you simply have to ride carefully at all times. Throw in the riding on the left side of road, roundabouts, tight switchbacks and you have to remain alert. What this does reward you with is an experience like no other. Its not about big miles, its about big smiles.

After you get off the bike for the day, Paul has provided excellent accommodations, where you can enjoy the Irish hospitality in the town you are staying in. Its very nice to spend two days at each location. The second day you can travel light after leaving your gear back at the room and you don't have the fuss of packing up every night. Make sure to enjoy the food at a good restaurant or pub. The sheep and cows in Ireland are given the best costal views, are very happy, and it shows in the quality of the food served. And is goes without saying, the seafood is the best you can get as well. Also, check out the beaches, they are amazing.

Paul proved us with a very fresh BMW 1250GS which was the perfect bike for the trip. It performed flawless as we followed the days route on the GPS. Overall, it simply is the experience of a lifetime to savior the beauty of the Irish countryside, coastlines and the friendly people.

Bryan and Char,
Toronto, Canada
Written 24 August 2022
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