CYCLING IN THE UK & IRELAND

Cycling in the UK & Ireland involves pedaling through some of the most remote and rugged scenery that Europe has to offer. While there may not be mountains like the Alps or Pyrenees, or prestigious grand tours held there, the UK & Ireland offer spectacular scenery and surprisingly tough terrain.

Ride through Yorkshire, the county that hosted the 2019 cycling world championships and traverse coast-to-coast from Whitby to the Lake District, taking on the famous Buttertubs Pass that was included in both the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart and Yorkshire 2019.

In Ireland, ride through pretty fishing villages, thread your way along deep river valleys, marvel at the imposing Cliffs of Moher and the Aran Islands and experience a culture and a country renowned for its warm and welcoming hospitality.

UK & Ireland Cycling Tours

UK & Ireland Cycling Highlights

Harrogate

The North Yorkshire Spa Town

Harrogate is a picturesque spa town in Norht Yorkshire just 13 miles (21 km) away from the Yorkshire Dales national park. Formerly two separate towns, High Harrogate and Low Harrogate, which then combined in the 17th century. Since 2013, polls have consistently voted the town as “the happiest place to live” in Britain.

On 5 July 2014, Harrogate served as the finish line of the first stage of the Tour de France.

The Cliffs of Moher

The Most Iconic Landmark Of West Ireland

More than 1 million people visit the Cliffs of Moher each year, and it’s easy to see why. The cliffs are an area of outstanding natural beauty, spanning 14km along the Atlantic Ocean and reaching 8km above the ocean at their highest point.

Located in the Burren region of County Clare the cliffs are as much a historical landmark as they are a geographical wonder, conservation hotspot and area of immense natural richness and importance.

Whitby

The Seaside Town With a Rich History

Situated at the mouth of the River Esk, Whitby is seaside town steeped in history. Home to Whitby Abbey, where Cædmon, the earliest recognised English poet lived, and the location of the fishing port where Captain Cook learned seamanship. Whitby’s proximity to the North York Moors also makes it a popular tourist attraction. Horror fans will also recognise the town from Bram Stoker’s Dracula. 

Killary Harbour

Ireland's Only Fjord

Extending 16km (10 miles) in from the Atlantic to its head at Aasleagh, below Aasleagh falls, Killary Harbour forms the border between Galway and Mayo and boasts some of the most spectacular scenery in the west of Ireland. The harbour is over 45m deep at its centre and is used for shellfish faming, the produce of which can be found at the local Westport market.

The Wild Atlantic Way

A Stunning Coastal Road

The Wild Atlantic Way traverses the entire West coast of Ireland spanning 2,500km in total and stretching from County Donegal’s Inishowen Peninsula in Ulster to Kinsale, County Cork, in Munster, on the Celtic Sea coast.

The route crosses through six regions and on our Tour of Ireland’s West Coast we head North along the western fringes of counties of Clare, Galway and Mayo.

I loved traveling with ESC and would book another trip with them - for sure! The emphasis was about having fun and achieving our goals as a group. The guides were safe, easy to get to know and encouraging throughout the rides. The support was amazing! We had plenty of food, snacks and drinks along the ride and Lee and his team were totally accommodating to riders of all levels. The hotels were great and meals excellent. Really - nothing negative to say except that they are not located in the USA so I can’t use their company more frequently. I guess I have to get back to Europe! Thanks Lee and Team. What a trip!!

C.S

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