Roll into the pages of Irish history and folklore along the stunning Atlantic coast. You’ll hear the crashing of waves at the Cliffs of Moher, inhale the clean air and fragrant wildflowers of The Burren, enter Ireland’s exuberant urban side in lively Galway, admire mountain views in beautiful Connemara, and change your pace during your off-bike explorations of Inishmore in the Aran Islands. Lively and welcoming hosts, from the local historian who guides you through The Burren to one of the country’s finest chefs, enhance your up-close experience of the Emerald Isle.
Electric-Assisted Bicycles (E-bikes) Available!
- Behold the soaring Cliffs of Moher, western Ireland's most dramatic vantage point.
- Listen to the lilt of a brogue on a tour of The Burren led by a local historian.
- View the medieval churches, Neolithic tombs and sacred sites of Noughaval.
- Wander among mystical Celtic monuments, wells, and stones in the Aran Islands.
- Swim in the sparklingly clean and pristine waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
- See Ireland's famous peat bogs on a reel through Connemara, the country's “Wild West.”
- View Kylemore Abbey, an iconic structure that is the oldest Benedictine abbey in Ireland.
- Enjoy stunning coastal views as you trace the unspoiled, tranquil Renvyle Peninsula.
- Savor generously included meals—including hearty Irish breakfasts!
Land-Only Package Includes:
- Custom VBT bike and helmet - Road Bicycle (carbon frame), Hybrid/Comfort Bicycle, and Electric-Assisted Bicycle (E-bike) available
- Airport transfers (if air is booked via VBT)
- Vehicle support and luggage transfers
- Hotel and guesthouse accommodations
- Twelve meals and welcome reception
All-of-the-above, plus roundtrip airfare (pricing varies by departure city), transfer from Shannon Airport to Ennis and one hotel night acclimation, the Bike Tour, plus one extra night in Dublin after the bike tour concludes and transfer to Dublin Airport. Base air package pricing includes airfare from Boston or JFK.
Single travelers must be willing to share a hotel room with two beds with a same-gender guest or with a friend. Alternately, single travels can reserve a private room but must be willing to pay the cost of a double reservation. Once you reserve, the tour operator will contact you and detail your room options.
DAY 1: All guests meet in Ennis / Transfer to Lisdoonvarna / VBT Bicycle Vacation begins
DAY 2: The Burren and County Clare
DAY 3: Kilfenora and Carran / Galway
DAY 4: The Aran Islands
DAY 5: Ferry to Rossaveel / Connemara
DAY 6: Kylemore Abbey & Renvyle Peninsula
DAY 7: Transfer to Dublin / Free time / VBT Bicycle Vacation ends
*Itinerary and pricing subject to change until brochure publication.
Martha Johnson Beattie '76 was named Vice President for Alumni Relations in 2011 after a 30-year career as a math teacher, a crew coach, and a volunteer leader and board member for schools and nonprofit organizations. After more than seven years of leading Dartmouth’s Office of Alumni Relations and helping to grow alumni engagement to record levels, Beattie decided to retire in 2018 after seeing through substantial planning for the College’s 250th Anniversary celebrations and the Call to Lead Campaign.
A member of Dartmouth's first four-year class to matriculate women, Beattie earned her degree in mathematics. She is in the Dartmouth Rowing Hall of Fame and has coached in Boston, Seattle, Montreal and at Dartmouth. She was the head coach for the U.S. Women's Junior National Team and is the founder of one of the first masters women's crews in the country.
Beattie was active in the alumni admissions interviewing program, class fundraising and reunion committee work. In 2001 she joined the Alumni Council and was elected president of the Council in 2006. In 2006 she received a Dartmouth College Citation as co-chair of a fundraising effort that achieved the highest percentage of donors for a 30th reunion. She served as the alumni representative on the Presidential Search Committee in 2008, and, in 2010, she was chosen for the Dartmouth College Alumni Award, the College's highest honor for alumni service. She is the daughter of a ’45, the mom of a '07 and a ’09, and is married to her classmate Jim Beattie '76, the former Yankee and Mariner pitcher who will be joining her on this trip.