Spin along the most cherished landscapes of the Emerald Isle and delve into its ancient and modern cultures on this magical Ireland bike tour. From the lunar-like landscape of The Burren, where three distinct ecosystems converge, to the wild beauty of Connemara and the more tranquil Renvyle Peninsula, you’ll be dazzled by a cornucopia of scenic wonders and the remains of ancient sacred sites. You’ll also spend a day in the remote Aran Islands, where you’ll find a history that is the stuff of Druids and pagans. A guided walk with a local historian, opportunities for a refreshing swim, generous special meals—including hearty Irish breakfasts—and a stay at one of the country’s most prized accommodations add value this comprehensive exploration.
- Delight in the lilt of an Irish brogue as a local expert leads you on a guided tour of The Burren.
- Explore the medieval churches, Neolithic tombs, and sacred sites of Noughaval.
- Stroll the remarkable Druid site of Dun Aenghus in the Aran Islands.
- Marvel at the rugged and magical countryside of Connemara, whose mountains, lakes, and peat bogs have inspired poets for centuries.
- View Kylemore Abbey, the oldest Benedictine abbey in Ireland.
- Listen to crashing surf as you trace the coastline of the unspoiled, tranquil Renvyle Peninsula.
- Savor hearty Irish breakfasts and the culinary art of one of the country’s finest chefs.
Air package includes Includes roundtrip airfare in economy, airport transfers, acclimation night in Ennis, and night in Dublin following the bike tour.
Begin your journey with an optional pre-trip extension in Ennis.
Day 1 (Air Package Only): Fly to Shannon, Ireland/Ennis
Day 2 (Air Package Only): Transfer to Ennis. Hotel included with Air Package.
Day 2: Bike tour begins/Lisdoonvarna
Day 3: The Burren/County Clare
Day 4: Kilfenora and Carran/Galway
Day 5: The Aran Islands
Day 6: Rossaveel/Connemara
Day 7: Renvyle Peninsula
Day 8: Bike tour ends/Dublin
Day 9 (Air Package Only): Fly home
Continue your journey with an optional post-trip extension in Dublin
Dartmouth Alumni Travel Activity Rating: Moderate
VBT Activity Rating: Easy/Moderate
Average Daily Mileage: 18-38 miles
Average Daily Cycling Time: 2-5 hours
Martha Beattie '76 led Dartmouth's alumni relations efforts for more than six years as Vice President of Alumni Relations.
As a member of the first four-year class to matriculate women, Beattie helped pave the way for future generations of women of Dartmouth. Beattie joined the College after a 30-year career as a math teacher, a rowing coach, and a volunteer leader and board member for schools and nonprofit organizations. Her tenure included the creation of the Dartmouth for Life program and the development of the Admissions Ambassador Program. She also worked to better inform the alumni body of campus developments—a goal that led her to form the Alumni Liaison Committee and to enhance communication between alumni councilors and their constituencies.
Beattie served this institution long before joining the College as a staff member. She was an active volunteer in the alumni admissions interviewing program, class fundraising, and her own reunion committee. In 2001, she joined the Alumni Council and was later elected as its president. She served as the alumni representative on the Presidential Search Committee in 2008. In 2010 she was chosen for the Dartmouth College Alumni Award, the College's highest honor for alumni service. Even as vice president, she continued to volunteer, serving as co-chair of the Class of 1976’s 40th Reunion and as a coach with the Dartmouth women’s crew.
Beattie is the daughter of a Dartmouth alumnus from the Class of 1945. She met her husband, Jim Beattie ’76, during their college years.