Ireland Cycle Explorer

tours / Cycling

Ireland Cycle Explorer information and booking

from
$1490
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 7 nights bed & breakfasts
Equipment Required
Cycle helmet, wet weather gear, sunscreen, sandshoes and sun hat. A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Cycling through the heart of the Connemara
  • Exploring the quaint villages which are full of historical intrigue
  • Experiencing the timelessness of the rugged coastal landscape
  • Enjoying the warm Irish hospitality

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

Discover Ireland's natural beauty as you cycle the scenic sealed back roads of Connemara. A region encompassing rugged coastline, mountains and ancient monuments. Connemara is rich in culture and heritage. From the bustling medieval hub of Galway to the ancient stone forts of the Aran Islands, there is plenty to explore. During this week long self guided cycle journey, equipped with your map and route instructions, you will appreciate the coast, country and world famous Irish hospitality. A highlight is the ride through the stunning Delphi Valley with its beautiful lakes overlooked by Connemara's highest mountain Ben Bury. At Clifden we allow plenty of time to go walking, horse riding or just relax in the pretty town or on the nearby tranquil white sandy beaches.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts – irish breakfasts are served and usually start with porridge or cereals followed by fried eggs, bacon / sausages, tomato, toast (or any combination you prefer), coffee, tea and juices. this is a great start to the cycling day.
  • 1 dinner (leenane)
  • 7 nights accommodation in bed & breakfast accommodation on a twinshare basis
  • Transfer of luggage between hotels
  • 24 speed hybrid touring bike equipped with panniers, tool kit and mudguards – our partners reserve the right to charge for any damages caused due to loss or negligence.
  • Transfer from galway to cong and transfer from rossaveel back to galway
  • Ferry ticket to the aran islands
  • Map and travel documentation

Itinerary

Day 1 Join Galway
Our start point is the city of Galway on Ireland’s west coast. On arrival you can check into our guesthouse from 2pm and relax for the rest of the day exploring this vibrant city. A folder containing your route details, will be waiting for you at the guesthouse, along with your bikes which will be serviced and ready to go!
Day 2 Galway / Cong to Westport (64km)
In the morning there will be a taxi transfer to the village of Cong where the cycling begins. The cycle heads north along the quiet backroads through rolling green fields full of grazing sheep, before descending down to Lough Mask and a wonderful cycle along the shores of the lake. In the afternoon you have your biggest climb of the week over the Partry Mountains and along a quiet back road with stunning views of the surrounding landscape before coming to Westport.
Day 3 To Leenane (52km)
Today's cycle route takes you between Croagh Patrick and the beautiful Clew Bay with its many small islands, to the village of Louisburgh where you can stop for lunch. In the afternoon the route heads south through one of the highlights of the week, the stunning Delphi Valley with its beautiful lakes overlooked by Ben Bury, the highest mountain in Connemara. Tonight you will stay in the small village of Leenane which looks out over Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord.
Day 4 To Clifden (58km)
Today you will cycle into the heart of Connemara, overlooked by the Twelve Bens mountain range, and visit Kylemore Abbey, a wedding gift from a wealthy Liverpool businessman to his wife in 1868. You will then cycle along quiet backroads past small fields with grazing cattle to the seaside village of Cleggan where you can stop for lunch. In the afternoon, follow the scenic coast road to Clifden where you can watch cars travel across the beach to Omey Island, which is only accessible when the tide is out!Clifden, the capital of Connemara, where you spend the next two nights is a pretty and bustling town of art galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants established 200 years ago at the whim of John D'Arcy.
Day 5 Rest Day in Clifden
The day can be spent in rest and relaxation or you can take part in a variety of activities including walking, a game of golf or horse riding. You can also spend the day just relaxing on one of the two beautiful white sandy beaches which line the indented coast line or visit the landing site of the first transatlantic flight by Alcock and Brown. The town itself is a nice place to spend time visiting the museum, art gallleries, bookshops and cafes. In the evening there are a number of bars which have traditional music sessions.
Day 6 To Aran Islands (58km)
Today's cycle takes you along beautiful waterways and another picturesque bog road with its freshly cut peat waiting to be harvested, both offering wonderful views of the surrounding countryside. The final afternoon stretch leads to the ferry in Rossaveel which will bring you to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands where you will spend the night. Note: Due to operational reasons the ferry company are unable to bring bikes to and from the Aran Islands. A rental bike will be available to you for your cycle on the island.
Day 7 Aran Islands and return to Galway (35km)
The day can be spent touring the unique landscape of the island with its wealth of ancient stone forts and monastic sights. In the late afternoon you will return to the mainland. Carraroe Cabs will meet you off the evening ferry and bring you back into Galway city for your final night of the tour.
Day 8 Trip concludes Galway
The trip concludes after breakfast.