Cycling is the best way to experience this beautiful island. If you are searching for an adventure that will take you through the true wonders of Ireland, and magnificent landscapes of mountain lakes and the Atlantic Ocean, then you have picked the right tour. Your self-guided cycle will take you 291 kms through the heart of Ireland’s real emerald gem; Connemara. The route takes you from a small town called Oughterard all the way along the sparkling Atlantic, and then entering Connemara National Park. You will cycle up north to bustling Westport and then descend to Leeanane and finish after a scenic cruise of Killary Fjord. On your way you will be able to enjoy famous castles, stunning beaches, the magnificent Connemara mountain ranges, charming sheep farms and experience authentic Irish cuisine.
Molly Malone statue, Suffolk street, Dublin
Molly Malone statue, Suffolk Street, Dublin
Included in your experience:
• 8 full days of pure adventure
• FREE Irish Day Tour
• All your luggage transfers
•7 hearty Irish breakfasts
•Touring bike and lock
• Route maps and details
• 24 hour emergency helpline
• Killary Fjord Boat Cruise
•Transport to and from Dublin
Not included in your experience:
• Lunches, evening meals, drinks
• Travel insurance
Ireland has a temperate climate and can be changeable. Our wonderful green landscape doesn't come without a
sprinkle of rain once in a while! In general the summers are warm with the hottest months being July and August.
Winters are cool and the lowest temperatures are recorded during January and February. Whatever the season it is
advisable to prepare for rain.
Gear & Equipment
• You will need to bring your own helmet and cycling clothes (cycling shorts, gloves, toe clips, pedals).
• Make sure to bring rain gear because we do not provide it.
• Bring a small day pack that isn’t too heavy.
• Be sure not to forget sun cream, sunglasses, cap that protects you from the sun and a bathing suit for a
refreshment in the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 1: Cliffs of Moher Day tour to Galway
You will be picked up in Dublin to start this amazing tour to the county of Clare to see the world famous Cliffs Of Moher. This day trip is completely free and at our compliments for booking your self-guided cycle tour with us! After being amazed by the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher, the tour will drop you to the City of Galway where you will spend your first night. Galway is a magical place with street preformers and buskers coming for all over the world. The next morning your bike will be delivered to you acommodation and you will start your cycle adventure to the magical Connemara region.
Highlight of the day: Shop Street
Restaurant Suggestion: Oran Tandoori
Day 2: Oranmore to Oughterard
Once you leave Oranmore, you are not far from Galway city, where you can stop to experience the energy of this young bohemian city. From there you will cycle through many little villages until you reach the gateway to Connemara - Oughterard. This small traditional village in the West of Ireland offers stunning scenery of the Connemara mountain range and a 16th century Irish Tower House (Aughnanure Castle).
Highlight of the day: Galway City & Aughnanure Castle, Cycle in Connemara
Restaurant Suggestion: Connemara Greenway Café & Restaurant
Oughterard | Breakfast Included
Day 3 : Oughterard To Leenaun
From Oughterard you are set for an approximately 30 km exquisite ride through the gorgeous Inagh Valley. You can also cycle to the amazing Kylemore Lake which leads you to one of the most romantic places in Ireland; the Kylemore Abbey which looks more of a castle than an abbey. Surrounded by a Victorian walled garden, there is also a chapel next to the abbey which is a miniature replica of the Norwich Cathedral. After viewing these magical sights, you can have a rest next door at Mitchell’s Café. A cconvenient place to stop for a bite to eat after the morning's adventure!
Highlight of the day: Visit the Romantic Kylemore Abbey
Restaurant Suggestion: The Leenaun Hotel
Leenaun | Breakfast Included
Day 4 Leenaun to Westport
From the wonderful village of Leenane which sits on the Galway/Mayo border, you will travel to the popular town of Westport. Before you get there, you will treated through an amazing ride through Lough Dooagh and up to the little hamlet of Louisburg where you can take a ferry to Clare Island for a few hours if it takes your fancy. You will also pass Ireland’s holy mountain of Croagh Patrick before reaching Westport. There you will find some of the best pubs and restaurants in the west of the country – a lovely town and great craic!
Highlight of the day: Lough Dooagh
Restaurant Suggestion: The Pantry & Corkscrew
Westport | Breakfast Included
Day 5: Westport to Maam Cross
After a wonderful nights entertainment of traditional live music in the many pubs of Westport, it's time to get on your bike again. Today you travel on a beautiful road from Westport to Leenaun with Croagh Patrick in the foreground. There are fantastic views along this road with lush green fields and crystal streams at every corner. You will pass through Leenaun and on through a mountain pass toward the cross roads at Maam Cross. The cycle will take about 3 hours and you can stop at Leenaun along the way.
Highlight of the day: The Westport House, Croagh Patrick, Clare Island
Restaurant Suggestion: The Pantry and Corkscrew
Westport | Breakfast Included
Day 6: Maam Cross to Oranmore
Time: 3.5 hrs
Today is the last day of the cycling tour; as disappointing as it is, don't forget to enjoy your final day! You will make your way back from Maam Cross to Oranmore and be collected by our coach heading for Dublin. The ride is just 3.5 hours and you will have all day to make your way to the meeting point before the coach arrives. You will pass through Galway city on the way. The time until our coach collects you is yours to choose how to spend the time. Have a relaxed ride, stop to explore one of the towns along the way or just take in the stunning vistas. This marks the end of your Connemara cycle tour. The experiences and memories along with the spectacular scenery over the last 6 days will stay with you forever. The countryside you travel through is truly magical and your photos are sure to wow your family and friends! Once you arrive back in Dublin you will be dropped at the centre of the city at College Green. We hope that this cycle tour in the west of Ireland will have you coming back for more!
Highlight of the day: Galway City
End Of Services
| Breakfast Included