Connemara, Galway and Mayo

This tour explores the beautiful region of Connemara. This land of Irish myth and poetry is famous for its rugged granite landscape and stunning beautiful lakes and rivers. This tour offers some breath-taking rofutes, where an incredible variety of scenery is on offer each day. In the morning you can be cycling along beautiful coastline while in the afternoon you could be on a quiet bog road with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Calender 8 days

Difficulty: Challenging

From £1095.00 P/P

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Itinerary

Once you have arrived in Galway, make your way to your accommodation. Check-in is available anytime after 3.00pm. Afterwards, you can enjoy an afternoon of exploring in this bustling medieval city. We will send your  full accommodation details and the necessary contact details for the tour closer to your departure date. A folder containing your route details will be waiting for you at the guesthouse and any rental bikes will be waiting for you in a local bike shop.

The first ride on the tour will take you north, along  quiet back roads and through rolling green fields full of grazing sheep, before descending down and leading you to Lough Mask, where a pleasant cycle ride along the shores of the lake awaits you.

After lunch, and still will fairly fresh legs, you will take on the biggest climb of the week that will take you over the Partry Mountains. Afterwards you will cycle along a quiet back road, with stunning views of the surrounding landscape, all the way to colourful village of Westport.

This ride will take you between Croagh Patrick and the beautiful Clew Bay,  with its many small islands. Later you will continue to the village of Louisburgh where we stop for lunch.
In the afternoon you head south. Now you can drink in 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 we stay in the small village of Leenane which looks out over Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord.

Today you cycle into the heart of Connemara, a stunning setting where you will find yourself 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 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 you follow the scenic coast road to Clifden where you can watch cars travel across the beach to Omey Island 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 200years ago at the whim of John D’Arcy

The day can be spent in rest and relaxation or you can take part in a variety of activities including walking, golf or horse riding.

The town itself is a nice place to spend time visiting the museum, art galleries and book shops and cafes. In the evening there are a number of bars which have traditional music sessions.

You cycle out of Clifden along beautiful waterside roads crossing extensive wild bogs with freshly cut peat waiting to be harvested against a backdrop of the Twelve Benns Mountains.

The afternoon cycle takes you through Gaelic speaking areas to the ferry in Rossaveel which will bring us to Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands where you will spend the night.

The day can then be spent touring the unique landscape of the island with its wealth of ancient stone forts and monastic sights.

In the late afternoon you return to the mainland and take a transfer back to Galway city for a final night on the town together before going our separate ways the following morning.

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Route overview

Total Distance: 265km Approx.

Over All Difficulty: Challenging

Start Point: GALWAY CITY

The roads are all tarmac and the route is designed to ensure that you spend most of the week on quiet back roads, away from the main tourist routes.  The emphasis of our cycling holidays is to give you the freedom to fully enjoy Connemara and its beautiful landscape at your own pace whilst having the security of knowing there is a support van there if you might ever need it. During the day you can be an independent traveller, genuinely experiencing all the sights and sounds of hidden Ireland on routes most tourists never get to see, while in the evening over a delicious meal you can share your days experience with a group of like-minded people from all over the world.

What’s included

  • Seven nights accommodation with full Irish breakfast
  • Standard Bike Hire
  • One Evening Meal (in Leenane)
  • Route maps and details
  • Luggage transfer each day
  • Ferry ticket to the Aran Islands
  • Coach transfer from Galway to Clonbur & and from Rosaveel to Galway
  • 24 hour service hotline
  • GPS tracks available (on request)

Not included

  • Evening meals not listed above
  • Travel to and from start/ end point
  • E-Bike Hire (available)
  • Cycling Clothing
  • All extras not listed in inclusions
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