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THE ISLES OF SCOTLAND

When the time is right and hopefully in the not too distant future, consider joining us in Scotland for an unsurpassed bike tour.

Towering mountains, glittering lochs, dense woodlands and miles upon miles of golden beaches – the Scottish Isle landscapes really will take your breath away. Tour the rolling hills and lush farmland of the Lowlands, or drive through deep glens surrounded by mountains in the Highlands. Uncover magnificent coastal features in the west, and explore the atmospheric, royal settings of the east.

The Isle of Skye is calling you…

Skye is loved the world over for its dramatic scenery, windswept mountains and swirling seascapes. The intoxicating blend of rugged scenery mixed with fairytale legends and island charm makes the largest of the Inner Hebridean islands and one of our most cherished spots.

But there’s more to this enchanting island than you might imagine, and we’re going to let you in to a few of its secrets.  Our Self Guided Isle of Skye and Inner Hebrides bike tour is an amazing adventure and one just waiting for you.  7 Days, 6 nights, Self Guided Bike Tour, from £995.00. Contact CycleWest Ireland at tours@cyclewest.com for more details, dates and travel updates, 

 

Glameig from the Isle of Raasay Distillery (c) Raasay DistillerySO WHEN CAN I TRAVEL TO SCOTLAND?  Read here for more details on when you can travel to Scotland: Scotland Travel Advisory 

 

When can we visit Ireland? Booking for 2022.

We hope to see you soon!

In light of COVID-19, everyone’s health and safety is the most important thing. This means despite the love and desire to share our friendly, passionate and unique country, we must ask everyone at this time not to travel to or around Ireland & Scotland. Please stay safe everyone.

The majority of Ireland and Scotland is in lockdown, though some island communities are under level 3 restrictions. Everyone is being asked to stay at home except for essential purposes. Check the COVID-19 restrictions in your area for the most up to date information on reopening. Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details or see the links below:

For travel to Ireland please see: General Travel Advisory COVID-19

For travel to Scotland please see: General Travel Advisory (COVID-19) and Current Status

We all hope to be back exploring Scotland again very soon, but in the meantime fill your screen with beautiful pictures of Scotland and plan your future trip.

Adventure is a State of Mind!

Prepare for a truly warm welcome and a fun filled memorable experience. 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the landscape around you while we take care of every detail. We personally select the accommodations you stay at, our favourite restaurants and the local village pubs as well as the most scenic roads each day!  All you have to do is read on to find your next great escape!

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YOUR ADVENTURE AWAITS!

Here is a selection of our top tours, rated by our guests on the hospitality experienced, delicious food,  scenic landscapes, dramatic history, captivating stories an charming people. From family adventures to honeymoon breaks, solo travel and small groups, there is something for everyone on our list! Top contenders:

1. Our West Coast Odyssey

West Coast Odyssey: Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Description
Our award winning West Coast Odyssey explores the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way.  This bike tour includes panoramic views from dramatic cliff edges to some of Irelands’ most exhilarating coastal scenery. Explore the Burren,  and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO GeoPark; take an island safari to the Aran Islands and onward through the raw and rustic peatlands of Connemara. Here, a warm fireside seat at a traditional music session is waiting for you. Early Booking is Advised!

Duration
6 day /5 night  
Guided bike tour from Euro 1495.00 per person sharing. Self Guided options and Family Tour also available.

Suitable for Solo, Small Group or Families. Max no. 8.
Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

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2. Outer Hebrides Road Cycling 

Your Adventure Awaits: Outer Hebrides Road Cycling

Description
This amazing coastal and island cycling trip in the Outer Hebrides takes you through some of the most beautiful and unspoiled regions of Scotland. Your journey takes you to  spectacular white sandy beaches, passing rugged mountains and through wild glens. In the Outer Hebrides, you will find the Gaelic language is still spoken and the rich history and culture is very much embraced.

Duration
7 day / 6 night Scotland Guided Bike Tour,
from  £1865.00 per person.

Suitable for Solo and Small Group Travel. Max. No: 8.
Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

Early Booking is Advised!

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3.  Family Connemara Adventure

Description
Our Connemara’s Family Bike tour takes place in Ireland’s wild and glorious Connemara, West of Ireland. See Ireland through your child’s eyes and explore  unspoiled countryside at your own pace. Learn of pirate queens, wild Connemara ponies, spanish armada, medieval castles and much more. Pedal at your own pace and enjoy each day as you make wonderful memories to take home.

6 day /5 night  Guided Bike Tour from Euro 1495.00 per person sharing. Self Guided options, small group and private tours also available.

Don’t see what you are looking for? Send us an email to us at tours@cyclewest.com and let us know what you are looking for!

Just Around the Corner

Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

See What Tours are Just Around the Corner!

Ireland is a land of poets, revolutionaries, musicians, and storytellers where the landscape has a mythical quality, the country’s history still very much in evidence in every day life. Its people are undoubtedly charming, providing a warm, genuine welcome to visitors. We look forward to welcoming you to Ireland in 2022!

Traditional Irish Music Pub Session, Ireland

‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ – a hundred thousand welcomes!

Ireland’s small roads travel by craggy coastline with incredible bays, dramatic sea cliffs and inlets boasting clear pure waters and wide golden beaches framed by soaring hills. Perfect for biking.

Join us and get away to the rustic settings, small village pubs and off the beaten track.  And of course, there’s always our unique Irish produce, such as delicious wild smoked salmon, golden whiskeys and exquisite items hand crafted by local Irish artisans. Ireland awaits!

 

Guinness Brewery, Dublin, Ireland

“There midnight’s all a glimmer and noon a purple glow and evening full of the linnet’s wings”

W B Yeats

 

Westport Harbour at Dusk, Ireland

Ireland Bike Tours

Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details about your personalised small group tour, family adventure or private tour of Ireland.

OUR 2021 TOURS ARE HERE

A Message from Founder and Director, Fidelma Ray.

Our bookings are open!  Its been a long journey for everyone in 2020.  The effect of COVID -19 has been far-reaching.  So for 2021, we have personalised our itineraries to cater for each individual person, with your safety and health at the forefront of our planning and operating. 

Take a look at OUR MOST POPULAR TOURS FOR 2021  here, or read on below:

 

OUR WEST COAST ODYSSEY, IRELAND ~ read more >

 OUTER HEBRIDES ROAD CYCLING TOUR, SCOTLAND ~ read more >

WILD AND WONDERFUL CONNEMARA ADVENTURE, IRELAND ~ read more >

DISCOVER THE NATURAL WONDERS OF THE BEARA PENINSULA ~ read more >

EXPLORE WITH US WITH CONFIDENCE AND SAFELY

All of our tours are offered as small group tours, solo travel or customised for your family or small group of friends.  They are also offered as guided tours or self guided options.

We look forward to each new arrival and offer you a warm wlecome.  Come Join Us. We look forward to welcoming you and offering you a unique and memorable experience”.

Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

Fidelma Ray
Founder and Director CycleWest Ireland

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Ireland and Coronavirus

March 24th 2020: As part of the Covid-19 pandemic crisis management, the Irish government, together with public support and the support of the Irish Tourism Industry, have officially asked everyone to stay indoors, except for limited essential needs such as essential  services, grocery shopping, food shopping, and travelling to and from essential work. This is to remain in place until April 19th. 

This morning, all non-essential shops, libraries, playgrounds, places of worship and public spaces are closed.  Last week saw last call in our pubs for a few weeks, and all clubs, bars, restaurants, theatres, gyms,  schools and gyms closed their doors.  Schools have been closed and will remain so until May.

We know that this will come to an end and when it does, we will work harder than ever to deliver trips of a lifetime for you and your friends and families.

How is living in Ireland during coronavirus?

It is very calm and quiet on our streets. This morning, employees all over Ireland are working from home on laptops at the kitchen table. Children remain at home, away from the playgrounds. Radio chat shows spread the news and offer tips on how to work from home and how to occupy children with board games, cooking classes, suggestions on books to read and other forms of entertainment. Students continue to study for upcoming exams, Garden mowers hum and neighbours greet each other from a distance – over the garden fence.  Grandparents are mastering Zoom and Whatsapp and chat with grandchildren over the internet. Its a new day…

Social distancing has been introduced and so far we can see it is working in the larger grocery shops, pharmacies and other locations that remain open.  It is heart-warming to see how quickly the community banded together to look out for the elderly and needing help with groceries, daily newspapers and other services. It’s wonderful to see everyone come together with kind actions like these.

Reaching Out…

We have a country whose economy relies heavily on tourism and hospitality, with thousands of small businesses closed for the time being. Some are lucky to have resources to have staff work from home while others are not so fortunate.

Our tours operate in some of the most economically fragile communities in Europe. Your support during time could make the difference between many rural enterprises staying in business, or potentially changing the face of the community forever. Likewise, our wonderful tour partners, accommodation providers and amazing guides are sitting tight. Your support can help keep them in a profession they love and one they excel at.

Looking Forward…

With this in mind at this time of uncertainty we want to reach out to reassure you that we will continue to speak with each of our partners as the situation evolves.  We would kindly ask for your support at this time to please encourage you to only postpone your travel arrangements with us if you are due to travel within the next 4 – 6 weeks, especially if you have booked a private or custom trip.

The situation is changing rapidly and hopefully we can each make an informed decision nearer your time of travel. At that point, if you would like to postpone their trip, we will be happy to help you do so.  Be assured that we will continue to speak with each of our partners on a personal basis as the situation evolves.

Meanwhile, I leave you with this wonderful, albeit nostalgic view of Ireland through the eyes of Rick Steve.  It will bring a smile or two!

CLICK HERE FOR :  RICK STEVE’S VIDEO GUIDE TO THE BURREN, ARAN ISLANDS AND DINGLE:

 

 

Beannacht Dé Oraibh ~ Stay Safe And Well!

Fidelma

Fidelma Ray
Owner and Tour Director
CycleWest Ireland
Gortnahowan, Athenry

Co Galway, Ireland

Tel: 353 (0) 91 877323

Website: www.cyclewest.com

 

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE

 

We are passionate about our destinations and understand that it has become more important than ever to conserve our landscapes, our wildlife and our culture for future generations to enjoy.

We have always encouraged you to slow down to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Not only to reduce your footprint as you travel but to immerse yourself and experience more from your trip.

 

Living Landscape of the Burren. Image Source: The Burren Beo Trust. 

 

Our bike tours take place at a relaxed pace allowing you, as our guest, to relax and enjoy the slow pace of the journey. As we become more aware of our eco footprint, it is important for us to bring you new ways to travel mindfully and slowly.

 

Winter Cycling,  Image Source – Shutterstock

It is not just about the pace, but about truly absorbing the landscape, creating a connection with something that not everyone else may have seen.  Your travel time is precious to us and we encourage you to experience and enjoy each moment.

 

Enjoy a traditional Irish music session in a local village pub. 

 

Our slow travel is about choosing to go to the lesser seen sights. Slow Travel is about immersing yourself in a local culture and local life, so you can connect to a place and its people and feel more enriched by the experience.

‘Rolling through a country rather than over it’, as author Ed Gillespie describes in his book ‘Only Planet’

 

Gregans Castle Hotel, Featured in ‘Road Trip, The Burren’ – National Geographic Traveler, December 2018.

 

Our accommodations  have been hand picked for their slow pace and pride of place. They embrace their surrounds and local culture in their decor, food and activities.

You will enjoy that they are locally owned and run, and employ local staff. They are involved in giving back to the local community and enable us to do so too.

 

Wild Food Tours and Walks, image source: Wild Kitchen

 

Slow food experiences are also an integral part of our tourism experience. Our tours enable us to showcase local restaurants and pubs, producers, chefs and hosts that truly value our local cultures. You can embrace fresh seafood, locally grown herbs and vegetables, something for everyone’s palate.

 

Doonagore Castle, County Clare, Ireland. Image source: Shutterstock

 

Slow Travel for us is about preserving and sharing our country, heritage and local communities so that we can show you the delights in the detail.

Slow Travel is refreshing, relaxing and enriching.  Come Join us in 2020 – Lets Take it Slowly! For more details, please see our 2020 recommendations at www.cyclewest.com

Wishing you a very happy Christmas and Best Wishes for the New Year.

 

Fidelma & the CycleWest Ireland team x

Our Great Family Escapes in 2020

Sample our Western Delights in 2020

Find a real fairy fort! Explore the Burren caves. Walk with a hawk. Take ferry boat ride to the Aran Islands. Visit the towering Cliffs of Moher. Ride a Connemara pony. Catch a trout! Come to the West of Ireland and see what fun you can have!

CycleWest Ireland Family Adventures are everything a curious young traveller could dream of. From toddler to teen, there is something wonderful for everyone!  Pedalling along coastline trails, horse back riding, island safaris, catching your first fish: just imagine the stories your family will tell for years to come!

Our family tours are designed to accommodate children aged 2+ with child bike seats and tagalong trailer bikes.  Routes are expecially designed for tiny legs!  Mom and Dad can take extended rides if desired.

See details of our Wild Connemara Family Adventure and our West Coast Family Adventure here.

 

Let us plan your family adventure in Ireland this summer! Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

Winners of Best Bike Tour 2020

Adventure is a State of Mind!

We hope to see you in 2020!

When our guests are asked which of our Coastal Bike Tours they loved the most, the places where the people are the friendliest, the landscape most awesome and the villages most fun, our  West Coast Guided Adventure tour ranked as number one followed closely by our Scotland Outer Hebrides guided tour.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the landscape around you while we take care of every detail. We personally select the accommodations you stay at, our favourite restaurants and the localvillage pubs as well as the most scenic roads each day!  All you have to do is read on to find your next great escape!

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YOUR ADVENTURE AWAITS!

Our tours are rated on their scenic landscapes, dramatic history, captivating stories an charming people. From family adventures to honeymoon breaks, there is something for everyone on our list!

Here is our short list for Best Bike Tour of 2020:

 

1. Our West Coast Guided Adventure

Our West Coast Guided Adventure is a short odyssey along the Wild Atlantic Way.  This bike tour includes panoramic viewd from dramatic cliff edges to some of Irelands’ most exhilarating coastal scenery. Explore the Burren and Cliffs of Moher GeoPark; take an island safari to the Aran Islands and onward through the raw and rustic peatlands of Connemara. Here, a warm fireside seat at a traditional music session is waiting for you. 6 day /5 night 5 Ireland Guided Bike Tour, from Euro 1595.00 per person sharing. Early Booking is Advised!

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2. Outer Hebrides 

This amazing coastal and island cycling trip in the Outer Hebrides takes you through some of the most beautiful and unspoiled regions of Scotland. Your journey takes you to  spectacular white sandy beaches, passing rugged mountains and through wild glens. In the Outer Hebrides, you will find the Gaelic language is still spoken and the rich history and culture is very much embraced. 7 day / 6 night Scotland Guided Bike Tour, from Sterling 1865.00 per person. Early Booking is Advised!

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Don’t see what you are looking for? Send us an email to us at tours@cyclewest.com and let us know what you are looking for!

St. Patrick’s Day Greetings

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

“Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours”.

Outer Hebrides: A Very Special Place

Review of our Outer Hebrides Bike Trip 2018 by Christine Gray, Sept 24th, 2018
The Outer Hebrides is a very special place. It isn’t just the scenery but the people were so friendly and so genuine. We rode from the southern islands to the north, with the idea of prevailing winds at our backs.
The southern islands are less populated and flatter so it is also a breaking in while riding on single lane roads, stopping to photograph sheep along the roadside and marveling over the landscape.
There are virtually no trees to speak of which is a very different reality for me but the scenery is so striking with the expansive moors and pothole lakes, sweeping white sand beaches along the western coast and the mountains along the east.
As we traveled north, it got a little more populated and a little more terrain but nothing unmanageable. Riding the constantly winding road promised for more spectacular views around every bend.
We followed the Outer Hebridean Way from the Isle of Barra in the south to the Butt of Lewis in the north so it was about 200 miles all told.
We had all types of weather – rain, wind, sunshine – I think this is to be expected for islands off the NW coast of Scotland!
The guides were true professionals and strived to ensure we loved the islands as much as they did. Bikes were well maintained and checked over every evening.
I had the misfortune of lost luggage upon my arrival and the office staff were so great helping me by keeping in contact with the airlines to get my suitcase sent out where we could intercept it and keeping me up to date on progress.
I truly had a great week and am already looking into another trip.
For more details about our 2019 Outer Hebrides Cycling Tour please see: http://www.cyclewest.com/itinerary/outer-hebrides/