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West Coast Adventure Dates & Pricing 2019

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West Coast Bike Tour Adventure ~  Dates and Pricing

 

This extraordinary Irish biking tour, our West Coast Adventure Guided Tour, has been designed with escape, exploration and an overall terrific experience in mind!  We offer you the opportunity to explore and contemplate life to its fullest, away from all the hustle of everyday life.

CycleWest Ireland West Coast Adventure Guided Tour

Our West Coast Adventure, 6 days and 5 nights guided bike tour,  offers you a biking trip through the spectacular vistas of Galway Bay, the historical Burren, the Aran Islands and scenic Connemara. Immerse in the history, the culture and the pure magic of the West of Ireland.

Introduction

The BURREN is a unique landscape of limestone plateau and wilderness landscapes that invite you to explore.  You will discover ancient stone forts and neo-lithic monuments. Here alpine and arctic flowers grow side by side, the seeds having been deposited by glacier millions of years ago. This is a mystical land of disappearing rivers and lakes, closed valleys, caves and limestone pavements. You may even find a real fairy fort!

 

Cyclewest.com West Coast Adventure Guided Tour

The ARAN ISLANDS, three timeless islands in an endless sea, showcase weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people. Here Gaelic is still spoken and is the language of choice for the islanders.

Crossing by ferry from the Aran Islands, you will know immediately that you have arrived in wild CONNEMARA  by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape! Described by Oscar Wilde as “wild, mountainous country, magnificent is every way”.

For this rewarding bike trip, we have personally selected a wonderful variety of quality accommodations that offer a blend of luxury and personal hospitality.  You will enjoy the delights of stunning settings and vibrant culture.
Come and join us on this terrific West Coast adventure and let your imagination do the rest…..

Our trip was fabulous!. You really know how to organize a tour for the greatest scenery and wonderful accommodations. ….the little lanes we spent the majority of our time on were so relaxing and fun to ride on. They also got us into the wilderness and I often felt we were a hundred miles from anywhere!”

Dan Peters & Family, Superior, Colorado

‘We still talk to one another often and with great pleasure about our trip. We have so many wonderful pictures of our trip. As wonderful as our week in Ireland was, it was hardly enough time to fully capture the depth and breadth of your beautiful country and we all hope to find ourselves back on your roads sometime in the future. …Thanks again to you for all the effort and attention you gave us.’

Michael Riddell and family, Millburn, New Jersey

DATES AND PRICES 2019:

  • 21st – 26th March – TRIP FULL
  • 25th- 30th April- Provisional
  • 10th – 15th May –  6 places remaining
  • 24th – 29th May  – TRIP FULL
  • 7th – 12th June – 8 places available
  • 26th June – 1st July -8 places available
  • 12th – 17th July – Provisional
  • 23rd- 28th August – 8 places available
  • 6th – 11th September – Provisional

Minimum 2 persons booked will confirm a departure date. Don’t see a date that works for you? You can request a private tour for a small group of friends or family. Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

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Wild Connemara Guided Tour

Wild Connemara Guided Bike  Tour, 6 days / 5 nights, guided tour.                                               

Our Wild Connemara Guided tour is a splendid bike tour of Connemara’s remote back roads. Here the magnificent landscapes consist of some of the most dramatic settings in the West of Ireland. Enjoy off the beaten track routes and spectacular cycling. It features fresh seafood and local produce as well as an array of wonderful accommodations.

The introductory drive we take to the heart of Connemara from Galway City has been described as one of the top ten drives in the world (Conde Nast Traveller) and our journey gets better from there!

DAY 1: Untamed Landscapes
After arrival in Galway, we transfer to the heart of Connemara, where your tour begins. En-route we visit the carefully restored Aughanure Castle.  You will also learn of Grainuaile, Grace O’Malley, the pirate queen of Ireland’s west. Her family castle ruins dominate the coastline from Ballyconneeley to Achill Island. We arrive in Clifden or Ballynahinch, depending on your accommodation choice. Here we have an introductory briefing and bike fit out.

DAY 2: Seascapes and Stunning Coastline
An early morning start takes us to Roundstone village. Described the most picturesque fishing harbour in Connemara. We visit Malachy Kearns Musical Instrument workshop. This is the home of the traditional Bodhran. Departing Roundstone to Ballyconneely village via stunning beaches at Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay. We follow the rugged coastline to Ballyconneely, taking time to visit the Connemara Smokehouse, the region’s longest established smokehouse. We then take the scenic ‘bog road’ home – where sheep are our only distraction! Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant specializing in local seafood. Overnight in Clifden or Ballynahinch, depending on your accommodation choice.
Daily Miles: from 15 miles, with longer routes from 22 – 37 miles.

DAY 3: Carpe Diem
This morning you have time to relax and explore the little galleries, bookstores and shops of Clifden. Optional activities today include golf  or a pony riding. Others may choose to spend the morning or afternoon fly fishing at Ballynahinch Castle. Heading out, we bike the Sky Road on our way to Connemara National Park and Letterfrack village/ We arrive at the splendid neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey in time for a home baked lunch. We continue through the Lough Inagh Valley – described as one of the most beautiful valleys in Ireland or to the Renvyle Penninsula, a vista of pink and purple, wild fuchsia, and ocean. Overnight at Lough Inagh Valley or Renvyle Peninsula depending on your accommodation choice.        Daily Miles: from 19 miles, with the average miles to day covering 32- 45 miles. Extensions available.

DAY 4: Sand, Sea and Sky.
This morning’s ride takes you through a stunning vistas of peatlands, lakes, and forests and around the Killary Fjord, Ireland’s only fjord. Passing through Tully Cross village and onward by Lettergesh beach we spin through some amazing landscapes. We also have the opportunity to stop by an area of bog. Here you will see where peat is still cut and harvested by local farmers.  We spend tonight in Leenane village. Here you have the opportunity to celebrate the day at the Connemara Seaweed Baths, one of  the only salt water seaweed baths in the West of Ireland.
Daily miles: Day’s average 22 miles with extensions up to 42 miles.

Day 5: Clew Bay Biking
Immerse yourself in your surrounds this morning. We spin through a mountain pass between Mweelrea, Connemara’s highest mountain and the Sheefry Hills. We reach Louisburgh, a quiet, traditional village in time for lunch. We then continue westward along the beautiful shoreline of Clew Bay. This afternoon offers the opportunity to climb the famous holy mountain of Croagh Mountain in county Mayo. Otherwise we recommend adding an extra day in Westport and allowing time to do this climb. The hike up the 784m mountain offers fantastic views of Clew Bay where you will see Ireland’s best example of sunken drumlins. Cycle onward to the lively heritage town of Westport, a charming planned town with a unique blend of the old and new, where you will spend tonight.    Daily Miles: days average miles 22, with optional challenging extension ride over the Sheefry Hills.

DAY 6: Slán go fóill!
Today, sadly, today we bid you farewell. This morning you depart from Westport to your next point. We can assist you with any planning, be it rail, flight or car hire.

 

West Coast Adventure Guided

West Coast Adventure Guided Tour www.cyclewest.com

 

This extraordinary Irish biking tour, our West Coast Adventure Guided Tour, has been designed with escape, exploration and an overall terrific experience in mind!  We offer you the opportunity to explore and contemplate life to its fullest, away from all the hustle of everyday life.

CycleWest Ireland West Coast Adventure Guided Tour

Our West Coast Adventure, 6 days and 5 nights guided bike tour,  offers you a biking trip through the spectacular vistas of Galway Bay, the historical Burren, the Aran Islands and scenic Connemara. Immerse in the history, the culture and the pure magic of the West of Ireland.

Introduction

The BURREN is a unique landscape of limestone plateau and wilderness landscapes that invite you to explore.  You will discover ancient stone forts and neo-lithic monuments. Here alpine and arctic flowers grow side by side, the seeds having been deposited by glacier millions of years ago. This is a mystical land of disappearing rivers and lakes, closed valleys, caves and limestone pavements. You may even find a real fairy fort!

 

Cyclewest.com West Coast Adventure Guided Tour

The ARAN ISLANDS, three timeless islands in an endless sea, showcase weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people. Here Gaelic is still spoken and is the language of choice for the islanders.

Crossing by ferry from the Aran Islands, you will know immediately that you have arrived in wild CONNEMARA  by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape! Described by Oscar Wilde as “wild, mountainous country, magnificent is every way”.

For this rewarding bike trip, we have personally selected a wonderful variety of quality accommodations that offer a blend of luxury and personal hospitality.  You will enjoy the delights of stunning settings and vibrant culture.
Come and join us on this terrific West Coast adventure and let your imagination do the rest…..

Our trip was fabulous!. You really know how to organize a tour for the greatest scenery and wonderful accommodations. ….the little lanes we spent the majority of our time on were so relaxing and fun to ride on. They also got us into the wilderness and I often felt we were a hundred miles from anywhere!”

Dan Peters & Family, Superior, Colorado

‘We still talk to one another often and with great pleasure about our trip. We have so many wonderful pictures of our trip. As wonderful as our week in Ireland was, it was hardly enough time to fully capture the depth and breadth of your beautiful country and we all hope to find ourselves back on your roads sometime in the future. …Thanks again to you for all the effort and attention you gave us.’

Michael Riddell and family, Millburn, New Jersey

ITINERARY

Day 1: Welcome to the Emerald Isle!
Cead Mile Failte ~ Welcome to Ireland. We begin our journey at the seaside village of Ballyvaughan, County Clare. Bike fit out and tour briefing. This is followed by an evening dinner and welcome to the West Coast of Ireland!  Overnight as guests in the village of Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.

DAY 2: Castles and Caves
Begin your day with an exploration of medieval Newtown Castle and the Burren College of Art Gallery. This day has been designed as an activity filled day with a leisurely pace to bring you into the heart of the Burren. We explore Ailwee Cave, followed with a visit to the Birds of Prey sanctuary. Here we see a selection of Falcon, Hawk, Eagles, Owls and Vultures and are treated to a magnificent birds of prey flight demonstration. Private Hawk Walks are available upon request.

We continue biking onward through into the Burren hills, where we discover a world of wildlife, folklore, ancient archaeology and wonderful plant life. We see the 4,500 year old Poulnabrone portal tomb. Our final stop of the day is the Caherconnell stone fort and a wonderful sheepdog demonstration. An overall exhilerating day with a magnificent downhill descent to the village of Ballyvaughan. Watch the sunset over the Burren hills after dinner with a stroll along the beach.

Overnight in Ballyvaughan. Minimum mileage of 15 miles with extensions. Total possible miles: 42

DAY 3: Moonscapes and Music
Today starts with a tour of the spectacular Cliffs of Moher.  Towering 700 feet (214 metres) above sea level, the Cliffs are one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ireland. A designated UNESCO site, the Cliffs are the prefect viewing location for puffins, razorbills and guillemots. Views across to the Aran Islands and perhaps a dolphin or two.

We then descend to the colourfull village of Doolin.  From here the ferry will take us to the Aran Islands, where Gaelic remains the spoken language. On the islands, visit Dun Aengus, an ancient hilltop fort towering  above the ocean. Enjoy the vistas of whitewashed cottages and the intricate network of stone walls. This is a visit you will treasure long after your visit to Ireland.

Transfer by ferry and overnight on the Aran Islands. Daily Miles: Custom miles for children. Minimum mileage of 19 miles with island extension of 8 miles.

 

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DAY 4: Ferries and Foxes

After a midday departure from the Aran Islands to the Rosaveal ferry port, we traverse a route through the Connemara landscape, bordered with heather and bracken, through scenery that is wild and barren. Following lunch en route, we bike in the shadow of the Twelve Bens mountains along the rugged coastline.  Relax in the beautiful market town of Clifden, your home for the next two nights.

Overnight in Clifden. Daily miles: Minimum 28 miles.

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DAY 5: Seascapes and Sandcastles
Begin with an early morning start to Roundstone village, the most picturesque fishing harbour in Connemara. Here traditional Galway Hooker boats, lovingly cared for over the years, can be seen on Bertraghboy Bay. We visit Malachy Kearns Musical Instrument workshop, home of the traditional Bodhran. Departing Roundstone to Ballyconneely village via stunning beaches at Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay. We follow the rugged coastline to Ballyconneely Village. Return to Clifden for another overnight stay.
Overnight in Clifden. Daily Miles: Minimum of a 19 loop, with 2 – 30 miles.

DAY 6: Castle Extension or Departure
Today, with time to spare we take a quick loop ride to the Sky Road justifiably famous for the views it affords. The Sky Road route takes you up among the hills overlooking Clifden Bay and its offshore islands, Inishturk and Turbot. Following this lovely bike ride, we sadly bid you farewell.

Depart from Clifden to your next point. We can assist you with any planning, be it rail, flight or car hire.

Book your Iconic Causeway Coast and Antrim Glens Bike tour

Be inspired by the world heritage site of Giants Causeway; take a walk on Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and explore Rathlin Island or sample some Irish Whiskey at Bushmills Distillery while cycling through spectacular scenery. Our Iconic Causeway Coast and Glens of Antrim Bike Tour offers a fairytale landscape of leafy glades and tumbling waterfalls. Brought to the worlds stage by the Game of Thrones, the dramatic and world famous coastline is home to no less than three designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 8 Days/ 7 Nights, Self Led Bike Tour, €1050 per person sharing.  READ MORE >

Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast

Our Causeway Coast and Antrim Glens Bike Tour route is rated as one of the most scenic routes worldwide and when you cycle it ~ you will see why.

Causeway Coast ~ Glens of Antrim    
8 Day / 7 Night Self Guided Bike trip, Euro 1050.00 per person sharing.

Tour Starts every Monday (arrival in Derry / Londonderry) from May 21st until September 24th.

The Causeway Coastal Bike Route is rated as one of the most scenic routes worldwide and when you cycle it ~ you will see why. From historic Londonderry, you wind your way along the Casueway Coast, from picturesque villages to unforgettable scenic locations.

To travel along the coast is to experience rugged and windswept cliffs, spectacular scenery and fabulous unspoilt beaches. It’s a coastline sprinkled with historic castles, churches and forts. Many are now just ruins but each holds the memories of a mysterious and heroic past. A past populated by seafaring Vikings and swashbuckling tales of the ancient Irish clans.

Delve into the Glens of Antrim where the fables and mythology come to live in the majestic landscapes. An overall memorable and unique experience!

Day 1: Arrival Historical Derry (Londonderry) City

Your tour starts in historical Derry City (Londonderry).  This vibrant city is fast becoming one of Ireland’s best cultural hotspots according to Lonely Planet.

In the words of Will Kelly, one of the celebrated Bogside Artists: ‘Derry is a big city with the ambience and character of a village. The sense of freedom of the people, young and old, is truly infectious. You could pick any Derryman or woman and put them on stage for their wit alone. In short, Derry is fun.’

It is the perfect location to start your bike adventure. Overnight in a city centre hotel with a warm welcome and on most Sunday evenings good craic in the bar with live traditional Irish music.

Day 2: Gentle Green Pastures

Today’s cycling route takes you on a gentle run alongside the Foyle River out of the city and into the sorrounding green countryside. Landscapes today include the Inishowen mountains on one side and Lough Foyle on the other. Your destination through pleasant green pastures is the coastal town of Moville, The scenic town of Moville lies on the banks of Lough Foyle, where the Bredagh River flows into the sea, on the Inishowen Peninsula of County Donegal, near the northern tip of Ireland.

Moville’s location made it ideal for the maritime industry, and throughout the 19th century, large trading ships and transatlantic liners dropped anchor here. In the later years of the 1800s, Moville was a major port for embarkation for many travelers, including emigrants to Canada and America. It still retains its small fishing harbour. A gentle start to your week’s riding. Distance: 23 miles / 38km

Day 3: Iconic Landscapes

This morning you take a short ferry ride from Greencastle village to Magillan Point in Northern Ireland. A coastal bike ride follows to the iconic Mussenden Temple. The Temple is located in the beautiful surroundings of Downhill Demesne near Castlerock in County Londonderry. It perches dramatically on a 120 ft cliff top, high above the Atlantic Ocean on the north-western coast of Northern Ireland, offering spectacular views westwards over Downhill Strand towards Magilligan Point and County Donegal and to the east Castlerock beach towards Portstewart, Portrush and Fair Head.

Both the Temple and the surrounding views are among the most photographed scenes in Ireland, as Game of Thrones fans will recognise! Continue onward to the University town of Coleraine. Further along the coast is the seaside town of Portstewart. Situated on the famous Causeway Coast the magnificent Strand at Portstewart conjures up images of lazy summer days, picnics & sandcastles. Here you will also find Portstewart’s famous golf course, the Strand Course, indisputably the jewel in Portstewart’s crown for both quality of game and scenery.

Enjoy the views at every turn of the Donegal hills, the Atlantic and the River Bann. Distance: 27 miles / 43km

Day 4: Coastal Cliffs and Giant’s Causeway

Prepare for a day full of activity! You pedal past the iconic ruin of medieval Dunluce Castle, bearing witness to a long and tumultuous history. Follow the Causeway coast to Bushmills, home to the world’s oldest distillery. Onward to  the Giant’s Causeway, on a worldwide scale, Northerm Ireland’s most famous attraction. Stop at the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Not for the faint hearted! Tonight you stay in the little port and beach resort of Ballycastle. Ballycastle is located on the north-easternmost coastal tip of the island of Ireland. Distance: 27 miles / 43km

Day 5: A Day of Outstanding Beauty

Wake up to find yourself in the heart of the Antrim Glens and Causeway Coast are of outstanding beauty! Relax  in Ballycastle today and use this day to explore and sightsee. From here you can get a ferry to Rathlin Island,  Northern Ireland’s only inhabited island. Rathlin Islands’ rugged cliffs are   home to the biggest seabird colony in Europe.Watch out for puffins, buzzards, oystercatchers, Manx shearwaters, seals basking in rocky coves and passing shoals of dolphins and porpoises. Home to the Dark Hedges renowned to Game of Throne fans. Distance: 0 – 27 miles / 0 – 43km

Day 6: A Day of Legends and Mythical Landscapes

Todays bike ride take you past Fair Head where an unforgettable canvas unfolds. Below, the Sea of Moyle conjures up Irish mythology and  sagas of how the Children of Lir spent 300 years on this storm-tortured coast.
Beyond, the ocean stretches to the Scottish coastline, evoking a time when Antrim and Scotland’s Argyll were co-joined within the kingdom of Dal Riada.

Bike into the conservation village of Cushendon, described as one of the jewels of the Glens of Antrim where pretty Cornish style cottages line the streets. Continue along the coastline until you come to Cushendall the “Capital of the Glens”.  Overnight in Cushendall for the next two nights. Distance: 18 miles / 30km

Day 7: Glens of Antrim

Today’s cycle explores Glenariff glen, known as the queen of the glens, with its gushing waterfalls and scenic path skirting the sheer side of the plunging gorge. Cycling on from Glenariff , you have the option of cycling through the Glens including Glendun,  glen of the brown river and one of the nine Glens of Antrim.  It is named after the River Dun which is coloured brown by the peat bogs at the river source. Capture some of the most breathtaking scenery of the week. Return to Cushendall, where the Glen of Ballyeamonn sweeps down to the sea.  Distance: 32 miles / 51km

Day 8: Slan go Foill

After a final breakfast and farewell you commence your homeward journey.

Please note: The above cycle details are a guideline and all distances may vary according to your chosen route. Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

North by NorthWest Donegal

North by NorthWest Donegal Bike Tour North by NorthWest Donegal Bike Tour

Our breathtaking self guided Donegal bike tour is truly a memorable adventure.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing getaway in stunning surrounds, or fancy an exhilarating outdoor adventure, the NorthWestern Headlands of Donegal have it all!

Donegal ~ St Johns Point ~Killybegs  ~ Glencolmcille ~ Adara ~ Donegal
9 Days/ 8 Nights Self Led Bike Tour, from Euro 790.00 per person

With breathtaking scenery, golden beaches, rugged islands and a beautiful array of wildlife, this northern – almost untouched – stretch of the Wild Atlantic Way is an absolute essential, any time of year.

It’s no wonder Donegal was named the ‘Coolest Place on the Planet for 2017’ by National Geographic Traveller.

Day 1: Welcome to Donegal

Your Donegal Bike Tour tour starts in Donegal town.

Be sure to take time to explore Donegal Castle. Built by the O’Donnell chieftains in the 15th Century, beside the river Eske in Donegal Town, the Castle was rebuilt in Jacobean style in the 16th Century by Sir Basil Brooke, after Hugh O’Donnell burnt it to the ground rather than let it fall into enemy hands. Information panels chronicle the history of the castle and guided tours are available.

Day 2: Lough Eske Loop

This morning we meet you and provide you with a full bike fit out and detailed tour briefing.  Following the briefing, today’s  ride takes you along the quiet roads and tranquil shores of Lough Eske,  in the mystical surroundings of the Blue stack mountains.

If you have not had enough time to explore the town ~ you can spend the afternoon browsing and relaxing. Perhaps take a local tour on the Donegal Waterbus and discover the rich history of this region. Relax and enjoy the traditional pubs, music and restaurants in the town tonight. Distance: 26kms/16mi

 

Donegal Bike Tour Donegal Bike Tour

 

Day 3: Donegal to Killybegs

Today, your bike ride takes you west along Donegal Bay.  You pedal the quiet roads of St John’s Point Peninsula following alongside the Atlantic Ocean. View the remains of Rahan Castle and the Killaghtee Cross.

Continue to your overnight destination in the traditional fishing village of Killybegs. Once the second largest fishing port in the county, Killybegs is the gateway to Sliabh Liag one of the signature points on the Wild Atlantic Way noted amongst the highest sea cliffs in Europe with stunning panoramic views across Donegal Bay.  Distance: 39kms/ 24mi. 

 

Slieve League, Co. Donegal, Ireland Slieve League, Co. Donegal, Ireland

Day 4: Killybegs to Carrick

Following the coastline west from Killybegs this morning the scenery becomes quite dramatic. Bike through the village of Kilcar, famous for its production of Donegal Tweed. Just a short ride from Carrick, you will encounter  towering cliffs, golden sandy beaches and breathtaking headlands. Visit the cliffs at Slieve League – one of Ireland’s greatest attractions.

These stunning cliffs are some of the finest marine cliffs in Europe. Accessible all year round and standing 600m tall, the sheer drop down into the crashing Atlantic swells below is quite the sight. Stand on the edge and breathe in deep – guaranteed to blow away the cobwebs!

If you can, take an archaeological tour too; you’ll learn about the region’s rich and interesting history. Be sure to also pay a visit to the nearby Tí Linn craft shop, where you’ll find a gorgeous selection of Irish giftware items, or grab a coffee and cake in the charming Tí Linn Café. If you fancy a maritime adventure, you can gaze up at these immense cliffs from the sea on a local boat tour – which takes you out to meet the area’s friendly dolphins.  Overnight in Carrick, Distance: 47km /29mi.

Day 5: Carrick – Glencolmcille – Carrick Loop

Today you cycle to the valley of Glencolmcille, a place of tremendous natural beauty and changing colours. You will be in awe of the sorrounds today: mountains, lakes, sea cliffs and beaches; a place of quiet roads, stone walls and fuschia-bordered lanes. It is an ancient corner of Ireland witnessed by 5000 years of history, the sites of dwellings and the tombs of the Megalithic period and by the cross inscribed stones of early Christianity. Distance: 33km /22mi.

 

Donegal Sheep in Landscape

Day 6: Carrick to Ardara

This morning you bike through the peatlands and bogs of Donegal.  The region is a colourful palette of heathers, mosses, lichens and rough grasses.

You bike the Glengesh Pass ~ a windy section of road which links Glencolmcille to our beautiful Ardara. This meandering cycle can assault your senses with the magnificent scenery that abounds and bring you back in time. Enjoy the magnificent views before a well earned descent! A pleasant, unspoilt trip that is well worth taking.  Arrive at tonight’s overnight destination, the heritage town of Ardara with its selection of pubs and restaurants. Distance: 22km /13mi.

Day 7: Ardara Loop Ride

The possibilities today are endless. Take the leisurely 8 km bike ride along beautiful Loughros Point. Alternatively, cycle to the golden sandy beach, caves and waterfall at Maghera. A third option is to cycle around Dawros Head. Here you can step back in time to view the Kilclooney Dolmen, and the mystical Doon Lough Fort. The choice is yours!  Or simply take time to enjoy this heritage town.

The town boasts top class blue flag beaches and a first rate links golf course. The name Ard a’ Ratha which means ‘high hill of the fort’ comes from the earthen ring-fort, which crowns the hill to the northeast of the town.

Ardara has been long associated with the tweed and knitwear industries.  From the 1870’s this trade became a cottage industry with home spun and hand dyed woollen and tweed items being created.  The Ardara Heritage Centre, formally the town Courthouse, profiles the development of the tweed industry.  To this day several shops in the town still sell high quality tweed and knitwear.  Distance: up to  37km /29mi. 

 

DonegalBay

 

Day 8: Ardara to Donegal

Cycle back to your starting point in Donegal Town. Cross more wild boglands as you climb out of the town. Great views open up over Donegal Bay with its many headlands and islands. Enjoy one last descent to the pleasant village of Mountcharles. Return to your starting point in Donegal Town, completing your biking tour around the beautiful and historic coast.  Distance: 30km /18mi. 

Day 9: Departure

The final day of your Donegal bike tour brings you back to your starting point in Donegal Town.

From here it’s time to depart, taking with you treasured memories of your biking adventure, the natural wonders and friendly people of Donegal.  Distance: 30km /19mi.

 

Wild Connemara Luxury Getaway

Experience our premier, Wild Connemara Luxury Getaway, a self-guided bike tour, exploring the heart of Connemara, on the West Coast of Ireland. A trip like no other.

Connemara~Killary Fjord~Delphi~Westport
Luxe Country Lodge, Country Retreat & Castle Hotel
6 Days / 5 Nights Self Led Bike Tour

Introduction

Connemara, famed for its unspoiled beauty was once described by Oscar Wilde as a ‘Savage Beauty’ . Its black bogs, quartzite mountains and ever-changing light makes it a bucket list destination!  We have designed this new Connemara Getaway as a wish list trip embracing the unique natural beauty of the West of Ireland.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

Day 1: Welcome to Connemara!
Your tour begins at Ballynahinch Castle, a hotel set in the heart of 450 acres of woodland, rivers and estate, nestling under the magnificent backdrop of the Twelve Bens. It’s an oasis within the countryside. Further details and transfer options will be sent to you upon booking your tour.

Welcome meeting and bike fit out with briefing in the late afternoon. Enjoy and afternoon buffet of oysters and lobster salad in the Fisherman’s Pub upon arrival. You will spend the next two nights here in Ballynahinch in the heart of Connemara.

Day 2: Seashore and Scenery
Today’s bike ride will take you to Roundstone, a picturesque seaside village looking out across towards the Twelve Bens Mountains. Stop into O’Dowd’s, a charming pub overlooking the harbour for a coffee or a fresh bowl of steaming chowder. Ride through the village to Gurteen Bay ~ a vast, clear stretch of beach along the coast just beyond the village. Coastline views, coral strands and the opportunity to visit the Connemara Smokehouse en-route. Pedal accross the Bog Road where sheep will be your only companions.

We recommend winding down your day at The Owenmore restaurant at Ballynahinch Castle. Tip: Take a table overlooking the river! Head chef is Ultan Cooke who will provide a tantalising three-course menu with amuse-bouche surprises between courses. Enjoy! Overnight at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel.

Day 3: Valleys and Vistas
Today you ride through Lough Inagh Valley, once described as the most beautiful valley in Ireland.  Arrive at Kylemore Abbey, a masterpiece of Victorian engineering and ingenuity, set on a lakeshore at the heart of a 15,000 acre estate. Splendid walled gardens and a location steeped in local history. Fresh ingredients from the gardens are used daily in the restaurant to recreate recipes bestowed by the Benedictine nuns at Kylemore Abbey. Overnight at Lough Inagh Lodge.

Day 4: Seafood and Sheepdogs

Today you ride to Tully Cross village – a tiny traditional village on the Renvyle Peninsula. You pedal by the coastline, absorbing the views of Lettergesh beach and nearby mountains. Then follows a quick cycle to a traditional farm to watch a demonstration of sheep shearing, working sheep dogs and turf cutting at a traditional, working  sheep farm hosted by local farmer, Tom Nee.  A rare and memorable experience indeed.

Cruise around Killary fjord through Leenane village. Arrive at Delphi Lodge, nestled beneath Mweelrea, the highest mountain in Connemara.   Overnight in the heart of the Delphi Valley.

Day 5: Clew Bay Biking
Departing from Delphi Valley you coast along by Doolough into Louisburgh village or take a challenging ride over the Sheefry Pass with two 700 feet climbs in quick succession! The choice is yours!

After lunch, follow the beautiful coastline of Clew Bay and arrive at Croagh Patrick, the Pilgrimage mountain. Overnight in the award winning market town of Westport, at Knockranny House Hotel. Here, the Head Chef, Seamus Commins has helped to put La Fougère restaurant on the ‘foodie’ map with his regularly themed events which have include seafood and shellfish weekends, gourmet game weekends as well as his regular complex and exhilarating tasting menus.

Day 6, Departure
Sadly today we bid you farewell. Depart for Dublin by rail from Westport. See www.irishrail.ie for more details.

Bike the Wild Side of Ireland

Definition of wild : living in a state of nature and not ordinarily tame

 

Take your pick of our exciting itineraries in 2018 and get your tour at 2017 prices today!

 

2,500km of mesmerising landscape, sea-salted shorelines and unforgettable experiences ahead of you. 
 
Take on the Wild Atlantic Way in all its wonder and explore by bike in 2018.
 
Read on to discover all the ways you can immerse yourself in this unforgettable part of the world  READ MORE 

UPCOMING FAMILY ADVENTURES

Our Family Adventures explore the best of Ireland

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!

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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!

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Our family tours are designed to accommodate children aged 3+ with child bike seats and tagalong trailer bikes.  Routes are expecially designed for tiny legs!  Mom and Dad can take extended rides if desired.

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

Our next family adventure starts on July 14th

Read on for a selection of our favourite family ideas: READ MORE >

Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of Life

Wrap yourself in the wilderness of Ireland’s west coast
With 1,500 miles of stunning coastline, the Wild Atlantic Way is one of the most iconic coastal touring routes in the world. It can be travelled in its entirety or dipped into when the mood strikes.

Our unique coastal bike tour itineraries allow you to pick the route that’s perfect for you. For example, explore the rocky, romantic limestone plateaus of the Burren and the Aran Islands, discover a lose yourself in a kaleidoscope of raw landscapes on the Connemara Coastline. Escape to the SouthWest where the Dingle Peninsula will inspire you and the Beara peninsula will stir your souL.  Whichever bike trip you choose, you’re sure to have the trip of a lifetime! READ MORE >