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The Burren is a landscape of limestone plateau, an unbounded wild place that invites you to come and explore.....come join us!

Ireland Experiences

West Coast Adventure Guided

Immerse yourself in Ireland's rich and dynamic culture and stunning landscapes.

Itinerary

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.

 

Cyclewest.com West Coast Adventure Guided Tour


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.

What’s Included?

This trip includes:

  • 5 nights Accommodations
  • Breakfasts on tour days
  • 4 evening dinners
  • Experienced tour guides
  • Support vehicle and luggage transfer
  • Courtesy fruit & snacks
  • Guided tours of select locations
  • Quality 24 speed Trek hybrid bikes included in the price
  • Helmets and panniers
  • Detailed maps and tour directions
  • Daily Custom Miles

What’s not included?

This trip does not include:

  • Items of a personal nature including Alcoholic Beverages, Laundry, Personal Telephone calls
  • Daily Lunches
  • Transfer to and from Ireland

Dates and Pricing

 2019 Dates and  Prices

This tour offers you the choice of either Charming Inns or Luxe accommodation, with prices varying with regards to your preference.  See below for more information and please do not hesitate to contact us at tours@cyclewest.com in order to discover which option is right for you!

The price of this tour is:

  • Charming Inns Accommodation from Euro 1395.00 pps
  • Luxe Accommodations from Euro 2095.00 pps

Deposit: Euro 200.00
Single Supplement: Euro 350.00

2019 Dates
Our tour dates for 2019 are:
  • 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.

If your date preference is not listed above, we would be happy to accommodate you with an individually tailored custom trip! Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

Accommodation

CycleWest Ireland has carefully selected a range of lodges, hotels and castles to compliment your stay in the west of Ireland. Our Charming Inns option is made up of guesthouses, B&Bs and small private hotels which have been carefully chosen due to their warm welcomes, quality accommodation or food. If you choose our Luxe accommodation, you will be staying in award-winning castle hotels and country houses.

Drumcreehy House in Ballyvaughan and The Quay House, Clifden are examples of our Charming Inns range of lodges. Beautifully decorated country homes set in wonderful locations, with reputations for a warm welcome and personal hosting.

Our Luxe accommodation options include Gregans Castle Hotel and Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

 

Helpful Notes

Difficulty level: Intermediate

• Average Daily Mileage: 25 Miles (40 km)
• Average Daily Mileage with Optional Alternatives: 30 Miles (49 km)
If you have any questions about the terrain covered on this tour, the fitness levels which would be required or our optional extra rides, feel free to contact us at tours@cyclewest.com!

Tour Start and End Points:

Tour starts in Ballyvaugahn, County Clare.
Tour Ends in Clifden, Co Galway.

Closest International Airport: Shannon Airport.

Arrival and Departure details will be provided in your pre-trip planning package,

Accommodation

CycleWest has carefully selected a range of lodges, hotels and castles to compliment your stay in the west of Ireland. Our Charming Inns option is made up of guesthouses, B&Bs and small private hotels which have been carefully chosen due to their warm welcomes, quality accommodation or food. If you choose our Luxe accommodation, you will be staying in award winning castle hotels and country houses.

Drumcreehy House in Ballyvaughan and The Quay House, Clifden are examples of our Charming Inns range of lodges. A beautifully decorated country home set against a magnificent backdrop of both Galway Bay and the Burren, this family run B&B has a reputation for warm welcomes and wonderful breakfasts.

Like many of our Luxe accommodation options, Gregans Castle Hotel began as a historic home for the landed gentry, in this case an 18th century country manor. Located in the heart of the Burren, this hotel is the ideal base from which to explore the charming local towns of Doolin and Kilfenora and the beauty of the surrounding countryside.