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"We had such a wonderful time!    It was one of our best family vacations.  It was so nice to be together, and to be outside on bicycles.  The kids would have been bored silly if they were on a tour bus the entire time.   Being on a bicycle is so liberating, and just so much fun.  And Patsy and Elizabeth were just the most amazing guides. Hopefully more families will do this, when they realize just how fantastic it is! " Kathleen & Patrick Eaton Robb, Connecticut  

Ireland Experiences

Family West Coast Adventure

West Coast Family Adventure is Fun for All the Family

Itinerary

Our Guided West Coast Family Adventure is a classic bike tour enjoyed by many families over the years. Come join us and see what everyone is talking about!

The Burren~Aran Islands~Connemara

Charming Inns & Small Hotels, Euro 1295.00 per person
Luxe Country Manor & Castle Hotels, Euro 1995.00 per persons

10% discount for children under 16
6 Days / 5 Nights Guided Bike Tour

Introduction

Our West Coast Family Luxury Adventure is a terrific family biking tour 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.

This extraordinary Family Bike Tour has been designed with escape, adventure and an overall terrific family experience in mind! We offer you the opportunity to enjoy your family vacation, safely together, as quality time away from all the hustle of everyday life. Custom miles for tiny legs with extension options for older kids and adults!

In the Burren, you will enjoy the stone forts, monuments, alpine and arctic flowers and plants that grow side by side, the seeds having been deposited by glacier millions of years ago. This is the mystical land of disappearing rivers and lakes, closed valleys, caves and limestone pavements. You may even find a real fairy fort!

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.

Crossing by ferry from the Aran Islands, you will know immediately that you have arrived in Connemara by the light that constantly changes the mood and tone of the landscape!

For this rewarding bike trip, we have chosen a wonderful variety of quality, select accommodations that offer a blend of luxury, location and personal hospitality. You will enjoy the delights of stunning settings and vibrant culture.
“I have decided that Ireland is my favorite place on Earth! I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the bike tour. It was so beautiful and amazing! I really want to go again”.  Kelly Christensen, Colorado

ITINERARY

This is one of CycleWest Ireland’s most popular family tours in Ireland. We have been offering this family biking trip for the past 20 years and our guests, young and old alike, are inspired!

Day 1: Welcome to the Emerald Isle!
Here we begin our celebrated tour of the West Coast of Ireland: the Burren region, the Aran Islands and Connemara. We meet in Galway City and transfer by coach to our tour start point. Evening dinner and welcome to the West Coast of Ireland! We will spend the next two nights here in Ballyvaughan.

DAY 2: Castles and Caves
Today we explore medieval Newtown Castle before setting off on our day’s adventure. This day is designed a leisurely day to bring you into the heart of the Burren, explore Ailwee Caves and the Wild Bird sanctuary where we watch the falcons fly. A day of history and scenery, of ancient ring forts and dolmans. Onward to the environmental initiative of The Burren – the Burren Interpretative Centre in Kilfenora. Discover a world of wildlife, folklore, ancient archaeology and wonderful plant life. Explore Kilfenora Cathedral and Celtic High Crosses. Overnight in the village of Ballyvaughan. Daily Miles: Minimum mileage of 15 miles with extensions. Custom miles for children. Extensions possible, miles: 42.

DAY 3: Moonscapes and Music
Today starts with a tour of the spectacular Cliffs of Moher and then a descent to the village of Doolin where an afternoon ferry ride (the ferry ride is an adventure in itself!) from the will take us to the historical Aran Islands, where Gaelic is the spoken language. On the islands, we Visit the historical Dun Aengus Hill top fort towering 700 ft above the ocean. Enjoy the vistas of white washed 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.

DAY 4: Ferries and Foxes
Mid Day departure from the Aran Islands to the Rosaveal ferry port. We traverse a route bordered by heather and bracken, through scenery that is wild and barren. We bike the quiet backroads of Connemara with the majestic Twelve Bens mountains always in our sight. Overnight in the lovely market town of Clifden. Daily miles: 35 miles

DAY 5: Seascapes and Sandcastles
Early morning start to Roundstone village, the most picturesque fishing harbour in Connemara where traditional Galway Hooker, lovingly cared for over the years, can be seen on Bertraghboy Bay. 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, perched on the water’s edge. We bike to the Alcock and Brown monument, dedicated to the first transatlantic flight in 1919 from New Foundland. Enjoy an afternoon browsing through the coffee shops, bakeries and bookshops of Clifden, where you spend another night.
Daily Miles: Custom miles for children. Minimum of a 19 mile loop, with longer routes from 22 – 30 miles.

 

DAY 6: Departure
Today, sadly, today we bid you farewell. This morning you depart from Clifden to your next point. We can assist you with any planning, be it rail, flight or car hire. Please also see our ‘trip arrival and departure’ instructions’ for transport options.

 

What’s Included?

Breakfasts on tour days
Evening dinners
Experienced tour guides
Support vehicle and luggage transfer
Courtesy fruit & snacks
Guided tours of select locations
Daily briefing on tour routes,
Quality 24 speed Hybrid (Trek or Giant) bikes,
Kids bikes & Tagalong Trailer bikes
helmets and front handlebar panniers
Detailed maps and tour directions
Custom Miles for children & families

Trip Includes Highlights:

Ailwee Cave
Newtown Castle
Wild Birds of Prey
Caherconnell Ringfort & Sheepdog Demonstration
Cliffs of Moher
Aran Islands
Dun Aengus Hilltop Fort
Aughanure Castle
Roundstone Musical Centre
Patrick Pearse’s Cottage
Alcock & Brown Monument

What’s not included?

Items of a personal nature including Alcoholic Beverages, Laundry, Personal Telephone calls.

Daily Lunch is not included.

Guide Gratuities are not included.

Dates and Pricing

TRIP PRICING NOTES

Euro 1895.00 per person sharing, Luxe Castle and Country Manor Accommodation OR Eur0 1195.00 per person sharing, Charming Inns and Small Provate Hotels.

Euro 200 (Charming Inns) and Euro (Luxe Tour) 350.00 Single Supplement

10% DISCOUNT FOR CHILDREN UNDER 16 YEARS

Please contact us for pricing for children under 5 years.

2018 DATES
Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com to book your family tour

Bespoke and Tailor made tour dates also available – please contact us for more details

NOTE: We strongly recommend early bookings for family tour departures.

Helpful Notes

Travel Notes

• Deposit €200 per person. Final payment due 60 days prior to your tour (Money Order, Euro Bank Draft, Credit Card – Visa, MasterCard)

• Cancellation Policy
If you cancel: 61 days or more, prior to your tour we will return your tour payment, less your tour deposit. 60 days or less from the date of the tour you must pay the full tour price.
We strongly recommend you purchase Trip Cancellation Insurance as soon as possible.

Terrain: Intermediate
• Average Daily Mileage: 25 Miles (40 km)
• Average Daily Mileage with Optional Alternatives: 30 Miles (49 km)

Please limit your luggage to 15kg per bag – Mark your luggage clearly with your name, address and phone number.

Arrival to Ireland – Shannon Airport is the closest and most convenient International airport to our tour starting points. Dublin Airport is often a less costly alternative for flights into Ireland. From Dublin we recommend a coach transfer directly from Dublin airport to Galway City. Coach and rail services are readily available and frequent to Galway City. See the below links.

Start Point: Galway City / Ballyvaughan
Departure Point: Galway City / Clifden

Departure from Ireland – Departure from Galway City to Dublin is available by coach and also by rail. Departure from Clifden via Galway City to Shannon is available by coach only. CycleWest Ireland can offer assistance with private transport arrangements to and from the airport as well as car hire for those of you who wish to avail of this service..

Coach Service: www.citylink.ie
www.buseireann.ie
Rail Service: www.irishrail.ie