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The Burren is one of the largest limestone areas in Europe and spreads over 250 squared kilometers. Part of it has been selected as the Burren National Park. It is in the northwest of Co. Clare.

Ireland Experiences

Wild Atlantic Way Bike Tour

Itinerary

Our Wild Atlantic Way Bike Tour is a triple delight, blazing a new trail in luxury biking in the West of Ireland. New for 2015, this is one of Ireland’s surprises for the discerning traveller.

The Burren~Aran Islands~Connemara
Gregans Castle ~ Inis Meáin Suites~Ballynahinch Castle
Luxe Country Lodge, Island Retreat & Castle Hotel
7 Days / 6 Nights Self Led Bike Tour

Introduction

Explore the limestone plateaus with breathtaking views over the Burren mountain’s and Galway Bay, onward to Inis Meain, Aran Islands and continue to Connemara where you cycle through remote mountain passes, beaches and lakes. The surprise element of Our Wild Atlantic Way Bike Tour is the award winning, luxury accommodations and the gourmet delights that await you at the end of each day! Some of Ireland’s top chefs and restaurants at each of our chosen locations.

Come join us on this terrific Wild Atlantic Adventure and let your imagination do the rest…..

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

Our Wild Atlantic Way bike tour  provides you with a terrific biking experience through the spectacular vistas of Galway Bay, the historical Burren, the Aran Islands and scenic Connemara and blends this with award winning menus and Chef’s tastings at the end of each day. Immerse in the history, the culture and local produce of the West of Ireland: a magical combination.

In the Burren, you will the Cliffs of Moher Geopark experience,  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! Sample local farmhouse cheeses, smoked Burren Salmon, organic. locally grown produce, burren beef and much more.

Inis Meáin, The Aran Islands, a timeless island in an endless sea showcases weathered monuments, great labyrinths of limestone, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people. As the least developed of the three Aran Islands, its landscape, culture, and history can be explored in peace and at the visitor’s own pace.

“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

Day 1: Welcome to the Emerald Isle!
Here you begin our celebrated tour of the West Coast of Ireland: the Burren region, the Aran Islands and Connemara. We meet in the village of Ballyvaughan at you first overnight tour accommodation. 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. You will spend the next two nights here in Ballyvaughan in the heart of the Burren at the Award winning Gregan’s Castle Hotel (2 nights). Warm Up Bike Ride: 12 miles

DAY 2: Castles and Caves
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 you can 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 Ballyvaughan at Gregan’s Castle Hotel. Daily Miles: Minimum 22

DAY 3: Moonscapes and Music
A leisurely ride along one of the most scenic coastal routes taking you to the towering Cliffs of Moher. The flaggy shoreline, Fanore Beach and Blackhead Lighthouse are amongst just some of the points of interest you view along the route this morning. An afternoon ferry ride from the village of Doolin will take you to the historical and remote Inis Meáin Island, where Gaelic is the spoken language. This is a visit you will treasure long after your visit to Ireland. Overnight for the next two nights at Inis Meáin Suites. Daily miles: 19 miles & ferry boat ride

DAY 4: Island Exploration
As the island is just 5km by 3km, it is easily explorable by foot and bicycle. explore the many internal roads which wind through tiny stone-walled fields. The island is a haven for outdoor types looking for a “get away from it all” experience in a unique landscape. Home to a close-knit irish-speaking community, the island features many historical and cultural sights of note, and inspiring natural terrain including beaches, cliffs, and limestone karst hosting unusual, wild, flora and fauna. Shopping at the world-renowned Inis Meáin Knitting Company factory store and socializing in the traditional island pub add to the attraction of Inis Meáin as a refreshing and unique destination. The Island also offers Pre-Christian stone forts, beehive huts, ancient burial grounds, Synge’s house, Harry Clarke Studio stained-glass windows, and many more. Daily Miles: walking, hiking and biking mix today

Day 5: Ferry Boats and Foxes
Mid Day departure from the Aran Islands to the Rosaveal ferry port. You traverse a route bordered by heather and bracken, through scenery that is wild and barren. Picnic lunch is possible en route followed by a bike ride through the rugged Twelve Bens mountains towards the rugged coastline. Overnight in Recess, Connemara at one of Ireland’s favourite hotels: Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. Daily miles: Minimum mileage of 36 miles with extensions possible.

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. Coastal loop ride via Roundstoneand  Ballyconneely village ~ stunning beaches at Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay, taking time to visit the Connemara Smokehouse, perched on the water’s edge. Bike to the Alcock and Brown monument, dedicated to the first transatlantic flight in 1919 from New Foundland. Returning to Clifden via Ballynahinch Castle hotel by way of the scenic bog road where sheep are your only distraction! Overnight in Connemara at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. Daily miles: minimum 25

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?

Luxe Accommodation on 7 tour days/ 6 nights
Breakfasts on tour days
1 dinner
First Day meeting and briefing on tour routes,
Luggage Transfers
Aran Island Ferry Tickets
Quality 24 speed Trek  Hybrid bikes,
helmets,
Rear panniers
Detailed maps and tour directions
Details for award winning restaurants & points of interest
Toolkit & repair kit
Emergency phone contact numbers

What’s not included?

Transport costs to and from tour start point
Lunches and 5 Evening Meals
Alcohol Beverages
Emergency transport to and from hotels
Any items of a personal nature
Admissions to Points of Interest en route

 

Dates and Pricing

Euro 1895.00 per person sharing
10% discount if booked on or before December 15th 2014
10% Children under 15 years
30% discount children 7 years or under if sharing with two adults

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 – Dublin 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: Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare. Departure Point: Clifden. Co. Galway

Departure from Ireland – Departure from Clifden to Galway / Dublin is available by coach Departure to Shannon from Clifden to Shannon Airport is available by coach only. CycleWest Ireland can offer assistance in arranging private transport 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
www.gobus.ie
Rail Service: www.irishrail.ie