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Ireland Experiences

Wild Connemara Luxury Getaway

Wild Connemara Luxury Getaway ~ a self guided luxury escape

Itinerary

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.

What’s Included?

Luxe Accommodation on 6 tour days/ 5 nights
Breakfasts on tour days
First Day meeting and briefing on tour routes,
Luggage Transfers
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?

Dates and Pricing

Euro 1195.00 per person sharing

Single supplement: Euro 350.00

Helpful Notes

Travel Notes
• Deposit: €200 per person. Final payment due 60 days prior to your tour •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). Extensions available.
• 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: Clifden, Co Galway. Departure Point: Westport, Co MayoDeparture from Ireland – Departure from Westport to Dublin by rail on Irish Rail (www.irishrail.ie). 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