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Cycling Tuscany’s Wine Country

Our luxury Beautiful Tuscany Wine Country Bike Tour offers a sunny Mediterranean ambiance and a spirited flair for hospitality. Tuscany nourishes the soul and leads you to rejoice in the earthly pleasures of daily life.

Pienza ~ Montalcino ~ Chianti
Mitha Tiwāna Self Guided Tour, 7 Days/ 6 Nights,
Start any date September or October

Definitely our best selling bike tour in Italy, this memorable cycling tour lets you experience the region’s world famous wine culture. Bike along tranquil country lanes, tracing the expanses between farmland crowned with walled villages, ancient monasteries in secluded valleys and medieval forts. Staying in Pienza, Montalcino, Siena and heart of Chianti, you are sure to experience the true essence of Tuscany, where history, beauty and, of course, wine abound.

Day 1: Pienza
Meet & Greet in Pienza, widely known as the “ideal city of the Renaissance”  for your welcome, orientation and bike fitting. Pienza exemplifies Take a stroll through the beautiful cobblestone streets ~ the town streets are full of small charming shops selling typical local products, such as fine wines, pecorino, spices, pici (handmade pasta) and so on. We recommend stopping and tasting! Optional test ride to San Quirico d’Orcia.   Distance 20km /12.5 miles.

Day 2: Montepulciano & Vino Nobile
Today’s bike ride takes you on a looped ride to Castelmuzio, Montichiello and Montepulciano ~ the jewel of Southern Tuscany.  Stop along the way to visit the convent where parts of The English Patient were filmed, and in the enchanting hamlet of Castelmuzio. Arrive in Montepulciano for lunch before returning to Pienza with a stop in the village of Monticchiello. Distance 55km/34 miles.

Day 3: Montalcino Brunello Land
Ride from Pienza to Montalcino, with a pause in the fairy-tale like Bagno Vignoni, a miniature spa town. Lunch in Castiglione d’Orcia, then push on to the monastery of Sant’Antimo before heading on to your destination Montalcino, a town renowned for its wine. Visit the 14th century fortress to see a breathtaking view of the entire valley you’ve just biked. Distance 46 km/ 28,5 miles

Day 4: Siena & Monte Oliveto Maggiore Abbey
Start today’s cycling offers a  long downhill  followed by a gentle ride to Monte Oliveto Maggiore, a Benedictine abbey built in the 13th century. Following this, discover the fascinating area of Le Crete, Tuscany’s answer to the Badlands, where the verdant hills give way to little domes of clay and Tuscany reveals another face of its identity. Distance 58 km/ 36 miles

Day 5: Chianti Hills
Reach Castellina in Chianti following the “Chiantigiana” road. Along the way you can stop at the commune of Castelnuovo Berardenga before a ride through the vineyard of the famous Chianti Classico wine and a stop at Castello di Brolio. Arrive in Radda for light lunch and enjoy the last 10 km of gentle rolling hills before arriving in Castellina. Distance 50 km/31 miles

Day 6: Greve in Chianti & Panzano
Today’s bike ride takes you on a loop to Panzano. Cycle along quiet roads to the three villages that formed the Chianti Alliance centuries ago,  visit Tuscany’s forgotten abbeys and hamlets and then enjoy a winery tour. Have a stop at Greve’s main piazza before heading back via Panzano with its preserved old walls and gate. Distance 52km/32,5 miles

Day 7: Monteriggioni and Arrivederci!
On your last day, take a looped bike trip to Monteriggioni, literally a town-in-a castle. Barely two hundred yards across, its eighty residents all reside within the picture-perfect round turreted walls that crown the hilltop visible for miles around. Distance 30km/18,5 miles.

Trip Includes:
Six nights in  four & three-star hotels
Six  breakfasts
Route notes, maps, elevation gain and city map
Sightseeing, restaurant and shopping suggestions
All Baggage transfers
Pick-up of bikes and gear in Castellina
Keepsake water bottle
Sales taxes

Tour Departures: Any date between 15th March to end of October

Bike Hire Extra

Choose from:
Hybrid/Touring bike:  Euro 180
High-end Road bike: Euro 210
E-Bike: Euro 210

Not included: Airfare to Italy, alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages, gratuities, travel insurance, laundry expenses and items of a personal nature.

Top 5 Bike Tour Destinations in Italy

Renaissance glory days, art + frescoes, medieval fortresses, mosaics, museums, vineyards, romanesque jewel
Premier biking in Italy’s best destinations: Tuscany, Sardinia, a natural paradise; Puglia in southern Italy; Piedmont’s north wine region as well as our amazing cycling and cooking tours; and Sicily, whyever not?!

Remnants of medieval civilisations sit side by side with cosmopolitan hustle and bustle. Hidden gems and Renaissance glory days are the highlights of any trip – Italy is a destination for lovers of art, of food and wine, of life!

From medieval splendours to the finest Chiantis, from culinary delights to artisan markets, from the the sun bleached heel of Puglia, biking in Italy is a feast for the senses!

We offer unique cycling vacations that are Guided, Self guided or Private departures and we are proud of assisting you discover the best of Italy, pedaling on state-of-the–art top quality race and road bikes!

We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Contact us @ tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

Iconic Ring of Kerry Bike Tour

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Our Ring of Kerry Bike Tour is an iconic self guided bike tour explores the magic of the kingdom of Kerry! Wind your way along the island-dotted Atlantic coastline, visit small fishing villages, explore medieval ruins and pedal in the foothills of the mountains of South Western Ireland.

Killarney ~ Glenbeigh ~ Cahersiveen ~ Kenmare
Self Guided Tour, 8 Days/ 7 Nights, Euro 1050.00 per person sharing
Start any day, March to September, subject to availability.

The Ring of Kerry bike tour offers breathtaking views and wonderful scenery. Starting in the town of Killarney, the “Ring” continues anti-clockwise through the village of Killorglin. It continues onward to Cahersiveen, Waterville and Sneem before returning to Killarney.

Day 1: Arrival Day
This epic Ring of Kerry bike tour starts in the lovely town of Killarney, County Kerry. A trip welcome pack, itinerary, route directions and maps will await you at your first nights accommodations in Killarney. We arrange for you to collect your bicycles and Information Pack. We highly recommend a short circular cycle to Muckross House and Killarney National Park as a warm up bike ride, returning to Killarney for your overnight stay. Distance 20km / 12ml

Day 2: Killarney to Glenbeigh
This morning, you bike trip takes you from Killarney, cycling westward in the foothills of Ireland’s highest mountain, Carrantuohill, around the beautiful Caragh Lake before heading to the picturesque village of Glenbeigh, a place often referred to as “The Jewel in the Ring of Kerry”. It is cosily tucked in to the surrounding horseshoe of hills and Seefin Mountains. The Caragh River and the Behy River flow at either side of the village into Castlemaine Harbour. Overnight in Glenbeigh. Distance 45km /28ml

Day 3: Glenbeigh to Cahersiveen

Heading west from Glenbeigh, today’s route takes you to the peaceful and tranquil shores of Kells Bay. Pedal west to finish the days cycle outside the town of Cahersiveen. This beautiful town overlooks Valentia Island. One highlight of this area is the offshore Skellig Island. We recommend you try to visit the island during your stay in this area. Failing that, we recommend ‘The Skellig Experience’, and exhibition and visitor centre that relates the history and archaeology of Skellig Michaels Early Christian monastery. Learn about sea birds, their habitat, their world wide travels. Discover the lighthouses which have given 161 years of service to mariners. The Underwater Skellig, which has colour and magic equal to any sea in the world. You spend two nights here in Cahersiveen. Distance 43km /27m

4: Rest day
Today you have a free day. You can arrange a boat trip to the famous 6th century Skellig Island. As an option take the ferry over to Valentia Island and explore this lovely little island that is steeped in history. Nearby ‘The Skellig Experience’ gives you a close an encounter with a unique way of life completely apart from the rest of the world!

Day 5: Cahersiveen to Kenmare
From Cahersiveen, today you bike one of the most glorious route’s imaginable. An inland trip takes you through the Inny Valley and the legendary Ballaghisheen Pass. This gets its name from Oisin, the son of the legendary warrior Fionn MacCumhail. Continue through Ballaghbeama Pass, a low but beautiful pass in the centre of the peninsula. Spectacular views as you descend to the southern shores of the peninsula into heritage town of Kenmare. This is your stopover for the next two nights.
Distance 55km /34m

Day 6: Kenmare Circular Route
Today brings a looped bike ride to the remote and rugged Beara Peninsula. You pedal around Lough Inchiquinn before returning back to Kenmare. Alternatively, continue on to Glengarriff and return to Kenmare through Turner’s Rock tunnel road. Experience two dramatically different peninsulas today, in terms of landscape and geography. Distance 40km /25m

Day 7: Kenmare to Killarney

Today you cycle along backroads to the famous Molls Gap. Named after a local woman, Moll Kissane, who reputedly ran a shebeen (a hostelry of dubious reputation) in this area in the 1800s. Set high on a rocky ridge, the gap overlooks mountains, rivers and the famous Lakes of Killarney. Truly breathtaking views. Vistas include Carrantuohill, Ireland’s highest mountain to one side, the Gap of Dunloe to the other. Ladies, Avoca have a wonderful shop and Café here for you to enjoy ~ but remember, what you buy, you must carry on your bike!! Return to Killarney for your final night. Distance 38km

Day 8: Slán go Fóill!
After a final breakfast and farewell, we sadly bid you adieu! Today you continue on your onward journey. We are happy to assist with journey planning. If you have any questions! Contact us at: tours@cyclewest.com

What’s Included?
7 night’s Bed and Breakfast. B&B Accommodation
Breakfast provided daily.
Quality Hybrid Bikes, with full back-up service.
6 days biking. Varied and interesting each day.
Luggage transfers each cycling day.
Full cycling details and maps of the area.
Full cycling descriptions and routes for each cycling day.
24 hrs Emergency/Information contact number.
Digital Route Notes & Maps or GPS Navigation app

What’s not included?
Cost of travel to and from Ireland
Transfer to and from start and finish sites
Items of a personal nature – drinks, medical, gratuities etc.
Lunches or evening meals
Any extra days/nights
Any costs to cycle repairs that are caused by bad care of bicycles

2023 Dates and Pricing

€1050 per person sharing.
Start any day of the week. March to September.

Road Bike Supplement – €460.00 | eBike Supplement – €500.00
(bike delivery and collection included)

Airport transfers arranged/booked if required.
Public transport details, www.buseireann.ie and www.irishrail.ie.
Weather Details, www.met.ie
Full pre-departure information pack to allow you to fully plan for your holiday and so get the
most from this Irish cycling experience.
Extra days/nights booking with Travel/Tourism advice service.

2023 Dates

Start any day of the week. March to September.

Please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com if you have any queries with regards to specific dates or would like more information.

Optional extras:

If you wish to extend your tour, we recommend the following extra days, which are suitable rest days:

Day 1: Stay an extra day in Killarney to enjoy some of the local sights, or to take a boat trip through the famous Three Lakes of Killarney or visit Inisfallen Island or Ross Castle.
Day 5: Stay an extra day in Kenmare to enjoy this wonderful heritage town. This is an ideal excursion for craft lovers, as Kenmare is a historic center for Irish needle point lace making.

Difficulty Level

Up to 10% of this tour is made up of “Moderate” cycling such as steep climbs and has a maximum daily distance of 55km. It is suitable for those who cycle regularly. If you have any questions, please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more information.

West Coast of Ireland Guided Bike Tour

PLACES REMAINING ON OUR 1ST-6TH SEPTEMBER TOUR
Trip Highlights

Our West Coast Adventure bike tour is a memorable Irish experience
Immerse in a variety of scenery and landscapes along quiet shores, coastline, peatland, heathers and sandy beaches
Visit impressive ancient sites such as the Poulnabroune Dolman, Dun Aengus hilltop fort and the Cliffs of Moher
Enroute, enjoy the heritage of the Gaelic language, music and stories
We leave the main roads behind and soon you will be all alone in a majestic landscape!
The Burren ~ Aran Islands ~ Connemara

Duration is 6 days and 5 nights, fully supported bike tour
Price from Euro 1495.00 per person sharing

Places remaining on the following 2022 tours:

August 11th – August 16th
August 18th – August 23rd
Sept 1st – 6th

INTRODUCTION
This extraordinary Irish biking tour, our West Coast Adventure, has been designed with amazing landscapes. We invite you to experience the heritage, local produce and an overall terrific adventure. Notwithstanding, we offer you the opportunity to explore and contemplate life to its fullest, away from all the hustle of everyday life.

From vast fields of rare wildflowers, especially in May, to stunning cliff views, we are sure you will be captivated. Moreover, with warm hospitality, great accommodation and food, join us for a trip you will remember.

THE LANDSCAPES
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. In addition, you will find alpine and arctic flowers growing side by side. Their 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!

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”.

Moreover, for this rewarding bike trip, we have personally selected a wonderful variety of quality accommodations that offer a blend of luxury and personal hospitality. As a rsult, 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…..

WHAT OUR VISITORS ARE SAYING
‘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. Firstly, we begin our journey at the seaside village of Ballyvaughan, County Clare. We begin with a warm welcome, 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. Nothwithstanding, this day has been designed as an activity filled day. The pace is leisurely and brings you into the heart of the Burren. Next, 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. You 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 and ancient archaeology. Later, we see the 4,500 year old Poulnabrone portal tomb. Our final stop of the day is the Caherconnell stone fort. We also experience a traditional sheepdog demonstration. An overall exhilarating day. We speed home 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.

Following on from the Cliffs. we 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.

DAY 4: Ferries and Foxes
After a midday departure from the Aran Islands to the Rosaveal ferry port. Upon arrival in Connemara, we traverse a route through the heathered landscape. The scenery here 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.

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. This is 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.

Contact us at cyclewest.ireland@gmail.com for more details.

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
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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
2022 Dates

August 11th – August 16th
August 18th – August 23rd
Sept 1st – 6th

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!

2022 Pricing

Charming Inns Accommodation from Euro 1495.00 pps
Luxe Accommodations from Euro 2195.00 pps
Deposit: Euro 250.00
Single Supplement: Euro 350.00 for Luxe Accommodation and Euro 250.00 for Charming Inns Accommodation

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) 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.

West Coast Whisky Bike Tour

West Coast Whisky Trail

Trip Highlights

Cycling the best of Scottish Islands: the Isle of Arran, Islay island and the whisky island of Jura,
Enjoy world class whisky
Explore the Mull of Kinture
Visit the third largest whirlpool in the world

An unforgettable cycling holiday.
Arran ~ Islay ~ Jura

7 days/ 6 nights Classic Guided Bike Tour
From £2,195 per person sharing


INTRODUCTION

Our West Coast Whisky Trail bike tour takes you through three of Scotland’s most beautiful islands: the isles of Arran, Islay and Jura. Enjoy a tutored whisky tasting including samples fresh from the cask. Experience a guided Rib trip to the world famous Corryvreckan Whirlpool. Throughout the week you will enjoy rides on the Isles of Arran, Jura and Islay. Included also is a crossing of the Mull of Kintyre. At the end of the tour you can enjoy time in Glasgow. At the end of each day, relax in hand chosen accommodations with wonderful. Enjoy local food, ales and whiskies, providing an authentic taste of the islands.

Day 1: Scotland in Miniature
Meet and greet in Glasgow for the start of your West Coast Whisky Trail. From which we depart to the west coast. Here we catch the ferry from Ardrossan to the Isle of Arran. Arran is often described as “Scotland in Miniature”. It has the Highland-Lowland dividing line running through the middle of the Island. This divides the wild, unspoiled, mountainous north, dominated by the peak of Goat Fell, and the forest, farmland and resorts of the south.

The crossing through the Firth of Clyde takes 55 minutes. Then we arrive into the main village of Brodick. On arrival we will make the short transfer to our accommodation for the next two nights. Following lunch we will spend some time fine tuning the bikes and ensuring everyone is set up for weeks riding. After a short ride, there will be time to enjoy the leisure facilities at the hotel. These include a swimming pool, sauna and steam room to help relax before a welcome dinner at the hotel. Overnight in Brodick on the Isle of Arran. (L,D)

Day2: Castles, Crags and Caves
Today’s bike route will take us around the southern half of Arran. The day is jam packed with island scapes and the coastline. In additiona, we will be treated to great views across to Kinytyre and back to the mainland. Commencing in Lamlash we head south through Whiting Bay, and on to the south side of the island. We stop at a local ‘Velo Cafe’ before turning North again. The island is full of points of interest, such as caves, ancient standing stones, castles and crags. Also, you will have stunning coastal vistas to the mainland. There will be time to explore the picturesque villages before arriving back to Brodick and back to Lamlash. This evening we will enjoy a well deserved dinner at the hotel. (B, L)

Daily Distance: 41 miles/65 km

Our West Coast Whisky Trail

Day 3: Island Hopping
This mornings ride skirts by Goat Fell, the highest peak on Arran standing at 874 metres (2,866 ft) to the village of Lochranza and its ruined castle. We have two short ferry crossings: a short ferry crossing takes us to Kintyre Peninsula. The second ferry from Kennacriag to Islay is a voyage of exploration. It takes 2 hours, whisking us past the Isle of Ghia and through the Sound of Jura, where we can look out for minkie whales, dolphins and basking sharks. On arrival in Port Askaig, we will hop back on the bikes and ride towards our accommodation and base for the next two nights. (B,L)
Daily Distance: 36.2 miles/52 km

Day 4: Wildlife and Whisky
This morning we transfer to the coastal village of Portnahaven, following the west coast of the island to Port Charlotte. A picturesque ride, with views of Orsay Island. Picnic lunch overlooking the sea. Back on the bikes we start to ride back to our accommodation at Brigend via Loch Gruinart, where we can stop off to visit the small RSPB Center where they relate the importance of Islay to many bird species such as migrating geese, corn rake, lapwing and hen harrier. (B,L)

Daily Distance: 38.8 miles/62 km

Our West Coast Whisky Trail

Day 5: Island Hopping
Today will be a short day of riding on Islay’s quiet country roads. Setting off from Port Ellen, we reach the Coast once more and turn left, following the road along the Whisky Coast. We pass the island’s 3 famous distilleries of Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Ardbeg. Following on, we reach the Kildalton Cross, a monolithic Celtic Cross. From here, we ride back to Ardbeg fir lunch in the cafe before spending the afternoon enjoying a tutored whisky tasting. Afterward, we transfer back to Brigend. (B, L)

Distance: 45-65km/ 30-40 miles depending on which distilleries you choose to visit

Day 6: Jura and The Corryvreckan Whirlpool

This morning we transfer the short distance to Port Askaig, where we board the passenger ferry. We cross the fast flowing Sound of Islay and reaching the Jura in a little over five minutes. We follow the eastern coastline of the Island watching out for red deer and the many Iron Age Forts, ancient burial grounds and standing stones as we bike along the east coast of the Island towards the main village of Craighouse.

The highlight of the afternoon is when we load up the bikes and take a private boat trip to visit the Corryvreckan Whirlpool, the third largest whirlpool in the world. From here the boat takes us back to the mainland, where there is an option to cycle the last few miles back to our hotel, set in 17 acres of gardens and beach overlooking the coast. Farewell dinner tonight and perhaps a dram to celebrate a fantastic week of Island hopping. (B,L,D)

Daily Distance: 36 miles/57 km

Day 7: Return to Glasgow

Sadly, to day we bid you farewell. After a leisurely breakfast at our hotel there will be time for a short walk around the neighbouring Arduannie Gardens. The gardens are run and maintained by the National Trust for Scotland and benefit form the warming effect of the North Atlantic drift. Due to the proximity to the sea, this allows the cultivation of many rare and tender plants from around the world. Our journey back to Glasgow will take us around 2 hours 45 minutes, passing through Inverary and Loch Fyne, where we can stop at the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar and Deli for a bite to eat before returning to Glasgow. (B)

Contact us to book your tour: tours@cyclewest.com

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What’s Included?
7 days professional guiding with lead guide plus assistant guide/support driver
6 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels/ inns/guest houses on a B&B basis
Meals stated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Vehicle transport throughout including ride support and luggage transfers
All ferry transport and local boat services
Entrance and admission fees as stated in the
itinerary
Ride snacks, home baking and drinks
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What’s not included?
Bike Hire:

Road Bikes: £175.00 per hire – Trek Checkpoint ALR5
Hybrid: Trek fx Sport 4: £175.00 per hire
e-Bike: Trek Verve + : £300.00
Bike rental includes bike computer, compact handlebar bag plus a saddle bag with spare tube and tools, helmets and water bottles are included. Helmets and water bottles are included.
Bike hire is not included in the cost of this tour. Most of our clients choose to hire bikes but you are more than welcome to bring your own.
The bikes we use are brand new each season and maintained to the highest standards.

You can choose from 3 different types of bike, each of which is available for anyone of our road cycling holidays and come in a full range of sizes to fit every rider.

Single Supplement

There is no supplement charged to solo travellers, however you will be required to share a room with another person of the same sex. If you require a single room please request this at the time of booking and we will check availability for you.

Dates and Pricing
PRICE: from £2195 per person sharing

Bike rental extra (see bike rates under ‘what is not included’ above)

2023 DATES

13th May – 19th May – 8 places remaining
17th June – 23rd June – 8 places remaining
8th July – 14th July – 8 places remaining
29th July – 4th August – 8 places remaining
2nd Sept – 8th Sept – 8 places remaining

Helpful Notes
EQUIPMENT
For this trip you will to need to bring suitable gear for a 6 day road cycling trip. A full equipment list will be sent to you on booking.

GETTING THERE AND AWAY
You will be met by your guide at 11:00 on Day 1 of the trip at Glasgow Queen Street train station. We will return to Glasgow Queen
Street train station around 14:00 on Day 6

OUR TRIP STYLE
Our approach to road cycling holidays balances the best of both worlds – great guiding and insights when you would like it, alongside the freedom to explore at your pace. At breakfast each day, you will receive a guide briefing and detailed route notes for the day’s ride. Depending upon your preference, you can choose to ride with your guide or simply
follow the route notes and re-group at designated points along the way.

Typically our clients really enjoy the insights our guides are
able to provide into the nature, history and culture of Scotland.

Throughout the day your second guide and support vehicle will always be close to hand to provide drinks, snacks and a friendly ride should you need it. The support vehicle will take care of all of your luggage transferring it from hotel to hotel each day.

2023 Skye and the Inner Hebrides Tour

NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR 2023!

Island Hopping through Mull, Iona and Skye on this easy graded road cycling adventure. This self guided plus bike trip explores the islands on quiet country roads and brings lots of opportunity for cultural encounters, great landscape and stunning island scenery

Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details and booking.

Inner Hebrides ~ Isles of Skye ~ Mull ~ Iona

7 Days/ 6 Nights Self Guided Plus Bike Tour
From £1095 per person sharing *

Trip Details
Our Skye and Inner Hebrides self guided bike tour is the ideal way to explore the iconic Scottish isles by bike. Take time to soak in the atmosphere of these wild and dramatic landscapes.
Watch the stunning views unfold as you journey from the Isle of Mull, through the wilds of the Ardnamurchan Peninsula and on to the fabled Isle of Skye.

This truly exciting bike trip offers the best rides from place to place, stopping to explore and appreciate places of natural beauty, cultural interest and wildlife sightings. Our carefully chosen accommodation will welcome you at the end of the day. As always you will enjoy the finest Scottish ingredients in your meals – especially the bounty of the sea on this island hopping trip.

Trip Itinerary
Day 1: Northwest Mull

We will meet at the Oban ferry, you will cross on the ferry to the Isle of Mull. Enjoy the views over the Sound of Mull. On the island, we will undertake a bike check to get everything set up correctly before your first day of riding. Today it is a shorter ride to get warmed up, following a gorgeous coastal road to our accommodation in the village of Dervaig. Here you will spend the next two nights at the oldest inn on Mull. Enjoy local fare of award winning cheese, local ales and island malts as well as home made desserts. Distance: 24 miles / 38km Ascent: 1183 ft

Day 2: Cycling to Iona & the Isle of Mull

Today you transfer to Fionnphort where you board a ferry for the short trip across to Iona. Famed for its monastic history dating back to 563AD, you get to explore the beautiful village and wonderful Iona Abbey, which has roots older than Scotland itself. Afterwards transfer back to Mull for our cycle. We’ll follow the coast alongside Loch Scridain towards to the small village of Pennyghael , where we pick up a single track road under the shadow of Ben More, the highest mountain on the Island. After our ride we will have some time to explore some beautiful white shell sand beaches. (B) Distance: 35 miles / 56 km Ascent 1702 ft


Day 3: The Ardnamurchan Peninsula

Today you head to the colourful town of Tobermory and board the ferry across the Sound of Mull to Ardnamurchan – a wild peninsula of the mainland. Back on dry land, the only way is east. You will follow the peaceful and undulating single track roads through the peninsula, watching the views of hills, sea and lochs gradually unfold in this beautiful wilderness. Your destination tonight is the little hamlet of Acharacle, overlooking scenic Loch Shiel. (B) Distance: 27.8 miles / 43 km Ascent: 2322 ft

Day 4: The Isle of Skye Via the Road to the Isles

Your journey today follows a classic Scottish route past the Sound of Arisaig before joining The Road to The Isles. The road is winding, almost car-free and beautiful. Passing many gorgeous beaches, we suggest you stop at a local smokehouse to stock up on fish, meats and cheeses for your picnic lunch. After reaching Mallaig you embark on the ferry to cross to the Isle of Skye and transfer to our hotel in Portree. This will be your base for the next 3 nights. (B)
Distance: 35 miles / 56 km Ascent: 2869 ft

Day 5: Isle of Raasay and Calum’s Road

This morning you ride to the village of Broadford and transfer to the village of Sconser, From here, it is a short hop to the Island of Raasay, located between Skye and the Applecross Peninsula. Here you cycle on the quiet single track roads, passing through the famous “Calum’s Road”, built almost single-handedly by Calum MacLeod between the mid 1960s and the mid 1970s, with hand tools. In the afternoon you can explore the famous Trotternish peninsula and take in some of Skye’s most iconic sights such as the Old Man of Storr and the Quiraing. Two night stay on the Isle of Skye. (B) Distance: 21 miles / 34km Ascent: 2,788 ft

Day Six – Dunvegan Castle and Western Skye

This morning we set out with a ride to ancient Dunvegan Castle on the west of Skye. Delve deep into Scottish history by taking a tour of this ancestral stronghold of the Clan McLeod. Have lunch at a local cafe and then ride the final stage of your trip. This will take you to Neist Point, the most westerly point on Skye. Stunning views of the Outer Hebrides. Transfer back to Portree to enjoy a final evening meal and a wee dram! (B) Distance: 43 miles / 67 km Ascent: 3,160 ft

Day 7: Eilean Donan and Return to Inverness

After breakfast we head back to Inverness, stopping for a photo opportunity at Eileen Donan Castle to break up the journey. (B)

Included in this trip are:

6 nights accommodation in 3* and 4* hotels/ inns/guest houses on a B&B basis
Meals stated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
A support vehicle/driver throughout the trip to offer guidance, local insights, bike support, directional aid, etc.
All ferry transport and local boat services
Entrance and admission fees as stated in the itinerary
Daily luggage transfers
Welcome briefing and bike fit out on Day 1
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What’s not included?
Bike hire is not included in the cost of this tour. Most of our clients choose to hire bikes but you are more than welcome to bring your own.
The bikes we use are brand new each season and maintained to the highest standards. You can choose between:

Trek FX Sport 4 Hybride Bike: £175
Trek Checkpoint ALR 5:£175
Trek Verve +:£300

Dates and Pricing
The trip price starts at £1095 per person sharing based on 6-8 persons. For 4 persons the trip price is £1,190 per person sharing. Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details / pricing.

There is a Single Supplement of £450 for single occupancy on this trip and is subject to availability.


Helpful Notes

Difficulty level

This trip has been designed for active people who like cycling but are looking for a trip that is easy going with mostly flat terrain. It is suitable for people new to cycle touring and looking for a different way to explore the country. Most days the itinerary is very relaxed and you can spend plenty of time exploring the natural and cultural history of the area as well as enjoying long lunches in some great locations. Distances typically range from 25-35 miles each day with possibly one or two slightly longer days between key stages of the itinerary. The terrain is generally flat with one or two short climbs.

Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details and booking.

The Dingle Peninsula Food Trail

Out of the Blue Dingle Out of the Blue Dingle

blas – taste

Did you know that our iconic Dingle Peninsula Bike tour offers the opportunity to experience the Dingle Peninsula Food Trail. While biking the Peninsula, you get to meet some of the amazing local food producers, and for instance, hear their stories and experience their passion. 

Click here for a complete itinerary of our Iconic Dingle Peninsula Bike Tour

It was once described by National Geographic as “the most beautiful place on earth”. It’s a place of spectacular seascapes and landscapes shaped by the elements. As a result, it offers a wild and rugged coastline of steep cliffs and wide sandy beaches.

Boats in Dingle Harbour

In the little fishing port of Dingle you will eat and breathe authentic Irish culture. Experience real food, real talk, real stories, and real ceoil agus craic. Here you’ll find the The Dingle Peninsula Food Trail and the real Ireland.  For instance, one that reveals the Peninsula’s thriving & unbroken traditions of language and music. In addition, folklore and storytelling, arts, crafts and artisan food.

Bia agus Deoch – food and drink

Dingle is a food haven for all connoisseurs. As such, it offers a repertoire of fabulous fresh fish delivered early in the morning from the boats. For meat eaters succulent prime Irish steak and West Kerry lamb are very popular and are a constant presence on all restaurant menus.

Sample Dingle Peninsula cheese flavoured with handpicked dilisk seaweed and matured in a 200 year old stone building.

 

The Dingle Peninsula Food Trail The Dingle Peninsula Food Trail. Photo Credits dingle-peninsula.ie

Take a tour of Dingle’s independent distillery and taste their award winning whiskey, gin and vodka. Or savour gourmet Dingle Ice Cream. It made the old fashioned way with free range eggs, fresh milk from the rare Kerry cow breed and organic cane sugar. Sample the unique flavours such as Dingle Sea Salt, caramelised brown bread and Dingle Gin.

teach tábhairne – public house

 

Traditional Irish Music Pub Session

Bars and pubs in Dingle peninsula are more than somewhere to drink. They are ancient places that carry memories and traditions. Reminders of a time when bars supplied most of a community’s needs. Household goods, hardware, groceries and even coffins were stocked behind the panelled wood and smoke stained veneer.

An teach tábhairne – The public house was just what it says on the tin –  a place for all to gather, do business, gather supplies and mark life’s passing. In more recent times the bar has become more hospitality based (a place of celebration) with good food, music, teas, coffees. Some offer overnight accommodation. Traditional music sessions lure the passing visitor into places offering warmth and soul and gentle conversation. Meet local people and chat with some interesting characters in their place of relaxation.

The Dingle Peninsula inspires, it connects, it “catches the heart off guard”, and it stays with you forever.  For more details of our Dingle Peninsula Bike tour please contact us at tours@cyclewest.com or go to: http://www.cyclewest.com/itinerary/dingle-peninsula-bike-tour/ 

Details for this blog post were sourced from www.dinglepeninsula.ie, Ireland’s Dingle Peninsula. 

10 Reasons to Bike the Ring of Kerry

 

Take in the coast and mountains on our epic Ring of Kerry self guided bike tour. Read the RING OF KERRY BIKE TOUR full itinerary here.

Enjoy the coastal contours of the Ring of Kerry, one of Ireland’s most famous scenic peninsulas. This is more than just a cycling route, it’s an incredible circuit of the Iveragh Peninsula with the warmest of welcomes, most picturesque villages and spectacular views.

1. Explore Killarney National Park

Explore Killarney National Park

 

Head to Killarney National Park for picturesque lakes, mountains and woodland that stretches across an astounding 10,000 acres. Explore the park’s abundant wildlife by foot, jaunting car or bike, and take a tour of Muckross House, a late 19th century mansion. Stroll through its landscaped gardens, have a picnic and visit Muckross Traditional Farms for an insight into what life was like way back when. Savour the breathtaking views in Killarney National Park.

 

Torc River and Waterfall

2. Take a break at Torc Waterfall

After Killarney National Park, make time for a break at Torc Waterfall, 7km from the town centre. Take the short stroll to the waterfall and bask in the sounds of nature tumbling from the falls. Explore the beautiful Lakes of Killarney on the Muckross Lake Loop for a fantastic adventure in the great outdoors.

Town of Kenmare Photo credit: @mdskyshots

 

3. Take a foodie tour in lovely Kenmare

Make your way to beautiful Kenmare where the colourful buildings and upbeat locals are full of character. The most rewarding way to experience this town is to book a place on a Kenmare Foodie Tour where you get a delightful insight into Kerry’s talented food producers. You won’t leave this tour on an empty stomach as local woman, Karen Coakley, brings you to the best foodie spots in town. Taste artisan treats, locally roasted coffee and homemade ice-cream.

 

Charming Sneem Photo credit: @tom_naiman

4. Charming Sneem

Visit the lovely village of Sneem, sometimes overlooked in favour of other towns but it’s worth stopping here to enjoy its local charm. Discover the Kerry Geopark in this pretty Irish village and learn about Ireland’s unique geology and ancient culture. Visit the sensory garden, take a stroll down the riverside wildlife trail, or check out the local farmer’s market. You could plan your visit around the Sneem Summer Festival, where you’ll experience live music, sheep dog trials and even crab fishing.

A View of Skellig Michael A View of Skellig Michael

5. Take a Tour to Skellig Michael

If you have time, we recommend you take a detour and pre-book a boat trip out to the UNESCO World Heritage site Sceilg Mhichíl (Skellig Michael) off the coast of County Kerry. Book early to schedule your journey around summertime when migrating puffins visit the island. Skellig Michael can be accessed by boat from Portmagee. Skellig Michael rises from the sea, reaching a height of 218 metres above sea level. On the summit of Skellig Michael there is a well-preserved 6th century monastic settlement. Skellig Michael gets its name from Saint Michael the Archangel

 

 

Visit Valentia Island

6. Visit Valentia Island

Accessible by bridge or by ferry, on Valentia Island to the south, explore the Bray Head Loop, a spectacular coastal trail. On a clear day, you’ll see out to the Skellig Islands and Dingle Peninsula. From there, head north-east to Valentia Island Lighthouse at Cromwell Point and take a tour of this intriguing place. A beacon of hope to guide incoming vessels, the lighthouse led many boats through the entrance of Valentia Harbour.

Stunning Scenery in Cahersiveen. Photo credit: @garskajessica

7. Discover the Stories of Cahersiveen

Arriving in Caherciveen, look up at the outstanding views of Bentee Mountain and Valentia Harbour. Relax by the marina or book in with Cahersiveen Walking Tours and travel back in time as an expert guide shares the history of the town.

Hear about Monsignor Hugh O’ Flaherty, known as ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican’, poet and playwright Sigerson Clifford, politician Daniel O’Connell and many more local tales. Tours are available from May to September.

 

8. Kells Bay House and Gardens

About halfway between Glenbeigh and Cahersiveen is the fishing village of Kells, and we recommend you make time for the enchanting Kells Bay House and Gardens. This family-friendly attraction has one of the finest collection of plants in Europe, as well as cool carved dinosaurs that keep the kids occupied as you stroll through 17 hectares of woodland. Relax with a well-deserved break in the on-site café or restaurant and afterwards, take a quick spin to the sea at Kells Bay.

 

Biking the Ring of Kerry

 

9. Gorgeous Glenbeigh

Community spirit is strong in Glenbeigh as you’ll see at their annual festival, a fun mix of sports, live music, entertainment and culture. Plan your visit around the Glenbeigh Festival and Races which takes place during the summer on Rossbeigh Beach. Or simply meet the welcoming locals in a lively traditional pub.

Wild Goats on Molls Gap Wild Goats on Molls Gap

10. Moll’s Gap

Moll’s Gap is lies between Kenmare and Killarney, with views of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks. The area is a panoramic spot visited by thousands of tourists each year. Moll’s Gap is named after Moll Kissane who ran a shebeen, a small pub, on a rocky breach during the construction of the original Kenmare Killarney road in the 1820s. She became popular for selling home brewed poitín, whiskey, to the hardy men who worked on the road. For cyclists this 6.3 mile climb reaches a summit of 860 feet where you can see the Black Valley and further down on the descent you will find Ladies View and the Killarney lakes. Visit Avoca Food market  and woollen store ~ but remember, what you buy, you must carry on your bike!!

 

Make your trip a memorable one and discover the magic of the Kingdom. Come Join us!  Book your Ring of Kerry Self Guided Bike Tour today!  Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com

This blog post is an adaption of a previous post courtesy of Discover Ireland.

THE ISLES OF SCOTLAND

When the time is right and hopefully in the not too distant future, consider joining us in Scotland for an unsurpassed bike tour.

Towering mountains, glittering lochs, dense woodlands and miles upon miles of golden beaches – the Scottish Isle landscapes really will take your breath away. Tour the rolling hills and lush farmland of the Lowlands, or drive through deep glens surrounded by mountains in the Highlands. Uncover magnificent coastal features in the west, and explore the atmospheric, royal settings of the east.

The Isle of Skye is calling you…

Skye is loved the world over for its dramatic scenery, windswept mountains and swirling seascapes. The intoxicating blend of rugged scenery mixed with fairytale legends and island charm makes the largest of the Inner Hebridean islands and one of our most cherished spots.

But there’s more to this enchanting island than you might imagine, and we’re going to let you in to a few of its secrets.  Our Self Guided Isle of Skye and Inner Hebrides bike tour is an amazing adventure and one just waiting for you.  7 Days, 6 nights, Self Guided Bike Tour, from £995.00. Contact CycleWest Ireland at tours@cyclewest.com for more details, dates and travel updates, 

 

Glameig from the Isle of Raasay Distillery (c) Raasay DistillerySO WHEN CAN I TRAVEL TO SCOTLAND?  Read here for more details on when you can travel to Scotland: Scotland Travel Advisory 

 

When can we visit Ireland? Booking for 2022.

We hope to see you soon!

In light of COVID-19, everyone’s health and safety is the most important thing. This means despite the love and desire to share our friendly, passionate and unique country, we must ask everyone at this time not to travel to or around Ireland & Scotland. Please stay safe everyone.

The majority of Ireland and Scotland is in lockdown, though some island communities are under level 3 restrictions. Everyone is being asked to stay at home except for essential purposes. Check the COVID-19 restrictions in your area for the most up to date information on reopening. Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details or see the links below:

For travel to Ireland please see: General Travel Advisory COVID-19

For travel to Scotland please see: General Travel Advisory (COVID-19) and Current Status

We all hope to be back exploring Scotland again very soon, but in the meantime fill your screen with beautiful pictures of Scotland and plan your future trip.

Adventure is a State of Mind!

Prepare for a truly warm welcome and a fun filled memorable experience. 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of the landscape around you while we take care of every detail. We personally select the accommodations you stay at, our favourite restaurants and the local village pubs as well as the most scenic roads each day!  All you have to do is read on to find your next great escape!

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YOUR ADVENTURE AWAITS!

Here is a selection of our top tours, rated by our guests on the hospitality experienced, delicious food,  scenic landscapes, dramatic history, captivating stories an charming people. From family adventures to honeymoon breaks, solo travel and small groups, there is something for everyone on our list! Top contenders:

1. Our West Coast Odyssey

West Coast Odyssey: Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

Description
Our award winning West Coast Odyssey explores the highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way.  This bike tour includes panoramic views from dramatic cliff edges to some of Irelands’ most exhilarating coastal scenery. Explore the Burren,  and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO GeoPark; take an island safari to the Aran Islands and onward through the raw and rustic peatlands of Connemara. Here, a warm fireside seat at a traditional music session is waiting for you. Early Booking is Advised!

Duration
6 day /5 night  
Guided bike tour from Euro 1495.00 per person sharing. Self Guided options and Family Tour also available.

Suitable for Solo, Small Group or Families. Max no. 8.
Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

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2. Outer Hebrides Road Cycling 

Your Adventure Awaits: Outer Hebrides Road Cycling

Description
This amazing coastal and island cycling trip in the Outer Hebrides takes you through some of the most beautiful and unspoiled regions of Scotland. Your journey takes you to  spectacular white sandy beaches, passing rugged mountains and through wild glens. In the Outer Hebrides, you will find the Gaelic language is still spoken and the rich history and culture is very much embraced.

Duration
7 day / 6 night Scotland Guided Bike Tour,
from  £1865.00 per person.

Suitable for Solo and Small Group Travel. Max. No: 8.
Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details.

Early Booking is Advised!

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3.  Family Connemara Adventure

Description
Our Connemara’s Family Bike tour takes place in Ireland’s wild and glorious Connemara, West of Ireland. See Ireland through your child’s eyes and explore  unspoiled countryside at your own pace. Learn of pirate queens, wild Connemara ponies, spanish armada, medieval castles and much more. Pedal at your own pace and enjoy each day as you make wonderful memories to take home.

6 day /5 night  Guided Bike Tour from Euro 1495.00 per person sharing. Self Guided options, small group and private tours also available.

Don’t see what you are looking for? Send us an email to us at tours@cyclewest.com and let us know what you are looking for!