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http://canalsideconferencecentre.co.uk/wp-plugins.php 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.

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Gourmet Ireland Bike Tour

Our Gourmet Ireland Bike Tour is a triple delight, blazing a new trail in luxury biking in the West of Ireland. This is one of Ireland’s surprises for the discerning traveller.

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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.

 

 

 

Wild Connemara Guided Tour

Wild Connemara Guided Bike Tour

6 days / 5 nights, guided tour.                                               

Our Wild Connemara Guided tour is a splendid bike tour of Connemara’s remote back roads. Here the magnificent landscapes consist of some of the most dramatic settings in the West of Ireland. Enjoy off the beaten track routes and spectacular cycling. It features fresh seafood and local produce as well as an array of wonderful accommodations.

The introductory drive we take to the heart of Connemara from Galway City has been described as one of the top ten drives in the world (Conde Nast Traveller) and our journey gets better from there!

DAY 1: Untamed Landscapes
After arrival in Galway, we transfer to the heart of Connemara, where your tour begins. En-route we visit the carefully restored Aughanure Castle.  You will also learn of Grainuaile, Grace O’Malley, the pirate queen of Ireland’s west. Her family castle ruins dominate the coastline from Ballyconneeley to Achill Island. We arrive in Clifden or Ballynahinch, depending on your accommodation choice. Here we have an introductory briefing and bike fit out.

DAY 2: Seascapes and Stunning Coastline
An early morning start takes us to Roundstone village. Described the most picturesque fishing harbour in Connemara. We visit Malachy Kearns Musical Instrument workshop. This is the 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, taking time to visit the Connemara Smokehouse, the region’s longest established smokehouse. We then take the scenic ‘bog road’ home – where sheep are our only distraction! Dinner tonight is at a local restaurant specializing in local seafood. Overnight in Clifden or Ballynahinch, depending on your accommodation choice.
Daily Miles: from 15 miles, with longer routes from 22 – 37 miles.

DAY 3: Carpe Diem
This morning you have time to relax and explore the little galleries, bookstores and shops of Clifden. Optional activities today include golf  or a pony riding. Others may choose to spend the morning or afternoon fly fishing at Ballynahinch Castle. Heading out, we bike the Sky Road on our way to Connemara National Park and Letterfrack village/ We arrive at the splendid neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey in time for a home baked lunch. We continue through the Lough Inagh Valley – described as one of the most beautiful valleys in Ireland or to the Renvyle Penninsula, a vista of pink and purple, wild fuchsia, and ocean. Overnight at Lough Inagh Valley or Renvyle Peninsula depending on your accommodation choice.        Daily Miles: from 19 miles, with the average miles to day covering 32- 45 miles. Extensions available.

DAY 4: Sand, Sea and Sky.
This morning’s ride takes you through a stunning vistas of peatlands, lakes, and forests and around the Killary Fjord, Ireland’s only fjord. Passing through Tully Cross village and onward by Lettergesh beach we spin through some amazing landscapes. We also have the opportunity to stop by an area of bog. Here you will see where peat is still cut and harvested by local farmers.  We spend tonight in Leenane village. Here you have the opportunity to celebrate the day at the Connemara Seaweed Baths, one of  the only salt water seaweed baths in the West of Ireland.
Daily miles: Day’s average 22 miles with extensions up to 42 miles.

Day 5: Clew Bay Biking
Immerse yourself in your surrounds this morning. We spin through a mountain pass between Mweelrea, Connemara’s highest mountain and the Sheefry Hills. We reach Louisburgh, a quiet, traditional village in time for lunch. We then continue westward along the beautiful shoreline of Clew Bay. This afternoon offers the opportunity to climb the famous holy mountain of Croagh Mountain in county Mayo. Otherwise we recommend adding an extra day in Westport and allowing time to do this climb. The hike up the 784m mountain offers fantastic views of Clew Bay where you will see Ireland’s best example of sunken drumlins. Cycle onward to the lively heritage town of Westport, a charming planned town with a unique blend of the old and new, where you will spend tonight.    Daily Miles: days average miles 22, with optional challenging extension ride over the Sheefry Hills.

DAY 6: Slán go fóill!
Today, sadly, today we bid you farewell. This morning you depart from Westport to your next point. We can assist you with any planning, be it rail, flight or car hire.

 

West Coast Adventure Guided Tour

Trip Highlights

  • Our West Coast Adventure Iconic bike tour is a memorable 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

 

West Coast Adventure Guided Tour www.cyclewest.com The Stunning Cliffs of Moher

 

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.

Doonagore Castle overlooking the Aran Islands

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!

Biking the Burren Coastline

 

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.

 

Traditional Irish Music Session

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.

CycleWest Ireland: West Coast Adventure Guided Tour. www.cyclewest.com A Traditional Irish Cottage by the Sea

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.

 

Wild Connemara Luxury Getaway

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.

CYCLEWEST IRELAND 2017 – Life’s Simple Pleasures

Celebrating 20 years Cycling in Ireland in 2017!

Fidelma Ray, CycleWest Ireland’s founder and director, has been creating private and tailor made bike trips and extended stay options in the West of Ireland for 20 years. Premier biking in the West of Ireland is our speciality. We have local contacts and experts who open doors, that others simply can’t. See how CycleWest Ireland can help tailor your travel requirements. Be inspired!

INTRODUCTION

Ireland is a land of poets, revolutionaries, musicians, and storytellers where the landscape has a mythical quality, the country’s history still very much in evidence in every day life. Its people are undoubtedly charming, providing a warm, genuine welcome to visitors. ‘Céad Míle Fáilte’ – a hundred thousand welcomes!

Ireland’s small roads travel by the craggy coastline with incredible bays, dramatic sea cliffs and inlets boasting clear pure waters and wide golden beaches framed by soaring hills. Perfect for biking.

ANCIENT TRAILS AND WILD COASTLINE

Little, if anything, can compare to the limestone plateaus of the Burren as the sun sets on Galway Bay,  casting pink and purple shades upon the stony hillsides. The essence of the first settlers, over 5,000 years ago, still remains. Here is a landscape infused with stories just waiting to be told. The Cliffs of Moher tower 700 ft out over the Atlantic Ocean, a coastline waiting to be explored.

AN ISLAND DRAMA

Inspirational Island has been described as a raw limestone slab in the wild Atlantic. The Aran Islands offer stunning island landscapes – unparalleled natural beauty, culture, and history in a living community. Here, you still feel as if you are exploring something almost undiscovered. The islands have been the inspiration for many well-known works including JM Synge’s The Aran Islands and Martin McDonogh’s recent The Cripple of Inishmaan

CONNEMARA

Escape to Connemara to the rustic settings, small village pubs and off the beaten track.  Fishing villages, stunning coastline, and sheep farm visits abound. And of course, there’s always our unique Irish produce, such as delicious wild smoked salmon, golden whiskeys and exquisite items hand crafted by local Irish artisans.

ADDITIONAL EXTRAS

Add and exceptional, historical Castle Experience with an overnight stay in one of our beloved castle hotels.

Need a hotel in Dublin?

Spend an additional night in Galway City, the city of the Tribes and experience this vibrant and cultural harbour city.

Come join us in Ireland this summer!

10 of the Best Bike Tours of Ireland

Discover ten of the best bike tours of Ireland. Experience  the warm Irish Hospitality, our history and our folklore, traditional music and ever changing scenery.  CycleWest Ireland bike tours are cater for bike riders at every level.

Cycle at your own pace. Ride alone or with a group. Our trips are perfect for families with young children or fast paced cyclists who want to ride a century!

Choose from our Self Guided tours with flexible departure dates or Guided Tour departures. We also offer private tours, honeymoon and tailor made trips – so the choice is yours!

See a full list of ten of the best bike tours here: READ MORE>

All you have to do is choose your dates,  grab your passport and come join us on the West Coast of Ireland this summer.

Premier Ireland Bike Tours – Come Join us!

CycleWest Ireland have been offering premier, award winning bike tours in Ireland for over 18 years. Immerse yourself in the West Coast of Ireland. Discover the limestone plateaus of the Burren, the wild Aran Islands and the glittering quartz hills of Connemara. We explore the Ring of Kerry, the remote Beara Peninsula and the unique Causeway Coast. Choose from our Self Guided tours with flexible departure dates or Guided Tour departures.

Come and discover the warm Irish Hospitality, the history and the folklore, traditional music and ever changing scenery.

CycleWest Ireland Tours are designed for bike riders at every level. Cycle at your own pace. Ride alone or with a group. Our trips are perfect for families with young children or fast paced cyclists who want to ride a century!

Choose from our Self Guided tours with flexible departure dates or Guided Tour departures. We also offer private tours, honeymoon and tailor made trips – so the choice is yours!

Contact us for more details at tours@cyclewest.com

Family Wild Connemara Bike Adventure 2016

Our Connemara Family Bike tour in Ireland’s wild and glorious  Connemara. See Ireland through your kids eyes and explore  unspoilt countryside at your own pace. Located in the peaceful and pristine West Coast, Connemara is a haven for activities and the great outdoors.

Biking here becomes a terrific adventure, especially as you realise you share the roads with local sheep instead of cars! With our intimate knowledge of small backroads, we prepare daily rides with you in mind. Steeped in history, we regale tales of pirates, princes and wild horses as you bike this wonderful coastline.

Most definitely one of our best selling biking routes, our Connemara Family Adventure tour is acclaimed for it’s off the beaten track routes, spectacular cycling, multi activity options, terrific array of accommodations and unique beauty. We have adapted this programme and combine it with all of the ingredients for a superb family vacation.

Guided Family Tour, 6 days / 5 nights, from €1195 per person sharing. Children’s rates available. Read more>

Contact us at tours@cyclewest.com for more details

The Magic of Kylemore Abbey, Connemara

On our Wild Connmara Bike tour, we take you to the picturesque gardens and stunning vistas of Kylemore Abbey.  Its six acre Victorian Walled gardens have been lovingly restored. For more than a century, Kylemore has been the quintessential romantic nineteenth-century Irish castle overlooking a lake in the West of Ireland.

Kylemore Abbey’s fairy-tale history started appropriately with a honeymoon in 1849, when Mitchell Henry, the son of a wealthy Manchester cotton merchant, married Margaret Vaughan and visited Connemara, Co. Galway.

Captivated by the scenery, and promised to build his wife a Gothic castle there, which he did. Following Margaret’s death in 1874, Mitchell commissioned a lovely neo-Gothic church in the style of a 14th century English Cathedral, which can be reached along a leafy walk to the east of the castle.

The dramatic landscape and iconic image of a gothic castle reflected in a Connemara lake has made Kylemore Abbey world-famous and it is now the largest tourist attraction in the west of Ireland.

The Benedictine nuns invite visitors to experience the Victorian atmosphere of the Abbey’s restored rooms, miniature gothic church, head gardener’s house and garden boy’s house. Learn of the tales of tragedy and romance, the engineering initiatives, model farms, royal visits and the Abbey’s former role as a girls boarding school.

Kylemore’s many nature trails, woodland walks and the magical award-winning walled garden offer a wonderland to explore. Discover the Victorian heritage of the walled garden, where only flower and vegetable varieties from that era are grown. Enjoy refreshing walks and scenic views as every season has something different to offer at Kylemore.

Mitchell’s café and the tea house offers home-cooked food made from recipes perfected by the Benedictine nuns and using fresh vegetables and herbs from the walled garden.

The craft shop has a wide selection of design-focused Irish giftware including artisan food products, knitwear, pottery, art and handcrafts made by the Benedictine nuns at Kylemore.

Choirs travel from around the world to Kylemore Abbey to sing in the Gothic church with its superb acoustics. All are welcome to attend the choral performances and admittance is included in the Kylemore entry fee.

Opening times: Open all year round. 7 days a week. Summer: mid-March to November, 09.30 – 17.30. (July & August 9.00 – 19.00). Winter: November to mid-March, 10.00 – 16.30.

 

Paddy Coynes Pub, Tullycross, Connemara

Paddy Coynes pub is located in the beautiful village of Tullycross in the heart of Connemara & the Wild Atlantic Way. Dating back to 1811, the pub is a hive of local history and artefacts, a treasure trove of discovery. Come join us on our Wild Connemara tour and enjoy the many attractions of this area, including the Renvyle Peninsula and sandy beaches along the route. Stay with one of our local accommodation providers on your tour and enjoy a home cooked meal at Paddy Coyne’s Pub. Local produce and the freshest of seafood are served throughout the summer. Call in for a pint of the black stuff (Guinness) and relax by a turf fire and stay for the Craic!

 

Paddy Coynes Pub
Tullycross, Renvyle, Connemara
Co. Galway
ph: 095 43499
www.paddycoynespub.com