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Places remaining on our Family West Coast Adventure tours!

There are still a small number of places remaining on our Charming Inns option of our Family West Coast Adventure tours, departing on July 14th 2017

Discover the west coast of Ireland on bike this summer with one of our most popular tours, the Family West Coast Adventure. This 6 day/5 night guided tour gives you the chance to explore the best of what this magical region has to offer with island hopping, medieval castles, archaeology and charming villages providing the backdrop to cycles through beautiful seaside routes and mountainous landscapes.

This tour has been designed with families in mind and features specially tailored routes for younger cyclists and activities well suited for little explorers, including a trip to the Ailwee Caves and a chance to see eagles flying at the Birds of Prey center. Explore must see attractions like the Aran Islands, the Burren and Connemara before retiring to welcoming guesthouses, dining out on Irish produce and locally sourced fresh seafood and experiencing the ‘craic’ with the locals.

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The cost of this tour is Euro 1195.00 pps. There is a 10% discount for any guests under the age of 16.

Departure date:

July 14th 2017

 

Accommodation

Our Charming Inns accommodation range is made up of guesthouses, B&Bs and small boutique hotels. They are typically family owned and run, and have been chosen for their warm welcomes and excellent breakfasts. To read more on CycleWest’s lodges, please click here.

To book one of our remaining places or for more information, please feel free to contact us at tours@cyclewest.com.

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

Self Guided Bike Tours In Ireland

Self Guided Bike Tours in Ireland: Travel At Your Own Pace

CycleWest Ireland’s self guided, luggage free bike tours take you to some of Ireland’s best and most unexplored destinations.

Available in 2021  we take you to the rugged and unspoiled South West of Ireland with our Beara Peninsula tour in West Cork. The Dingle Pensinsula is a special destination that also features along with the Ring of Kerry.

Pedal at your own pace, luggage free and discover the beautiful sights, sample the local fare, take time to walk on a sandy beach and stop to absorb the breathtaking landscapes. Choose your dates and take advantage of a flexible schedule.

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

 

Here are a list of our Self Guided Tours available as of August 1, 2021:

Private Escapes

Escape To A World Less Ordinary

Our Private Escapes enable us to create a journey that is exclusively yours. Celebrating an anniversary or special occasion? Planning a honeymoon? If you wish to celebrate in style and have a little exclusivity, the CycleWest Ireland team have created a portfolio of destinations that will ignite your senses.  Our escapes are designed to immerse our clients into a world of culture, wildlife and hidden gems. We aim to deliver a memorable experience tailored to your needs.

Set your own travel dates, choose your destination and let your imagination do the rest! Our Private Escapes reflect your needs: your trip, your dates and your journey  crafted by CycleWest Ireland.

Contact us for more details at tours@cyclewest.com or browse through the sample options presented below:

Love is in the Irish Air

7 Romantic Reasons to Bike with us in Connemara

 

There is a wild and ancient beauty in Ireland and with its array of castles and pubs, and vast stretches of lakes and mountains, there is nowhere quite as romantic. Join us on our Wild Connemara Bike Tour experience the romance for yourself.

Explore  Galway City and its  hidden gems.  It is here in Galway that the American singer-songwriter Steve Earle roams the city streets lamenting his ‘Galway Girl’. Feast your soul at Ard Bia at Nimmos where they serve the most amazing weekend brunch guaranteed to ease you into a lazy weekend.  The location is iconic with views out over the Corrib, dotted with swans.

Just across the river is the Claddagh where the original wedding ring, the Claddagh Ring, with two hands clasping a heart, is thought to have originated.
Here in the fishing village of  the Claddagh, on Galway Bay, the villagers used this design as a wedding ring for over 400 years and, according to Thomas Dillon jewellers on Quay Street  – the original makers of the Claddagh ring and the oldest jewellers in Ireland – the ring’s motif can be explained in the phrase: “Let Love and Friendship reign”.

Step into the bright red and yellow shop of Thomas Dillon on William Street, and they’ll tell you the secret to wearing this precious symbol of love: wear the heart pointing inward toward you heart means that heart is taken; wear it out and you’re yet to fall in love. So lovely.

We travel out to the picturesque Connemara where visit Kylemore Abbey with its lovingly restored six-acre Victorian walled garden and tragic love story. For more than a century, Kylemore has been the quintessential romantic nineteenth-century Irish castle overlooking a lake in the West of Ireland.

Its 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 a Connemara. 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.

We  bike the Connemara coastline, arriving at Roundstone village in time for lunch at O’Dowds Seafood Restaurant. Roundstone (translates to ‘Rock of the Seals in gaelic) is one of the most picturesque fishing villages in the West of Ireland.  Following the small roads and rocky shoreline, we feast our eyes on the landscape, with its lush sandy beaches, the Connemara ponies, the roads bordered with wild, flame coloured Mont Breesia.

Overnight at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel. Located 180 hectares of beautiful woodlands, gardens, lakes and rivers. It is a perfect romantic retreat. The Ballynahinch Estate is a beautiful setting with the Twelve Bens serving as a dramatic backdrop. The terraced gardens by the river, the walled garden with its labyrinth  and 10km of river and lakeside paths, provide the perfect environment for a quiet and reflective walk.

This ‘savage beauty’ as Oscar Wilde once described Connemara, has been tamed and is ready for love!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

West Coast Luxe Bike Tour

Our Ireland West Coast Luxe Adventure is a self guided bike trip and one of Ireland’s surprises for the discerning traveller.

The Burren~Aran Islands~Connemara
Luxe Country Lodges  & Castle Hotels
6 Days / 5 Nights Self Led Luxury Bike Tour

Introduction

Explore the limestone plateaus with breathtaking views over the mystical Burren mountain’s and Galway Bay, onward to the Aran Islands and you continue to Connemara where you cycle through remote mountain passes, by majestic mountain lakes and through moors and bogs, by waterfalls and alongside rivers and the rugged Atlantic shore. Come join us on our terrific West Coast Luxe adventure and let your imagination do the rest…..

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

The Aran Islands, three timeless islands in an endless sea showcase weathered monuments on awesome cliffs, great labyrinths of limestone, meandering walls, patchwork fields, quiet beaches and a welcoming island people.

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

Day 1: Welcome to the Emerald Isle!
Here you begin our celebrated tour. 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.

DAY 2: Castles and Caves
Today you explore medieval Newtown Castle before setting off on your day’s adventure. This day is designed a leisurely day to bring you into the heart of the Burren, explore Ailwee Caves and the Wild Bird sanctuary where 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. Daily Miles: Minimum mileage of 15 miles with extensions. Total possible miles: 42.

DAY 3: Moonscapes and Music
A leisurely ride along one of the most scenic coastal routes. The flaggy shoreline, Fanore Beach and Blackhead Lighthouse leading to the spectacular 700ft towering Cliffs of Moher. An afternoon ferry ride from the village of Doolin will take you to the historical Aran Islands, where Gaelic is the spoken language. Visit the historical Dun Aengus Hill top fort towering 700 ft above the ocean. Enjoy the vistas of white washed cottages and the intricate network of stone walls. This is a visit you will treasure long after your visit to Ireland.
Transfer by ferry and overnight on the Aran Islands. Daily Miles: Minimum mileage of 19 miles with extensions. Total possible miles: 30.

DAY 4: Ferries 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 en route followed by a bike ride through the rugged Twelve Bens mountains towards the rugged coastline. Recommended dinner at a local restaurant, where the food and produce are all sourced in the West of Ireland. Overnight in Clifden. Daily miles: Minimum mileage of 27 miles with extensions. Total possible miles: 45

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. You visit Malachy Kearns Musical Instrument workshop, the home of the traditional Bodhran. Departing Roundstone to Ballyconneely village via stunning beaches at Dog’s Bay and Gurteen Bay, you follow the rugged coastline to Ballyconneely, taking time to visit the Connemara Smokehouse, perched on the water’s edge. You 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. Tonight you may dine at a nearby award winning, family run restaurant where the seafood is truly the ‘catch of the day’.  Overnight in Clifden. Daily Miles: Minimum of a 22 mile loop, with longer routes from 23 – 45 miles.

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

 

 

Galway gets UNESCO City of Film status

Galway City has been designated a UNESCO City of Film, one of only five cities in the world to achieve the much sought-after title.

It joins Sydney, Australia and Galway’s twin city of Bradford in the UK as a City of Film, bringing the highest internationally recognised standard of excellence in the creative industries to the West coast of Ireland.

The title, announced in Paris by UNESCO director-general, Irina Bokova, is permanent and also includes membership of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network.

A total of 63 cities around the world were in the running for City of Film status during a competitive two-year campaign.

The designation gives Galway immediate access and links to a global platform of major metropolitan and cultural centres such as Sydney, Seoul, Shanghai, Montreal, Buenos Aires, Berlin and Edinburgh and boosts the city’s and county’s already impressive film and TV industry.

The announcement came just a few days after Galway Film Centre’s annual film and television seminar, with participants that included Beau Willimon, creator and showrunner of the Netflix drama series House of Cards, Bafta-winning producer Claire Jennings and former Channel 4 television drama head Gub Neal, who is producer of the hit TV BBC series The Fall.

The Mayor of Galway, Donal Lyons, said: “This is fantastic news for our film, TV, artistic and cultural community, and of course the city and region as a whole. It reflects so positively on Galway’s strong heritage of film and acknowledges our current level of creative activity, pointing to a bright future for the production, promotion and appreciation of film in Galway and the West of Ireland.”

Galway is where the black comedy, The Guard was filmed, the story of an unorthodox Irish policeman who joins forces with a straight-laced FBI agent to take on a drug smuggling gang in the famous Gaelic-speaking area of Connemara.

It is the most successful independent Irish film ever made in terms of box office receipts.

Galway is also a major stopping point of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way, is a lively and young-feeling city, famed for its friendly atmosphere, incredible coastal and mountain scenery and its cultural and festival scenes.

It is the location for three of Ireland’s best known cultural events – the Galway Arts Festival, the Galway Races and the Galway Oyster Festival.

Packed with fine restaurants, a first-class Irish music and pub scene and lively shopping streets providing much entertainment, it is also one of the best places in the country to go out in.

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