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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.

Villa Regina 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.

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:

Guided Tours

CycleWest Ireland’s guided bike tours in Ireland, bring you to some of the most unspoilt landscapes and immerse you into the culture, the history and culianry delights of the regions to which we visit, your experience enhanced with expert, local guides.

We believe that our trips should be an opportunity to meet people and make new friends. With us, you can enjoy the benefits of group travel without the hectic pace of a larger group tours. Our guided tours offer an immersion of rich and vibrant culture; fun filled sightseeing, great routes and physical interaction with the landscape: the perfect blend for all.

‘What is this life, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare’. (W H Davies)

See below for a selection of our Guided Bike Tours:

Westport Coast Hotel

The Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 98 29000 Email: info@westportcoasthotel.ie

If you love fresh delicious sea food and like to unwind in a tranquil setting, you’ll love the Westport Coast Hotel Westport. This waterfront hotel and its location on Westport Harbour, overlooking Clew Bay makes it the perfect choice for those who want to experience the great views that this luxury coastal hotel offers and want to explore the vibrant and cosmopolitan Westport Town Centre. Boasting a  unique  Ayuverda Spa, the roof top Waterfront Restaurant and the trendy Coast Bar & Bistro with its beautiful quay side setting this boutique style Westport hotel places an onus on great food, exceptionally friendly service and relaxation.  Dining guests will be afforded striking views of the beautiful surrounding region while enjoying only  the freshest local ingredients to ensure your dining experience is both indulgent and enjoyable.

Knockranny House Hotel and Spa

Westport, County Mayo, Ireland.                                                      Telephone: +353 (0)98 28600, Email: info@khh.ie

Knockranny House Hotel & Spa in Westport, County Mayo is recognised as one of Ireland’s finest luxury four star deluxe hotels and destination spa establishments. This hotel is the epitome of elegance and style, with open log fires and antique furniture combine with every modern comfort to provide visitors with the perfect Westport hotel in which to relax. The hotel and spa have been sweeping up awards in excellence in service, food, wine and comfort since 2008 and the exquisite coastal scenery of Westport is just the icing on the cake!

La Fougère Restaurant at Knockranny House Hotel Westport is renowned for fine dining and the superb quality of its cuisine and wine list. Head Chef Seamus Commons was recognised as the ‘Best Chef in Connaught’ at the 2013Food & Wine awards for the third consecutive year. In addition to this he has received a glowing review in the 2013 edition of the ‘Bridgestone Irish Food Guide ‘ and in the 2012 edition of the ‘100 Best Restaurants in Ireland’. The hotel has also been included in the Michelin Great Britain & Ireland Guide 2014.

 

 

Mount Falcon Estate

Foxford Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland.                                  Telephone: +353 (0)96 74472, Email: info@mountfalcon.com

This luxury hotel is located on the west bank of the River Moy, 100 acres of magical woodlands inNorth County Mayo, a most beautiful part of the West of Ireland. Mount Falcon is the only example of a private residence by the famous 19th century architect James Franklin Fuller in Ireland. Mount Falcon had the reputation as one of Ireland’s premier shooting and fishing houses and continues to enjoy two miles of fishing rights on the River Moy, Ireland’s most prolific wild Atlantic salmon river . Whilst retaining the lodge’s charm and integrity, owners over the years have restored, renovated and refurbished the original house in order to create a luxury hotel. There are also private lodges dotted around the estate, a spring fed rainbow trout stocked lake and modern leisure facilities.

The Kitchen Restaurant offers a menu featuring the very best in quality, fresh and local organic produce. The Moy River is a source of Wild Atlantic Salmon which anglers are encouraged to “Catch and Cook “. Wild game also features on the menu in the winter months. Head Chef Philippe Farineau ‘s philosophy of “Irish Produce, French Heart’ tries to use as much as possible of local organic produce from vegetables to Wild Atlantic Salmon, Trout and wild game.

The Kitchen has been awarded numerous awards including a 2008 2 AA Rosette, the “Best Hotel Restaurant Award in Connaught” in 2013, 2012 and 2011 the “Best Chef in Connaught “in 2013 and 2011 by the Restaurant Association of Ireland. It is also a member of Lucinda O’Sullivan’s Little Black Book of Great Places to Stay and Eat 2013.

 

Irish Country Escapes

From family getaways to foodie heaven and blissful relaxation, we offer a variety of unique and personalised Private Escapes in Ireland. From cottages to castles, for great food, stylish interiors and spectacular landscapes. It is all on our doorstep and we are happy to arrange your stay…..

Here are just a few itineraries for you to choose from and find your private  getaway…..