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Khalkhāl 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
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…..
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.
West Coast Adventure Guided Tour
- 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
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 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
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.
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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.
The cost of this tour is Euro 1195.00 pps. There is a 10% discount for any guests under the age of 16.
July 14th 2017
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.
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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!
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
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.
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!
The Wild Atlantic Way By Bike
EXPLORE THE WILD ATLANTIC WAY BY BIKE ~ Stretching Ireland’s western seaboard, the Wild Atlantic Way is the longest defined coastal touring route in the world. Over 2,500km in length, spanning Ireland’s western counties, the route takes in some of the most breathtaking scenery you’ll ever see.
The Wild Atlantic Way is not a destination but a journey. Here, you’ll discover warmth in the wild continuous landscape and visit the most spectacular places: UNESCO World Heritage site Skellig Michael; the largest karst landscape in the world, The Burren; and the traditional Irish towns dotted along our western coast.
The Wild Atlantic Way is alive with literature, music, stories, and surf. Its landscape, flora, fauna, and sheer size have inspired everyone from WB Yeats to John Lennon.
Where else would the rolling landscape and Gaelic spirit inspire the dreamers, and the Atlantic Ocean call the world’s greatest surfers? Where else could attract such storied names as actor Sean Connery, Hollywood legend Maureen O’Hara and beloved poet Seamus Heaney over the years?
The Wild Atlantic Way, that’s where.
Here’s a list of the 10 locations you can’t afford to miss on the route:
The magic of the Cliffs of Moher meeting the untamed wild headlands of the Atlantic Ocean. Located on the edge of the West Ireland you will experience some of the most spectacular views of the western shoreline. Read More >
2. CLEW BAY
A magical place that kisses the west coast of Ireland, Clew Bay has an island for every day of the year, so storytellers say. The bay’s beach marries pure Blue Flag shores with submerged drumlins forced into existence an ice age ago. The beautiful coastline awaits you on our Wild Connemara Bike Tour.
Where water and mountain crash, the Atlantic surf has shaped everything from Connemara’s unique fjord to the spirit of the city of Galway. Welcome to Ireland’s largest traditional Irish speaking region. Along its Atlantic coastline, you’ll meet the most spirited of locals who’ll give you “Céad Míle Fáilte” – a hundred thousand welcomes. Visit Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord; take a boat to the traditional Aran Islands; and explore the Irish music that awaits you on your return. READ MORE>
7. THE BURREN
Even in the wildest of places you can find calm and even in the raw, weather-beaten conditions there is warmth. The Burren means ‘the great rock’ and this moonscape of karst limestone is a World Heritage Site. Between the cracked limestone that stretches over 250km you’ll find pretty wildflowers, rich in flora and fauna. As well as megalithic tombs and monuments older than Egypt’s pyramids, you’ll take away memories that will last a lifetime. READ MORE>
A little dream world, Dingle town is a hub of literary and creative culture. Music plays long into the night, and festivals can be found along its winding roads. With the watchful gaze of the Blasket Islands, wander ruined cottages; take in dramatic views from Slea Head; discover the stories; and taste its famous seafood cuisine. READ MORE>
Ascend through mystical scenery encircled with unspoilt lands. Kerry’s majestic energy and breathtaking landscapes will shimmer in memory long after you’ve gone. Explore UNESCO pilgrimage site Skellig Michael, which writer George Bernard Shaw described as “part of our dream world”. Climb old stone age ring forts, indulge in local chocolate making, and not to forget the national parks – a feast for the eyes.
Explore the Ring of Kerry – READ MORE>
There’s no end to the discoveries to be made on the route, find out more with our selection of Breathtaking Moments along the Wild Atlantic Way.
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!
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Drumcreehy Country House
Ballyvaughan, County Clare, Ireland. Tel:00 353 657077377 Email:email@example.com
Located in Ballyvaughan on the Wild Atlantic Way, this delightful country style home boasts superb views of Galway Bay and the surrounding Burren Landscape. A quintessential Country House with its open fires, antique furnishings and a friendly and personal service from your conscientious hosts Bernadette and Armin, this is an ideal lodge from which to explore all that the Burren has to offer! Accommodation at Drumcreehy Bed & Breakfast is made up of twelve en-suite bedrooms. Some enjoy magnificent sea views while others overlook the splendor of the Burren. The beautiful surrounding landscape has made its impact on the décor of this lodge – each room has an individual theme based on the wild flowers found in the Burren.
This region offers a wealth of activities, from sea kayaking to art classes, dolphin watching to turf cutting and relaxing seaweed treatments to rock climbing! With such a range of adventures open to you, it’s important to start off the day with and excellent breakfast. Drumcreehy delivers with an extensive continental buffet and a choice of 8 delicious cooked breakfasts. At the end of the day relax by the open fire and enjoy complimentary tea or coffee or help yourself to wine in the cozy honesty bar where you can exchange tales with fellow travelers.
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.
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Here are a list of our Self Guided Tours available as of August 1, 2021:
Cliffs That Capture Your Imagination
The Cliffs of Moher are Ireland’s most visited natural attraction with a magical vista that captures the hearts of up to one million visitors every year. Standing 214m (702 feet) at their highest point they stretch for 8 kilometres (5 miles) along the Atlantic coast of County Clare in the west of Ireland. This natural wonder’s Visitor Experience includes over 800m of cliff edge paths and viewing areas, the gothic style 19th century O’Brien’s Tower and the eco-friendly underground visitor centre building containing visitor services and facilities, gift shop, restaurant & coffee shop and the award winning Atlantic Edge Exhibition. The team of Cliffs of Moher Rangers provide visitor information and guided tours as well as fulfilling an important conservation and safety role. The region is a special protected area (SPA) for seabirds and during the nesting season are home to over 30,000 pairs of seabirds including a number of protected species
The Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience is open year round from 9am. The visitor centre building closes on 24th, 25th & 26th December only. Opening times may be subject to weather conditions.
For more information on itineraries which can be tailored to feature the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Experience, READ MORE>
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.
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