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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.
Zanzibar Connemara~Killary Fjord~Delphi~Westport
Luxe Country Lodge, Country Retreat & Castle Hotel
6 Days / 5 Nights Self Led Bike Tour
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.
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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Here are a list of our Self Guided Tours available as of August 1, 2021:
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 email@example.com or browse through the sample options presented below:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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.
Our Family Adventures explore the best of Ireland
Find a real fairy fort! Explore the Burren caves. Walk with a hawk. Take ferry boat ride to the Aran Islands. Visit the towering Cliffs of Moher. Ride a Connemara pony. Catch a trout! Come to the West of Ireland and see what fun you can have!
CycleWest Ireland Family Adventures are everything a curious young traveller could dream of. From toddler to teen, there is something wonderful for everyone! Pedalling along coastline trails, horse back riding, island safaris, catching your first fish: just imagine the stories your family will tell for years to come!
Our family tours are designed to accommodate children aged 3+ with child bike seats and tagalong trailer bikes. Routes are expecially designed for tiny legs! Mom and Dad can take extended rides if desired.
Let us plan your family adventure in Ireland this summer! Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Read on for a selection of our favourite family ideas: